Today’s ID Badge Printers are really good. Depending on the sophistication you need, you can print an ID Badge with pictures, bar codes and magnetic strips. Naturally, the more sophisticated the requires, the higher the cost. Fargo’s most popular ID Badge Printers are their DTC (Direct to Card) and HDP (High Definition Printing). Again, depending on what you need, a Direct to Card printer works well for schools and other public settings. If you are a pharmaceutical firm, you are going to need to use a High Definition Printer. They offer a higher level of security allowing the cards to be programmed.
Prices range from $1,200 up to $7500.
Both the DTC and HDP ID Badge printers are appropriate for high volume printing.
What about pouch lamination for ID Badges?
Sometimes, a full blown DTC or HDP is not what you need. A simple pouch laminator using ID Badge Laminating Pouches can do the trick. If all you want is to have someone identify themselves and your volume is limited. Pouch Laminator is all you need. Advantages include a long shelf life for the laminating pouches. Low maintenance on the pouch laminator.
Sometimes, Badge printers are discontinued, as are the print cartridges or ribbons. So, you have to make sure you get your money’s worth with your purchase. If you are using the higher end printers, this is not a problem. But, the lower end printers could be a problem.
So, like all things in business, you need to decide what kind of volume you will be running? What kind of security features you will need? If it is worth making the larger investment or using a simple solution.