Card personalisation

The appropriate printing technology for plastic cards depends on multiple factors.

Thermal printing,
also called thermal transfer printing, is applied to the surface of the card and offers impressive abrasion resistance and flexibility. It is particularly flexible; all Windows-based fonts can be used for printing, for example. The standard colour is black, but other colours such as white, gold, silver, etc. can also be used upon request. In addition, barcodes and photos in black and white or colour can be applied to the card with thermal printing.

Re-transfer printing
is printed in four colours onto a carrier film in the thermal sublimation process. The carrier film is then transferred onto the card using heat and pressure. The advantage of this printing technology is the very high-quality and very high-contrast borderless printing.

Embossing
is very widespread in the area of credit cards. Embossed characters add additional value to your card (various colourings are possible such as gold, silver, black and white). However, since the font is standardised, only two different types exist, which is somewhat limiting, not least in the positioning of the text fields.

Encoding
Personalisation of plastic cards includes encoding magnetic strips and various chip modules, whether contactless (such as Mifare or Legic) or contact-based. The encoding customises important functional properties of the card, making electronic data management possible.