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  • What's the Difference Between HiCo and LoCo Magnetic Stripe Cards?

How to tell HiCo and LoCo magnetic stripe cards apart

By |February 26th, 2019|

Magnetic stripe cards are used in many parts of our daily life – as membership cards at the gym or fitness center, as library cards, as student ID cards, as employee ID cards, as retail […]

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What are my ID cards made from?

By |March 3rd, 2016|

The ID cards and badges you print on your ID card printer look great, but have you ever wondered what the cards are made with and why those materials are important to card durability? We’ve […]

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Longer-Lasting ID Cards Made From PVC/Polyester Combination

By |November 18th, 2013|

Although industry-standard PVC cards are designed for long-term use, some organizations and businesses require more durable, “maximum-strength” ID cards for their badge programs. AlphaCard is pleased to offer a stronger, economically priced ID card made […]

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The sticky truth about adhesive-back cards

By |October 14th, 2011|

Adhesive-back cards, also called sticky-back cards, are typically used with technology cards that are too thick for some ID card printers. Card information is first printed on the thin adhesive-back cards and then affixed to the thicker technology card.
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Get the skinny on thin cards

By |September 9th, 2011|

Wondering what thin cards are used for? We’ve got the low-down on the benefits of these slim ID cards. Thin cards are used for a couple of different purposes in the ID industry. For one, thin cards (typically 10mil) can be used to produce professional business cards that are more durable than their ordinary paper counterpart. Not only will these cards hold up better, your business cards will stand out from the pack.
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Ask AlphaCard: What’s the difference between LoCo and HiCo magnetic stripe cards?

By |July 22nd, 2011|

Magnetic stripe cards are a reliable, affordable technology that can be used for a variety of applications. These cards are an economical way to start a multifunctional card program, and can be used to control access, track meal plan points and so on.
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Ask AlphaCard: Are rewritable cards right for our program?

By |November 30th, 2010|

Rewritable cards are PVC cards with a special finish on one side that can be printed upon and erased several hundred times. They are even available with magnetic stripes or embedded electronics for multifunctional card programs.
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Ask AlphaCard: What’s the difference between Hi-Co and Lo-Co magnetic stripe cards?

By |October 15th, 2010|

If you’re thinking about adding magnetic stripe encoding to your ID program you may be wondering about the difference between high coercivity and low coercivity magnetic stripe cards. The information on magnetic stripe cards is stored in patterns of positive and negative magnetic fields. Coercivity is a measurement of the amount of energy it takes to change the polarity of those magnetic fields.

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Using composite cards for ID applications requiring lamination

By |February 16th, 2010|

While most ID card systems come with standard PVC cards, it's important to realize that there are times when composite cards are the preferred choice. There's a reason composite cards cost more than regular PVC cards. Composite cards are stronger and more resistant to heat. So while ordinary PVC cards work great for most applications, if you're laminating your IDs you'll want to use composite cards because they can withstand to heat and pressure involved in the lamination process.
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  • What's the Difference Between HiCo and LoCo Magnetic Stripe Cards?

What’s the difference between HiCo and LoCo magnetic stripe cards?

By |January 19th, 2010|

If your ID program requires the use of multifunctional magnetic stripe cards, you have two options: HiCo or LoCo cards. What separates HiCo and LoCo cards is not the amount of data they can carry, but rather how secure and durable they are.
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