Barcodes are a series of wide and narrow bars that can be scanned. There are many different types of barcodes, the most common being Universal Product Code. Scanning these can bring it up in the POS system for instance when you shop for an item at your nearest mall. As a manufacturer of barcode gift cards, we apply barcodes to membership cards, ID cards, loyalty cards, and custom key tags.
Barcode Card Types
Code 39: Capable of encoding uppercase letters A-Z; digits 0-9; and special characters such as SPACE, minus (-), period (.), dollar sign ($), slash (/), percent (%) and plus (+). This barcode can be of any length, but the more characters encoded, the larger the symbol will be.
Code 128: This is an alphanumeric symbol capable of encoding digits 0-9, upper and lowercase letters A-Z, and all standard ASCII symbols. Code128 is variable length—the more characters, the larger the barcode symbol will be on the finished plastic card.
Code 93: Capable of encoding the exact same characters as normal Code 39 barcode cards; uppercase letters A-Z; digits 0-9; and special characters such as SPACE, minus (-), period (.), dollar sign ($), slash (/), percent (%), and plus (+). The only difference is that this barcode symbol is more compact.
UPC-A: This fixed-length, numeric-only symbol must contain 12 digits. The first eleven digits are supplied by the customer. The twelve “check digit” is a calculated number based on the preceding numbers.
EAN_JAN-13: This fixed length, numeric-only symbol is similar to the UPC-A, but encodes 13 characters instead of 12.
EAN_JAN-8: This fixed-length; numeric-only symbol is a compressed version of the UPC-A. All bar code cards must contain 6 digits and because the UPC-E is used for the number system, all symbols must begin with a zero.
UPC_E: This fixed-length; numeric-only symbol is a compressed version of the UPC-A. All barcodes must contain 6 digits, and because the UPC-E is used for the number system zero, all symbols must begin with a zero.
Security: RFID has long been used as an electronic key to control who has access to office buildings or areas within office buildings. The first access control systems used low-frequency RFID tags. RFID tags can also be combined with motion sensors so that when objects are moved without authorization, an alarm is sounded. RFID tags can be put on laptops and files containing sensitive documents to make sure they are not removed from a building without authorization.
When it comes to a finished product, it requires fine detail of a coloured texture finish. We allow a number of different style finishes ranging from gloss, matte, soft and metallic. Cars, for example have always had a variety of these style finishing texture options to accommodate the model and type of vehicle. Similarly, our card finishes utilize the same finishes to perfectly compliment the final product product. The finishes listed below can be applied to gift cards, business cards, membership cards, loyalty cards and are just a few styles in that we specialize.
Scented Matte Finish
Apple, Banana, Black Pepper, Blueberry, Camphor, Cherry, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Citronella, Coconut, Coffee, Coke, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Grape, Grapefruit, Green Tea, Gum, Honey, Jasmine, Kiwi Fruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lilac, Lily, Mango, Marigold, Mint, Orange, Orchid, Osmanthus, Peach, Peony, Pine, Pineapple, Rose, Sandalwood, Strawberry, Sweet-scented, Tea Tree, Tuberose, Tulip, Vanilla, Watermelon, White Spirit
Writeable Matte Finish
We offer a variety of card materials, PVC being our standard one which is manufactured primarily of recycled PVC material. Whether producing gift cards, coupon cards, business cards, loyalty cards or membership cards, you have the choice in picking the material that will best fit your needs.
In a time of climate change, abundant waste and the world being in a constant state of trying to reduce, reuse and recycle, we at ColourFast. do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint. We feel that we have the integrity and duty as a company to reduce pollution, save materials and ultimately save our customers money.
Paper cards are environmentally friendly and are an alternative to plastic, while still allowing barcodes and magnetic stripes to be encoded. Gloss, matte, soft touch, and spot UV are all available to be used on our paper cards.
Paper cards are environmentally friendly and are an alternative to plastic, while still allowing barcodes and magnetic stripes to be encoded. Gloss, matte, soft touch, and spot UV are all available to be used on our paper cards as well.
Raised embossed lettering, such as names and member numbers can be added to the plastic cards we print*, as well as on predesigned cards. Embossed numbering is what you see used on credit cards and membership cards. Embossing plastic cards is the process of applying machine-readable characters to a card. The characters are stamped into the back side of the card, and are visible on the front side as raised characters. Embossed plastic cards are perfect for membership cards and loyalty cards, but can be used on any card.
