Fargo introduces DTC300 and DTC400 card printer/encoders

November 2004 Access Control & Identity Management

Fargo Electronics has announced the introduction of the DTC300 and DTC400 Card Printer/Encoders. The DTC300 and DTC400 are based on Fargo's proven direct-to-card (DTC) technology.

The DTC300
The DTC300

"These printer/encoders signal a break-through in making card identity systems both secure and easy to use," says Kathleen Phillips, Fargo's vice president of sales and marketing. "The market is expanding to include organisations that have not previously used a card identity programme or are ready to step up to a more advanced programme. These new systems offer sophisticated security that is affordable and simple to use."

The DTC300 and DTC400's next-generation technology features user conveniences that make card production simple. Fargo's SmartLoad Ribbon Cartridge is a pre-loaded, disposable cartridge with a one-way installation that eliminates improperly loaded ribbons. Users simply slide the cartridge in and close the front panel. This unique feature eliminates fumbling with ribbon spools and tearing ribbons.

Also integrated into the Ribbon Cartridge is Fargo's patent-pending SmartClean roller, which automatically removes potentially damaging dust and debris from each card before it is printed. With each ribbon change, a new cleaning roller is installed, ensuring clean cards for the life of the printer. Clean cards result in better quality prints and also help protect the print head, a critical component of ID card printers.

"The all-in-one ribbon and cleaning cartridge is a significant step forward in user convenience," continues Phillips. "Anyone who has operated a card printer before knows the challenges users face: the ribbons can be difficult to load and the separate card cleaning mechanisms are often changed infrequently or not at all. This new design eliminates both those problems and can save time and money."

Fargo's SmartScreen LCD Control Panel adds additional user convenience. This two-line display replaces confusing indicator lights with easy-to-understand prompts and commands, providing the user constant updates on the status of print jobs.

The DTC300 was designed for small corporations, parks and recreation facilities, health clubs, ski resorts and general loyalty applications. It comes complete with user-friendly photo ID software and a standard two-year warranty. It carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $2295.

The DTC400 offers Fargo's new Print Security Suite as an additional upgradeable feature. This user-friendly software provides up to five powerful applications to help control the issuance and help ensure the authenticity of ID cards. Fargo SecureMark technology powers the suite, creating a new, higher level of security among the printer/encoder, software and materials.

"Each of these printers holds unique options for the marketplace," says Phillips. "The DTC300, with its software and warranty is ideal for an entry-level application. The DTC400, with the Print Security Suite and field-installable options is ideal for mid-level applications looking for both ease of use and security. There is flexibility built into this product line that will meet the needs users have today and as their programs expand in the future."

Fargo's products are available locally through Teltron.

For more information contact Tersia Terblanche, Teltron, 011 375 2000, tersiat@teltron.co.za

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