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DTC400e Card Printer/Encoder
ACCESS versatility.
Fargo DTC400e Card Printer/Encoder
The easy, flexible way to print and encode
photo ID and access control cards.
The Fargo DTC400e is designed to give your
cartridge combines the printer ribbon and card
organization exactly what it needs: a professional,
cleaning roller into one cartridge. Just slide it into
modular card printing system that's versatile and
the DTC400e and you’re done. The LCD control
easy to use. It produces colorful, durable photo
panel replaces blinking indicator lights, giving you
ID cards with options for encoding smart card
easy-to-follow prompts and commands so you’ll
technology for increased functionality. All of that,
always know the status of your DTC400e.
from a printer that's simple to operate, virtually
maintenance-free and adaptable – it can be fieldupgraded as your needs expand.
DTC400e single-sided printer
Designed for easy operation and
hassle-free maintenance. The Fargo
DTC400e features an all-in-one
ribbon cartridge that combines a
printer ribbon and card cleaning roller
into one convenient unit. Just slide
in the cartridge, close the door, and
you're done. No feeding or tearing
ribbon rolls, no fumbling with separate
cleaning rollers. The integrated
cartridge ensures that you'll change
the cleaning roller with every ribbon
change — a critical step to ensuring
high-quality printing of conventional
and rewritable cards.
Easily adapts to changing ID card needs.
By using different card technologies, card types and
It's an excellent choice for small- to mid-
ribbons, the Fargo DTC400e delivers a high level
sized businesses, K-12 schools, public safety
of flexibility. Personalize blank cards with full-color,
departments, regional government agencies, local
edge-to-edge images. Print thin, flexible cards or
government facilities such as libraries and parks,
conventional thickness smart cards on the same
recreation passes, membership and loyalty clubs,
DTC400e. By choosing the right options, you can
events and more. The compact DTC400e makes
configure your DTC400e to match your ID card
it a great choice for organizations with multiple
production requirements:
locations or on-site card printing needs.
• Single- or dual-sided printing: Double the
printable area of your cards by opting for dual-
Never hassle with ribbons or card
cleaning again.
Anyone who’s ever operated an ID card printer
sided printing. You can add more company and
cardholder information, and security features such
as a duplicate photo and digital signature.
knows the frustration: hard-to-load ribbons,
• Card technology: Make your ID cards more
separate card cleaning mechanisms and confusing
versatile by adding smart card and access control
indicator lights. The DTC400e eliminates these
capabilities. Optional DTC400e modules encode
hassles with simplified materials handling and
data onto contact and contactless smart cards
a user-friendly interface. An all-in-one ribbon
(such as HID iCLASS ® technology), proximity
Make ID cards more informative by
printing larger photos on the front and
more text on the back with the optional
dual-sided printing module.
Add functionality to your ID cards
with optional smart card, proximity and
magnetic stripe encoding modules. They're
available for both single- and dual-sided
DTC400e printers, and can be field
Enhanced direct-to-card printing
produces cards with brighter colors that
look truly photographic.
Simplify operator training and eliminate
the expense of torn ribbons with the allin-one ribbon cartridge.
Reduce operator errors and downtime
by monitoring printer status through the
LCD control panel.
access control cards and magnetic stripe cards.
• Connectivity: Selecting the Ethernet and internal
print server option can increase the efficient use
of your DTC400e by sharing it in networked card
printing applications.
waste of short-lived cards such as visitor badges or
transit passes with the ability to erase and rewrite
cards multiple times. Rewritable cards make
new ID applications possible, such as: customer
loyalty cards with updated point totals, library
cards with current due dates, personalized IDs for
Produce cards both flexible and smart.
volunteers, student IDs with schedule information
The Fargo DTC400e is versatile enough to print
monochromatic, cards can be preprinted in full
and encode a wide range of card types, from 9
color so there’s no compromising appearance
mil thin ID cards all the way up to 40 mil clamshell
quality. Since the printing on rewritable cards is
proximity cards and smart cards with embedded
easily changed, they should not be used for secure
electronics. That means your DTC400e is ready
ID applications.
and many more. And while rewritable printing is
to produce cards for your current ID and access
control needs, and whatever applications you might
Versatility plus simplicity equals value.
add in the future. Thin plastic cards, for example,
are gaining popularity for use in health care, mass
transit systems, highway tolls, parking, membership
and customer loyalty programs. Because the cards
are thin, flexible and lightweight, they’re easy to
mail, attach to a patient’s chart or slip into a wallet.