Raised Letters and Numbers on the Card
Lists of different ways our clients have embossed their products
Personalized names, information and dates
Account numbers you provide
Random numbers, Sequential numbers
Large (OCR) allows for 18 characters per line
Choose between our options of Gold, Silver, Black, White, Blue and Red tipping. For your best look we recommend Gold or Silver
Foil stamping can create another illusion for your card that can increase interest and value for your card solely based on its appearance. It resembles a silver-like grey color that can be placed on top of your card. This added feature will also provide an increases to the worth of one's card because of its endearing quality to create a slick finish Holograms also have a feature that can provide safety to one's conscience as it contains a feature to prevent fraudulent use of the card.
According to a study released by the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA), foil stamping and other high-visibility enhancements on product packaging can help attract consumer attention faster and keep attention longer than ordinary packaging.
The FSEA study, which researched the impact of high-visibility enhancements on shelf presence, found that drawing attention with packaging enhancements, such as foil stamping, is critical when trying to ensure a product stands out on a crowded supermarket or retail shelf
Magnetic Stripe Encoding
The dark strip labelling that you see on the back of gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, and coupon cards are known as a 'Magnetic Stripe'. Alongside a POS system, these plastic cards with the aid of the magnetic stripe are also used in access control. They come in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).
High-coercivity magnetic strips are difficult to erase, meaning it is more suited for cards that are frequently used on a daily basis. Low-coercivity magstrips are less expensive due to the smaller amount of energy required to keep it sustained, meaning it is more suitable for a card that does not get used as often. Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards, coupon cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe.
Magnetic Stripes for Your Cards!
Metallic ink printing creates an illusion of sparkle and glamour as well as clear shine for a strong visual effect that catches the eye. It is great for gift cards, membership cards, loyalty cards, coupon cards and more.
Platinum, Gold or Silver metallic ink plastic card – All associated with prestige or VIP status. Colourfast produces metallic cards across the entire range of plastic cards. Choose from a vast assortment of metallic colours, pearlescent inks, glitters etc. on your plastic card as a background or ‘highlight’ feature. Add a touch of class and make your customers or members feel special with a metallic ink plastic card.
Metallic ink printing cannot be duplicated by any known printing technique and thus creates a moral satisfaction when using the card. It has a 3 dimensional appearance that is difficult to tell (even up close) and is well hidden to not obstruct the appearance for the rest of the card.
For added security, include a hologram on your card. A hologram is a flat image with a three-dimensional appearance. Our strongest fraud-prevention feature, holograms cannot be duplicated by any known printing technique, and provide quick and easy authentication with the naked eye.
This is not a true hologram, but has the appearance of one. It is a foil stamping process in which we hot stamp a square box with reflective foil as a background, and then print a non-reflective foil with a shape (normally a letter or simple graphic) on top of it.
When a code is required to access the card value, custom scratch offs cards are the perfect solution. Scratch off card printing has been used in the phone card industry for decades, and has now gained popularity with gift cards and loyalty cards. We can tailor both scratch off size and placement on your custom scratch cards. Both rectangular and circular scratch offs are available. There is a 10,000 card minimum for circular scratch offs, which can be ordered in a custom size.
Signature panels makes customers have the ability to write on the plastic surface of the cards. Various dimensions can all be custom fit with the number of panels you require, whether you are looking for a more modern/casual look or more authentic in appearance. Depending on the customer's needs, we can create any element that fits their personal agenda for the product they wish us to work on
A more authentic and vintage look can utilize a lighter/white appearance which we call a signature area and to fit personal custom dimensions we can use signature blocks. Note: It is important to realize that signature areas must avoid the following areas by at least 1/8 inch: card embossing, design and stripes with another 1/8 inch from the edge of the card.
Spot UV printing comes from ultraviolet light that's utilized to make a shiny smooth spot on logos while the rest of the card uses a simple matte finish. Such design creates a spotlight attention on the print, bringing the customer’s attention to a specific highlighted areas of the design. These reasons are all a testament as to why it is a good application for business cards. A spot UV varnish coating can only be on cards with a matte finish. Spot UV card make a huge initial perception, particularly when integrated with plastic card product. Our Spot UV cards combine a contrast of gloss and matte while Raised UV cards include a gloss effect to make patterns and textures stand out for a lasting impression.
Colourfast Printing offers variable data printing using thermal and inkjet methods. Variable data is perfect for membership cards, loyalty cards and more.
Variable data, such as sequential or random numbers, contact information, and barcodes are all generally thermal printed. Variable data printing using the thermal process can only be done if there is an overlay finish on the cards (not available on matte finishes). If the cards have a UV coating, then thermal printing cannot be done. We can thermal print in black at no additional charge. However, there is an additional charge for silver or gold. Thermal printing in black on a dark background is not as visible as thermal printing on a lighter background. When black thermal printing is desired on a dark card, we can also add a white background behind the area that will be thermal printed.
Inkjet Plastic Card Printing
This type of variable data printing is used mainly on special die cut cards. We use inkjet printing because we cannot thermal print the information on cards that are a unique size.
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