Datacard Group announced the availability of six new Magna Class plastic card printers for immediate shipping. The six models feature Advanced Imaging Technology, a breakthrough in printing technology that optimizes the sharpness of photos, logos and other graphics on full-color and one-color cards.
“This is an important introduction for desktop card printing, because it means that card issuers no longer have to sacrifice image quality for productivity,” said Dan Hirsch, senior product manager for Datacard. “With the development of Advanced Imaging Technology for our Magna Class printers, Datacard provides card issuers with superior image quality that remains constant at extremely high print speeds.”
“The new Magna Class printers also address today’s heightened security concerns with several features that protect printers and personalized cards from misuse,” Hirsch said. “In addition to life-like photo imaging for positive identity confirmation, the printers offer inline application of clear and holographic topcoats and over-laminates for tamper-evident security, along with smart card technology and other advanced features. Lockable hoppers, a lockable cover and a compact chassis that can be bolted to any surface help safeguard the printers themselves.”
Advanced Imaging Technology leverages optimized print ribbons to improve the sharpness and quality of photos, graphics and logos printed on cards. Improvements include smoother backgrounds, superior reproduction of fine-text characters, better color matching with cameras and scanners and low-ribbon status. Magna Class printers with Advanced Imaging Technology personalize up to 650 one-color cards and 180 full-color cards per hour. The printers also feature a full-time disposable cleaning roller system, along with USB functionality and complete direct networking capability options.
Datacard will showcase its enhanced Magna Class printers at several upcoming security conferences, including:
— American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Leadership Summit, Arlington, Va., Feb. 8-10;
— National Association of Campus Card Users 9th Annual Conference, Reno, Nev., Feb. 23-26;
— International Security Conference and Exposition, Las Vegas, Nev., March 5-7;
— National School Board Association 62nd Annual Conference and Expo, New Orleans, La., April 6-9; and
— CardTech/SecurTech 12th Annual Conference and Expo, New Orleans, La., April 22-25.
“We’re excited to get our Magna Class printers with Advanced Imaging Technology in front of potential customers for a hands-on look, because the technology truly speaks for itself,” Hirsch said. “We anticipate heavy interest from government agencies, colleges and universities, corporations with access control systems and other mid-volume card issuers that require the highest possible image quality, throughput and security features.” Datacard Group provides software, systems and professional services needed to build profitable card programs. The company’s solutions portfolio also includes a complete line of secure digital identity systems and card personalization systems. Datacard Group is privately held and based in Minnetonka, Minn. Datacard Group serves customers in more than 120 countries. ([http://www.datacard.com])