Card Printing

Card printers let you print customized, secure, and cost-effective cards on demand, right from your desktop and are a great alternative to card printing houses. From ID card printing and membership card printing, to credit card printing, gift card printing, and loyalty card printing, Zebra helps companies print cards for any number of applications. Cards can be printed or encoded with multiple features like barcodes, magnetic stripes, or radio frequency identification (RFID) to increase their capabilities. For added security, print with anti-counterfeiting features such as tamper-proof lamination with holograms.

 

White Papers

  • ZEBRA ACCELERATES YOUR PATH TO THE INTERNET OF THINGS: Create a Visible Value Chain across your critical business operations

    Enterprises are looking at the advent of Big Data as a vast mine to gain deeper, more actionable insight into their operations and processes, and do more with less. The richness of Big Data is more than just the volume of data, but also the velocity and value of the data. Before organizations can place this data into actionable form, it must be universally accessible throughout the value chain.

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  • Understanding Mobile Printing Technology and Capabilities

    Mobile printing gives users the flexibility to print materials on demand, where and when they need them. Seamless mobility can drive new business processes that improve worker productivity, labeling accuracy, and responsiveness to customer needs. To help businesses make informed choices, this white paper presents several informative topics on mobile printing, as well as example applications for reducing operating costs, increasing labor efficiency, and improving customer service.

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  • RFID Chip-Based Serialization for Retail

    Item-level radio frequency identification (RFID) is rapidly becoming a key factor in improving retail inventory management. The main driver for adoption is quite simple—taking inventory with RFID is 25 times faster than with traditional bar codes. In a collaborative effort to help retailers understand serialization, the latest white paper from Impinj, UPM Raflatac, and Zebra Technologies overviews EPC concepts for item-level RFID, reviews IT-based approaches to serialization, and introduces chip-based serialization as an attractive solution.

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  • Improve Field Service Productivity and Cost-Effectiveness with Mobility Technology

    The Case for Automating Field Service Operations. Mobile printing is a powerful enabling technology for processes that help valuable, specialized technicians spend more time on service and less on clerical tasks. Mobile computing and printing provides all the benefits of accurate, on-site documentation, while relieving technicians of the burden of preparing the paperwork and support staff the burden of processing it.

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  • Wristband Formatting Best Practices - Key Considerations for Improving Patient Care

    Bar coded patient wristbands are an excellent way for medical centers to improve the safety and quality of care while meeting industry mandates. To gain the most benefit, the information provided on the wristband must afford easy readability, and deliver the right information in the right way.

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  • RTLS Delivers for Material Handling

    Companies implementing real-time locating systems have reliably earned high ROIs in a wide range of applications and industries. RTLS improves processes across all major functional areas of MHL: receiving, put-away, manufacturing replenishment, picking, order staging, shipping, yard management, WIP tracking, finished goods quality testing, returnable rack and container tracking, and warehouse management.

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  • Gen 2 Implications for Smart Label Printing

    This white paper explains the implications Gen 2 has for smart label printing. It illustrates the need to support multiple RFID protocols, and: • covers the considerations of upgrading installed printer/encoders to support multiple RFID protocols, • identifies potential obstacles and costs to upgrading equipment, plus how they can be avoided, and • explains how options and variables within the Gen 2 standard create needs for specific features in printer/encoders.

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  • Innovative Bar Code and RFID Printing Solutions for SAP Users

    How to make the software and printer speak the same language stood as the primary challenge confront¬ing users of SAP applications. To solve this challenge, SAP and Zebra teamed up to deliver bar code and RFID labeling solutions that speak the same language—ZPL.

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  • Recommended Care and Usage Instructions for Lithium-Ion Battery Packs

    Recommended care and usage for extending the life of your Zebra Lithium Ion printer battery.

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  • Yard Management – An Operator's Perspective

    The implementation of a yard management system (YMS) must result in operational excellence and bring value to the operation. This paper reviews the major segments of the yard and discusses key points that should be considered when making a YMS decision.

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  • Benefiting From Bedside Specimen Labeling

    Sample identification errors lead to more than 160,900 adverse events for patients in U.S. hospitals each year and cost hospitals an average of $200,000 to $400,000 annually. This white paper explains how using mobile bar code printers to label specimens at the bedside prevents mistakes, improves patient safety and helps meet JCAHO requirements.

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  • Barcode Labeling in the Lab—Closing the Loop of Patient Safety

    Errors occur on approximately 1 percent of hospital lab samples, and sample identification errors cause nearly 161,000 adverse health events in the U.S. each year according to various studies. This white paper explains how bar code sample tracking can improve patient safety and lab efficiency.

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  • Aerospace and Defense Industry: Best Practices in Tracking Flight Line Equipment

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  • TRACEABILITY IN RETAIL: Reducing RFID Media Costs for Best Value

    Retailers are facing enormous pressure to gain the most return from their business process investments. Radio frequency identification (RFID) enables business intelligence throughout an organization’s value chain to provide critical information for fast and accurate decision-making.

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  • Choosing the Optimum Architecture for UWB RTLS

    Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) operating in the Ultra Wideband domain are becoming more common in many applications; ranging from automated student attendance accountability to tool tracking for major aircraft manufacturers. The reason that UWB is gaining in popularity is that it has many attributes that allow it to provide new capabilities that are not possible with traditional RTLS. The choice of UWB RTLS architecture will impact the ability to achieve the greatest ROI from these new capabilities.

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  • Patient Safety Applications of Bar Code and RFID Technologies

    Bar code solutions are being deployed in a variety of healthcare applications, including producing hospital wristbands and labeling for pharmaceutical unit-dose medications, lab and pathology specimens, and more. Bar codes can be matched with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to create two-tiered identification, resulting in more robust point of care, patient-specific medical media, and equipment usage with greater efficiency.

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  • Electronic Citation Sytems: Improving Officer Safety, Saving Time and Improving Accuracy

    This white paper explains how electronic citation systems work, reviews research that quantifies the time savings and accuracy benefits the systems provide, describes the required mobile computing and printing technology, and includes examples of how electronic citations save money while improving safety and accuracy.

