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Avansia Printers

Buy Evolis Avansia ID Card Printers

Featuring retransfer technology, over-the-edge printing and 600 dpi image quality, the dual-sided Evolis Avansia card printer creates consistently high-definition credentials. Reliable and versatile, the Avansia is outfitted for both USB and Ethernet, can print onto a wide variety of card types, and offers optional magnetic stripe and smart card encoding. Made for volume printing, the Avansia prints fast and is equipped with high capacity card hoppers, and comes with a three-year warranty and lifetime printhead warranty.

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What are the Main Features and Benefits of the Evolis Avansia?

Evolis Avansia ID card printers

Evolis Avansia ID card printers feature reverse transfer printing technology, also known as retransfer printing. Retransfer printers print card images to retransfer film which is then fused to the surface of a card using intense heat. This printing process allows the Avansia to print vibrant, rich images that flood the entire surface of your cards. Retransfer printing also allows you to print images to cards to different card types, such as PET and Polycarbonate (PC) cards. Printing to uneven card surfaces, such as prox cards, smart cards, or perforated cards is another advantage of retransfer printing.

Avansia printers offer a number of impressive features including:

  • Dual-sided printing capabilities
  • Reverse transfer, dye-sublimation printing for vivid images, along with thermal resin printing for sharp black text and barcodes
  • Standard USB and Ethernet connectivity, for versatility and the ability to printing over a network
  • Encoding options for writing electronic data to your cards
  • High-capacity 250 card input and output hoppers the largest available!
  • High-capacity ribbons, with 500 prints per YMCK ribbon, 400 prints per YMCKK ribbon
  • A 3-year printer warranty and a lifetime printhead warranty
I Need to be able to Store or Access Data on my Cards. What are my Card Encoding Options?

Barcode Code Printing

Magnetic Stripe Encoding card front

The data is not stored within a barcode, but rather electronically in a computer. With this, you do not need an Avansia with any kind of encoding capabilities. You simply need to make sure that your printer ribbon has a black resin panel to create crisp, easy-to-scan barcodes.

Requirements: All Evolis Avansia printers are capable of adding a 1-D or 2-D barcode to a plastic card. You will simply need a barcode scanner connected to a computer that contains the barcode's data to read the barcode.

Magnetic Stripe Encoding

Magnetic Stripe Encoding card back

While a barcode's information is kept in a computer, a magnetic stripe's information is stored within the magnetic stripe of the card. For example, when used for access control, each card holds data that will unlock preprogrammed doors. Simply swipe the card and, if you are a validated user of that door, it will unlock.

There are two types of magnetic stripe cards:

High Coercivity (HiCo) magnetic stripe cards are harder to erase, and are used in applications where cards are frequently used or need to have a long life. High co stripes are resistant to damage from most magnets or magnetic fields and therefore are most often used for access control, time and attendance, and gift cards.

Low Coercivity (LoCo) magnetic stripe cards require a lower amount of energy to record and are easier to erase. Low co stripes can be damaged by even a brief contact with a magnetic field. With this, LoCo cards are typically used for applications where the card is only used for a short time, such as hotel room keys.

Requirements: In order to use magnetic stripe cards, you will need an Avansia printer with magnetic stripe encoding capability and mid-level or fully-featured ID software.

Smart Card and Proximity Card Encoding

Smart Card and Proximity Card Encoding

Similar to a magnetic stripe card, data is stored within the smart card components. A smart card offers added functionality and can hold up to 100 times more data than a magnetic stripe. It can be reconfigured to add, erase, or edit hosted data. Smart cards can be categorized into two categories:

A contact smart card has an integrated chip. As the name implies, a contact smart card must come into direct contact with the reader in order to be read.

A contactless smart card has a chip and an antenna. In order to be read, it needs to come within a specified distance to the reader (varies by reader), but doesn't need to make direct contact.

Note: Proximity cards are similar to contactless smart cards, but there are important differences. Proximity cards come pre-programmed, so do not need to be encoded. Some printers can read/verify data that has been written to a proximity card, but data on most* proximity cards cannot be added, erased, or edited.

Requirements: In order to use a contact or contactless smart card, you'll need an Avansia printer model with smart card encoding and fully-featured ID software.

*Some cards, such as iClass cards, include non-editable, pre-programmed proximity data and a smart chip for encoding your own data.

What is a Retransfer Printer?

Many experienced card printer users are familiar with the white border that direct-to-card printers leave around the edge of cards. Retransfer printers, on the other hand, produce "over-the-edge" prints that cover the entire surface of your cards. Direct-to-card printers print directly to the surface of cards. Any uneven surface of a card--including coming in contact with the edge of a card--can cause expensive printhead damage. Retransfer printers, like the Evolis Avansia, print your card image to a clear retransfer film that is then fused onto the surface of the card. With this process, the printhead does not come in direct contact with your card, allowing you to print over the edge of your cards and to a wider variety of card surfaces including proximity cards, smart cards, pre-punched cards and key tag cards. Another benefit: retransfer printers produce imagery with rich, vibrant, saturated colors.