Printing and
Encoding Solutions
FARGO® HDP8500
Industrial Card Printer/Encoder
Produce IDs reliably and
continuously—even in the most
demanding environments.
High Definition printing
delivers the highest image
quality—layered on the highest
functioning cards. HDP Film fuses
to the surface of proximity and
smart cards, conforming to ridges
and indentations formed by
embedded electronics.
Rugged and Robust
The HDP8500 looks and feels
more solid than other desktop
printers. Its solid metal cabinetry
and precision-engineered interior
components provide improved
resistance to parts fatigue and
general wear from routine and
repeated use.
High Duty Performance
With the new FARGO® HDP8500 Industrial
Card Printer/Encoder, HID Global delivers
the most reliable, high duty performance
ID card printer in the industry.
manufacturing excellence and three-year
hardware warranty, it’s the ideal solution
for unparalleled quality, performance
and security.
The FARGO HDP8500, featuring HID’s High
Definition Printing™ (HDP®) technology,
is the superior industrial ID printer for
extended-run, high throughput credential
personalization and issuance. It’s especially
suited for the high duty cycle requirements
of large government ID card programs,
laborious service bureau conditions,
and demanding university and large
enterprise environments.
High Definition Printing Quality
HID Global pioneered High Definition
Printing, also called retransfer print
technology in desktop ID card printers.
Now, HID leverages the technology to
introduce its fifth generation HDP print
engine in the FARGO HDP8500. Retransfer
technology works with a wide variety
of card materials, giving you greater
printing flexibility. And, you’ll be able to
produce crisp, high definition images on
technology cards—even cards with surface
imperfections. The FARGO HDP8500 is
the clear choice for ID issuance operations
where the highest print quality is required.
With the FARGO HDP8500, you’ll get a
print system loaded with features that
ensure reliability, from enhanced card
and consumable material handling to
air filtration. You’ll get a system that
performs—it has one of the highest card
input capacities in the industry and requires
minimal operator intervention, saving time
and money. And, you’ll get a system that’s
designed for operational and issuance
security. The HDP8500 is enabled within
the HID Global Trusted Identity Platform™
(TIP). With its built-in security features
from operator PIN number access and
multi-locking entry points, to data
encryption and resin ribbon data-erase
functionality, you’ll know your system
is secure.
Wherever high duty cycle and throughput
is required, the FARGO HDP8500 delivers.
Backed by HID Global’s 45 years of
High Durability Results
The FARGO HDP8500 is designed to
work with the most durable consumables,
ensuring long-life card provision for small
and large government ID programs. Clear
and holographic overlaminate patches
provide higher card durability and
longer life to ID credentials. The highestlevel security features, including secure
printing and secure lamination, provide
lasting protection from fraud. The FARGO
HDP8500 is the ideal printing system for ID
cards that need to last.
Peak Performance
The HDP8500 sustains longer,
uninterrupted, high-yield batch print
runs. Large-capacity consumables
and card input hoppers help
minimize downtime. A clean, stable
print environment and internal
card flattener ensure consistently
high-quality card output. Flexible Technology for Improved
Options and Security
The FARGO HDP8500 uses HDP
technology to print a dye-sublimation
image onto an intermediate transfer film
that is retransferred to the card surface.
This flexible technology works with a wider
choice of card materials, is more resistant
to identity adulteration and attack, and is
the optimal choice for smart cards because
it easily handles surface or embedded
electronics irregularities.
Enhanced System Reliability for
Challenging Environments
Non-climate controlled areas, high heat,
dirt and debris can routinely impact
performance, affecting your productivity as
well as overall print quality and reliability.
The FARGO HDP8500 is designed to
safeguard against the most challenging
operating environments. Its airflow and
filtration system, canopy dust seals and
internal temperature sensors maintain
ideal printing conditions in the harshest
conditions. Multiple in-line cleaning
stations that eliminate unexpected blank
card surface debris and a special cover
protecting card path sensors help prevent
defective card prints and printer jams.
