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Fargo DTC5500LMX 56306 ID Card System Dual-Sided - 2-Laminate Material and Mag Stripe Encoding

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  • Includes a free 30-day subscription to CloudBadging: a secure, cloud-based workspace for individuals or teams to create, manage, and print ID badges
  • Dual-sided direct-to-card laminating printer ideal for high-volume or high-security applications
  • Special features: heavy duty construction, wasteless lamination, magnetic stripe encoding, standard 200 card dual-input card hopper, built-in erase/rewrite, standard Ethernet connectivity, and 3-year warranty that includes 1 year of loaner coverage

What's Included

Fargo's DTC5500LMX direct-to-card printing and wasteless lamination solution with magnetic encoding offers a cost-effective, ultra-durable design for high-quality and high-volume ID card production. This rugged, yet stylish printer is one of the first to comprise HID Global's new Professional Select Series of printers. The DTC5500LMX is an ideal solution for corporations, universities, and government or healthcare facilities. The DTC5500LMX solution includes a color ribbon, cleaning rollers, cards, CloudBadging ID software and a USB webcam - everything you need to get started at a great price!

Fargo DTC5500LMX Direct-To-Card & Wasteless Lamination Printer with Magnetic Encoding

  • High volume printing, heavy duty construction

    The DTC5500LMX printer was expertly designed with high volume printing in mind. With speeds of up to 600 cards per hour for monochrome cards, large batches can be printed in record time. The new laminator includes iON technology that allows the laminator to warm up in less then a minute, reducing downtime and optimizing efficiency.

    Building on the extremely popular, but now discontinued, Fargo DTC550 printer, the DTC5500LMX is made of a heavy duty metal and plastic body. Such a build was designed to ensure optimum performance while providing extreme durability, even in harsh conditions. Fargo backs up the DTC5500LMX with a three year manufacturers warranty as well as a lifetime warranty on the printhead.

  • All-in-one printing & lamination
    With the DTC5500LMX, dual-sided printing and dual-sided lamination come standard. The DTC5500LMX printer is extremely flexible and capable of loading two different types of laminates at the same time. This provides the opportunity to use different laminates on the front and backs of the cards, depending on your preference. The laminator on the DTC5500LMX is extremely easy to use, with included sensors that automatically advance laminate patches through the printer and align the patches for proper results.

    • Low energy consumption & reduced supplies costs

      Normal card laminators function through the use of a laminate supply roll that holds the fresh laminate patches on a carrier film, and a pickup core that winds up the carrier film after the laminate patches have been removed from it. With wasteless lamination, laminate patches are advanced from the supply roll with no carrier film, eliminating the need for a pickup core. When the roll of laminate patches has been exhausted, only the empty supply roll needs to be discarded. This reduces the cost of production per card. This alone justifies the upgrade to the DTC5500LMX over other laminating printers such as the DTC4500e, not to mention other cost savings from the durability and lower energy consumption.

      The wasteless laminate patches utilized with the DTC5500LMX printer offer several benefits over similar products on the market. Unlike square cornered wasteless patches, the rounded corner patches of the DTC5500LMX can be produced to cover more of the patch without hanging over the edge. This results in a coverage of 95.5% compared to 88% coverage from competing products. The DTC5500LMX is capable of advancing laminates without the need for notches in the patch, resulting in better coverage.

    • Fast lamintor warm-up time with iON Technology
      The laminator in the DTC5500LMX utilizes HID Fargo's new iON technology, whhich reduces the warm up time of the laminator from an average of 2-5 minutes to around 40 seconds. This can have a dramatic improvement in productivity in intermittent issuance environments. For example, iON technology is especially impactful in applications such as DMVs and university campuses, as there are often delays between printing each card while paperwork is filled out or payment is processed. iON technology also allows the printer to control and optimize the laminator's temperature, ensuring optimal results every time.

  • Direct-to-card printing with rewrite ability
    The DTC5500LMX printer builds upon Fargo's 20 years of direct-to-card expertise. The DTC5500LMX combines advanced technology with proven reliability to save you time and money. Direct-to-card printers use a thermal printhead to print directly from printer ribbon to card. The same printhead can be used to erase and rewrite cards (requires rewritable cards) which is an excellent solution and cost saver when issuing temporary cards to visitors.

