Nisca laminating ribbon with hologram

Nisca lamination hologram

Nisca ID card lamination ribbon with security hologram

The Nisca printer, in addition to extremely high quality printing, allows transparent lamination of the identification card. The optional laminator of the Nisca C151 printer and C201 printer applies additional plastic protection to the card which gives it superior durability. In order to further secure the identification card and in addition to ultraviolet ink, the protective thick overlay may include a personalized security hologram.

Personal ID badge protection and durability

The primary purpose of the laminating ribbon is the protection of the identification badge. The hologram forms part of a high resistance plastic layer which is attached to the badge by a process applying both heat and pressure in order to adhere permanently to the previously printed badge. The thickness of the plastic layer is 1 mil (25 microns) which gives it elasticity and resistance to friction and mechanical attack.

Nisca hologram compared to the printed overlay

For information and comparison, the layer of varnish called "overlay" that is usually applied by card printers in thermal sublimation has a thickness of 4 microns. The application of 25 micron laminating gives the card a useful life of more than five years in daily use (use of access control type) and more than 10 years in occasional use (typical use of identity documents).

A Nisca printer secures the identification card

The second purpose of the laminating ribbon is the visual security of the identification card or identification document. The image of the hologram contained in the plastic laminate is visible thanks to the light reflections which make it appear and allow immediate visual control. The design of the hologram and its protective characteristics can be registered with the corresponding international body. It therefore becomes the property of the original customer and its sales circuit becomes protected in order to avoid from the outset the risk of falsification of the hologram and the manufacture of copies of the cards.

Using the Nisca hologram printed card

The identification card with hologram is mainly used to control access to protected areas (IT sites, nuclear power plants, military sites etc). Identity documents in plastic card format often require visual measures against forgery. The hologram is thus used on identity cards, residence cards, driving licenses, to give them an unforgeable character.


General information on the security hologram

The holography makes it possible from a plane image to visualize an object in three dimensions. An impression of movement can be obtained by a method of multiple registers on the support of the hologram. This result is obtained by a different reflection of the light waves according to the lighting and viewing angle.
- The creation of holograms and their reproduction are reserved for a few recognized laboratories which control the necessary high optical technologies and have advanced technical means. The application of strict manufacturing methods gives the hologram affixed to the plastic cards a security guarantee of the same order as the watermark of a bank note.
- The application of a hologram on a plastic card intended to prove the identity of a person is an effective solution against the risks of falsification. Its generalization on bank cards in particular has resulted in a drastic reduction in copies. It is for this reason that holograms are used more and more for the protection and enhancement of brands.
- The holographic system is so efficient that there is no need for machines to verify the authenticity of a hologram; the human eye is enough. It is also a technology compatible with other authentication systems that can be found on plastic cards and badges.

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