Zebra Id Card Printers Overview

By 2009/05/11ID Cards

If you are looking for a printer that is “made in the USA”, Zebra has the solution for you.  This Illinois based corporation distributes its products in almost 100 countries but keeps its manufacturing base close to home.  The company’s dye sublimation ID card printers are part of a much larger product line including bar coding, labeling and RFID tagging technology.  This widely recognized brand is used by a stunning 90% of the companies featured on the Fortune 500 list and is a rapidly expanding supply chain innovator.

Each Zebra machine can print both monochrome and full color on PVC or composite card stock.  These units can be supplied with 3 track mag stripe encoders and they offer a two year warranty on all equipment.  Some models offer warranty upgrades which include an extended coverage period and a hot-swap program designed to keep your ID enrollment program rolling with minimum downtime in case of component failure.  The entire range of Zebra machines is priced to sell in a tough economic climate so you don’t have to wait for a market upturn to invest in a unit for your office.

P110i and P120i

These 10 pound desk top models can handle entry level and mid volume jobs for corporations, resorts, schools, and many other industries.  The 110i prints single sided cards and the 120i covers the front and back for more design options.  Both models can be equipped with automatic continuous feed hoppers or CardSense one-at-a-time feeders depending on your need to print bulk cards or single units.  Monochrome ribbons are available for purchase in black, blue, and white so you can print on a variety of card stock colors and still have text appear clearly.

Training is quick and easy on these intuitively designed systems and this will save you significant time during the learning process.  User friendly features include the LCD screen (which provides informational prompts), the drop-in ribbon cartridge design, and the blue touch points that let operators know which sections open up for access to the equipment’s interior.  Even printhead replacement is straightforward on the P120i since no tools are required.

P330i and P430i

The 330i is a high speed single sided printer that introduces an angled card hopper design specifically created to reduce mis-feeds.  The 430i dual sided unit also has a reject bin that automatically segregates any cards that failed to encode correctly – allowing you to catch errors before you distribute the final product to customers or employees.  Both of these models can be formatted to incorporate the latest in pass-through encoding options for contact and contactless smart chips.  The built in Ethernet also allows you to connect these printers to your existing computer network without a supplemental device.

Since the 330i and 430i can process a variety of card thicknesses, you have the unique opportunity to print your company business cards on durable 10 mil PVC to create long lasting advertising.  The print head is self aligning for maximum image clarity and Zebra’s dye sublimation ribbons are designed to give you brilliant color.  Making a visual impact with your card printer has never been easier.