HID® ELEMENT™ Industrial ID and Financial Card Personalization

UV inkjet and laser engraving
HID® ELEMENT™ Industrial ID and Financial Card Personalization

Desktop-based, yet heavy-duty, the HID ELEMENT UV Ink Printer System is purpose-built for the industrial speed and output requirements of large government ID card programs, financial institutions, enterprise organizations and service bureaus. HID ELEMENT offers highly configurable functionality, scalable throughput and an array of encoding options to meet a broad range of high-volume ID and financial card personalization needs. 

HID ELEMENT’s high-resolution printing ranges from 600 dpi to 1200 dpi, delivering sharper images and the ability to precisely print small text, complex characters and crisply defined barcodes that rival even pre-printed cards. With six configurable ink channels and support for both full-color or monochrome text and full-color graphics printing, HID ELEMENT gives you the power to create dynamic, visually rich, ID and financial cards like never before. Choose from standard or exclusive, custom colors to bring distinctive card designs to life — and/or leverage fluorescing inks to bolster card security.

HID ELEMENT inkjet printing also provides unique options that introduce new approaches to card security and durability not available elsewhere. Once color ink has been applied, an optional clear ink can be layered over images and text for a low-cost durability option or to create unique color tactile effects.

HID ELEMENT also offers:

  • Multiple encoding options — Supports both HID-embedded encoders and third-party Smartware™ simultaneous contact and contactless encoding for financial cards, physical/logical access, cashless vending and more
  • Scalable, high-capacity throughput — Easily scales production with up to four, 400-card capacity inputs/outputs for a total capacity of up to 1600 cards per unit — facilitating high-volume card throughput for continuous runs and maximum yields per shift
  • Lowest total cost of ownership — HID ELEMENT delivers the lowest cost-per-image over standard, ribbon-based desktop Direct-to-Card (DTC™) or retransfer card printers and a lower TCO than feature-comparable, room-scale central issuance systems
  • Ease of use — HID ELEMENT is as easy to use as standard DTC and retransfer desktop printers but with the modularity, power and throughput speed to meet higher-volume card production needs
  • Redundancy and risk management benefits — As a desktop-based system, multiple HID ELEMENT units can be implemented to meet industrial volume needs while providing redundancy and risk management benefits not available with larger systems

With its high-resolution printing, highly configurable functionality, scalable throughput and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry — HID ELEMENT meets the mark for superior-quality, high-volume card personalization and issuance.


  • 2021 Platinum winner of Security Today magazine’s Govies Government Security Awards competition for User Authentication/Identification/Credentialing and Management
  • 2021 Winner of the prestigious PRINT.IT Reseller Editor’s Choice Award
  • 2020 Blue Shield Technology Innovation Award at China’s 16th Security Document Summit (SDS)

HID ELEMENT UV Ink Printer System

  • Side printing: Dual-side printing standard
  • Printing technology: UV-cured inkjet
  • Ink types: Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan (C), Black (K), Clear Overlay (O), Fluorescent (F), White (W)
  • Printer ink channels: Up to six
  • Resolution: Up to 600 dpi x 1200 dpi (23.6 dots/mm x 47.2 dots/mm)
  • Print speed: Up to 300 single-sided cards per hour (@ 600 dpi)
  • Accepted card size: CR-80 (3.370"L x 2.125"W / 85.6mmL x 54mmW)
  • Accepted card types: PVC, composite (PET/PVC with PVC as an outer layer), laminated PVC (credit card construction), polycarbonate (PC), laserable PVC
  • Print area: Over-the-edge on CR-80 cards
  • Input card capacity: 400 cards (.030" / .762mm thick) per input hopper — up to four hoppers may be added for a total of 1600 cards
  • Output card capacity: 400 cards (.030" / .762mm thick) per output stacker — up to four stackers may be optionally added for a total of 1600 cards
  • Optional encoding: Smart card (contactless), ISO magnetic encoding, support for third-party Smartware® simultaneous contact/contactless encoding
  • Warranty: Printer module and printheads — 12 months
  • Options: HID ELEMENT UV Laser Engraver System, up to four input hoppers/output stackers per unit, encoding, camera registration system
HID® ELEMENT™ one input
HID® ELEMENT™ Industrial ID and Financial Card Personalization tall left input hopper
HID® ELEMENT™ with camera vision module
various colors of ink cartridges
HID® ELEMENT™ black ink cartridge
HID® ELEMENT™ cyan ink cartridge
HID® ELEMENT™ f ink cartridge
HID® ELEMENT™ magenta ink cartridge
HID® ELEMENT™ purple ink cartridge