An ID card printer is a wise investment in the safety and security of your facility, and you want it to always be in peak performance
for its next printing job. To keep your ID card printer in top shape year round, follow our seven steps for printer maintenance.
Regularly Clean Your ID Card Printer
It's recommended that you clean your ID card printer every 700-1,000 ID cards. Each manufacturer creates an ID card printer
for its printers. Because each printer works differently, you must use the specified manufacturer kit. As a helpful reminder, you
can clean your printer when you change the printer ribbon. Each cleaning kit includes a cleaning card. It looks like a PVC card, but
it is soaked in a cleaning solution. The card is inserted into the
ID card printer and cleans all of the rollers.
Clean the Printer Roller
To print ID cards, a roller pulls the blank PVC card
into the printer. This roller collects the dust and dirt on PVC cards so it
doesn't travel into the printer. Because the roller acts like a lint roller that cleans the PVC cards, it needs to be cleaned or
replaced on a regular basis. Refer to your printer manual for directions to clean or replace the roller.
Clean the Print Heads.
The print heads on your ID card printer
also need to be cleaned. Your cleaning kit
includes the cleaning swabs, they look like
large Q-tips or a marker, which you use to clean the printer heads directly. Follow your cleaning kit directions to properly clean
this important ID card printer component.
Replace Printer Ribbons.
For a high quality ID card, replace your printer ribbons
as recommended. Printer ribbons have up to a two year shelf life, so you
can stock up when you purchase the ID card printer and always have them on hand. Be sure to use the manufacturer's printer ribbons as
off brand printer ribbons may not work properly and could damage your printer.
Keep your Printer Covered.
Dust and dirt are your printer's nemesis. You can protect your
ID card printer by storing it in a
The case protects your printer from the elements when it's not in use. This is an especially good investment if you transport your printer
between multiple facilities.
Store your ID Card Printer in a Safe Location.
Storing your ID card printer in a safe location, especially in schools, can safeguard your printer against students accidentally
bumping into it or roughly handling the printer. Keep the printer out of high traffic areas and in a safe storage room when not in use.
Purchase an Extended Warranty.
You can protect your ID card printer investment with an extended warranty
for up to three years. If a part of your ID card printer
needs to be replaced or repaired, it will cost less under the extended warranty.
Customer Review: How Do You Use Your ID Maker Printer?
I really like the ID Maker Advantage System
because it makes creating name badges quick and easy. We ordered this product when we
decided to switch to picture name badges. We used to order our engraved name badges which took a while to come in. Since we work in
healthcare and it is a requirement to have a name badge, that timeline was not working for us. With this system, it is easy to make a
new name badge for a new hire or replace a lost name badge for employees.
Expert's Corner: Protect Your ID Card Printer from the Elements
Your ID card printer is a valuable piece of
technology, so why wouldn't you take the same precautions protecting it as you do your computer?
Take care of your ID card printer with these three simple steps to protect it from accidents, spills, and dust.
Keep your printer protected from bumps and accidents. Your ID card printer should not be sitting on an open counter top where it would
be easy to knock over. Securely place it on a desk away from traffic.
Keep your printer protected from liquids and food. Just like your computer, spilling food or drink on your ID card printer can cause
Keep your printer protected from dust and dirt. These tiny particles can find their way into your printer and cause errors when you're
printing ID cards. Store your printer in a carrying case when
you're not using it or clean off any visible dust and dirt inside your ID
card printer with a can of compressed air.
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Cleaning your ID Maker printer every
700-1,000 cards will ensure you always produce the highest quality ID cards. Cleaning your
printer is easy! Simply feed the cleaning card into the card feed slot. The cleaning process will happen automatically and your
cleaning card will be ejected when the process is over. To find the right cleaning kit for your ID card printer, use the
Printer Supplies Locator on IDville.com.