The Next Generation of Printing – EDC


Organizations face challenges when managing their identification card (ID) programs that can be costly if they don’t consider the impact to their business. Some of these challenges are a result of the type of printer ink technology used for ID card programs. Three challenges facing card printer program administrators include:

Environmental exposure. Exposure to environmental factors, such as UV light, can impact a badge when someone wears the badge in a visible way during work (both outdoors and indoors). Exposure to fluorescent lighting can take its toll on the badge and it’s even worse when employees are working outdoors. When people get done with work and put their ID badge on the dashboard of their car during the drive home, the effects are compounded.
Many organizations will try to address this issue by buying expensive UV blocker laminates. And they often have a higher reissuance of cards due to damage from exposure to light.

Image integrity. Organizations not using the latest printing technology often struggle to maintain the integrity of the original image when it’s printed on a card. For example, when an organization has a logo (such as company name, branding, etc.) or face that they want to print, they often have difficulty matching what they see on their monitor to what is printed on the card. Matching skin tones is also a challenge.
Some organizations create custom profiles for their printers as a workaround – however, the downside is that once one color is fixed, another is broken. Essentially, one color data point is right but others are modified. Other organizations change the colors of the imageon the screen to print the desired color on the card. Even with these workarounds, dark colors from dye sublimation will continue to blend into adjacent colors on the card.

Fine-detailed text legibility. Making fine-detailed text such as Kanji characters like Chinese, Japanese, Arabic characters, and 2 point font, legible is a challenge with today’s card printing technology. Increasing font size or using smaller subset of characters are potential workarounds for this issue, but they are not all available with 300 DPI.


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The mission of the association is to assist the institutions of higher education in the Member States of the European Union and other European Countries to implement and operate campus card programmes by facilitating information exchange, by developing European standards where appropriate and by acting as a forum for interaction between the institutions and other agencies with an interest in campus card applications in Higher Education.


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