DTC550 Card Printer/Encoders


A versatile, reliable, card production workhorse that supports diverse applications throughout your organization. Protects your investment by offering great flexibility whenever you need to reconfigure your ID card issuance system.

Can encode up to three different smart card technologies, plus magnetic stripe, in the same pass as card printing and lamination.
Optional Ethernet connectivity and internal print server integrates with existing enterprise networks. Allows for centralized or distributed ID card issuance.
Optional lamination module adds an extra layer of security and durability that helps extend card life.

The DTC550 is one of the most versatile ID card printer/encoders available. It's equally at home in a stand-alone application, or as part of a distributed or high-volume card issuance system. The DTC550 can meet your specific requirements with connectivity, lamination and smart card encoding options. Top ^
The lamination option adds on an extra layer of security and durability to extend card life
Maintain quality by automatically routing defective cards to the Reject Card Hopper (available only with the lamination module).
Avoid production errors and delays by reading printer and material status, and operator prompts on the user-friendly display.
Dual card hopping allows printing on two different card stocks, or longer production runs on one stock. Optional lock helps prevents theft of blank cards.
Encoding options handle contact and contactless smart cards, proximity cards and magnetic stripe.
F Ethernet port and internal print server enable secure network printing.

Optional Ethernet connectivity
The optional Ethernet port and internal print server give you the flexibility to network multiple printer/encoders in a distributed corporate or service bureau environment. Bi-directional status lets you monitor and manage your Fargo printer/encoders just like other networked printers.

Optional lamination module
Photo ID cards are often subject to extra wear and tear; especially when they're used for access control or employee services. The optional lamination module not only makes your cards more durable, it can add a critical layer of security that's extremely difficult to forge.


Optional dual-sided printing
Dual-sided printing doubles the printable area of your ID cards. That means you can put larger photos on the front, and additional information, bar codes and digitized signatures on the back. Dual-sided printing can also make cards harder to counterfeit.

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This is a summary of selected DTC550 specifications
Printing technology:
Dye-sublimation / resin thermal transfer
300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm)
Up to 16.7 million / 256 shades/pixel
Print speed:
7 - 36 seconds per card, in batch mode, depending on ribbon type and lamination
Accepted standard card sizes:
CR-80, CR-79
Print area:
Edge-to-edge on CR-80 cards
Input card cartridge capacity:
Dual hoppers, 100 cards each (.030" / .762mm thick)
Output hopper card capacity:
100 cards (.030" / .762mm thick)
Encoding Options:
ISO Magnetic Stripe Encoding, triple coercivity, Lo-Co 300, Hi-Co 2750, Hi-Co 4000,Tracks 1, 2, and 3
Contact Smart Card Docking Station
Contactless Smart Card Encoder (HID® iCLASS®, MIFARE® and MIFARE DESFire)
Contact Smart Card Encoder reads from and writes to all ISO7816-1/2/3/4 memory and microprocessor smart cards (T = 0, T = 1) as well as synchronous cards
HID proximity (read-only)
Card lamination module
Dual-sided printing
Smart card encoding modules
Mag stripe encoding module
Card hopper lock
Ethernet connectivity with internal print server
Printer cleaning kit
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