Cut cardboard size: 85.6 x 54 mm. We ask for a 3 but at least 2 mm bleed.
The bleed size of the plastic card is 91.6 x 60 mm.
The important printable elements on the card should be within 3mm of the cut edge size of the card.
We require a vector graphic file.
– .ps, .eps
– .cdr – max version 12
Full pixelgraphic designs (photoshop) are not preferred. Because of the small size of the plastic card, the fonts and lines will be too pixelized.
Important: Please convert the fonts / letters in the card graphics into a curve or apply the fonts / fonts set used.
The design should always be delivered in an editable form for possible repairs and adjustments.
– CMYK: The four basic colors used in the printing industry. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black. All colors are blended from these 4 colors.
– Pantone: direct colors used in the printing industry. They include standard color charts, most of them can be made from CMYK, but some colors are available in direct colors only.
– Metallic colors: these colors appear on the cards in the form of gold and silver grains. They are usually made by screen printing.
The resolution is at least 300 dpi., CMYK.
The most common and simplest electronic data storage that can be placed on the plastic card.
Height: 12.7 mm
Bleed Location: 5 mm from the top edge of the card.
It is advisable to leave 3 mm away from the magnetic strip for important printable elements.
There are three coercivity types of magnetic stripe.
coercivity: a feature of magnetic field strength that changes the magnetization.
Magnetic strips on the magnetic card may be:
– LoCo 300 Oe
– HiCo 2750 Oe
– HiCo 4000 Oe
LoCo is an easy-to-write magnetic strip sensitive to external magnetic effects.
Field of application: Usually where it is often necessary to rewrite the magnetic stripe, typically such a hotel room key card.
HiCo 2750 Oe, nowadays the most widespread, hard-to-write, magnetic field is more resistant.
Business Area: Bank Card, Entry Card, Identification Card, Point Collector Card, Loyalty Card
HiCo 4000 Oe, the least common, hard-to-write, highly resistant magnetic strip.
Field of application: Entry card that is not required to be rewritten and exposed to strong (industrial) conditions.
For each type of magnetic stripe, three tracks are created according to ISO standards for different types and lengths of data.
– track1 (IATA): can contain alphanumeric characters, not Hungarian accented.
– track2 (ABA): numeric – only numbers can be included
– track3 (TTS): numeric – only numbers can be included
Surface on the plastic card writable by pen.
Size: there are actually no fixed sizes, at least 5-7 mm height is recommended, in practice it is 10 mm + more. It also can be bleed. If it does not bleed, at least 5 mm from the edges of the card must be kept. If there is a magnetic strip on the plastic card, the signature strip must be at least 4 mm away.
Color: white or transparent (transparent).
Plastic cards are referred to as personalisation when it provided by changing datas, whether visual or electronic.
When a card is named. Various procedures can use names, data, and numbers on a plastic card.
Flat Printing: In 99% of cases, it is black or white (but it may be different) application most often: serial number, barcode, name application.
PLEASE TRANSMIT THE VARIABLE DATA IN A DATABASE IN ALL CASES!
(But at least in .xls.) We do not modify the data, we are not able to check its correctness in any way.
Data is only retained until the completion of impersonation, and then destroyed directly!
Embossing: Characters that stand out from the surface of the card. May be letters and numbers. Size is fixed (10Cpi), 27 characters can be printed on one line. There is a larger size (7Cpi) in numbers. The most common color is gold, silver, black, but it can be different.
Application: VIP card, loyalty card, club card, insurance and other cash cards.
Chiseling: Similar to embossing, the dimensions are the same, but here the character does not emerge from the plane of the card, but it enters into it.
Color: black or white. They are most often used for serial numbers.
You have a lot of types.
Classification: 2D, 3D (Matrix)
THERE ARE IN THE 2D BARCODE
– fixed lengths that usually have a check number. (check digit) Typically these are EAN codes. Only numbers can be included in these.
– variable lengths (linear). These can often include alphanumeric data. Their physical size often depends on the number of characters encoded in it. These are typically CODE type codes.
3D (MATRIX) “BARCODE”
Of these, many types exists, the typical, most widespread type is the QR code. Almost any number of characters can be encoded alphanumerically.
The most commonly used types are EAN-8, EAN-13, CODE-39, CODE-128, INT 2 TO 5, QR.
– Unique patterned hologram with unique graphics, cost-effective for high production costs
– General pattern: can be selected from pre-fabricated samples, with a simpler texture. It also makes the price more affordable for smaller (under 10,000 pieces).
There are basically two types of operation:
– contact cards – the chip has physically shaped contacts on the surface of the card.
– contactless RFID cards. They communicate with the reader on radio frequencies.
There are many types within these.
Within the contact chip cards basically there are memory and microprocessor cards. Memory chips are usually password protected, easy to write / read. Microprocessor chip cards offer multiple levels of protection and identification. Examples include: bank cards, variable types of tokens, etc.
There are basically two kinds of non-contact RFID cards. 125 KHz and 13.54 MHz cards for operational frequency.
– 125 KHz cards are usually chip cards with a fixed code readable by an encoded algorithm. Field of application: Typically entering cards.
– 13.54 MHz cards are memory cards can be protected, written and read by definable codes. Areas of application: costumer point collection card, loyalty card, electronic ticket, public transport.
The basic task of a plastic card is always identification and not data storage.
For example, a point collector card will not necessarily know how many points it has, not even how many points, forints, or percentages the costumer has or the product worth. Card transactions, purchases, points, discounts, etc. always have one software supervised and logged.
Think about it: if an esteemed customer loses his card or stealed from she/he, will all his previous points, his percentage, his loyalty be lost?
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