  • Flexible supplies for unique needs
    Fargo's DTC5500LMX printer accepts over a dozen different ribbons and laminates to satisfy the unique needs of your card printing environment. Whether that includes full color cards, half panel or monochrome cards, there is a ribbon for any application. Lamination is just as flexible due to laminate options including full card, smart chip cutouts, and half patch laminates. The DTC5500LMX can even utilize two different types of laminates at the same time, allowing each card to have a separate type of laminate on each side of the card.

  • Magnetic stripe encoding
    The DTC5500LMX printing solution comes standard with magnetic stripe encoding. Magnetic stripes store data that is read by a magnetic stripe reader by swiping the card. Other data storage features available include smart cards and proximity cards. Additional field upgradable modules can be purchased at a later date to add such functionality. Aside from the standard magnetic encoding, possible configurations include:

    • • Omnikey Cardman 5121 & 5125 with contact station for encoding HID Prox, MIFARE/DESFire, and contact smart cards: Part # 56307
    • • Omnikey 5127 for encoding iCLASS SE, iCLASS, MIFARE/DESFire, and HID Proximity cards: Part # 56308

CloudBadging ID Software

  • Powerful cloud-based software in a user-friendly package
    Fargo's DTC5500LMX direct-to-card and wasteless lamination system includes CloudBadging, a cloud-based ID card software that goes beyond traditional ID badge management software by providing a secure, cloud-based workspace for individuals or teams to create, manage, and print ID badges - maximizing productivity and performance for everyone. CloudBadging provides you with quick, simple card design and printing tools that are accessible from any internet connective device with a modern web browser, no matter where you are located.

Credential Cam Digital Photo ID Webcam

  • Plug and play ease in capturing ID photos
    With its five layer glass lens and Autosmart facetracking, the Credential Cam included with your DTC5500LMX system is optimized for capturing ID photos, and works exceptionally well for all card printing applications. The camera is designed to simply plug and play; withing minutes you will have quality images on your photo ID badges.

Color Ribbon and Cards

  • Supplies you need to start printing immediately
    Fargo's DTC5500LMX direct-to-card system includes a full-color, 500 print-count YMCK ribbon, and 500 PVC cards.
Card Sizes AcceptedCR80 - composite PVC/PET (CR80 is the size of a standard credit card)
Card Thickness Accepted30 - 40 Mil
Printer Color CapabilityColor & monochrome printing, plus monochrome rewritable printing
Printer IncludesUSB cable
US/International power cords
CD with printer drivers & user guide
Input Hopper CapacityDual Hoppers - 100 each
InterfaceUSB 2.0 & Ethernet with internal print server
OS CompatibilityMicrosoft® Windows® XP, Windows Server 2003 & 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Restricted Mac compatibility* OS X v10.5, v10.6, v10.7, v10.8, & v10.9
*A PC is required to make changes within the Workbench Printer Utility in the printer driver
Additional drivers coming:
Linux Ubuntu 12.04, Debian 7.0, Fedora 18, Mandriva 2011, Red Hat 6.4, Open Suse 12.3
All drivers include Fargo Workbench Printer Utility & Swift ID™ Embedded Badging Application
Output Hopper Capacity100
Printing Speeds (sec/card)6 seconds (monochrome (K) single-sided card)
16 seconds (full-color (YMCKO) single-sided card)
24 seconds( full-color front (YMCKOK) dual-sided card)
Printing CapabilitySingle-sided & dual-sided printing
Warranty3 years on printer and printhead (unlimited pass with Ultracard™)
1 no-questions-asked printhead replacement
Weight & Dimensions39 lbs (17.7kg), 12.9" x 34.9" x 9.3" (327.7mm x 866.5mm x 236.2mm)
Card ManagementImport images
Integrated photo capture
Conditional design rules
Magnetic stripe encoding
Add signatures
Add unlimited data fields
DatabaseCloud-based database
Encoding1-D and 2-D barcodes
Magnetic encoding options

Fargo DTC5500LMX 56306

Fargo DTC5500LMX 56306 Downloads

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- DTC5500LMX Firmware and Drivers

Fargo DTC5500LMX 56306 User Manuals

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- Fargo DTC5500LMX User Manual

Fargo DTC5500LMX 56306 Support

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