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    Does anyone print their own ID cards?

    ... if so what kit do you use?

    I've been tasked to find a system for printing our own staff ID cards and need a system where they can be printed 'on the hoof' for visitors etc. I've been looking at these but would like to know if anyone has a better system with decent software for capturing photos and putting them into a template. The job of printing them will most likely be given to the reception staff so it needs to be fairly easy to use.

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    We print our own here, we have a Magicard system too - with IDPro7 from Payne Security.

    We use a Paxton door access system though, so don't print them on the fly. Instead we have a bunch we have printed already with 'VISITOR' on, which have permission to go through a subset of our doors.

    However... There are solutions out there which allow you to have 'reprintable' cards, (but not paxton cards). I would give you more details, but I seem to have thrown the catalogue away.

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    Man that was a quick reply.

    We don't need a door entry system -just ID cards so we should be able to go for the lower version I think.

    Is yours reliable?

    Cheers

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    I was going to say don't go for the Magicard system - we have one and have had loads of trouble with it (belts stretching, tape snapping, etc).

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    Hmmm. More Googling required then.

    BTW when did this site start refreshing the page view when a new post is added? I like it.

    HBJB

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    We used Magicard at my last place and the printers worked well (we'd typically print > 20,000 cards per year on 3-4 printers)

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    If you've got things like belts stretching and tape snapping, then that makes me think you're overusing the machine (ie. you bought too small of a machine for the job).

    Personally, we've had no issues at all with our Magicolor machine, but that is down to the fact we produce maybe 100 cards a year on it.

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    That's about the amount we'd do per year so it may be ok for us then.

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    We were doing around that figure.

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    Talk to the people at Banner Bridge, used them before and they are excellent. We use a fargo system with preprinted cards (i.e. the cards already have the graphics and we print on the details)

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    I used to print my own off using publisher, a poloroid camera, a photo cutterouter and a laminator.

    Was the biggest waste of my time.

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    We use IDPro7 although we only did ours for a short while due to our trust renaming but the trust that does them for us know uses the same as far as I am aware. We have Datacard printers in our office to print them if we want to.

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    Ooh, ive been meaning to ask this for ages. So is Magicard the way to go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Ooh, ive been meaning to ask this for ages. So is Magicard the way to go?
    Personally, I'd say yes. Had zero issues with our printer.

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    We have been using them for a very long time, I personally hate them with a passion, but they do the job,it's just over the years they get smaller but the problems never disappear, like others have said, ribbons break so have sello-tape to hand.

    The bit the vexes me so much is the amount they waste on the ribbon, when u install a fresh ribbon it skips the first two sets of cells, and then it's the drivers, they are ok but they could be better.

    Tbh i think they are the best of a bad situation, a lot of the edu sector seem to use them, my advise is to get cards pre-printed with all static stuff and simply print off the dynamic bits, this cuts the print time downs. If you can live with it try black only printing, quailty could be better, but by god it's fast and cheap because of the way the colour works.

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