DataCard Corporation today announced at the American Bankers Association (ABA) Bank Card Conference in Long Beach, a new polyester overlay and a new protective topcoat designed to extend the life of photo IDs, driverâs licenses, photo credit cards and other thermally printed plastic cards.
The new DataCardÂ® DuraGardâ¢ protective polyester overlay and the new DataCardÂ® CardGardâ¢ protective topcoat can be applied by the DataCardÂ® 9000 Series or 7000 Series card issuance systems as part of the inline card personalization process. Users can simply add a module to their existing 9000 or 7000 Series System and apply topcoats or overlays to as many as 1,200 cards per hour.
“Thermally printed imagesâsuch as cardholder photosâcan fade or streak over time when theyâre repeatedly swiped through card readers or exposed to certain chemical agents,” said Bruce Erickson, vice president of marketing for DataCardâs central issuance business unit.
“Our new topcoats and overlays protect images and extend card life by providing a strong line of defense against wear, tear and chemical agents,” Erickson said. “This is especially important for applications such as national IDs, driverâs licenses and photo credit or debit cards.”
Three levels of protection to meet specific card issuer needs
The introduction of CardGard and DuraGard gives DataCard customers three choices when it comes to protecting images and extending card life.
The new DuraGard product, which was designed initially for driverâs license requirements, provides the highest level of protection. The .5 mil polyester overlay bonds to plastic cards and creates a tough barrier against scratches, abrasions, chemicals and other destructive agents.
“Independent lab tests show that cards with the DuraGard polyester overlay can last up to five times longer than cards with ordinary topcoats,” Erickson said.
DuraGard can be applied over clear or holographic topcoats to provide a powerful mix of security and longevity.
“The DataCard 9000 Series and 7000 Series Systems apply the holographic topcoat and the protective polyester overlay separately,” Erickson said. “This is an important security advantage. Even if a forger is able to remove the polyester overlay, the holographic topcoat remains affixed to the card.”
The new CardGard product is a 6.4 micron-thick topcoat thatâs cured with a special UV process.
“CardGard provides much stronger protection against scratches, abrasions and chemical agents than ordinary topcoats,” Erickson said. “Itâs a good fit for card issuers who want long card life, but donât need the full protection of a DuraGard polyester overlay.”
Like the polyester overlay, CardGard can be applied over clear or holographic topcoats. “Card issuers who apply CardGard over a holographic topcoat can create tough, durable and tamper-evident cards,” Erickson said.
Cards protected with CardGard can be embossed after the topcoat is appliedâan important advantage for financial card issuers, according to Erickson.
“CardGard is an excellent solution for photocards, picturecards and other financial cards with printed images on them,” Erickson said. “Card issuers can apply CardGard to protect the photo, then emboss the cards without damaging the topcoat.”
In addition to the new DuraGard polyester overlay and the new CardGard protective topcoat, DataCard also offers standard topcoats for applications that donât require extra durability or security.
“We now offer our customers three distinct choices,” Erickson said. “So, our 9000 Series and 7000 Series customers can get the protection, durability and security that best meets their needsâand best fits their budgets.”
DataCard Corporation, a privately held company based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a world leader in innovative plastic card solutions. The company offers a spectrum of card-related products and services, including digital photo ID systems, badging services, card personalization systems, systems integration services and transaction terminals.Details