Shop our selection of Evolis ID systems by printer capability or model. Each system includes an Evolis ID card printer with ID card software, blank cards, and everything else you need to start printing credentials. Select from single-sided and duplex systems, and direct-to-card or retransfer printing technology. Our pre-bundled Evolis systems make starting an ID program easy and are more affordable than purchasing an Evolis printer and supplies separately.
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Why Choose an Evolis ID System?
Our Evolis ID systems provide everything you need to quickly and easily get your card printing program up and running. While Evolis printers can be purchased as stand-alone pieces of equipment, the printers do not come with all of the necessary supplies to begin making cards. It's very important, especially for first-time card printer users, to also get the supplies necessary for card production.
Our bundled systems contain supplies and equipment that seamlessly work together. Most Evolis systems include a printer, software, ribbon, camera, and cards. Plus, each system can easily be customized to varying needs. For example, you can change the type of card, add printer features (such as encoding), upgrade to a more advanced ID camera or ID software, and add extended warranty and/or loaner coverage.
Not only can a system make your purchase decision easier, it is also easy on the pocketbook. Buying a bundled Evolis ID system costs less than if the items were purchased individually! ID systems are a convenient and economical way to establish a card printing program at your organization.
What's the Difference Between a Single-Sided and a Dual-Sided Evolis System?
Simply put, a single-sided system prints on one side of your cards and a dual-sided printer prints on both sides of your cards in one process.
Choose adual-sided Evolis system if you want the front of your cards to remain clean and uncluttered; printing some of your card-holder info on the back of your cards will keep the front of your cards looking their best!
Many customers ask if it is possible to print on both sides of the card with a single-sided printer by manually flipping the cards and sending them back through the printer. While technically it is possible, it's not recommended. Printing on both sides of the card with a single-sided printer will expose the printhead to dust, debris, and oil from your fingertips, which can cause expensive printhead damage. Plus, damage to a printhead from non-standard use will void warranty coverage, costing you more in the long run.
Why Would I Need to Laminate My Plastic Cards?
If you recall the old days of cutting and pasting an ID card together, lamination may confuse you a bit. You might wonder why you would need lamination when printing directly to plastic. In plastic card printing, lamination is a clear protective layer that is applied over the top of your printed cards by a printer with lamination capability. Primarily this is used to extend the life of your cards (the additional layer adds protection from physical wear, rubbing, etc as well as fading from the sun) and to increase security. The additional layer makes it more difficult to tamper with cards, and when coupled with holographic laminates, makes cards almost impossible to duplicate.
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.