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Fargo Plastic Card Printers

 

Highly secure and reliable card printing systems from Fargo

See the tabs below for more detailed descriptions of Fargo printers currently available, as well as some discontinued models.

 

HDP 5000

The big selling point of the HDP 5000 is its high definition and high-speed printing – with photo ID cards particularly in mind - on high security cards, even those with embedded chips.

Like most of the Fargo range it’s designed to expand as your needs do. A dual input hopper makes for quick switching, a laminating unit can be added and various encoding add-ons are also available as options.

The HDP 5000 produces colour cards at 150 cards an hour. It’s easy to use, with all supplies loaded via cartridges. All doors and supplies are lock protected. Connection is through USB or Ethernet single wires.

Fargo is proud of the durability of the HDP 5000 and backs it with a lifetime printhead warranty and a three-year warranty on everything else.

 

HDP 8500

With the HDP 8500, Fargo provides an ‘industrial’ ID printer for larger businesses and government ID card issuers.

It’s metal built and designed to last. The input hopper holds 400 cards. The HDP 8500 can handle several cards at once and getting at jams is easy. It’s managed through a touch screen and the Fargo Workbench utility.

There’s a lot of functionality too. You can print (double-sided as standard), encode, laser engrave and laminate all with one machine. Some of the encoding and laminating options are upgrades.

Fargo recommends the HDP 8500 for programmes like issuing driver’s licenses and national ID cards.

 

HDPii

The top-of-the-range Fargo printer, the HDPii is designed to produce high security financial cards with smart chips. It aims to bring the issuing of these complex pieces of plastic technology in reach of smaller businesses for a better customer experience and faster use of issued cards.

It has the same high definition, over the edge printing as the HDP 5000, so you can customise your financial cards with company branding. Cards take from 38 to 70 seconds to print, depending on the options you select.

It meets the standards of the financial card industry with locks on the body; top-level encryption and guarding of newly-produced cards. You can bolt it to an office surface to keep it safe. The printing on your cards is automatically sealed under a protective film.

Magnetic stripe encoding is standard issue on this machine with contact and contactless smart card encoding available as options.

It’s still easy to use, with cartridge loading of all supplies. An LCD panel monitors printer status.

The HDPii comes with both USB and Ethernet connections and it has its own self-contained printer server to keep date safe on networks.

 

DTC 4500

The DTC4500 offers much the same benefits as the DTC4000 and adds fluorescent printing and laminating.

It’s based on a similar modular design to facilitate upgrades to double-sided printing and smart card and magnetic stripe encoding. The lamination feature is also an upgrade.

Fargo says this is the machine for high-volume users. The 200-card input hopper that comes as an extra on the DTC4000 is standard issue here.

Laminating your cards will make them last longer and add an extra layer of security if you use holographic overlays.

An optional Ethernet connection makes it easy to plug the DTC4500 into your network for remote printing. Printing and maintenance is managed through a smart screen on the printer and the Fargo Workbench programme, just load it up and get started.

The DTC4500 is backed with a two-year warranty.

 

DTC 1250e

The Fargo DTC1250e is a compact desktop printer that prints using a direct-to-card process. You can create secure customised ID badges, loyalty cards and membership cards on the spot. All Fargo printers come with Fargo Workbench, allowing you to tweak settings and diagnose issues easily. The printer itself has a graphical display through which most settings and preferences can be changed. The Fargo DTC1250e is one of the fastest printers in its class making it ideal for high volume applications.

 

DTC 550

Designed for longer runs and higher workloads the DTC550 is also easy to expand into a more sophisticated machine with networking capacities that make it ideal for printing from a variety of locations.

It comes with either single or double-sided printing. Optional extras can turn it into a combined printer/laminator and it can produce access card and contact and contactless smart cards with embedded chips.

