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Encoding with the Primacy/PrimacyID

Encoding with the Primacy/PrimacyID

Encoding with the Primacy/PrimacyID

Encoding is a useful way to store data on your ID card, because an encoded card can hold more information than could be printed on the card. It also makes it quick and easy to access additional information, such as cardholder information you don’t want printed for security reasons or to pull up a membership account.

The Evolis Primacy line of printers have several encoding options. This page will walk you through the steps for magnetic stripe encoding. These cards are used in a wide range of applications, from gift cards to library cards, time and attendance systems, and more.

Run a Test Print

You should always run a test print to make sure your encoder is working properly, especially if you are new to this process.

  1. Open the Evolis Print Center, and double click on the Evolis Primacy. Click on the Maintenance tab in the left navigation, and select Magnetic Encoding Prompting.Primacy Mag 1
  2. Enter some sample data in tracks 1, 2, and 3, then click Encode Track(s).Primacy Mag 2
  3. Click Read Track(s), and the data from the card should populate the fields. When you’re done, click Eject Card.Primacy Mag 3

If you continue to experience problems, please contact AlphaCard technical support.

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