Evolis manufactures plastic id card printers for id badge printing and personalization : student ID cards, loyalty programs, banking cards, transportation passes, membership cards, driving licences, identity cards, id card, employee badges, voting cards, health cards, access badges, and visitor badges. A badge can host data pertaining to its holder, with four-color photo-quality printing, and perform data encoding (magnetic stripe, smart card and/or contactless card). Evolis is specialized in creating these innovative id card printers. Evolis also markets the Badgy card printer , a turnkey solution to print badges on plastic cards , in small runs and without encoding options. Get more information on Badgy card printer on www.badgy.com .
Evolis also offers accessories and identification supplies through its subsidiary SOGEDEX ACCESSORIES.
A bar code is the first-level encoding option for plastic cards, and it is the most widely used method as well. Graphical encoding is performed as the badge is being printed.
What is a bar code?
A bar code is a machine-readable representation of numeric or alphanumeric data in the form of a symbol consisting of bars and spaces. Bar code widths and spacings vary according to the encoded data and to the encoding standard that is used.
Bar codes are read by a photosensitive electronic scanner. Such a scanner, when reading a bar code, detects high and low reflectance of the bar code printed on the plastic card, using the principle of light reflection and absorption: rays are reflected by the light areas of the bar code and are absorbed by the darker areas.
The printed bar code must, therefore, display a high level of contrast between the two types of areas, while outlines must be even and sharp.
How to print bar codes on a plastic card?
The Evolis printers affix bar codes on plastic cards, thanks to their thermal transfer technology. This technology optimizes the contrast level and printing precision so that bar codes are seamlessly read by optical scanners.