Powerful stepper motors give you improved
card handling over long print shifts.
And the printer’s gearbox design, metal
shaft spindle components and supply
cartridges ensure reliable consumable
materials handling.
Advanced System Performance
for Enhanced Security, Throughput
and Durability
In addition to demanding the highest level
security features for their printer systems,
governments need stable and consistent
throughput as well as longer-life cards.
HID Global delivers.
Maximum Security
The FARGO HDP8500 has physical locks
on all access points to protect the ribbon
and film consumables, as well as the
cards, before and after printing. It offers
secure PIN access to electronically lock
the printer from accepting print jobs. It
has several features for data protection. It
uses advanced encryption standard (AES)
256 to protect electronic data, and it has
a resin-erase feature to eliminate personal
data on used ribbon panels. And it offers
secure printing and laminating, including
UV printing with fluorescing (F) panel
ribbons, holographic retransfer film, and
holographic thin films and overlaminates to
provide up to three levels of security: overt,
covert and forensic.
Special features of the HDP8500
The FARGO HDP8500 by HID Global has
multiprocessing capabilities to greatly
increase card yield per shift. The system
can encode one card while printing a
second card and laminating a third. It
offers two additional print modes—along
with the standard print mode—to meet your
needs. Performance mode provides the
fastest throughput speed of approximately
1,000 full-color, single-side cards per shift.
Premium mode provides enhanced print
with AES-256 bit encryption as it
make it compliant with the security
requirements of government ID
issuers worldwide. The printing
materials and the cards in the input
and reject hoppers are all protected
by physical locks. Printed cards
are delivered into a concealed
output hopper, and misprinted or
misencoded cards are secured in an
internal reject bin, protected from
identity theft.
The printer is architected within HID
Global’s Trusted Identity Platform
(TIP) to provide highly secure print
job authorization at the point of
issuance. Data is also protected
passes to the printer, and a
unique data-erase feature renders
information on used print ribbons
illegible. Optional Custom Secure
Consumables create a proprietary,
secure link between printers and
consumables used in your unique
large ID project.
Key Elements for Successful Government
ID Personalization Programs
With the HDP8500, designed for networking
into a high duty cycle distributed card issuance
system, HID took into account five key feature
areas to ensure the productivity, security and
reliability of your operation.
quality for challenging images. Also, the
HDP8500 has a patented dual input hopper
feature, making it the only retransfer
printer to allow automatic selection from
two different card types without user
intervention.
Finally, the FARGO HDP8500 offers clear
and holographic overlaminate patches in
0.6 mil and 1.0 mil to provide higher card
durability and longer-life ID credentials.
Operational Convenience for Lower Costs
Governments require printing solutions that
focus on lowest cost of operation. They
need printer/encoders with predictable
maintenance schedules and or limited
service requirements—all supported by
industry-leading product warranties.
The FARGO HDP8500 has among the
highest card capacity with dual 200-card
input hoppers providing 400-card total
input capacity and requiring less user
intervention during continuous card runs.
It provides an industry-first touch-screen
display, giving you superior printer status,
diagnostics and maintenance information
for easier and faster service. It also has a
fully accessible card path, allowing you
to monitor card throughput visually for
convenient troubleshooting. An optional
andon lighting system provides operators
with visual remote printer status feedback
across wider, secure print environments.
Plus, the FARGO HDP8500 is backed by
the longest warranty in the industry, so
you know it’s built to last.
System Scalability
Not all IDs are the same. Some may require
only single-side printing, while others
need technology card encoding along with
dual-side printing and laminating. Some
organizations need a printer system that
fits particular needs now, while also having
the capacity to meet additional needs
over time. The FARGO HDP8500 is that
printer system. It has several options that
can be added to meet your specialized
requirements, including:
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ISO magnetic encoding

Contact or contactless card encoding

ISO card flattening mechanism

Andon light remote operator feedback

Lamination module
Produce secure High Definition
IDs anywhere
The FARGO HDP8500 provides all of these
system options as field upgrade modules.
