RFID Card Equipment & Production Process
Plastic Card Equipment & Production Process
Produce the middle layers with RFID chips embedded on them (if you don’t need these cards contain the RFID chips, you can ignore this step and jump to the next step).
One upper layer, one middle layer and one lower layer together form a piece of plastic card. Use the ultrasonic binding machine to bind these 3 layers together.
Laminating the bound 3 layers together to make the plastic card fully formed.
Write data into the chip. And you can encrypt and even lock the data inside if necessary.
Paper Card Equipment & Production Process
Choose the suitable paper and offset print or silkscreen print graphics & texts on them. The common paper includes the coated paper, kraft paper, corrugated paper, specialty paper, etc; among which, the common thickness of the single layered coated paper is 200g (about 0.18mm), 300g (about 0.3mm), and 400g (about 0.52mm).
Put the printed paper (except the specialty paper) into the film laminating machine to cover the paper surface with a layer of plastic film to prevent it from getting dirty. It is also an essential step before you add some other crafts like the foil stamping. As for the specialty paper, we usually make use of the oil applying method to avoid it of getting dirty.
The magnetic strip can be added to the paper at this step ( if the magnetic strip is added under the film or oil, the data reading may be stuck because the magnetic field will disturbed ). As for some other crafts like the foli stamping, scratch panel, punch hole, holographic, and embossing , they are more suitable to be added after the die cut step.
The thickest single layered coated paper is 400g. If you need to thicker paper, there is also a solution. Just glue 2 pieces of film laminated or oil applied paper together to get reach the thickness clients required. For example, 2 pieces of 300g coated paper glued together will become a piece of double layered coated paper at about 0.76mm thickness which is also the standard thickness of the plastic business card.
Put the well done large paper cardboards into the automatic die cut machine and cut them into small paper cards at customized size. By the way, they can be die cut into any size, and no need a mold at all! Mold charge saved, great, right？Then add some follow-up crafts mentioned at the “Adding Crafts via Automatic Magnetic Strip Mounting Machine” step to the small cards, and the cards are completed.
In order not to let the newly made cards get scratched, dirty, or damaged during the transportation, each card is usually put into an automatic packaging machine for independent packaging(eg. one plastic bag per card), then put in boxes(eg. 100pcs per box), and finally in cartons. This way, the cards can be well protected and keep looking new for a long time. Excellent!
Metal Card Equipment & Production Process
Choose the suitable metal plates, the common ones are made of copper, stainless steel, and aluminum, and the thickness is from 0.3mm to 1.2mm. If you want to make their surface special, we can add some scrafts here like frosted finish, mirror finish, and brushed effect for you. And then the offset printing or silkscreen printing according to the design file from our clients starts.
Add some other crafts to the well printed metal plates. For example, the silk screen UV, laser engraving, QR code, barcode, embossing, magnetic strip, signature panel, punch hole, holographic, etching groove, hollowing out, etc. Then the cards may become higher end and impressive, which may help a lot when the company staff promote their company, and seek for more business cooperations.
After all the steps mentioned before are completed, die cut these metal plates into small metal cards at various customized sizes. Like paper cards, the die cut machine can directly cut the metal plates to the metal cards at any shapes and sized, no need molds. So convenient! Till now, the production of metal cards are done. And we would pack them, 50pcs/box.
Wood Card Equipment & Production Process
Select the suitable wood planks (beech, maple, black walnut, Sapele, cherry, bamboo, etc.) at the appropriate thickness from 1mm to 1.8mm. Then silkscreen print or offset print them according to the design files. If the designs are brightly color, it is better to choose the light color woods such as bamboo and maple. This way design will look more outstanding.
Add other crafts at this step. For instance, the silkscreen UV, laser engraving (colorless laser engraving on the dark color woods can highlight the design effect), QR code, barcode, embossing, magnetic strip ( only high magnetic resistant glass magnetic strips are suitable for wood cards ), punch hole, and hollowing out, etc.
After all steps mentioned before are completed, die cut the wood planks into small wood cards at various sizes and shapes with a die cut machine, no need molds. Generally speaking, we would do some waterproof effects for the wood cards to prevent them from moisture, cracking and bending. And this measure is usually taken before the “Printing” step.