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  • How Printing from iPad® Enhances the Shopping Experience

    This white paper provides an overview of iPad-based retail self-service kiosk and mobile printing applications, and shows the significant benefits the technology delivers. The paper also discusses how retailers can use the ZebraLink™ Multiplatform Software Development Kit (SDK) to create applications that can print coupons, receipts, gift registry lists, and more from the iPad and other smartphone platforms.

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  • Kiosks Are Here - Are You Ready?

    What do you need to know to get started with kiosks? This white paper highlights some of the leading issues retailers must consider. It provides an overview of what to expect during the planning and development process, highlights design considerations and identifies resources needed to develop, integrate and maintain kiosk systems.

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  • Why Your Store Needs Self-Service

    Beyond shopping convenience, retail chains are looking for ways to improve sales, reduce operational costs and boost customer loyalty. Of all the technologies currently available, self-service kiosks offer the optimal solution.

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  • Calculating Total Cost of Ownership for Patient Identification Wristbands

    When healthcare organizations introduce bar coded patient identification wristbands, they must determine the most effective, efficient way to print bar codes. With dozens of printer models available to satisfy different user requirements for producing wristbands, it can be challenging to decide which option is the most cost-effective over the long term. This white paper will outline how healthcare organizations can calculate the total cost of ownership for laser and thermal print solutions.

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  • Aerospace and Defense Industry: Reducing Cycle Times and Costs in Work in Process Management

    In Aerospace and Defense environments, the longer work stays in process, the longer the field has to wait for necessary equipment. Tracking Work in Process (WIP) is critical, yet the traditional way is challenging – managing it manually with clipboards and spreadsheets. This approach severely limits visibility into the status of WIP, and slows down the delivery of the equipment to the field.

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  • The Factory of the Future

    With around $900 billion of waste in global manufacturing supply chains*, it’s clear there’s scope to cut costs dramatically and create new value. As manufacturing regains favor with economic and political stakeholders worldwide, progressive enterprises are exploring ways to work more efficiently using asset information, system integration and process innovation.

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  • Maximizing the Image Life of Direct Thermal Receipts and Wristbands

    Selecting the best thermal material for your receipts and documents is important. The chemical make-up of each material affects its resistance to moisture, heat and other external factors. The thickness of the paper and the lifespan of images printed on it vary. These attributes are important to consider to ensure documents remain intact and readable during their useful life.

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  • Seeking Sustainable Growth: Understanding the value real-time visibility technology brings to business and people

    In business, the need to quickly locate assets and people has always been important for better productivity. With advanced and sophisticated wireless technologies available, access to an asset’s location information can be easily accomplished.

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  • Overcoming Printer Control Language Incompatibility for Bar Code Label Printing

    This white paper explains an innovation by Zebra Technologies that in many cases enables its bar code printers to be integrated into legacy print systems that support other brands, without requiring extensive system changes or label format redevelopment that traditionally occurs when new bar code printer brands are integrated.

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  • Mobile Printing Streamlines Supply Chain and Warehouse Processes

    Global enterprises are looking for ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency and accuracy in their supply chains. To remain competitive, distribution centers, manufacturers, and short-haul and long-haul carriers must change the way they label and track goods. Success depends on maximizing efficiency throughout all supply chain operations—front to back. Exploiting mobile labeling technology is fundamental to achieving optimal efficiency.

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  • Smart ID Cards for Education - Secure the Campus While Providing Essential Services

    The 2011 Campus Safety magazine’s “How Safe Is Your Campus?” report revealed that 52 percent of faculty said their institutions fail to dedicate sufficient resources to campus safety and security. The simple answer relies on the same technology that corporations use—secure smart ID cards. Embedded with “smart” features such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and tamper-resistant laminates, education campuses can realize a wide range of benefits, from tightening security, to streamlining admission, to improving paid services.

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  • Enabling Security, Compliance and Efficiency: Achieve Your Federal Identification Credentialing Goals

    Identity management and verification depend on trusted credentialing technologies. U.S. federal, state and local governments and private enterprises alike are seeking ways to improve security, not just for facility access, but also for single-sign-on into cyberspace.

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  • Improve Truck Freight Carrier Productivity and Cost-Effectiveness with Mobility Technology

    This white paper discusses key considerations when selecting mobility solutions, and unveils how mobility ¬enabled operations can improve freight trucking efficiency, reduce operating expenses, and boost customer satisfaction. Handheld computers, networking, and mobile thermal printers are proven productivity enhancers. When deployed to truck freight carriers, drivers quickly enter information into networked handheld computers, scan labels, or tag shipments.

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  • Evaluating Today's Mobile Solutions for Retail Distribution & Direct Store Delivery

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  • Tips for RFID Smart Label Printing/Encoding

    This paper presents best practices for RFID smart label media selection, handling, label placement and printer settings, operations and troubleshooting, based on Zebra’s experience from hundreds of successful implementations. The tips apply to Electronic Product Code (EPC) smart labels and other forms of RFID technology.

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  • How Mobile Printing Benefits Warehouse Operations

    To maintain accuracy and efficiency in warehouses and distribution centers, bar coding and radio frequency identification (RFID) systems are indispensable. Businesses can enhance these benefits by using mobile printers to produce and attach bar code and RFID labels at the point of application. Mobile printers can reduce operator errors, streamline operations, and eliminate costs associated with correcting errors.

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  • Bluetooth: Why It Improves Mobile Printing & How to Take Advantage

    This white paper explains the benefits of Bluetooth printing in these and other enterprise environments. The paper: • Provides a brief overview of the technology and how it is used for mobile printing; • Summarizes the benefits of Bluetooth printer connectivity; • Provides guidance for measuring benefits and calculating potential savings; • Presents use cases and successful user profiles for a variety of mobile, retail and industrial operations; • Includes a glossary of Bluetooth terminology, and; • Includes FAQs with detailed information about how to use Bluetooth with Zebra® mobile printers.