And every DTC400e can produce great-looking
thin cards without add-ons or modifications.
The solution for short-lived cards.
Many cards are only used for hours or days, then
thrown away. The DTC400e helps eliminate the
Whether you need employee access cards for
a mid-sized company or membership cards for
a video store, the Fargo DTC400e packs a lot
of value into a compact card printer/encoder.
Ask your HID Global integrator to show you the
simplicity, versatility and reliability of the Fargo
Security begins with the card. HID
visual security solutions protect your
photo ID and access cards from
counterfeiting. Custom HoloMark™
cards (top) embed a 3D holographic
design onto the card surface.
Translucent foil cards (above) embed
a holographic watermark just under
the card surface. These and other
visual security solutions make the ID
cards produced by your DTC400e
hard to forge or alter, yet easy to
Fargo DTC400e Card Printer/Encoder
Specifications Overview
Your total ID card solution
(complete Fargo DTC400e specs available at www.hidglobal.com/dtc400e)
Print Method:
Dye-Sublimation / Resin Thermal Transfer
300 dpi (11.8 dots/mm) continuous tone
Up to 16.7 million / 256 shades per pixel
Print Speed:**
Print Area:
Accepted Standard
Card Sizes:
• 7 seconds per card (K)*
• 12 seconds per card (KO)*
• 27 seconds per card (YMCKO)* in batch mode
• 35 seconds per card (YMCKOK)*
• CR-80 edge-to-edge (3.36"L x 2.11"W / 85.3mmL x 53.7mmW)
• CR-79 (3.3"L x 2.04"W / 83.8mmL x 51.8mmW)
• CR-80 (3.370”L x 2.125”W / 85.6mmL x 54mmW)
• CR-79 Adhesive back (3.313"L x 2.063"W / 84.1mmL x 52.4mmW)
Accepted Card
.009" – .040" / 9 mil – 40 mil / .229mm – 1.016mm
Input Hopper
Card Capacity:
100 cards (.030" / .762mm)
Output Hopper
Card Capacity:
Up to 30 cards (.030" / .762mm)
Software Drivers:
Windows® 2000 / XP / Server 2003; Linux***
The Fargo DTC400e Card Printer/Encoder is just
one component of a complete card identity system.
HID Global offers ID card software, materials,
cameras and accessories, plus
industry-leading access control
technology — everything you
need for a total solution from
one trusted source.
The Fargo DTC400e is designed to work with
Asure ID® applications and all other leading card
creation and issuance management software.
When its Ethernet option is installed, the DTC400e
easily fits into networked card issuance systems that
are centrally managed by Fargo OnQueue™ Card
Production software. The DTC400e also comes with
Workbench™, a software toolkit for set up, printer
security, diagnostics and firmware upgrades.
Fargo ribbons, films and other materials not only
ensure long-lasting, great-looking cards, they
add features that increase durability and resist
counterfeiting. That means fewer card replacements
and lower cost per card.
• Printer – Two years, including free loaner printer in the first year (U.S. only)
Optional extended warranty program (U.S. only)
• Printhead – Two years, unlimited pass with UltraCard™ cards
• Smart card encoding modules, field-upgradable by technician
• Magnetic stripe encoding module, field-upgradable
• Dual-sided printing module, field-upgradable
• Ethernet networking with internal print server (replaces USB connection)
• 100-card output hopper with or without reject tray
• Printer cleaning kit
Cameras and accessories
HID offers a selection of digital cameras, photo
lighting equipment and backgrounds, plus card
accessories such
as card holders,
lanyards and clips.
* Indicates the ribbon type and the number of ribbon panels printed where Y=Yellow, M=Magenta,
C=Cyan, K=Resin Black, O=Overlay.
** 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, Novell SUSE 10.
ACCESS experience.
This data sheet is for informational purposes only. HID Global makes no
warranties, expressed or implied, in this summary. Company and product
names and data used in sample output are fictitious. Specifications are subject
to change without notice. OnQueue and Workbench are a trademarks and
Fargo and Asure ID are registered trademarks of HID Global in the U.S. and/
or other countries. All other trademarks, service marks, and product or service
names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
This is not an offer of sale.
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