Personalized Plastic Cards - Plastic Cards with Personalization

Personalized plastic cards are individual, secure and fit for different applications. We offer different methods for plastic cards with personalization or recommend a suitable card printer.

For all kind of identity cards, personalization with name, picture and more personal data is advisable. Customer cards, gift cards and prepaid cards can be passed secure and useful with barcodes,  scratch-off-panels or embossing.

The best print result

For every kind of personalization there is an individual printing technology as for example thermotransfer, re-transfer, ink jet, laser or indigo. If we are in charge of your personalization, we choose the variation that achieves the best print result. You also get good results with your own card printer or embossing device. We would love to recommend you the perfect model!

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Our picture shows (from the left): personalization with embossing, scratch-off panel, name/photo and barcode.


 

Printing methods for personalization:

Embossing

This traditional way of card personalization roots in a time when embossing constituted the only way to apply machine-readable data onto the surface of a plastic card. Meanwhile, in the modern times of chip card technology, this functionality has become void. Embossing has a higher perceived quality and durability, though, as it is still preferred with credit cards. With the introduction of EMV chip card technology for credit cards, however, and the accompanying spreading of suitable payment terminals, embossing will most probably be replaced by thermo transfer personalization which is far more economical.

Following restrictions apply to embossing: only capital letters, the fonts Gothic and OCR and a font size of 5 mm can be embossed. Embossing of special characters and umlaute is not possible.

This kind of personalization is applicable for:

  • PVC cards
  • PET-G cards

 

Thermotransfer and dye sublimation printing

Thermo printing is a flat printing process where colour is applied onto a card surface using heat. In dependence on the type of ribbon that is used for personalisation, data can be printed onto the card either monochrome or full coloured, e.g. with plastic card printers from Zebra. It is not only possible to print alphanumeric information, but also photos, barcodes and logos in high quality.

This kind of personalization is applicable for:

  • PVC cards
  • ABS cards with special ribbons

 

Re-Transfer

In contrary to other print methods, re-transfer printing does not apply the print information onto the card itself, but onto a foil which is laminated onto the card. Personalization can be made monochrome or full colour – e.g. with EDIsecure card printers.

The quality of re-transfer printing is very high, almost comparable to offset printing. Moreover edge-to-edge-printing is possible.

This kind of personalization is applicable for:

  • PVC cards
  • PET and PET-G cards
  • ABS cards

 

Ink Jet

Whenever it is essential to personalize plastic cards in a fast and economical way with alphanumeric characters and barcodes, ink jet is the method to choose. The print quality may not live up to thermo transfer, but printing is faster and more low cost. Thus ink jet is perfectly suited for plastic cards that need not have a long durability – e.g. seasonal passes or prepaid cards.

This kind of personalization is applicable for:

  • PVC cards
  • PET and PET-G cards
  • ABS cards

 

Laser Printing

When using this print method, data – usually names or numbers – are engraved into the card layers with a laser. Thus personalization is distinguished from the card surface – it is even tactual for your fingers. Laser printing is most common for bank cards.

This kind of personalization is applicable for:

  • PVC cards
  • PET and PET-G cards
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