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Retransfer Technology – The Best Card Printing Solution

Before now most desktop retransfer printer produces images with low quality and the speed of printing is very slow and also have compatibility issues with most card issuance applications. Due to these flaws, hence the development of an improved and innovative technology – Retransfer technology. It is one of the top printing solutions that offer encoding standards and stringent image quality and also support several advanced card applications. Currently, innovative technology for retransfer printer delivers flexible, fast and affordable printing solution.

Most companies are now realizing the benefits custom access control adds to financial applications, smart cards and retailing application add to their business. However, with an ever-increasing emphasis on security, efficiency and flexibility, companies are face with the need to produce cards with the high image quality with several card materials, with wide-range of chip-encoding selections. Direct-to-card printing would have been the preferred technology of choice for most card-printing applications with high standard but Retransfer printing technology with it printing speed promises to offer better result with an  increase range of applications, from retail loyalty cards to high-security ID cards to financial cards and more. Retransfer technology provides significant increase more than Direct to card (DTC) printing. Retransfer printing technology control about 8 -10 percent of the market share currently, with the current market projection which is estimated to grow between 12 to 15 percent within the next 3 years.


  • The image quality is Superior when compare with DTC
    Security centred on photos that precisely represent the cardholder and most organisation want graphics that is sharp and accurate representation with exact colours to promote their brands effectively.
  • It is more flexible
    Both Smart and Identity cards different material are used in manufacturing them and most private and public organisation request flexibility when selecting cards that meet their budget and software requirements Smart cards contains integrated circuit such as a microprocessor and pre-loaded memory with information. Direct to card tint sublimation needs an absorbent surface, and this is only applicable with PVC’s cards, hence restricting the card material selections. Most refined card applications like smart cards, finance cards and retail loyalty shield the surface of the cards completely with graphics on the background for a more professional and beautiful look. While direct to card printers provide little white border around the outward perimeter of the card due to the toil of preserving contact all the edges when printing. This border detracts from the look of the card and discourages acceptance for high-end applications. While retransfer technology allows for true edge-to-edge images, providing users full control over the whole card surface. Retransfer allow image to be printed on the middle film is a little oversized form, to enable the transfer to the surface of the card with thorough edge-to-edge coverage. This full “over-the-edge” effect yields a glossy, photo-like appearance that is very different from the  normal  ID card you previous used to.
  • Resistance to Tamper and Enhanced Security
    With the rise in theft, agencies of government and businesses take the issue of security very serious and appreciate measure that will help them secure their asset and workforce.  In retransfer the transmission film offers a fraud protection, since most of the film can easily shows tamper sign. And any attempt to tamper with data on the card also damages the film and this make repaired or re-used impossible. Handlers gain the edge-to-edge protection of a security credential, with robustness beyond direct to card print when compared.

    Retransfer technology  allows  users  to  laminates with several embedded security features like optical variable ink and morphing for even more stronger security layer.

  • Reduced Printhead Costs overheads
    Retransfer printers allow for print on soft transfer film panels, hence the printhead life span drastically increases. This help to reduce the overhead for spare printheads, reducing up keeping workload and improved return on investment (ROI) significantly.

These are just few of the benefit this technology will add your organisation there are several other embedded new technology features like unequal integration and easy to use. Deploying this technology for any organisation is a win – win because of value it has to offer.