Inhibiting Printing to Magnetic Stripe, Signature Panel, or Smart Card Areas

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The retransfer process is accomplished by using an evenly heated roller to adhere the image to the card. To selectively exclude specific areas of the card from the transfer process a transfer inhibitor must be applied to the film.

Applies To

Zebra ZXP Series 8 Card Printers

Zebra ZXP Series 9 Card Printers


Zebra provides two print ribbons with an Inhibit panel. The inhibit panels prevents transfer of the film to the card wherever it is applied on the film.

800012-942 Zebra i Series Color Ribbon for ZXP Series 8 and 9 , 5 Panel YMCKI, 500 images

800012-944 Zebra i Series Color Ribbon for ZXP Series 8 and 9, 6 Panel YMCKKI, 415 images


ZXP 8 Iinhibit Panel Pop-Up Settings 

The Inhibit pop-up window allows you to select the inhibit panel area for mag stripe, signature panel, or other non-printing areas of a card. This window is available only when using ribbons with an inhibitor panel; e.g., YMCKi.

To access the Inhibit pop-up window,

- Select Start > Printers and Faxes.
- Right click on the Zebra ZXP Series 8 Card Printer listing 
- Select Printing Preferences > Card Setup
- Select Ribbon info > Front Inhibit... or Back Inhibit...

The figure below shows settings for the front side of the card; settings for the back side of the card are identical.

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Select the inhibit panel area:

- Disable Inhibit: Default.
- Inhibit printing on magnetic stripe: Places a no-print zone arounnd the mag stripe area.
- Inhibit printing on smartcard contact: Places a no-print zone arounnd the smartcard chip area.

Bitmap based inhibit panel area: This option is enabled when Custom file based inhibit area (see above) is selected. To locate the bitmap, click on the Browse button to bring up a dialog for choosing the file.


ZXP 9 Iinhibit Panel Pop-Up Settings

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+ Product Codes

  • ZXP Series 8 Card Printer
  • ZXP Series 8 High Security Retransfer Card Printer
  • ZXP Series 8 Secure Issuance Card Printer
  • ZXP Series 9 Card Printer