If you’re printing in house ID cards for your organization, I’m sure you’re noticed that the way you handle the cards can affect the print quality. There is really no exception to this rule. Careful handling is required for all types of cards, especially for proximity ID cards because of the sensitive technology that’s embedded. If you’re looking to improve the consistency of your ID card printing, here are a few handling tips that can help.
1. Don’t Unwrap Your Cards in a Hurry
When unwrapping your ID cards, do your best not to rush through it. It may seem trivial, but in my own personal experience, I’ve dropped whole stacks of cards on the floor due to rushing through opening the package. Dropping cards makes them susceptible to scuffs and scratches which will hinder you printers ability to print cleanly onto the surface of the ID cards. This is especially sensitive with proximity cards, because a hard drop could cause damage to the technology inside. Not to mention it puts the card numbers out of order, and for some customers, that’s a big nuisance.
2. Inspect Your ID Cards for Debris
Another issue with dropping the ID cards or carelessly handling them is the inevitability of debris collecting on the cards. This also can cause the print quality to suffer. If you spot any debris on the cards, be sure to clean them before sending them through the printer. It’s best to use 99% pure isopropyl alcohol to avoid residue on the ID cards.
3. Keep a Clean Printing Area
Another way to help avoid debris collecting on the cards is to keep your printing area clean. Don’t place your printer in the dustiest room in your office. Be sure to wipe down surfaces around the printer and dust surrounding areas if need be.
4. Avoid Directly Touching the Card Surface
When you’re handling unwrapped cards, it’s best to hold the cards by the edges. Oils from your fingers can cause smudges and improper printing on the card’s surface.
If you would like more information about how to handle your ID cards or improve your in house printing, give us a call! One of our ID professionals would love take the time to answer any questions you may have! Call (866) 610-4308