The Rinas thermal drop-on-demand (DOD) variable data monochrome printing system utilizes state-of-the-art piezoelectric technology and forms an important print accessory to the Rinas range of MagStripe, RFID and Smart Card encoding solutions. The speed at which a plastic card or paper ticket is transported under the print head can be altered to suit the operational environment, which also governs the UV exposure time.

Operational highlights for economical production

The monochrome thermal DOD printer unit is available with a choice of ink types to match the ID-1 paper or plastic medium. Typically black.1) ink is used for final personalization giving perfect reproduction of all printed elements, including images, barcodes, logos and fonts etc. with a durable slightly raised structure comprising crisp defining edges without any additional overlay*. Comprehensive software handles all aspects of layout design and data handling for extremely economical and intuitive personalization tasks.

Included in the package are a range of functions that include an alarm for ink shortage, numerous fonts, 1D and 2D codes, graphics integration and a label creation software utility. Built into the head unit are heater elements that stabilise the fluid temperature which, when combined with the product’s unique ink channel design, provide a constant ink supply to all nozzles. Blockages and unnecessary downtimes are thereby minimized.

Intelligent personalization solutions with durable printing

The printer is an ideal extension to the Rinas CS-LWR and CS-SWR universal encoders which, due to their modular design, comprising various elements with their own intelligence (µC), enable specially adapted encoder configurations to be effortlessly assembled to meet specific customer requirements. The majority of the individual modules share a common, internal communication bus and there is just one interface (USB) to the control PC. The printer communicates with the control PC via the TCP/IP port. A print verification station comprising a downstream scanner is also possible.

*We recommend printing on test samples beforehand to ensure compatibility and durability.

This versatile stand-alone or OEM drop-in encoder is the ideal choice for personalization bureaus wishing to process a variety of ID-1 sized RFID and / or Smart Cards. Optionally available scanner units, operating in the IR or visible spectrum, facilitate data retrieval for automated processing, and the system comes complete with a range of accessories for separation, stacking and monochrome printing as required.

True versatility for maximum potential

The Rinas SRM can be fitted with a universal RFID reader, which can be height adjusted for optimum positioning between 5 mm and 30 mm, for the majority of currently available tags in use in today’s card industry. Comprehensive software accompanying the Rinas reader facilitates the encoding and subsequent verification of the processed cards. Customer RFID hardware and software can of course be used in place of the Rinas solution as required.

Smart Card production is also catered for with the Rinas SRM by having individually springloaded chip contact pins lowered by a motor to the card’s contacts. This raising and lowering action is performed at under 200 ms, which greatly contributes to a more rapid card throughput. Customer electronics addresses these pins for chip read / write operations.

Scan and printer extensions

The Rinas monochrome print solutions that complement the SRM’s feature set include the field tested, high-resolution ink-jet print unit that is based on the same HP expertise in use by millions of office printers. But also, the newly-developed Rinas thermal-transfer printer and DoD solutions. All print solutions are capable of printing monochrome alphanumeric fonts, barcodes, 2D codes and Matrix codes at resolutions between 300 dpi and 600 dpi on oil-free plastic cards. Up to two scanner units, which are typically used for data acquisition or print control, recognise all common typefaces, barcodes and even 2D and Matrix codes.

This robust high-speed thermal transfer printer is a drop-in unit that has been purposefully designed for almost borderless monochrome printing of ID-1 sized cards and, as such, is the ideal extension to the Rinas CS-LWR universal encoder. Fabricated from mainly metal components ensures longevity and stability of operation under harsh operating conditions.

Device functionality for optimized print results

Included in the package are a range of functions that include a tape saving feature, numerous fonts, 1D and 2D codes, graphics integration and a label creation software utility. The printer has an easy-care cleaning roll and stands out with its print resolution of 300 dpi. Opening the cover gives access to the tapes, which are easily changed and a software adjustable thermal regulator provides adjustment for specific materials*. Currently, the printer is available for monochrome (black) printing but future developments should enable four-colour printing.

