In the ready-made plastic card must be absolutely flat and smooth edges that do not touch mechanism for bank equipment, damaging the integrity of the card. But for cheap Chinese technology devices for cutting workpiece is left on the smallest notch, usually in the corners, which are in the process the use contribute to the stratification of the laminate and the loss of appearance. OFFSET TECHNOLOGY OF PLASTIC CARDS For comparison, we must consider the offset technology of lacquered plastic cards, it advantages and disadvantages. 1. High color quality. The quality of offset printing considerably exceeds the capabilities of inkjet printer and can print at resolutions up to 3000 dpi.
The color palette is offset significantly richer and stronger, thicker plates, which allows to put any small parts and microlettering. 2. The high adhesive strength of the protective coating. Modern laboratories manufacturers have made great strides in superustoychivyh development of paints and varnishes, which form a high-layer on the surface of the card. Such paint coatings provide a plastic card maximum durability and protection against mechanical damage. 3. The absence of scratches and defects.
Lacquer finish helps to maintain a long view of a plastic card, on its surface is not visible fingerprints and it is not easy to scratch it. 4. High speed and affordable price. For the customer use of offset printing machines for large-scale circulation of cards – a very lucrative option. This kind of machine provides high speed and does not require large additional costs. 5. The main drawback of this type of card is the complexity of the personalization because of poor quality lacquer coating. This problem is easily eliminated by the use in the manufacture of modern high-quality paint. INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION METHOD PLASTIC CARDS advantages of using commercial technology for the manufacture of laminated cards are obvious. 1. High quality color resolution offset printing discussed above. 2. High adhesive strength laminate flooring. This is achieved by printing using the raw plastic and UV-curing inks. Laminate reacts directly with the plastic and coating ensures high reliability. 3. The absence of scratches and spots. Using patented technology to produce plastic cards for reliability and durability of laminate flooring. The correct temperature processing, high quality laminate and metal plates allows the card to avoid scratches and other damage. 4. High quality cutting. Special high-speed machines for cutting edge make perfectly smooth and flat. 5. The only drawback of this technology is sufficiently high cost of the final product due to the more expensive supplies and the use of manual labor in production. But the reputation and prestige of the company is not worth saving! WRAP-UP After analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of each technology, we can draw several conclusions. 1. Choose to use a lacquer or laminated card – it's a matter of taste of each consumer. Technical parameters are not concede to each other. 2. On the qualitative results can be expected only by using the seal on the wet plastic and lamination on industry-standard technology. Chinese technology for a large number of copies does not guarantee high consumer properties. 3. In any case, China's technology already has a definite place in the market of plastic cards. It is best suited for small print runs. There is a Alternatively, a dye-sublimation printers. But they do have some significant drawbacks: relatively high cost with low quality of the protective layer and the press.