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  • Solving International Label Printing Challenges with Unicode™

    Zebra’s Unicode-compliant Global Printing Solution

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  • Wireless Printing Delivers Efficiency and Cost Savings in Retail

    Wireless bar code and radio frequency identification (RFID) label printing is widely recognized by major retailers globally as an essential technology for enhancing store operations. The ability to print real-time information in the aisle, on demand, saves time, effort, and money—creating competitive advantages. This white paper details the far-ranging benefits of wireless bar code and RFID printing, and presents innovative wireless printing solutions from Zebra.

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  • Using Mobile Point of Sale Solutions to Enhance the Customer Experience

    The process of checking out in a store hasn’t changed much since the 1950s: Shoppers choose the merchandise they want to purchase and then approach fixed counters and store associates to pay for the items.

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  • Eliminate 7 wastes from your supply chain

    In difficult economic times, lean thinking strikes a chord for manufacturers as it promises to reduce costs, improve quality and transform the bottom line, by eliminating waste in every area of the value stream, including factory management and supplier networks.

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  • Dynamic Logistics: Adopting a New Supply Chain Approach

    This white paper will assess how businesses can set new standards by adopting such an approach. Dynamic logistics refers to activity in the supply chain which enables the effective, timely tracking of goods to ensure minimum waste of resources and equips companies to make real-time decisions in the field.

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  • Using Mobile Point-of-Sale Solutions to Enhance the Customer Experience

    Mobile PoS solutions typically consist of a handheld mobile computer or device with a payment card reader and compact, portable printer. Once the store associate swipes the card, the data is encrypted and sent over a wireless network.

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  • How Barcodes and RFID Deliver Value to Manufacturing and Distribution

    Manufacturers depend on a well-coordinated chain of events to make their operations work effectively. In addition, mail order fulfillment and distribution companies unable to provide information with their products increasingly find themselves at a disadvantage versus their competitors.

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  • Control Access and Protect Assets with Print-on-Demand Intelligent ID Cards

    Fraud and theft are constant threats to any organization, and the protections put in place against malicious activities must constantly evolve. This white paper defines how human resources and security departments can print intelligent ID cards to identify employees, visitors and patrons, and manage access to facilities, equipment, and services through a range of “intelligent” access card technologies.

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  • Understanding Kiosk Requirements - Optimizing Design, Placement and Component Choices

    This white paper outlines the fundamental requirements for kiosk solutions, and identifies additional considerations and tactics to make loyalty, coupon, ordering, checkout, product information, registry and other specific projects more successful. No kiosk configuration is best for all applications, but there are best practices to help guide your design and deployment decisions to provide maximum customer convenience and value.

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  • RFID and Your Privacy— Myths and Facts

    This paper presents best practices for RFID smart label media selection, handling, label placement and printer settings, operations and troubleshooting, based on Zebra’s experience from hundreds of successful implementations. The tips apply to Electronic Product Code (EPC) smart labels and other forms of RFID technology.

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  • Kiosks in Grocery Stores—Boost Sales and Improve Operational Efficiency

    Imagine the choices that today’s grocery store shopper are confronted with—the larger the store, the more complex and difficult the shopping experience. Time-strapped customers must determine which aisle items are located, what is on sale, which coupons are valid, and what recipes can they pull together for their dining needs.

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  • Increase Visibility and Velocity with Real-Time Asset Management Solutions

    Throughout government, visibility and decentralized execution are increasingly critical to improving operational performance and delivering the vital insight managers at all levels require to quickly make decisions aimed at better serving the needs of stakeholders and constituents.

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  • Investing in Robust Mobile POS and Mobile Payment Solutions

    The retail industry is in the midst of a mobile revolution. New mobile computing and communication technologies are affecting how we work, play, communicate and even think about ourselves.

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  • Using SAP® Smart Forms for Bar Code Label Printing from mySAP™ Business Suite

    In response to customer requirements, SAP has extended the bar code design and printing of its Smart Forms design software. SAP added bar code support to Smart Forms by licensing and integrating bar code rendering technology from Zebra Technologies Corporation into the software, and by developing its first true bar code label printer drivers for mySAP Business Suite.

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  • Bar Coding 101...What You Need to Know

    Manufacturing companies have been using bar coding in shipping and receiving operations for more than 30 years.

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  • Retail Re-pricing: Mobile Printing Enables Fast, Efficient Price Changes

    Re-pricing products in the store has evolved from being a reaction to mistakes, to a strategic tool that retailers apply to increase traffic and sales. For price changes to be effective, store operations must keep pace with changing marketing strategies. Printing price labels with real-time mobile printers closes the loop between pricing strategy and execution and reduces labor costs and improves accuracy.

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  • Key Considerations for Barcoded Infant Wristbands

    The purpose of this white paper is to provide maternity ward staff the information they need to make the right decisions when it comes to barcoded infant wristbands. Durable, supple wristbands that deliver the full benefits of barcoding make it easier for nurses to perform infant care tasks. The result is improved efficiency and quality of care.

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  • Delivering Real-Time Visibility for Aerospace and Defense

    Aerospace manufacturing operations are characterized by high capital investment, skilled work force, expensive inputs and rigorous process control standards. Multiple management disciplines must be combined to optimize production in this complex environment.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions About Zebra Mobile Printer Batteries

    Learn tips to get maximum life and performance from leading types of batteries used in mobile printers: nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium ion (Li-Ion).

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  • Lift Customer Loyalty and Sales with Mobile Queue Busting

    Less time standing in line, or queuing, is a universal benefit that all customers understand and value. Modern mobile transaction systems provide a way for retailers, restaurants, hotels, transportation providers, special event organizers, and other service businesses to reduce queues without adding expensive checkout counters or staff. Automated queue-busting systems use mobile computers and printers to add speed, security, and professionalism to transaction processing operations.

