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Nodaccess Solutions is a Fargo product distributor and authorized services Center. Internationaly recognized manufacturer, Fargo is the leader in the badging system solutions with their vast and versatile products like ID printers, peripherals and softwares. As experts in this field, we will be pleased to advise you for choosing the right product for your identification solutions.


With security concerns on the rise, organizations are facing the challenge of finding a reliable, scalable and cost-effective solution for producing secure ID cards on-demand.  There’s a wide spectrum of possible solutions from multiple providers, but how do you know which one will be right for you?

Read on for our top 10 things to consider as part of your evaluation process, so that you can narrow your selections and ultimately choose the right secure issuance solution for your needs.

  • Security  

Selecting a secure issuance solution that can support a broad range of credential security measures ensures that your investment is protected.

  • Durability  

Knowing how the card will be used and for how long can help you determine the level of durability you’ll want to incorporate into your solution.

  • Volume  

How many cards will you be printing? You’ll want to be sure that you select a printer that was designed with your needs in mind.

  • Functionality   

Do you wish to employ multiple simultaneous applications to your cards, such as encoding and lamination?

  • Interoperability  

Think about your ideal secure issuance solution holistically.  What other ways might an ID badge be used in your organization?

  • Connectivity

Look for solutions that can support multiple connectivity options to give you the flexibility to print from any location.

  • Convenience

Today’s secure issuance solutions are quite sophisticated and as such make it easier and quicker to resolve any problems.

  • Modularity

Solutions should be modular with the ability to add features that allow for technology migration or program expansion.

  • Quality  

Only consider those solutions that include full, multi-year warranties on printers and lifetime warranties on critical accessories.

  • Parenting

It is important to consider the provider’s longevity and innovation in the industry as these are good indications of what you can expect.

The spectrum of available secure issuance solutions can seem overwhelming at first glance, but by understanding your technology options and taking these 10 factors into consideration, you can start to narrow your selections.

Différence between DTC and HDP Printers

DTC Printers (Direct-to-Card)

Also referred to as “dye sublimation printers,” these are the most common and use ink ribbons and cards to print. The print-head inside direct-to-card printers contains little glass pixels that press the ink onto the cards and prints directly onto the cards.

With the DTC printer, you will see a small white border around the edge of the card. This is because the print-head is not able to go over the edge of the cards.

Direct-to-card printers were designed for printing onto regular PVC cards as well as adhesive-backed cards.

HDP Printers (High-definition-printers)

Also called a “reverse transfer,” these card printers are designed to print on technology cards, cards with uneven surfaces, and regular non-technology cards.

The HDP printer uses ink ribbon and film to print onto cards. The printhead does not come into contact with the cards, the ink gets printed onto the reverse side of a clear film, which is then laid and heated onto the cards. This allows the ink to be printed on the entire surface of the cards, called “full bleed”, leaving no border.

The HDP printers are slower than DTC printers. Their cost is slightly higher due to the fact that they use 3 consumables. The quality of the image is however superior and the cards are more durable.

It is recommended to use composite cards for printing because of the higher heat printing process. Standard PVC cards will warp or bend, and composite cards will not. Adhesive-backed cards cannot be used with HDP printers, glue residue will accumulate on re-transfer rollers.

The print-head is guaranteed for life on these printers.