The DTC550 comes with an internal print server and can be connected into your network via Ethernet. It’s as easy as adding any new printer to your system. It comes with the same high quality printing as the rest of the Fargo range. That’s 300dpi resolution, edge to edge, with full colour reproduction. At its fastest, it produces around 514 cards per hour. To produce a full colour cards with lamination it takes 34 seconds per card. Add extra security with a lamination module for extra security and durability - with a holographic coating or a simple protective cover Simply use the USB connection to connect to a Windows computer The DTC550 works with most industry software and comes with Fargo Asure ID software.

 

DTC 1000

The DTC1000 is the next step up from the 1000M, coming with colour printing and plenty of options to add extra security. It comes with the SwiftID software integrated into its system, there’s no separate driver to worry about.

The emphasis in its design is on simplicity. Everything you need to load comes in a cartridge for easy replacement. Its low energy consumption will help keep costs down.

The print quality is good, at 300dpi, and the DTC1000 can produce 150 full-colour cards an hour.

With optional extras, you can turn the DTC1000 into a double-sided printer producing magnetic stripe encoded or chip cards. It comes with either USB or Ethernet connections. SwiftID helps you design your cards, and the Fargo Workbench programme manages the machine.

The input hopper holds 100 cards for longer runs.

The DTC1000 comes with a two-year warranty.

 

DTC 4000

Another easy-to-use model from Fargo, designed for small businesses and with the ability to upgrade as your security needs increase

The DTC4000 produces colour ID and security cards with encoding in a single operation. Fargo says it’s so easy to use that no training is needed. Full colour cards are produced at 150 cards an hour.

The basic model is a single-sided printer. Upgrades include double-sided printing and encoding for magnetic stripe cards and contact and contactless smart cards and chipped cards. You can also add a large 200-card hopper as you need to produce more cards.

The printer adds a UV layer to your cards for extra security and you can password protect the machine so you know who’s issuing cards. It’s able to rewrite on used cards.

Management is via a smart screen and the Fargo Workbench programme. Loading of supplies is through an easy-to-use cartridge system.

Connect to your system with USB or an optional Ethernet connection.

You get a two-year warranty on the DTC4000.

 

DTC 4500

The DTC4500 offers much the same benefits as the DTC4000 and adds fluorescent printing and laminating.

It’s based on a similar modular design to facilitate upgrades to double-sided printing and smart card and magnetic stripe encoding. The lamination feature is also an upgrade.

Fargo says this is the machine for high-volume users. The 200-card input hopper that comes as an extra on the DTC4000 is standard issue here.

Laminating your cards will make them last longer and add an extra layer of security if you use holographic overlays.

An optional Ethernet connection makes it easy to plug the DTC4500 into your network for remote printing. Printing and maintenance is managed through a smart screen on the printer and the Fargo Workbench programme, just load it up and get started.

The DTC4500 is backed with a two-year warranty.

 

Persona C30e

The Persona C30e is a budget model. It's a desktop printer that can produce a range of IDs and other cards cheaply with good quality, colour printing.

You can set up the Persona to produce photo IDs, rewritable ID badges or loyalty cards. The half panel printing option is perfect for setting up with pre-printed cards to simply add a bar code and photograph.

It takes a wide range of cards – from 9mm to 40mm – including smart cards with embedded electronics. The thin cards are easy to post and carry and are suitable as membership cards or in loyalty schemes.

The option to erase and reprint cards is available. This means short-term visitors cards won’t be thrown away and cards with changing data, like loyalty cards, can be printed with new totals very easily.

Preprint cards in colour to keep your branding strong and add alterable data or names in black and white erasable print.

The Persona prints single or dual sided depending on which model you choose, and has enough resolution to allow you to add a digital signature.

A black and white card can be produced in 12 seconds, a colour one in 27 seconds.

If you want to produce higher security cards – contact or contactless entry cards – then you need to add modules, but it remains good value. The entry-level model includes the ability to add holographic watermarks to your cards.

The Persona comes with its own Assure ID software to set up and start printing straight away and the Fargo Workbench application for managing and upgrading your machine.

Ribbons come in a simple cartridge with attached cleaning roller so there’s only one operation to worry about.

The Persona works on Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003 and can be adapted for Linux use.