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  • Gen 2 Extends Range and Possibilities for Contactless ID Cards

    Gen 2 and other UHF technologies remove many of the limitations traditionally associated with contactless ID cards, but create new system-planning challenges. This white paper explains how organizations can take advantage of the range, speed, security, and memory of Gen 2 RFID cards to create effective processes for employee and customer identification, security, asset management, and customer service.

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  • Bar Coding and RFID Enable Food Supply Chain Traceability and Safety

    Learn how ADC technologies can deliver needed traceability to the food service industry.

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  • Enterprise-Wide Data Collection and Bar Code Printing for Superior Supply Chain Management

    This paper presents how advanced RFID and bar code technologies can create sustainable advantages by providing the information required for modern business practices. It addresses how RFID and bar code data systems improve the performance of enterprise software applications. Then, it summarizes the general benefits of RFID and bar coding, showing how to improve efficiency and costs from receiving, through production, quality control, and shipping—to the item level.

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  • It’s All in the Wrist: Improving Patient Safety with Bar Code Wristbands

    There are many ways to benefit from bar coded patient wristbands and take advantage of the accuracy and conveniences that bar coding provides. Bar coded patient wristbands can help healthcare facilities comply with The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals today, while positioning them for dramatic safety and quality improvements enabled by complementary systems. Quality care begins with quality wristbands.

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  • Retransfer Technology Delivers the Optimal Card Printing Solution

    Retransfer technology is the optimal on-demand printing solution for meeting the stringent image quality and encoding standards that advanced card applications require. Today’s innovative technology for retransfer printing delivers a fast, flexible, and affordable solution.

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  • Achieving PCI DSS v1.2 Compliance on Wireless Printers

    The challenges of meeting Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards and the financial ramifications for those retailers who fail to comply are continuing to grow. This white paper explains how PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) version 1.2 applies to wireless peripherals and presents options for including secure wireless printers in PCI-compliant wireless networks.

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  • Quality Assurance Steps for Preventing Label Printing Problems

    Learn the causes of common bar code print quality problems and how they can be corrected and prevented.

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  • Why an Equipment Fleet Management Solution is Mission Critical for the Aviation Industry

    By instrumenting ground equipment with telemetry systems, the Equipment Fleet Management solution is able to provide real-time asset management capabilities.

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  • Improve Route Accounting and DSD Cost-Effectiveness with Mobility Technology

    Automating route accounting and DSD operations provides proven value to businesses by enabling processes that improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase revenues. Basic automated order entry, delivery confirmation, and invoicing provide significant business value and professionalism. The benefits and ROI can grow substantially by leveraging mobile computing, printing, and wireless communications capabilities to automate additional activities.

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  • Entertainment Industry Automation— Print-on-Demand Bar Code Wristbands Drive Revenue

    In the entertainment industry, it’s all about keeping costs low. Bar code technology provides a key enabler for automating ride ticketing, concession purchases, and park entry. As a result, businesses can realize sig¬nificant labor cost savings while creating unique opportunities for enhancing the customer experience and improving sales.

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  • Three Tips to Optimize Bar Code Wristband Printing

    Based on this leadership and experience, and common questions and challenges resolved through our customer support operations, Zebra provides the following tips to optimize bar code wristband printing.

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  • Increasing Profits and Productivity: Bar Coding and RFID Enables Precise Asset Management

    This paper shows how bar code and RFID can be applied to streamline many common asset management procedures and includes worksheets to help calculate the business impact and ROI that improved asset management can provide.

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  • RTLS 101 - What it is and Why You Need It

    In business, knowledge is power, and with it comes efficiency, productivity, safety, and profits. Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) provide this knowledge by delivering precise visibility of critical assets—supply chain, manufacturing, and human, in real-time.

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  • Unlocking the ROI from Better Scrap Management

    This white paper explores the weaknesses of traditional approaches to the handling of scrap and non-conforming materials, and highlights the benefits to arise from a real-time, fully-integrated Scrap Tracking and Management Solution.

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  • Building Value From Visibility: 2012 Enterprise Internet of Things Adoption Outlook

    The term ‘‘Internet of Things’’ (IoT) was first used nearly 15 years ago. While there’s been no single standard definition of IoT solutions since the possibilities of Internet of Things was first discussed, a variety of technologies are used in implementation (e.g., RFID tags, barcodes, and GPS technologies).

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  • Drive Value Across Your Supply Chain with Chip-Based RFID Serialization

    To provide deep visibility, a growing number of enterprises are leveraging item-level radio frequency identification (RFID) due to its affordability, ease of deployment, and ability to deliver Electronic Product Codes (EPCs) outside the line of sight.

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  • Extending Zebra Printer Capabilities with ZBI 2.0 Programming

    Zebra Basic Interpreter (ZBI) 2.0 is an optional programming environment that can be used to add features to customize and enhance the performance of select Zebra Technologies printers. This white paper provides an overview of ZBI 2.0 capabilities, requirements, use cases and benefits.

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  • Unchaining the Value of RFID for Unmatched Flexibility and Fast ROI

    Businesses in a wide range of industries are realizing significant benefits from radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies. The return on investment (ROI) for RFID comes from reducing the time and labor required to track assets and materials, decreased losses and theft, improved maintenance operations, and streamlined efficiency through better asset availability and utilization. Many of these benefits occur in applications that do not directly require participation from suppliers and customers, and reside outside the external supply chain.

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  • Understanding Technologies for Creating High-Security ID Cards

    Before you purchase a card printer, there are a few things you should know about ID cards and printers. The type of printer you choose will depend on: • The type of card you plan to use • How many cards you plan to print • How often you need to print cards • What printing elements you need to incorporate into your card • The quality of card images • Type of encoding required on the card

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  • Using SAP® Smart Forms for Bar Code Label Printing from mySAP™ Business Suite

    How to make the software and printer speak the same language stood as the primary challenge confronting users of SAP applications. To solve this challenge, SAP and Zebra teamed up to deliver bar code and RFID labeling solutions that speak the same language—ZPL.

