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Laminating Systems

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We've bundled everything you need to start printing laminated cards into convenient, money-savings systems. Each laminating card printing system includes a laminating card printer, ID camera, PVC cards, ID card software, a color ribbon, and laminate. You'll also receive toll-free technical support.

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Why Choose an ID System?

Our laminating ID systems provide everything you need to get your card printing program up and running - quickly and easily. While a laminating ID card printer can be purchased as a stand-alone piece of equipment, it does 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 to make laminated cards.

Our bundled laminating systems contain supplies and equipment that seamlessly work together. Most laminating systems include a printer, software, ribbon, laminate, 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, lamination, etc.), 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 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 Supplies will I Need for My Laminating ID System?

There are two special supply items that a laminating ID system requires: laminate and composite PVC-PET cards. In order for your printer to add a protective layer of lamination to your cards during the printing process, you'll need to keep it loaded with a roll of laminate, also referred to as lamination or overlamination. There are a number of laminate options, from clear to holographic, patch to full-coverage overlay. Talk with your account manager at ID Wholesaler to determine which option is the best fit for you.

Rather than standard 100% PVC cards, you'll want to choose composite PVC-PET cards for your laminating printer. Composite PVC-PET cards are the same size and look the same as standard PVC cards, but are more durable. More importantly, they are more resistant to the high heat used in the lamination process. Standard PVC cards will warp from the intense heat when laminating, composite cards will not.

What Lamination Options are Available with a Laminating ID System?

One of the benefits of a laminating printer is the versatility it has to offer! There are a number of laminate options that your laminating card printer can use interchangeably.

Clear vs. holographic laminate: Clear laminate is your basic go-to lamination. It is available in 0.6 or 1.0 mil thicknesses, with the thicker option offering more durability. Holographic laminate provides added card security, as the holograms cannot be fraudulently duplicated. You have two options when it comes to holographic laminate: standard or custom. Both provide the same holographic effect, however standard holographic laminate is available on the open market and therefore doesn't offer the same level of security as a custom holographic laminate.

Patch vs. overlay laminate: Another consideration when it comes to laminate is patch vs. full-coverage overlay. Patch laminate does not cover the full card, but it is thicker and more durable. Overlay laminate covers the entire card, but is thinner and less durable than patch laminate.

Laminates are also available specifically for use with magnetic stripe cards and smart chip cards.

Should I Consider Dual-Sided Lamination?

Lamination extends the life of your card and protects from fading and dye migration. Many laminating ID card printer models are available with the choice of single-sided or dual-sided lamination. Dual-sided lamination provides added flexibility to further protect both sides of your cards. If you are using a holographic laminate, it also allows you to add holograms to both sides of the card.

Choose a system with dual-sided lamination capability if you want to protect both sides of your cards or if you want to add holographic images to both card surfaces.