Espresso II is a powerful machine from Matica’s direct-to-card printer line. This adaptable desktop model combines the subtle elegance of Italian design and reliable consistency of German engineering to produce photographic quality cards. The superior speed, a wide range of applications, as well as the clean and compact build of this direct-to-card printer, ensure a seamless integration into any office environment.
The technology and advantages of direct-to-card printers
Direct-to-card printing process transfers images directly onto the card being personalized by heating a built-in ink ribbon and pressing it straight onto the smooth card’s surface (i.e. cards made from regular PVC or composite with PVC Top Layer and ABS cards to be used with monochrome ribbons). A YMCKO color ribbon is used to make photographic quality ID cards. The printer uses the YMC panels to print the color images or characters, while the K panel is used to print deep black characters or images such as barcodes that have to remain machine-readable despite regular use. The O panel is an overlay that serves as a coating for your card. Single-color/ monochrome ribbons help create crisp monochrome images and are used mainly to personalize pre-printed cards.
This simple single-step dye sublimation process stands in contrast to reverse transfer printing technology, where ink is applied to a clear film first and then to the card itself. While both methods have their advantages, direct-to-card printers can generally warrant a higher output per hour and lower production costs. In case of Espresso II, this translates to up to 260 or 850 cards per hour in full-color or monochrome mode respectively.
Depending on the needs of your organization, this model is available in single and dual-sided configurations, and can consequently help you produce stellar quality single- or dual-sided ID cards.
Stay flexible with seamless integration and effortless updates
This space-saving model further facilitates a seamless and speedy production by continuing printing even if the front hopper door is opened. In addition, automatic card feeding and, LED light to indicate the process status at a glance help reduce the need for manual monitoring and free up your staff to interact with customers or pursue other duties.
As your office and business demands expand, so does the functionality of your device: optional upgrades such as inline magnetic stripe, contact chip or contactless encoders can be added to your existing configuration. This way, you can broaden the list of applications for your direct-to-card printer in the future such as automatic access control or attention tracking, without necessarily investing in a new machine.
Lastly, Matica’s proprietary Windows-based print management software, as well as optional Ethernet connectivity are offered to make printing and encoding simple, convenient and trouble-free.
Matica’s direct-to-card printers: Consistency, durability and optimal return on investment
With their robust and durable construction, speedy and reliable output and clean design, Matica’s direct-to-card printers are the perfect solutions for a variety of businesses and organizations ranging from retail to entertainment, from corporate to education. So whether you are looking for a way to create student or patient IDs, gift cards or event passes – simply place your device behind the counter, on the desk or inside a cabinet for a fast and simple production.