Printed plastic cards

 

The simplest plastic cards have only elements intended for visual identification without being equipped with magnetic or electronic information carriers, i.e. a magnetic stripe or a chip. Their main disadvantage lies in very limited possibility of automatic access to the data stored on a card reduced to the possibility of its automatic identification by reading the barcode printed on the card. Such type plastic cards (ISO 7810) are pieces of plastic precisely covered with waterless printing.

Analogically to cards of different types, they are typically made of PVC, LUC-BIO (biodegradable PVC), polyethylene, PET or ABS. With orders exceeding 1000 pieces a batch of identical cards is printed that are then personalised by placing, in the form of a print or embossing, the personal data of the card’s user or the card’s sequence number.

The most modern printing technology is the DOD [drop on demand] method where permanent ink-jet print is applied with high precision and speed. Using the DOD method, we are able to personalise 30 thousand cards per hour. Additionally, a hologram or a scratch stripe may be applied on a card.

Plastic cards with a print are commonly used as ID tags, regular customer cards or loyalty programme cards where bar codes are used.