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  • The Path to Peak Supply Chain Performance

    Most contemporary manufacturers operate in a world in which change is the only constant. Customer demand changes weekly, commodity prices fluctuate daily, and an unforeseen global financial crisis forces previously dependable suppliers out of business with little or no notice. In this environment, simply running a lean operation is not sufficient. In the current business climate, manufacturers need to take lean principles a step further. They must build a level of flexibility into their lean processes, providing the ability to respond quickly—and appropriately— to constantly changing business conditions without ratcheting up operating costs

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  • Leveraging Mobile Printers to Streamline Route Accounting and DSD Operations

    Automating route activity provides benefits in the field and the office by reducing the labor and time needed to enter data and process paperwork. Mobile printing is an essential element for delivering these benefits in DSD operations. This paper shows how route staff can use mobile printing to make more deliveries while improving the accuracy of each transaction.

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  • ZebraLink™ Solutions for Enhancing Zebra® Printer Business Integration

    This white paper introduces the ZebraLink software, firmware, and connectivity components, and shows how to maximize performance and value from Zebra printers.

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  • Bar Code Printing from Oracle® WMS and MSCA

    This white paper describes both the XML middleware and XML direct-connect bar code printing options for Oracle WMS and MSCA offered by Zebra Technologies, explains Oracle’s output methods for each, and provides guidance as to when each approach is best suited to a particular environment.

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  • Barcode-Based Patient Safety Initiatives in Hospital Pharmacies

    Hospital Pharmacies should review their organization’s labeling needs in light of The Joint Commission requirements, ASHP recommendations, and patient safety goals. Barcode control systems for medication dispensing and administration provide proven safety benefits and can be developed independently of larger and more expensive CPOE and EMR programs. Pharmacists can lead bar code-based patient safety initiatives by developing a comprehensive program that ensures all forms of medication are bar coded at the unit-dose level. This white paper will help develop a practical strategy by outlining the relevant issues and opportunities.

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  • Selecting the Right Label to Identify Your Finished Product, White Paper, Source File

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  • Lift Consumer Loyalty and Sales with Mobile Busting

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  • Zebra PowerPrecision Batteries White Paper

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  • Selecting Thermal Paper Mobile App White Paper, A4

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  • Managing Printers for Maximum Reliability, Performance and Value

    The ease with which thermal printers can be managed has one of the biggest impacts on the value they provide. This white paper shows how thermal printer support features affect printing and printer support operations, explains different IT management options for thermal printers, and presents tools for measuring printer support costs.

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  • When is it Time to Replace Your Printer Battery? Before it's Too Late.

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  • Safety and Asset Management in Smarter Process Industries: How Real-time Location and Identification Can Change the Game in the Search for a Zero-Injury Workplace

    This white paper illustrates the role of location and identification technologies for personnel safety. It argues that the technology represents a game-changer in the practice of safety in the workplace. In addition, the technology is part of a broader approach for smarter industries that simultaneously enhance safety, visibility and asset management.

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  • Barcoding Hospital Pharmacies Patient Safety Source File Global

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  • Selecting the Right Label to Identify Your Finished Product, White Paper

    Product identification labels are a critical mechanism for maintaining compliance, ensuring brand consistency, improving operational efficiency, and supporting business growth. To reduce your risk of non-compliance to government and industry mandates, it is critical that the labels you utilize are readable and scannable when they leave your operation and throughout the products safe and appropriate use and disposal.

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  • Selecting the Right Label to Identify Your Finished Product, White Paper, A4

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  • Lift Consumer loyalty with Mobile Queue Busting Source File

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  • Zebra Bar Code Solution for Oracle® Retail Store Inventory Management

    Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management provides a flexible label-printing architecture through Oracle Business Intelligence, and the ZebraLink™ Enterprise Connector enables you to comply with your customer-labeling requirements. This white paper elaborates on the configuration of Oracle Retail Returns and Shelf Labeling standards using Zebra Technologies’ bar code printer products.

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  • Simplify Label Printing for High Reliability, Performance and Value

    This white paper reveals the impact of inefficient solutions on thermal printing operations and shows how an optimized, integrated printing solution delivers improved reliability, efficiency and cost value.

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  • Zband Lab Test Direct Thermal Antimicrobial Wristband White Paper

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  • Inventory Is The Store: How Mobility Maximizes Return on Investment

    The Key to improving inventory management is meeting your inventory where it lives on the shelves. Price management applications help retailers manage product, pricing, and promotions by applying controls driven by analytics. This is achieved through mobile printing and computing enabled by inventory management software, wireless networks, mobile hardware, and sound processes

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  • CENTRALIZED DEVICE MANAGEMENT HELPS DRIVE BUSINESS EFFICIENCIES
    Improve device security, availability and cost-effectiveness

    With the increasing proliferation of mobile devices, each requiring its own unique provisioning, configuration, and reporting requirements, businesses face enormous challenges ensuring consistency and control over connected devices. IT is responsible for purchasing, setting up, and maintaining mobile devices, including printers and other peripherals. IT must ensure that these devices deliver the highest availability so users can run their applications and business operations smoothly.

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  • Select Thermal Paper Source File

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  • Selecting Thermal Paper Mobile App White Paper

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  • Zband Lab Test Direct Thermal Antimicrobial Wristband White Paper, A4

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Access Control Cards
Plastic cards used to gain access to premises usually associated with magnetic stripe and proximity cards.

Bar Code
An array of machine-readable rectangular bars and spaces arranged in a specific way defined in international standards to represent letters, numbers and other human-readable symbols.

Biometrics
Biometrics utilize "something you are" to authenticate identification. This might include fingerprints, retina pattern, iris, hand geometry, vein patterns, and voice password or signature dynamics. Biometrics can be used with a smart card to authenticate the user. The user's biometric information is stored on a smart card, the card is placed in a reader and a biometric scanner reads the information to match it against that on the card. This is a fast, accurate and highly secure form of user authentication.

Card Design Software
Software used to design and print photo identification cards.

CR79 Card
Slightly smaller dimensions than CR80, and made to fit in the well of a proximity card. Dimensions are 3.303" x 2.051" (83.9 mm x 51 mm).

