Printer Purchasing: Tips For Buying An ID Printer

Whatever the business, making sure your employees are easily identifiable is always a good thing. Good ID cards will ensure that employees are identifiable to anyone in the environment. It’ll also provide important security to ensure the safety of your business; assets, employees, and customers. With technology advancing as it is, there are a lot of options when it comes to getting your own design of ID cards, usually from an external source.

There is, of course, the option of an in-house ID card printer, which might be more efficient and manageable decision. The prerequisites of installing, maintaining and printing your own ID cards require careful consideration, but the benefits are quite numerous. Complete control of the ID printing and issuance system effectively puts that part of the business on your own terms, saving you money and effort.

To that end, here are some tips to help you make the best decision possible.

  • How many? One of the most important things to keep in mind when buying an ID card printer is how many cards you’ll actually printing over a certain timespan, say, a year. Most printers have a monthly duty cycle, which should give a good idea how much it can print. Buy the right printer for the volume of ID cards you’ll be printing.
  • Maintenance costs? The ID card printer will be a business tool; an investment. Like other equipment, it needs to be reliable and can remain in good working order. For example, overusing a printer because you bought one ill-fit for the volume of the business, then it will require more maintenance which costs time and money.
  • How much do they cost? ID card printers are expensive, but that isn’t covering their full price. The additional materials needed to actually allow an ID card printer to function, such as ribbons, ID cards, cleaning kits, etc, will be added to the actual cost of the device, on top of the electricity costs. These will all need to be accounted for when purchasing a printer.
  • How big is it? In a business, space is premium. Printers are big, bulky, space-eating pieces of equipment. Make the appropriate measurements.
  • Security Features. Is it safe? Modern ID cards and, subsequently, their printers are high-tech. ID’s now go beyond mere photo and name. What level of security do you need for your business, and, as an extension of that, what security features do you plan to add to your IDs? Not all printer can handle such things.

Hopefully, these tips will aid you in making the best business decision for printing out a profit.