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Encoding with the ZXP Series 3

Encoding with the ZXP Series 3

Encoding with the ZXP Series 3

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 Zebra ZXP Series 3 printers have several encoding options. This page will walk you through the steps for magnetic stripe encoding.

Magnetic Stripe Encoding

The ZXP Series 3 has a magnetic stripe encoding module, allowing you to encode magnetic stripe cards. These cards are used in a wide range of applications, from gift cards to library cards, time and attendance systems, and more.

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

  1. Go to your computer’s Devices and Printers folder.
  2. Right-click on the Zebra ZXP Series 3 printer.
  3. Choose Printing Preferences from the menu that pops up.
  4. Click on the Encoding tab.ZXP3 encoding 1
  5. Check the boxes next to Track 1, Track 2, and Track 3. Enter your data (for a test print, enter sample date). Please note – track 1 is alphanumeric, while tracks 2 and 3 are numeric only.Click the Encode button.ZXP3 encoding 2

A card will be printed and encoded with your sample data. Next, you’ll need to check that the data encoded correctly.

  1. Place the encoded card back into the printer.
  2. Navigate to the Encoding tab again, and click Read.

If your sample card was encoded properly, the sample data you entered will populate the fields.

If your test card encoded properly, you’re ready to begin encoding your ID cards. If you continue to experience problems, please contact AlphaCard technical support.

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