CR80 Card (Standard credit card size
)
Dimensions are 3.375" x 2.125" (85.6 mm x 54 mm).

CR90 Card (Driver's license size)
Dimensions are 3.63" x 2.37" (92 mm x 60 mm).

CR100 Card (Oversize/military cards)
Dimensions are 3.88" x 2.63" (98.5 mm x 67 mm).

Composite Card
(Comp or poly-composite card) A polyester core sandwiched between PVC material. Stronger and more durable than regular PVC cards, comp cards are recommended for utilization in high-usage environments or if lamination is part of one's particular ID card printing process. (Composition is 40% polyester/PET and 60% PVC material.)

Contact Smart Card
Contains a single embedded circuit chip that contains memory, or memory plus a microprocessor. Contact smart cards must be inserted into a card acceptor device where pins attached to the reader make "contact" with pads on the surface of the card to read and store information in the chip.

Contactless Smart Card (Proximity card/prox card)
Contains a chip that is connected to an antenna (rather than contact pads as in contact smart cards). The communication between the chip and the reader is wireless.

Coercivity
A technical term used to designate how strong a magnetic field must be to affect data encoded on a magnetic stripe. Coercivity is measured in Oersteds (Oe). Coercivity is the measure of how difficult it is to encode information in a magnetic stripe.

Color Matching
Several color matching options are included with card printer/encoders. These options are built directly into the printer driver so they are easily selected. Colors print with more clarity, detail and accuracy.

Contact Smart Card Encoder
The contact smart card encoder connects the ISO contact pins mounted on the e-card docking station to a Gemplus GemCore 410 smart card coupler mounted inside the printer. The GemCore 410's digital I/O is converted to a RS-232 signal which is accessible to application programs through a dedicated DB-9 port on the outside of the printer labeled "Smart Card."

Contactless Smart Card Encoder
The contactless smart card encoder connects an antenna mounted on the e-card docking station to a Gemplus GemEasyLink 680SL coupler mounted inside the printer/encoder. Application programs can access MIFARE® contactless cards via a RS-232 signal through a dedicated DB-9 port on the outside of the printer labeled "MIFARE/Contactless."

Corn Card
Manufactured from bio-degradable corn, corn cards are virtually identical in look and feel to traditional petroleum-based cards, and provide all of the same convenience and functionality.

Digital Imaging
Scanning or otherwise capturing images which may be subsequently edited, filed, displayed or printed on a plastic card.

Direct-to-Card (DTC) Printing
The direct-to-card printing process prints digital images directly onto any plastic card with a smooth, clean, glossy PVC surface.

Dye Sublimation
Dye sublimation is the print process card printer/encoders use to print smooth, continuous-tone, photo-quality images. This process uses a dye-based ribbon roll that is divided into a series of color panels. The color panels are grouped in a repeating series of three separate colors along the length of the ribbon: yellow, magenta and cyan (YMC). As the ribbon and card pass simultaneously beneath the printhead, hundreds of thermal elements heat the dyes on the ribbon. Once the dyes are heated, they vaporize and diffuse into the surface of the card. Varying the heat intensity of each thermal element within the printhead makes it possible for each transferred dot of color to vary saturation. This blends one color into the next. The result is continuous-tone, photo-realistic color images.

EMV
Euro MasterCard Visa EMV is a global industry standard for credit and debit payment cards based on chip card technology. www.emvco.com

E-card Encoder
Select card printer/encoders support reading and/or storing information in up to three different types of e-cards: ISO 7816 contact smart cards, MIFARE® contactless smart cards and proximity cards.

Edge-to-Edge
Refers to the maximum printable area on a card. Printer/encoders with edge-to-edge printing capability can print just to the edge of a card resulting in printed cards with virtually no border.

Encoding
The process of electronically "writing" information on magnetic stripes or smart card chips.

Encryption (as between PC/host driver and printer)
Encryption is when data is altered so only the intended recipient can read or make use of it. The encrypted data can only be decrypted using the appropriate software or with the correct decryption key, which will then decipher the data back to its original state. Provides a level of data security between the PC/host driver and printer by making the data between the two unreadable.

FeliCa
The name stands for Felicity Card, a contactless RFID smart card.

Financial Services Instant Issuance Printer
A card printer designed for immediate issuance of debit, credit or prepaid cards. By printing the card's text and images on-site, banks can offer increased customization of the card with features like personal photos and co-branding logos, and increase overall card activation and use rates.

Font
A character set (alphabet and numerals) of a specified design and size.

G
No terms beginning with this letter are listed in this glossary.

HiCo
Abbreviation for high coercivity. HiCo magnetic stripes provide the highest level of immunity to damage by stray magnetic fields. They are more difficult to encode than LoCo magnetic stripes because the encoding requires more power. HiCo magnetic stripe cards are slightly more expensive for this reason.

High-Volume Printing
Fast, efficient printing for producing large quantities of cards with minimal downtime for supplies loading or maintenance.

HID® iClass®
Optimized to make physical access control more powerful, iClass 13.56 MHz read/write contactless smart card technology provides versatile interoperability and supports multiple applications such as biometric authentication, cashless vending and PC log-on security.

High Definition Printing™ (HDP)
The high-definition printing process prints full-color images onto clear HDP transfer film. The HDP film is then fused to the card through heat and pressure via a heated roller. This revolutionary technology enhances card durability and consistently produces the best card color available—even on tough-to-print matte-finished cards, proximity cards and smart cards.

High-Speed Printing
Card printer/encoders are among the fastest desktop card printer/encoders in the industry. High-speed printing allows for more efficient card production—saving time, money and resources.

Hologram
A unique photographic printing that provides a three-dimensional effect on a flat surface. Holograms cannot be easily copied and are used for security and aesthetic purposes on cards.

ISO Magnetic Stripe Encoder
International Standards Organization specification for magnetic stripe encoding. The encoder supports dual high/low coercivity and tracks 1, 2 and 3.

