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What is a barcode?

A barcode consists of a group of printed and variously patterned bars and spaces, numeric and sometimes alpha numeric data, that are designed to be scanned and read into computer memory as identification for the object it labels.

The barcode consists of a single row of bars. 1-D barcodes are suited for applications in which only a few characters are stored. Barcodes store their data in the horizontal width and the information stored is highly redundant. They are therefore more resistant to data degradation. Barcodes are usually printed along the long axis of the card, and are read using swipe readers which use either visible or infrared sensors. Barcodes are usually used to store a single unique character string, used as a pass code, in access control or other holder identification systems.

How to print barcodes onto a plastic card?

The “height” of a Barcode contains no information, but the higher each bar is made, the easier it may be to read when presented to a reader. About 0.4 inch (1 cm) centered on the swipe reader sensor, should normally be adequate. Barcodes should always be printed using the K panel (Black Resin) because this is opaque to both visible and infrared sensors. As a security measure it is possible to print the black resin Barcode on top of a dark YMC color panel in such a way that it cannot be photocopied, but it can still be read with an infrared swipe reader. Check out our Barcode Plastic ID Card Printer solutions now.



A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) that is readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, URL, or other data. QR codes direct users to mobile websites or videos, store text or contact information, call a phone number, and/or send text messages and emails.


Although initially used for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR codes now are used in a much broader context, including both commercial tracking applications and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile phone users (termed mobile tagging). QR codes storing addresses and Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) may appear in magazines, on signs, buses, business cards, or almost any object about which users might need information. Users with a camera phone equipped with the correct reader application can scan the image of the QR code to display text, contact information, connect to a wireless network, or open a web page in the telephone’s browser. This act of linking from physical world objects is termed hardlinking or object hyperlinking. QR codes can be utilized in Google’s mobile Android operating system via both their own Google Goggles application or 3rd party barcode scanners like ZXing or Kaywa. Custom QR codes are now beginning to emerge whereby brands are able to add their logos and designs with the traditional QR code.




Plastic Magnetic / Swipe Cards

A plastic magnetic stripe card is a type of PVC card with a band of magnetic material embedded into resin on the back of the card. The magnetic stripe is read by physical contact and swiping past a reading head. Magnetic stripe cards are commonly used in credit and identity cards. A magstripe encoder is available for all SISS TECH printers.

About Coercivity

There are two 2 types of magnetic cards : High coercivity (HiCo) and low coercivity (LoCo). Usually low coercivity magnetic stripes are a light brown color, and high coercivity stripes are nearly black. Encoding for the three tracks can use either the ISO 7811 format, or, for special application, a user specific custom format can be employed. HiCo cards are more reliable than LoCo cards as the magnetic layer is denser and therefore much less susceptible to stray field erasure.

Other types of cards with magstripe:

Smart cards are a newer generation of card containing an integrated circuit chip. The card may have metal contacts connecting the card physically to the reader, while contactless cards use a magnetic field or radio frequency (RFID) for proximity reading.

Hybrid smart cards include a magnetic stripe in addition to the chip — this is most commonly found in a payment card, so that the cards are also compatible with payment terminals that do not include a smart card reader. High coercivity magstripes are harder to erase, and therefore appropriate for cards that are frequently used or require a longer life. They are preferred for any new application, despite their slightly higher cost.

Low coercivity magstripes require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, and hence the card writers are much cheaper than machines which are capable of recording high-coercivity magstripes. Check out our Magnetic Encoder integrated Plastic ID Card Printer solutions now.



Whether you are looking for a photo ID card service, a complete photo ID system, ID card printing supplies, Proximity cards, or badge attachments, you’ll find what you need here.

Our Plastic ID Card Printer Selector will help you choose a complete system to meet your specific application. We will help you select the right combination of plastic card printers and customizable software that will efficiently create your:

  • Plastic Employee ID Cards
  • Plastic Student ID Cards
  • Plastic Child ID Cards
  • Plastic Discount Cards
  • Plastic Membership Cards
  • Plastic Gift Cards
  • Any other plastic PVC cards individually created for your specific need

Offering easy-to-use digital technology, our high-quality photo ID card printer systems and badge printers are user-friendly. Our turn-key ID card systems contain the ID card software, card printer and badge supplies needed to create professional looking ID badges for your organization.

Our service bureau is also available for those looking for outsourced Photo ID Badges. Whatever your industry, CONCEPT PRINTING can design cards that will meet your requirements.


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