Plastic Card Services
We support and work with leading manufacturers such as Logika Technology SrL, ICS , Evolis and Dynetics to enable you to choose a system to suit your specific plastic card services needs, marketing and supporting plastic card personalisation and mailing systems to fulfil functions such as:
Magnetic Strip Encoding
Alphanumeric data can be encoded to include variable information such as unique card numbers, sequential numbers, account numbers, card holder’s names, contact details, expiry dates and passwords or codes required for secure entry for Plastic Card Services.
There are two types of magnetic strips, HiCo (High Coercitivity) magnetic strips offer a higher level of security against potential damages from third-party magnetic fields, whilst LoCo strips (Low Coercitivity) tent to cost less but are more sensitive to third-party magnetic fields.
Whilst embossing your plastic cards may be seen as more durable, thermal printing allows you greater flexibility. The thermal print process is also faster than plastic card embossing. The monochrome print can be selected from a choice of available colours including black, white, blue, red, green, silver and gold.
Indenting Front or Reverse
Indent or infill is a technique whereby the alphanumeric characters are stamped inversely and ‘infilled’ with a tape (typically black). Indent has an ‘engraved’ appearance and tends to be applied to the reverse of a card. An example of an indent is the CVV verification numbers that are typically applied to signature strips on bankcards.
Contact or ‘Chip’ initialisation encoding
A contact smart card is a plastic card that contains an embedding, integrated circuit microchip or an on-board microprocessor. A reader makes physical contact with the silver or gold plate on the card face and then reads and transmits its data electronically.
Full Colour Printing Dye Sublimation
Dye sublimation is a printing process which uses heat to transfer dye onto a plastic card.
The main difference to thermal printing is that you can utilise full colour CMYKO printing. You can always still print in monochrome if preferred – select from a wide range of available colours including black, silver and gold.
Your variable text, number, graphics, designs or bar coding can be positioned anywhere on the face or reverse of the card. There is a multiplicity of applications for dye sublimation printed plastic cards including membership cards, loyalty cards gift cards, discount and promotional cards, payment cards, key fobs, luggage tags and more.
Ink Jet Printing
Ink jet printing is a method of flat printing alphanumeric characters onto pre-printed cards. Printing is usually undertaken using black ink. It is ideal for high volume applications due to its speed of application. The reduced quality is reflected in its cost, it is less expensive than the thermal process.
Although your plastic card might not be a bankcard, your scheme may achieve some implied kudos and importance by using this technique.
There are two types of embossing: 1. OCR B – the larger size (5mm) and is used for embossing numbers only, a maximum of 19 characters across. 2. Simplex – 3mm in height and is used for both lettering and numbering to a maximum of 27 characters across.
Durable, coloured tipping foil is used to visually heighten the embossing characters. The most common colours selected for the ‘tipping’ process are gold, silver and black (white and other colours are also used). Your choice of tipping colour will usually be a contrast, dictated by the background colours of your pre-printed card stock.
Contactless, Proximity or RFID initialisation encoding
A contactless card can hold significant amounts of data, whilst operating without any direct physical link with the reader: communication is performed via transmitting radio waves read by a proximity card reader.
A contactless smart card consists of multiple components: an embedded aerial that enables the card to communicate with an antenna coupling unit and an electronic microchip, or a microprocessor which stores both retained and communicated data and finally the laminated plastic card body.
The ‘chip’ controls all communication with the reader, data retention, data encryption and authentication security.
The contactless card offers flexibility of transactions when minimal human intervention is required e.g. access control, cashless catering and vending. Smart cards can support multiple applications. Proximity cards are proving an increasingly popular way for organisations and businesses to control access. They differ from contactless smart cards in that they cannot have new information written onto them. For this reason, manufactures typically do proximity card encoding before shipping.