Choosing the right ribbon for my ID Card Printer

Further to the blog post – Accessories for ID Card Printers, here is some information to help you make the most informed decision on which ribbon is the right ribbon to buy for your ID card printer.

Buying ribbons can be confusing. There are a large number of ribbon categories on the market with several styles, tags, designations and labels. All have the potential to make the selection of the correct ribbon challenging. To help you to choose the right ribbon for your ID card printer, below is a quick guide to some of the codes used.

Principal codes:

  • Y: Yellow
  • M: Magenta
  • C: Cyan
  • K: Black to produce a higher black print quality
  • O: Overlay or
  • T: Topcoat to protect badges and pictures from wear and tear
  • d: Dye sublimation

Codes explained:

  • KO: Black + Overlay
  • KT: Black + Topcoat
  • KdO: Black dye Sublimation + Overlay
  • YMCK: Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black
  • YMCKK: Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black + additional Black for the reverse of the card
  • YMCKT: Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black + Topcoat
  • YMCKO: Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black + Overlay

To choose the right ribbon compatible with your Evolis ID Card Printer, please click on the following links:

We also provide ribbons for other ID Card Printer brands: Magicard, Datacard, Fargo, Persona and Zebra.

If have any questions or require more details, visit the ribbons page in our online shop or contact us on + 353 1 460 2200