ISO 14443
An international standard that describes how contactless cards and terminals should work to ensure industry-wide compatibility and interoperability for use in identity, security, payment, mass-transit and access control applications.

ISO 7816 ISO/IEC 7816
An international standard related to electronic identification cards with contacts, especially smart cards, managed jointly by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Image Capture System
A hardware and software system used to obtain and save personal data and cardholder photographic images.

JIS II Magnetic Stripe Encoder
Japanese Industrial Standard for magnetic stripe encoding; published and translated into English by Japan Standards Association.

KrO
KrO ribbon is composed of alternate black resin (Kr ribbon panel) and clear overlay panels (O panel) to enable black monochrome print personalization of a plastic card.

Laminate
Apply one layer of protective material over another.

Lamination
The process of combining lamination material and core material using time, heat and pressure. Laminate patches used in card printers come on rolls, with and without carriers/liners.

LCD Display
The LCD—or Liquid Crystal Display—shows the current status of the printer and changes according to the printer's current mode of operation. LCD communicates an error with text, which is easier to interpret than LED lights.

Loaner or Hotswap
If your printer is experiencing technical difficulties or is broken, the loaner (hotswap) option allows you to send in your broken printer, and you will receive a functional printer in the mail while the broken printer is under repair.

Lockable Hopper
Some card printer/encoders provide a lockable card hopper door. This lock is intended to help prevent theft of your blank card stock. This feature is especially helpful if using valuable card stock such as preprinted cards, smart cards or cards with built-in security features such as holograms.

LoCo
Abbreviation for low coercivity. Easier to encode and slightly less expensive than HiCo magnetic stripe cards.

Machine-Readable
A code or characters that can be read by machines.

Magnetic ("Mag") Stripe
Mag stripe refers to the black or brown magnetic stripe on a card. The stripe is made of magnetic particles of resin. The resin particle material determines the coercivity of the stripe; the higher the coercivity, the harder it is to encode—and erase—information from the stripe. Magnetic stripes are often used in applications for access control, time and attendance, lunch programs, library cards and more.

Micro Text
This security process involves printing very small text in a specific location on a card surface. Due to the difficulty of reproducing micro text in its original form, the United States government considers the printing of micro text a valuable security precaution.

Memory Card
A type of smart card. Also known as a synchronous card, it features 256 bit or 32 byte memory and is suitable for use as a token card or identification card.

MIFARE®
MIFARE refers to one kind of contactless smart card or chip ID card. The name "MIFARE" is presently a registered trademark of Philips Semiconductors.

Microprocessor Card
A type of smart card, also known as an asynchronous card. Features 1 kilobyte to 64 Kbytes of memory and is suitable for portable or confidential files, identification, tokens, electronic purse, or any combination of uses.

Monochrome ribbons
Single color ribbons, typically black (K Resin), but may be offered in other single colors as well such as red, blue, gold, silver, etc. Always a Resin material color ribbon panel.

N
No terms beginning with this letter are listed in this glossary.

Output Stacker
The output stacker stores printed cards in a first-in/first-out order. This feature makes it easy to keep printed cards in a specific order for faster issuance or to print serialized cards.

Oversized Cards
Oversized cards are used for more efficient visual identification and are available in many nonstandard sizes. The most popular sizes are CR-90 (3.63" x 2.37"/92 mm x 60 mm) and CR-100 (3.88" x 2.63"/98.5 mm x 67 mm).

Overlaminate
Protective clear or holographic material designed to offer advanced card security and durability.

Overlay Panel
The clear overlay panel (O) is provided on dye sublimation print ribbons. This panel is automatically applied to printed cards and helps prevent images from premature wear or UV fading. All dye sublimation printed images must have either this overlay panel or an overlaminate applied to protect them.

Overlay Varnish
A thin transparent layer applied (using the printhead) to cards to resist scratching and fading from exposure to UV radiation.

Over-the-Edge
Refers to the maximum printable area on a card. Printer/encoders with over-the-edge printing capability can print past the edge of a card resulting in printed cards with absolutely no border.

PS/SC
A Microsoft® Windows® standard driver for PC smart card readers. PC/SC drivers allow for application interoperability and ease of integration of smart card reader- enabled PC- based solutions.

PolyGuard™
A card overlaminate from HID Fargo available in 1 mil and .6 mil thicknesses that provides extraordinary card protection; ideal for harsh or more secure environments. Available as clear or with embedded holographic-type security images.

Poly-Composite Cards
(Composite, also known as comp cards) A polyester core sandwiched between PVC material. Stronger and more durable than regular PVC cards, comp cards are recommended for utilization in high-usage environments or if lamination is part of one's particular ID card printing process. (Composition is 40% polyester/PET and 60% PVC material.)

Proximity ("Prox") Card
Proximity cards allow access and tracking utilizing contactless technology (usually by communicating through a built-in antenna).

Prox Card Encoder
The prox card encoder uses an HID ProxPoint® Plus reader mounted on the e-card docking station inside the printer/encoder. The ProxPoint is a "read only" device producing a Wiegand signal that is converted to RS-232 using a Cypress Computer Systems CVT-2232. Application programs can read information from HID prox cards via a RS-232 signal through a dedicated DB-9 port on the outside of the printer labeled "Prox."

PVC
Polyvinyl chloride. The primary material used for typical plastic cards.

Q
No terms beginning with this letter are listed in this glossary.

Resin Thermal Transfer
Resin thermal transfer is the process used to print sharp black text and crisp bar codes that can be read by both infrared and visible-light bar code scanners. It is also the process used to print ultra-fast, economical one-color cards. Like dye sublimation, this process uses a thermal printhead to transfer color from the ribbon roll to the card. The difference, however, is that solid dots of color are transferred in the form of a resin-based ink which fuses to the surface of the card when heated. This produces very durable, single-color images.

Reverse Transfer
(Re-transfer) ID card printing technique where the card image is first printed onto a transparent re-transfer film, which is then stuck onto the card surface. Re-transfer printing provides high quality images and provides the ability to print on uneven card surfaces and/or differing materials.

