Prima 4 Reverse Transfer ID Card printer

The Prima 4 uses reverse-transfer printing technology. Images are printed onto a thin retransfer film in a "reverse image" and heat transferred onto the card. The quality of the finished card is comparable to off-set litho printing, but with the advantage that every card can be different.

  • In-line laminator option
  • Built-in USB and Ethernet connection
  • Superb print quality
  • Magnetic stripe, Barcode, Contact & Contactless encoding options
  • Holographic overlaminate option

Magicard Prima 4

Reverse Transfer Printing

One of the key advantages of Reverse Transfer or Re-transfer ID card printing technology is the increased yield when printing technology cards for access control. Cards constructed with embedded technologies such as IC chips or antennas typically have inconsistent surfaces. Direct to card printers require a completely flat print surface to achieve high quality images. Reverse transfer printers print on the reverse side of a clear film which is then laminated onto the card surface resulting in consistently high quality printed cards.

Images printed by the reverse transfer technology method tend to wear longer then cards printed by the direct to card printers. The process works like this: in addition to a color YMCK-type ribbon that all dye sublimation direct-to-card printers use, Re-transfer printers include a second clear polyester-based Re-transfer ribbon, often referred to as the Re-transfer "film". Instead of transferring dye directly from the YMCK-type ribbon onto a card, Re-transfer printers transfer, or sublimate, the dyes onto the clear Re-transfer film, then laminates this film to the card.

The advantages of Reverse Transfer technology are:

  • Very high print quality.
  • True over-the-edge printing on the card.
  • The ability to print onto uneven or bumpy cards, such as some contactless cards.
  • The ability to print onto non-PVC cards like ABS, PET, PVH and Polycarbonate.


Warranty Three years UltraCoverPlus warranty which includes full printhead coverage and free loaner service - North America, EU and other selected countries. Elsewhere 12 months limited warranty.
Print speed Up to 80 cards per hour single-sided (YMCK with transfer to card)
Card capacity 100 cards input and output hoppers
Print head Simple field replaceable unit
Printer interfaces USB (2.0) Full-Speed (12Mbps) and Hi-Speed (480Mbps). 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet
Printers drivers Windows 2000 Professional (SP4), XP (SP2, SP3), Vista (SP1), Windows Server R2 SP2, Server 2008
Security features Standard or custom holographic laminates (requires lamination module) and UV film options
Cleaning Removable cleaning roller cassette
Dimensions 343 mm width x 320 mm height x 330 mm length. (13.5" width x 12.6" height x 13" length)
Weight 15.5 Kg (34.1 lbs)
Operating conditions 15 to 30°C (59 to 86°F) ; 35% to 70% non-condensing

Magicard Prima 4


Inline laminator Compact, single-sided or double-sided. Part no Prima 451 / Prima 452
Magstripe encoder Prima with HiCo/LoCo Magstripe encoder. Part No Prima 421
Contactless card encoder Contactless card supported: Philips:Mifare®, DESFire®, HID: iCLASS, Legic®
Smart card encoder Optional chip contact programming facility for smart cards. Part No Prima 422
Bend remedy Bend remedy for Prima 4 Duo Part No Prima 424 (fitted as standard in Prima 4 Uno)


Prima 4 Uno Single-sided reverse transfer printer. Part No Prima 401
Prima 4 Duo Double-sided reverse transfer printer. Part No Prima 402


3 Years Ultracover PlusEthernetDuplex PrintingOver LaminateEdge to EdgeEncoding OptionsMagstripeUV

Please visit the glossary for more information


Essentra Code Ribbon  Description Capacity Manufacturer's code
316-7066 YMCK Dye film & Retransfer film set 1000 Prima 431
316-7067 YMCKK Colour ribbon 750 Prima 433
316-7068 YMCK-UV Colour ribbon 750 Prima 434
316-7069 YMCK-PO Peel-off ribbon 750 Prima 435
316-7070 Re-transfer film 1000 Prima 436

Ribbons are available for Prima 2e and Prima 3 – please ring for details.

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