Fargo Printers

Two New HID Professional Select Series Printers, the FARGO DTC5500LMX and HDP5600

Press Release from HID Global Product Management, Secure Issuance

On March 31st, HID Global® will announce the availability of its all-in-one printing and lamination direct-to-card printer, the DTC5500LMX, and its new high definition card printer, the HDP5600 – both of which comprise HID’s new Professional Select* Series of printers. Available exclusively to HID FARGO® ASP certified partners globally, and upon submission of an approved Professional Select Business Plan, these printers represent the latest in ID card printing technology.

The DTC5500LMX provides premium printing and delivers the quickest, most cost-efficient wasteless lamination solution on the market today. The DTC5500LMX is the latest release in the successful line of FARGO® Direct-to-Card (DTC®) printer/encoders, and the first to utilize HID Global’s iON™ technology which powers the fastest and most energy efficient lamination hardware available.

HID Global’s DTC5500LMX all-in-one printing and lamination solution delivers on the promise of reliable, high-volume production at an ultra-low cost-per-card. This enables cost-conscious organizations to routinely issue secure, durable cards in high volumes without sacrificing quality. And as the most energy efficient printing and lamination system available today, the DTC5500LMX is the first printer on the market to be GreenCircle® Certified.

Additionally, the DTC5500LMX system also uses HID Global’s new wasteless PolyGuard™ LMX overlaminates, providing the highest level of card protection while reducing consumable costs by up to 50%. The new consumable design will drive savings in high-volume printing environments, making it the ideal solution for higher education, large corporations, healthcare facilities and government agencies.

HID Global’s new HDP5600 features an affordable, high resolution 600 dpi printing option for superior text and image quality. Based on HID Global’s industry leading, 5th generation HDP technology, it is ideal for government agencies, universities, corporations and healthcare facilities who need re-transfer printing technology to routinely issue high definition ID cards.

Not only are colors more brilliant and images sharper, but the high quality, 600 dpi resin printing capabilities of the HDP5600 give the ability to precisely print small text and crisply defined barcodes like never before. The HDP5600 also includes a built-in Workbench™ diagnostic utility and Color Assist™ tool to help better match spot colors on company logos and service marks. Leveraging the 600 dpi option, the printer can even accurately reproduce complex characters, such as Kanji, Arabic and Cyrillic.

Key benefits of both printers are outlined below:

DTC5500LMX Printer/Encoder/Laminator

  • Lower Cost Per Card. PolyGuard™ LMX wasteless laminates are manufactured with 1000 patches per roll – enabling lower cost per patch as well as minimizing consumable re-filling.
  • Ease of Encoding. Wide array of contact, contactless and magnetic encoders available for seamless in-line encoding of smart card credentials.
  • Save Time, Save Energy. HID Global’s iON™ technology brings the laminator to optimal operating temperature in under 45 seconds, as compared to the three-plus minutes required by competitive systems. This is up to an 80% saving in time as well as reducing energy consumption.
  • Rugged Enclosure. Robust housing ensures continuous production of quality ID badges and smartcards – even in the harshest printing conditions, such as arid or dusty environments – protecting your investment long into the future.
  • Dual-side Lamination Standard. Unlike other printer / laminators available on the market today, dual-side lamination with one material comes standard for users that may want a full clear patch on one or both sides, for example. A two-material option is also available for cards requiring unique laminates on each side – such as with a custom holographic patch on the front side of a card – with a half patch protecting the back side that leaves a magstripe unencumbered for use.
  • Built in Security. Optional locking hoppers and consumable doors provide maximum security for printing of highly-secure IDs.

HDP5600 Printer/Encoder

  • High Resolution Printing. The HDP5600 features a high resolution 600 dpi option for printing vibrant images, crisp barcodes and small, complex characters. A standard 300 dpi model is also available.
  • Competitive Feature Set. The HDP5600 offers an array of differentiators not available with other HDP printers on the market:
    • 600 dpi availability for both single-side and dual-side printing
    • Half-panel ribbons (for a lower cost-per-card option)
    • High Durable HDP Film
    • Optional dual input hopper capability
  • Backward-Compatible Ribbons and HDP Films. To ensure a smooth transition, the new HDP5600 ribbons and HDP films are backward compatible to the HDP5000. More information is available within the HDP5600 Launch Kit.
  • Enhanced Memory. Provides all the same features, functions and options currently available for the HDP5000 but with added 64 MB memory, allowing for increased resolution without sacrificing print throughput speeds.

 

Ribbon Calibration – DTC400

How to Calibrate a Ribbon Sensor for the Fargo DTC400 printers, the Persona C30 printers and the Fargo DTC300 series printers.

1. Go to the start button on the lower left corner of your computer screen.

2. Click on Printers and Faxes.

3. RIGHT click on your printer and select printing preferences.

4. At the top of the screen, select the tab that says CALIBRATE.

5. Click on the button half way down on the right that says sensors.

6. Follow the directions on the screen.

How to update your Fargo firmware

How to update your Fargo firmware:

Please update the DRIVER first then the FIRMWARE.  You will need to download the latest DRIVER, FIRMWARE and the FARGO WORKBENCH UTILITY by:

  • Go to  www.hidglobal.com/drivers
  • Select your BRAND (Fargo) & Printer and your files will appear.
  • Scroll to the bottom and download FARGO’S WORKBENCH UTILITY
  • Also download the latest Driver and Firmware to the Desktop for your operating system.

