ISO-Standard plastic cards are produced in the dimensions 85.7 x 54mm. Most cards are printed in offset and/or silkscreen printing. Digital offset, retransfer- and thermal-transfer are the most often used printing techniques for variable data on cards.For extra attractive card designs, Card Service can help with some tips and tricks. Think about transparent materials allowing you to see through the card, metallic or translucent colors, changing matt and glossy surfaces, 3D coating etc. Card Service offer a wide variety blank and preprinted cards, available directly from stock.
Contact chip cards are often used for the permission of electronic access, as used for example in cahsless payment systems. It guarantees secure transactions and safe data storage on the card using pincode and data encryption.
There are in general 2 types of contact chip cards: Cards with a memory chip, mainly used for applications with a limited need for security. Cards equipped wih a processor chip, when highest security standards are required.
Magnetic stripes offer a low lost possibility to store machine readable data on a card. Magnetic stripes have no integrated security features that prevent them from being copied or misused. ISO standard magnetic stripes are produced in versions with or without protection against accidentally wipe out caused by nearby magnetic fields.
• LoCo (Low Coercivity): 300 Oersted (easily erasable by magnetic fields)
• HiCo (High Coercivity: 2750 oder 4000 Oersted (not easily erasable)
It is mainly used for applications with no security sensitive relevant issues. Barcodes offer low cost machine readable identification. This makes it the ideal medium for lots of loyalty applications.
Card Service has a lot of experience in printing barcode on cards, including Datamatrix- und QR-Codes.
RFID-cards have become common where a secure identification is crucial. Depending on technology and security requirements, reading distances range from several centimeters up to many meters. RFID technology offers comfort due to the contactless reading operation, security with encrypted data communication and low cost maintenance as a result of missing mechanical reading operations.
An ISO-standard badge card does not necessarily need to be equipped with just one transponder. A combination of two transponders even with contact chip and magnetic stripe integration in the same card is very well possible. Card Service keeps a choice of combi badge cards in stock, allowing the immediate supply of smallest series.
Thermo rewritable cards allow printing and erasing of monochrom personalisation data on the card. Rewritable badges are often used in ski resorts, for temporary access to the ski lift. Please note that such badges need a special thermo rewrite printer. You will find the needed printer amongst other thermal printers on our website.
There are several thermoplastics available for the manufacture of ISO-standard cards. Most common until today is PVC as base material. It is low cost, very well printable and allows lamination with a good adhesion of the different layers. For ecological reasons and for improved heat resistance, PET material is becoming more important nowadays.
Embossed data on the card can be transferred to a piece of paper using a special card imprinter. With the nowadays electronic reading devices, the importance of embossed information has strongly diminished. Embossed cards however still look attractive and are from time to time used for special precious looking cards.
A hologram shows a 3D-image in a changing view angle. A Kinegram shows 2D-movements by changing the view angle. Both pictures are very hard to copy and are used as security feature on many payment cards.
Guilloches are a fine pattern of lines, which is very also hard to copy. This a further security feature, often seen on bank notes or ID cards.