The Zebra ZXP Series 8 retransfer card printer is Zebra's top-of-the-line printer and uses retransfer technology to print high quality cards quickly. This ZXP 8 card printer can handle single-sided or dual-sided printing requirements with print speeds up to 190 cards per hour single-sided and 170 cards per hour dual-sided. Optional features include a laminator, magnetic stripe encoder, smart card encoder, 802.11b/g wireless interface and lockable security enclosure.
What is re-transfer technology? Most card printers use dye-sublimation technology which uses a printhead to print directly on to a card (through a ribbon); a card printer using re-transfer technology first prints onto a flexible, transparent film and then transfers the image by thermally bonding it to a card. The main advantages of re-transfer technology include:
- Higher image quality and print resolution
- Ability to print on uneven card surface (e.g. smart cards) since the printhead does NOT need to come in direct contact with the card
- True edge-to-edge printing without the white border commonly seen on dye-sublimation card printers (printing to the edge would damage the printhead)
The ZXP 8 card printer is ideal for ID and access control cards (e.g. employee badges), as well as personalized gift, membership and loyalty cards.