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Fargo DTC 550 Printer

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  • Price Range: $$$$ of $$$$
  • Top of the line security and printing features
  • 1-year Fargo waranty, with factory depot service
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  • 101 to 500
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Fargo DTC550 Printer

The Fargo DTC550 is a solid investment that establishes a new benchmark for ID card printer systems. Versatile, secure, and easy to integrate, it is designed to meet the diverse security needs of large organizations. From printing laminated holographic cards, to access control cards with embedded electronics and magnetic stripes, the DTC550 can adapt to handle a broad range of ID card applications. Enhancement options are available in the areas of connectivity, lamination, dual-sided printing, e-card encoding, and security software. In addition to its tremendous versatility, the Fargo DTC550 boasts networking capabilities and comprehensive security features that provide for secure ID card issuance without compromise.

The Secure Choice

For large organizations, security is vital in an ID card printer system. Thankfully, Fargo has created a printer that’s fully capable of quelling any such concerns. The Fargo DTC550 Direct-to-Card Printer/Encoder brings an extremely high level of protection to the card printing process, making it the smart choice for organizations that wish to print, encode, and laminate ID cards while operating in a networked environment. The more secure an ID card system is, the more secure the cards are. For corporations, educational institutions, and governments, all of which face a myriad of security challenges, this is of the utmost importance.

Security and IT staffers can come together in agreement over the benefits of the Fargo DTC550. The printer can be installed at any location on a LAN network, with an Ethernet port and in-house print server. To ensure a fully protected system, the optional Print Security software allows your security staff to closely monitor access and use of the printer, thus greatly reducing the potential for fraudulent ID card creation. The software includes such features as password-controlled access to the printer, and e-mail and text message alerts to be sent to designated staff when printing is conducted beyond authorized hours.

Features and Flexibility

The DTC550 is incredibly versatile, and can adapt to the needs of your organization. Whether those needs include bar codes, magnetic stripes, dual-sided printing, smart card technology, proximity card technology, holographic overlaminates, or more, the DTC550 is fit to please. It can create high-quality cards using two separate printing methods: dye-sublimation, and resin thermal transfer. Dye-sublimation allows for detailed imagery and vivid colors, while resin thermal transfer is best-suited for sharp black text and bar codes. With the DTC550 Card Lamination Option, you can even produce sophisticated cards that incorporate up to three different e-card technologies and a magnetic stripe, all in a single pass. From the most secure employee access cards, to student IDs that charge cafeteria lunches, the possibilities are boundless.

Ease of Integration

The DTC550 connects to your Windows-based PC through its USB port, and can then be added to the network with no more effort than it takes to add an ordinary printer.This networking capability provides the DTC550 with the versatility to support secure ID card issuance across the enterprise.


DTC 550 Features

  • Dual-sided printing in a single pass
  • Creates magnetic stripes with encoded information
  • Produces holographic overlaminates which protect against counterfeiting and physical wear
  • Prints bar codes that can be read by infrared and visible light scanners
  • Smart card technology for heightened security in a broad range of applications
  • Proximity card technology, highly useful for buildings and offices that require restricted entry
  • Covert printing features that enhance security by encoding information invisible to the naked eye

System Requirements


Available only with Print Security Package
  • Full-color with fluorescing, resin black and overlay panel, YMCFKO*, 400 prints
  • Full-color with fluorescing, two resin black panels and overlay panel, YMCFKOK*, 350 prints
Overlaminate Options
  • Thermal Transfer Overlaminate, .25 mil thick
  • PolyGuard Overlaminate, 1.0 mil and .6 mil thick
  • All overlaminates available in clear, standard holographic design or custom high secure or secure holographic design
  • PolyGuard available in a CR-80 patch size
  • 16MB RAM
  • LCD Control Panel; LED display on optional Card Lamination Module
Software Compatibility
  • Windows® 2000/XP/Server 2003
  • USB 1.1 (USB 2.0 compatible); optional 10BASE-T Ethernet with internal print server
  • DTC550: 10.75"H x 18.5"W x 11"D
  • DTC550 + Lam: 10.75"H x 30.5"W x 11"D
  • Lam Module: 10.25"H x 30"W x 11"D
  • DTC550: 20 lbs
  • DTC550 + Lam: 39 lbs