Datacard Ga-Vehren Systems Cut Card Personalization and Packaging Costs with Patent Pending ''One-Pass'' Efficiency




    Single integrated system can reduce operational costs and cut
work-in-process time

    MINNETONKA, MINN., June 19 /CNW/ - Datacard Ga-Vehren Corporation, a
wholly owned subsidiary of DataCard Corporation, has developed and sold an
integrated personalization and print finishing solution for multiple markets,
most notably the gift-card market. This solution creates a "one-pass" system
that can create greater efficiency and security in many operations.

    Datacard Ga-Vehren is the pioneer of the inline personalization and
finishing process dating back to products introduced over 15 years ago. These
systems combine the best of the high-speed Datacard Ga-Vehren Attacher(R)
Print Finishing System and Datacard(R) CPST MJ7500(TM) Card Personalization
System to integrate the personalization of a card and/or carrier, with the
affixing and finishing of the card to the carrier. This patent pending process
can be applied to multiple card, carrier, and object formats on either the
Attacher(R) print finishing system or the MJ7500(TM) card personalization
system platform.

    The typical production process requires two discrete systems; one for
card personalization and one for packaging/card-affixing. In the inline,
integrated process, a single system can personalize the card by printing a bar
code and encoding the magnetic stripe, affix the card to a carrier, and
complete additional print finishing steps at speeds up to 20,000 per hour. A
single system will significantly reduce operational costs such as labor and
power consumption. In addition, users also save floor space, limit their
capital investments, and cut work-in-process time while minimizing the
handling of the personalized items. The ultimate savings in a single, inline
system depends on the type of operation and jobs being run.

    "Customers who have installed an integrated personalization and print
finishing system on one platform have seen 25% to 40% reductions in
manufacturing costs," says Jeff Peters, Vice President and Managing Director
of Datacard Ga-Vehren Corporation. "This is very significant given the
competitive and unpredictable nature of the gift-card and direct mail
business."

    Datacard Group offers the world's best-selling secure ID and card
personalization solutions. The company's portfolio includes systems for
high-volume card issuance, card delivery, print finishing, secure ID issuance
and passport production, plus extensive service and supplies offerings.
Datacard Ga-Vehren is located in St. Louis, MO, and designs and manufactures
the MJ7500 and Attacher systems. (www.datacard.com) (www.gavehren.com).

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For further information:

For further information: Datacard Group Tracy Hodnett, +1 952-988-2846
Tracy_hodnett@datacard.com

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