Zebra – ZXP Series 8 Printer- General Tab Creating a CustomCard
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Zebra – ZXP Series 8 Printer- General Tab Creating a CustomCard

March 1, 2020


We are now looking at CustomCards, which mean basically non-Zebra card or card that has not been
tested by engineering, and for which we do not have
the proper values as temperature and the speed to print correctly on those cards. And print correctly means first we print everywhere on the card, and second, we are not going to bend or melt the card. So, if you do have a card which is unknown to you, the only solution here would be to select either custom one or two. You have two possibilities, they are basically the same, so that leaves you the possibility to have two different cards. So, let’s start with Custom one. When you select Custom one contrary to predefined card, as you can see here everything is changeable. So you can select if your card thickness is in inches or millimeters, whatever, it can say 30 ml, which is classic, you can select if you have mag
stripe or not, if you have mag stripe you have to select if it’s
high or local, if you do have a contact in encoding, if you have a my fair encoding, and you have here for
temperature and therefore speed, for single-side printing, double-side
printing for each cases, basic values. Like in this example, 170 degree for
the front and 160 if you print double side. Those are starting value, and probably are going to be too high for the card you are going to use. So the only thing you have to do here is to play and this is basically trial and erorr, I’m changing those value and as you can see here you can go from 0 to 200 as a maximum minimum temperature. And there you just have to select different values. For
example, let’s select here 155. You click OK. Automatically when you’re going to send the print job the rollers are going to, going up or down in temperature
according to you what you have selected. Here what you have to do is to sit with your customer’s card and try changing those either temperature most of the time you can play a little bit on the speed here. To get a card where the surface has been printed all over and the card is not bending, or melting, evidently, inside the printer. There is no basically definition of what the temperature
should be for a known card. So you have to look at yourself. So here, try let’s say, by going down from the
proposed value by five-degree and so on and you go until you find a proper set up of temperature and the speech
which satisfies for having again card printing everywhere on the
surface and not bending. You can evidently start
with your default value which are proposed when you selected custom
one. But if the PVC is not of a, let’s call it, not that good quality, you might have a card either bending or
eventually if it’s too much, melting. So from the proposed value I would suggest you
to go down by ten degrees so you start at 170, try 160, try
150, and when you reach a point where the
card is starting in not to print on all the surface or you are going to have misprint then reincrease a little bit the temperature by five degrees until you get a
compromise. Unfortunately it’s trial and error and you will have to do that if you are using cards which are totally
unknown or untested by Zebra.

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