That means the print system scales as
your needs evolve, and you don’t need to
purchase another solution when your needs
shift in the future.
Secure government-to-citizen ID
What's more, the HDP8500 is
fully interoperable with Genuine HID
technology. This guarantees the
printer's compatibility with other
products within the HID ecosystem,
enabling organizations to leverage
existing HID technology investments.
from multiple sites—centrally and
card production is no longer limited
to a single high-volume printer
system in a central location.
Government organizations and
service bureaus can issue IDs
remotely—in combinations that
satisfy population centers of all sizes.
With an Ethernet port and
internal print server, HDP8500
printer/encoders can be securely
networked together to produce
high volumes of ID cards in
continuous batch runs, sharing
one or more common or centrally
managed databases.
FARGO® HDP8500 Industrial Card Printer/Encoder Features
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3-year full warranty and lifetime
printhead warranty
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Airflow and filtration system: dense air
filter, high-flow fans, door dust seals
and internal temperature sensor
Multiple in-line card cleaning stations
Resin-erase, data protection feature
Multiple field upgradable printer options
HDP Dye-Sublimation/Resin Thermal Transfer
Dual-sided printing (standard)
300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm)
Up to 16.7 million/256 shades per pixel
•Up to 1200 cards per shift/24 seconds per card
(YMC with transfer)*
•Up to 992 cards per shift/29 seconds per card
(YMCK with transfer)*
•Up to 720 cards per shift/40 seconds per card
(YMCKK with transfer)*
Standard
Touch-Screen Display
CR-80 (3.370" L x 2.125" W/85.6 mm L x 54 mm W)
.030" (30 mil) to .050" (50 mil)/.762 mm to 1.27 mm
(2) 200-card hoppers; Total capacity 400 cards
(.030"/.762 mm)
(1) 200-card hopper (.030"/.762 mm)
Windows® XP/Server 2003/Vista (32 & 64 bit)/Server 2008
R2 (64 bit)/7 (32 & 64 bit); Mac OS X v10.4/v10.5; and
Linux***
Over-the-edge on CR-80 cards
HID Global: The trusted source for
the delivery of secure identity
HID Global is in an ideal position
•Printer—Three years
• Printhead—Lifetime; unlimited pass
to participate in large-scale secure
•Card lamination module—dual-sided (simultaneous)
•Secure Proprietary Consumables System
•Magnetic stripe encoding
•Custom Secure Holographic HDP Film and Overlaminate
•Smart card encoding (contact/contactless)
•Andon Production Status Light
•iCLASS® Programming Platform Kit
•ISO Card Flattener
•Printer cleaning kit
•Laser Engraving
programs, from national IDs and driver
FARGO Workbench Diagnostic Utility with Color Assist
spot-color matching
government-to-citizen ID issuance
licenses to e-health and electronic
benefit transfer (EBT) cards. With over
200,000 FARGO ID printers installed
worldwide, we offer a unique mix of
secure ID technologies, including secure
card production hardware, software
and services. Hundreds of governments
around the world trust HID Global as their
source for the delivery of their citizens'
*Indicates the ribbon type and the number of ribbon panels printed where Y=Yellow, M=Magenta, C=Cyan, K=Resin
Black, I=Inhibit, F=Fluorescing, H=Heat Seal.
**Print speed indicates an approximate print speed and is measured from the time a card drops into the output
hopper to the time the next card drops into the output hopper. Print speeds do not include encoding time or the
time needed for the PC to process the image. Process time is dependent on the size of the file, the CPU, amount
of RAM and the amount of available resources at the time of the print.
***Linux versions: Ubuntu 7.10, Red Hat Enterprise Desktop 5, Fedora Core 7, Fedora Core 8, openSUSE 10.3.
secure credentials every day.
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