Cards purchased through the Hub website are digitally printed on a HP Indigo 5900 press in our own purpose built manufacturing facility, and are made using standard PVC with a 760 micron thickness.
Our smart cards are the size of a regular credit card. 85.6mm wide by 54mm high. This is quite a small canvas so please make sure all aspects of your design are visible and that you have allowed for a 1.1mm bleed on all edges.
A data file can be uploaded (.csv format) allowing you to add personalised text to each card such as unique numbers, names, barcodes etc. Simply upload your file, indicate which fields you require and position them on the card in a choice of font type, size and colour.
This is the process used to encode unique data on to your magnetic stripe. Our system allows you to encode ‘Track 2’ of the stripe with a unique number – simply upload your data file and select the relevant field. Magnetic stripes are available in both low-coercivity (Loco) or high-coercivity (Hico) formats – Hico is more resistant to external magnetic damage. It is important to check the compatibility and encoding requirements of your reader / system – if in doubt, please ask.
A barcode is a machine readable representation of data. Unique barcodes can be included to your cards, choosing from a range of barcode ‘types’ to allow additional functionality on your system. Typical examples would be gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards etc. Barcodes will be printed in black on a white background to ensure the optimum readability with a 3mm ‘clear zone’.
Signature panels can be applied to your cards to enable the end user to handwrite personal information such as name, signature etc. They will be printed in white, any size or shape and you can add multiple panels to the card if required. Please allow a 3mm ‘clear zone’ around your signature panels to avoid over-writing important design features.
Contactless, RFID cards (radio frequency identification) containing ‘smart chips’ are secure, quick and convenient to use with contactless reader systems. 1K or 4K relates to the amount of memory on the chip. It is important to check which type is compatible with your system/reader before ordering – if in doubt, please ask.