Reverse Transfer Film
(Re-transfer film) A reverse transfer ID card printer first transfers information to be printed onto the card to the underside of a clear ribbon (the initial dye transfer), then transfers the printed information from that ribbon onto the card in such a manner that the information on the card appears under a protective "release layer" of the clear ribbon (the re-transfer step). In other words, card images are transferred (or sublimated) from the YMCK dye film onto a clear film and then laminated entirely onto the card.

Resolution
Dimension of the smallest element of an image that can be printed. Usually stated as dots-per-inch (dpi).

RFID
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a wireless technology for communication between electronic devices. In the ID card industry, it is RFID technology that enables a contactless smart card to communicate with a reader.

SDK
Software Development Kit or Software Development Environment is typically a set of development tools that allows for the creation of applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, video game console, operating system, or similar platform.

Smart Card
Smart cards have an embedded computer circuit that contains either a memory chip or a microprocessor chip. There are several types of smart cards: Memory, Contact, Contactless, Hybrid (Twin), Combi (Dual Interface), Proximity and Vicinity.

SmartGuard™ (from HID)
SmartGuard is a printer security option that uses a custom access card and a built-in reader to restrict printer access. With this feature, only those with a valid access card can print cards. This makes both your printed cards and your overall system more secure.

SmartShield™ (from HID)
This option allows the printer/encoder to print custom, reflective security images on the card that fluoresce under a black or UV light source.

Standard Cards
The standard card size is CR-80. CR-80 dimensions are 3.375" x 2.125" (85.6 mm x 54 mm).

Teslin® (from PPG Industries)
A card type made from a synthetic printing medium and is a waterproof synthetic material that works well with an inkjet printer, laser printer, or thermal printer. Teslin is also single-layer, uncoated film, and extremely strong.

Thermal Printhead
An electronic device which uses heat to transfer a digitized image from a special ribbon to the flat surface of a plastic card.

Thermal Printing
The process of creating an image on a plastic card using a heated printhead.

Thermal Transfer Overlaminate
A card overlaminate available in a .25 mil thickness that increases card security and durability; often used for moderate durability applications or when additional security (such as holographic images) are needed.

Topcoat
(Overcoat, overlay) The topcoat (T) panel of a ribbon is applied to printed cards and helps prevent images from some premature wear or UV fading. Topcoats are available as a panel on color and monochrome ribbons, or provided on a separate roll in clear or holographic styles.

UHF
(Ultrahigh frequency) Designates a range of electromagnetic waves with frequencies between 300 MHz and 3 GHz (3,000 MHz). Currently used in UHF ID cards.

UHF Encoder
Hardware device that processes the "writing" information of smart card types at ultrahigh frequency between 300 MHz and 3 GHz (3,000 MHz). These card types hold information such as access privileges and card holder details.

Ultraviolet Ink
(UV) A covert visual security element on a card that allows invisible graphics to turn red only when viewed under ultraviolet light.

VingCard®
VingCard provides electronic locks and electronic locking systems to the hospitality industry, including guestroom locks, with both mag-stripe and smart card lock technology. VingCard hotel door electronic locks and electronic locking systems give hotels peace of mind. A closed proprietary standard.

W
No terms beginning with this letter are listed in this glossary.

X
No terms beginning with this letter are listed in this glossary.

YMC
(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan) yellow, magenta and cyan are the primary print colors for cards. The three colors are combined in varying degrees to make a full spectrum of colors.

YMCK
(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, monochrome) Yellow, magenta and cyan are the primary print colors for cards. The three colors are combined in varying degrees to make a full spectrum of colors. Monochrome or (K) is black resin panel.

YMCKH
(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, K-Resin, Helper) Yellow, magenta and cyan are the primary print colors for cards. The three colors are combined in varying degrees to make a full spectrum of colors. Monochrome or (K) is black resin panel and H is Helper panel (Retransfer printer only) special panel to aid in the transfer of certain card types and materials such as polycarbonate, etc.

YMCKI
(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, K-Resin, Inhibit) Yellow, magenta and cyan are the primary print colors for cards. The three colors are combined in varying degrees to make a full spectrum of colors. Monochrome or (K) is black resin panel and I = Inhibit panel (Retransfer printer only)—prevents printing and transfer on certain areas of a card such as the Mag Stripe or signature panel.

YMCKK
(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, monochrome, monochrome) Yellow, magenta and cyan are the primary print colors for cards. The three colors are combined in varying degrees to make a full spectrum of colors. Monochrome or (K) are black resin panels—the latter (K) is used for monochrome printing on the back side of a card.

YMCKT
(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, monochrome, Topcoat) Yellow, magenta and cyan are the primary print colors for cards. The three colors are combined in varying degrees to make a full spectrum of colors. Monochrome or (K) is a black resin panel, and the topcoat panel provides the card with minimal protection against everyday use and environmental elements (e.g., UV rays).

YMCKO
(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, monochrome, Overcoat) Yellow, magenta and cyan are the primary print colors for cards. The three colors are combined in varying degrees to make a full spectrum of colors. Monochrome or (K) is a black resin panel, and clear overlay or (O) is a thin, protective layer.

YMCKOK
(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Monochrome, Overcoat, monochrome) Yellow, magenta and cyan are the primary print colors for cards. The three colors are combined in varying degrees to make a full spectrum of colors. Monochrome or (K) is a black resin panel, and clear overlay or (O) is a thin, protective layer. The latter (K) is used for monochrome printing on the back side of a card.

YMCKOKO
Full color dual side ribbon with Black and Overlay on front and back

YMCKUvK
(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Monochrome, Overcoat, monochrome) Yellow, magenta and cyan are the primary print colors for cards. The three colors are combined in varying degrees to make a full spectrum of colors. Monochrome or (K) is a black resin panel, Uv = Ultraviolet used in security applications for ultraviolet printing of security features. The latter (K) is used for monochrome printing on the back side of a card.

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