First install the latest Driver by double clicking on the download.

Then run the Workbench to install it on your Desktop.

Next open the Workbench Utility and select the printer.

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Then click on the tools tab in the upper left corner and select “Upgrade Firmware”.

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Browse for your Firmware file and select OK.

If you have a laminator, repeat the firmware updates for the laminator, too.

Fargo out of support DTC550 & C30e

As of December 31, 2014, Fargo’s Persona C30e and DTC550 is no longer be supported by Fargo.   While ASAP Identification does have some parts in stock to support these printers, we cannot get more parts from Fargo.  We will do our best to keep these printers going for you but it may be time to consider an upgrade.

If you’re still using a Fargo DTC550, C30, C30e, DTC400 or DTC400e, now is a great time to look at a newer model printer.

Please contact us to discuss what option is best for you at 317-488-1030 or info@asapident.com

3 Easy Steps for DTC4500e Ribbon Sensor Calibration

3 Easy Steps for DTC4500e Ribbon Sensor Calibration:

1. Press the right button and scroll with the left button to TOOLBOX.

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2. Press the right button to select TOOLBOX and scroll with the left button to CALIBRATE RIBBON SENSOR

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3. Press the right button to select CALIBRATE RIBBON SENSOR

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HID Announces New C50 Printer

Fargo introduces the next generation of DTC ID card printers

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HID Fargo has released several new printers:

  • C50 – new entry-level card printer. This is an affordable single sided printer which includes the Swift ID™ badging software to produce professional ID badges at an affordable price.
  • DTC1250e – enhanced DTC1000
  • DTC4250e – enhanced DTC4000
  • DTC4500e – enhanced DTC4500

For more information or to get a quote, please contact ASAP Identification Security today @ 317-488-1030 or info@asapdident.com.

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How to Clean a Fargo DTC4500 ID Printer

Follow the steps below to clean your DTC4500:

  • Go to your printers and faxes folder
  • Right click on the Fargo DTC4500
  • Click printing preferences
  • Click on the tool box tab

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  • Click on the clean printer tab and follow the instructions

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FARGO: Enabling Printer Communication with RFIDTagged Consumables

Fargo Tech Update

This guide describes the process for enabling a card printer/encoder to communicate with print ribbon and overlaminate consumables that have radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags. The affected printers use consumables with tags that must be transitioned to an upgraded RFID technology. The procedure described in this publication supports the transition to the new RFID technology.

If you have one of the printer models below, please read this guide.

  • FARGO DTC300 and M30/M30e
  • Persona C30/C30e
  • FARGO DTC400/DTC400e
  • FARGO DTC550 and DTC550-LC
  • FARGO HDP5000 and HDP5000-LC
  • FARGO HDPii
  • FARGO DTC4500-LC

If you need help upgrading your Fargo printer, please contact us at 317-488-1030 or info@asapident.com.

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HID Global Upgrade Requires Firmware Update beginning October 31, 2013

HID Global will be upgrading the RFID communication technology utilized by some print ribbon and overlaminate consumables used in FARGO Card Printer/Encoders beginning in October 2013. After HID implements the new technology, most in-field printers and laminators that were manufactured before mid-2010 will require a firmware update to ensure compatibility with the new consumables technology.

Affected printer models include:

  • FARGO DTC300 and M30/M30e
  • Persona C30/C30e
  • FARGO DTC400/DTC400e
  • FARGO DTC550 and DTC550-LC
  • FARGO HDP5000 and HDP5000-LC
  • FARGO DTC4500-LC

To make this transition as seamless as possible for you and your end-user customers, HID is taking the following actions:

Channel partners:

  • Technical support – HID will offer channel partners and end-users support during this transition. Please visit http://www.hidglobal.com/drivers for support.
  • End-user letter – Written by HID, this letter can be passed along to your customers to alert them to the changes.
  • FAQ – This document will help answer questions that you or your customers may have.
  • Early channel notification – HID will not begin the transition process until October 2013.
  • Workbench 3.0 Utility – Available at http://www.hidglobal.com/15325 for free, this utility will easily allow end users to update printer firmware and drivers.

End-user Customers:

  • After the transition occurs, HID will communicate the requirement to update firmware to end-user customers via a slip sheet that is added to the print ribbon and overlaminate consumables for the affected product lines.

Additionally, all affected printer model lines manufactured since mid-2010 have been shipped from HID Global with firmware that will support the new RFID communication technology. Therefore, many current printer users who purchase consumables with the new RFID communication technology will not need to update their firmware.

Users who are impacted by the change will receive an error message when trying to use new consumables in affected printers. These users will be required to update the printer and/or laminator firmware to add support for HID’s new RFID technology. HID will provide technical support for you and for your customers via our website. The support URL will be included in the packaging of all consumables using the new RFID technology after the transition has occurred.

If you have any questions regarding this transition, we can be reached at 317-488-1030 or info@asapident.com.