Intelligent card personalization combined with printing

The printer is an ideal extension to the Rinas CS-LWR universal encoder. Due to its modular design, comprising various elements with their own intelligence (μC), specially adapted encoder configurations can easily be assembled to meet customer requirements. The majority of the individual modules share a common, internal communication bus and there is just one interface (USB) to the control PC. The printer communicates with the control PC via the TCP/IP port. The main advantage of these systems is the parallel processing occurring within the individual modules. For example, a card can be in the process of being encoded via the LWR unit (MagStripe, RFID or CHIP) while the previous, already encoded card, is being printed. This means that significant higher throughputs can be achieved than with competing products. A print verification station comprising a downstream scanner is also possible.

 

*We recommend printing on test samples beforehand to ensure compatibility and resilience to rubbing or fading.

 

The CS-SWR is a fast stand-alone encoder that has, at its core, the established and reliable SWR unit and is ideal for personalization bureaus wishing to process up to 5,500 ID-1 sized HICO or LOCO MagStripe cards per hour.

Unparalleled encoding quality

Its unparalleled encoding quality and longevity, is coupled with data security provided by an internal comparison between write and read information and output with OK/NOK statements. In addition, the read data can be sent to the Rinas software for seamless protocol generation and data logging.

A compact modular card personalizer

The Rinas CS-SWR, comprising field-tested mechanics, is designed for continuous volume throughput and longevity without unnecessarily burdening the individual modules. Up to 5,500 cards can be separated per hour depending on the application governing the encoding and scan processes.

The changeover between HICO and LOCO is performed quickly and simply via software and the adaptation to suit special card thicknesses can be performed either at the factory or at the customer’s site by simply exchanging the encoder and motor plate (toolless). In such cases, Rinas has the necessary card separator and stacker.

The standard unit can even be extended to include a JIS module, which is simply screwed to the main encoder unit enabling up to three ISO tracks and an opposing JIS track to be processed in a single pass.

The encoder is complemented by a choice of scanner units, for data retrieval applications, that operate in either the IR or visible spectrum to suit different card colours and surfaces. In addition, a range of add-on accessories for card separation, stacking and flipping etc. complete the product’s portfolio.

Scanner for data retrieval

In a typical application scenario, pre-personalized cards (comprising text, 1d or 2d code) need to be encoded from corresponding data within a CSV file.

Here, a separated card is transported from the separator to the encoder via the SRM unit where a scanner, which can recognize all common typefaces, barcodes and even 2D and Matrix codes, records information from a pre-defined area of a passing card. This processed scan data is passed to the Rinas software for comparison with the relevant track encoding data, which, when found, is passed to the encoder for writing and verification. NOK cards are rejected and logged accordingly. The throughput for this type of typical scenario, when encoding on 2 tracks, is approx. 5,100 cph!

Complementing its well-known encoding solutions, Rinas also provides a range of tried-and-tested accessories, which can be combined with a stand-alone encoder to create a complete card personalization system.

Electronic card flipper for 180° card rotation along its leading edge

Magnetic stripe and chip cards, in particular, have a preferred manner in which they are fed into an encoding station: e.g. magnetic stripe bottom right.

If this card has to be printed on the same side then generally it needs to be flipped over by 180° since printers tend to print better with the print head positioned above the card. The same procedure can also be applied during card scanning where, prior to encoding, some information needs to be gathered and interpreted which may just be on the flip side of the card.

It is exactly in these scenarios where the Rinas FLO flipper enters service.

Reliable card rotation for a range of materials and sizes

Our flipper unit, in its standard form, accepts ID-1 sized cards. Both plastic and paper cards of differing thicknesses can be processed although a different set of transport rollers needs to be installed when considering paper.

The flipper unit is intelligent and can monitor the card’s position readjusting itself before the rotation phase begins. In doing so, even when the transport rollers are worn, the card’s position is just as accurate.

The cards can be issued from the unit on the same or flip side to enable the unit to be used as a transport only device in the case where card flipping is not required.

Device control / interfaces

The flipper unit has its own control electronics comprising 2 digital inputs and 2 digital outputs to be used (upon consultation) for custom-specific purposes.

In addition, the unit possesses its own serial (RS232) and two CAN interfaces for control purposes.

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