PLASTIC CARDS

Plastic cards

PLASTIC ID-CARD MANUFACTURING

ID Systems Ltd. produces monthly 100 000 ISO-7810* compliant plastic ID-cards. We employ several different technologies:

Offset print
Silk-screen print
Thermal transfer print
Folio print
Combined techniques
Blank cards

Offset print
Offset technology can be used for printing both full-color cards and cards with less colors. Offset print is feasible when amount of printed cards exceeds five hundred copies. Offset raster density is 150 lpi which grants excellent quality for photographic images.

Silk-screen print
Silk-screen technology is used when copy count of the card is small or certain design elements are posed special requirements. Silk-screen print raster density is 54 lpi.

Thermal transfer print
Thermal transfer print technology means thermal transfer of thin layer of dye or resin color to card surface, which is afterwards overlaminated for weather and mechanical protection. This technology enables all produced cards to differ from each-other to smaller or larger extent. In addition, card's design may include cardholder's photograph (used at pass-control, license, certificate etc. cards) and other variable elements. Thermal transfer technology is also widely used for ID-card personalization.

Folio print
Folio technology is used to print "true metallic" and diffraction-spectral (optically variable) card design elements.

Combined techniques
Often several different technologies are used to print a card. More frequent combinations are the following:
- Cards are printed in offset, then "metallic" colors are printed in folio or silk-screen.
- Cards are printed in offset or silk-screen, then variable elements (e.g. cardholder's photograph) is printed in thermal transfer.

Blank cards
We also supply card templates - blank cards with nothing printed on - both white and solid color. Such template cards are used for later personalization for limited cardholder base (e.g. corporate pass-control systems), where all necessary attributes are printed during personalization process.

*ISO-7810 standard defines plastic ID-card's dimensions (width 86 mm, height 54 mm, thickness 0.76 mm); dimensions and location of magnetic stripe; dimensions and location of signature panel; embossing area and certain other mechanical characteristics. Practically all bank, credit, customer, loyalty, bonus, pass-control, etc. cards in circulation today are manufactured after this standard.