When it comes to plastic ID cards, the level of quality should always be a top priority to consider. All direct-to-card ID card printers require the use of a card with a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) surface. The quality of the card used in card printing is directly related to the quality of the finished product.
We recommend using high-quality or graphic-quality cards for all of your card issuance applications. Graphic-quality cards have clean edges, flat surfaces, and no surface contaminates like fingerprints, oils, or dust. The high-quality PVC cards we carry here at ID Wholesaler are all vision inspected or optically scanned to verify their purity and cleanliness.
Two major benefits of using superior-grade, graphic-quality cards include:
Maximize printhead life – Printheads are one of the costliest parts to replace on a card printer. Poor quality cards are more likely to have ridges, burrs, or dust in or on the card’s surface. These minor imperfections increase the chance of damaging the delicate ceramic surface of a printhead. Following the recommended cleaning schedule for your printer is also critical to printhead life.
Cards should be stored in the original packaging to help keep them clean. It’s also a good idea to handle the cards strictly on the edges. In other words, do not touch the top or bottom surfaces that get printed. The oils from your fingers will interfere with the image quality printed on the cards and can damage your printer.