FIS organisation is one of the most experienced and successful companies in the field of plastic cards. Fis organisation was found in 1979 concentrating its focus on production and distribution of plastic cards. At that time, the product range of plastic cards was clearly arranged. Within the past 30 years, however, plastic cards have been experiencing a real boom in view of their technological possibilities and equipment components. We deliver round about 20 technologies just in the field of RFID cards - each with up to 10 characteristical classifications. In view of all existing technologies and specifications our product range comprises up to a 5-digit number of options and types of plastic cards. It is not possible to present each single variation on our website. Therefore, we recommend to contact our experienced customer advisors directly at + 49 (0) 40 – 66 96 16 – 0.
The following list just presents a small excerpt from our wide product range:
Plastic card – base
Plastic card – single-layer
A single layer plastic card means a card produced by injection moulding. In contrast to the multi-layer card, a single layer plastic card can only be personalised by surface silk printing. Although it is the cheapest type of a plastic card, it is not of very high quality and though it is mainly used for advertising and mailing campaigns.
Plastic card – multi-layer
A multi-layer plastic card is produced by welding layers under high pressure at appropriate temperature out of e.g. PVC, PET or PC to a homogeneous mass. Using several layers makes it possible to integrate offset, silk or laser printed graphic elements WITHIN the card. The multi-layer plastic card is the basis for further processing such as welding RFID or inductive technology in the card.
Plastic card – “Clamshell”
A clamshell plastic card is a special type of card construction where RFID technology is implanted into a form consisting of two thick and extremely tough hard shells. Generally the clamshell plastic card is 3-4 times thicker than an ISO standard card. It is often be used for active transponder systems. The clamshell card can be printed by injection moulding. A clamshell card can only be personalised by laser or inkjet printing.
Plastic card “Large Badge”
The so-called large badge card is an especially large multi-layer card which is often used at events, where long reading ranges are necessary.
Plastic cards in special format
Plastic cards in special format are generally multi-layer cards which are quite more resistant to mechanical or thermal influences. A polycarbonate plastic card is resistant to temperatures up to 100° Celsius for a short time (dependant on technology). The printing process of PC plastic cards requires an adjustment of the card printer to higher temperatures.
PVC plastic card with polycarbonate core
The PVC/ PC/PVC card is a good compromise between PVC and PC plastic card. While the polycarbonate core ensures a high degree of resistance to distortion, the PVC surface enables the usage of a conventional card printer without being readjusted.
PET plastic card (PET = polyethylenterephthalat)
Although the PET plastic card has material properties similar to those of PC plastic cards, it is quite more environmentally friendly regarding its final disposal. (on the condition that no technology is integrated in the card). The PET card can be regarded as “environmentally friendly promotional card”. Due to the fact that PET cards are slightly more expensive than PVC cards, advertising mailings are mostly realised on PVC cards despite of environmental disadvantages.
ABS plastic card (ABS = Acrylnitril-Butadien-Styrol)
ABS cards follow the same environmental idea as PET cards. ABS cards can be recycled quite more easily than PVC cards. ABS, as well as PC and PET, is a kind of hard plastic. This means the card is more deformation resistant than conventional PVC cards. ABS cards tend to embrittlement which counteracts to the flexibility of the card.
Plastic card – technical equipment
RFID antenna / transponder
RFID plastic cards are readable electronically by a non-contact radio system in order to control e.g. time recording, access control or payment systems. Dependent on the application, an RFID plastic card can be an insecure simple data block as well as a high-security cryptographic memory using 3DES or SHA encryption algorithms. We deliver each kind of plastic card independent of the necessary security level. The most popular technologies are:
Contact chip plastic card
Contact chip plastic cards provide the advantage that data can be read and written multiple times faster than an RFID card. Contact chip plastic cards are in general chip cards without any further security or even the contrary – the high security smart card with several encryption algorithms for secure storage of signatures, passwords or other high security data. We deliver each kind of memory or processor chip. A detailed list would go to far to be covered here, as there are several hundreds of different types of chips which enjoy great popularity.
Magnetic stripe card
A magnetic stripe card is a type of card capable of storing data by modifying the magnetism of iron-based magnetic particles on a band of magnetic material on the card. Normally 1-3 tracks are used - each with a different bit density. This process is similar to the tape storage method – which is well known from the good old personal computer. A magnetic stripe by itself does not ensure any data security. A minimum of data security can be achieved by pre-encrypting data. Magnetic stripe cards as well as barcode cards are very reasonable priced cards. Our product range comprises Hico 4000 Oerstedt, Meco 2750 Oerstedt and Loco 300 Oerstedt. Generally the magnetic stripe is delivered in ISO position; however it can also be integrated in the card for special applications.
Infrared coded plastic card
An infrared coded plastic card consists of IR translucent material with an infrared opaque bar which can be detectable coded. This technology is a result of the historical origin and is kept in our product range for reasons of compatibility. More than 20 years ago we have already offered the first infrared coding and are still able to supply this technology. An infrared coding can be considered to be very insecure today.
Inductively coded plastic card
Inductive coding is also a result of historical origin. Inductive coding means that bits are cut out of copper-sheets in order to implant them in a multi-layer card. It was absolutely essential to create a perfect surface to avoid visibility of the code and with this duplication. We have received knowledge from this kind of plastic card which is still of great use in the RFID sector. Today inductively coded cards are combined with RFID components due to compatibility to older systems.
The signature field serves for written data which cannot be removed afterwards without any destructive influence. A typical application is the signature. However, it is common practice to integrate further data such as date of issue or serial data on the signature field (e. g. guarantee cards). We provide signature fields of different types and variations (e. g. silk screen printing or prelam). Signature fields suitable for stamping can also be realised.
A rubber field is a brittle protective layer with low adhesive force which is to be opaque on all frequencies of light in order to hide information from unauthorized access. In case of an attempt of manipulation, a rubber field has to be destroyed reliably and visibly, to make sure devaluation of protected information can be realised immediately. We provide rubber fields in different forms and printing methods.
Holograms can be divided into real, embossed and implied holograms. Real holograms are burned into the depth of the material via laser technology in a very complex procedure. A polarized light – ideally laser light is necessary for detection. In principal, embossed holograms are no real holograms, they just give the impression of a hologram due to their iridescent microscopic Minting. This kind of hologram is e.g. well known from credit cards. Implied holograms are structured embossed holographic films where the individual information is embossed on a standard film. This is the most cost effective kind of a hologram. In order to avoid considerable costs for an individual hologram it is possible to use holograms as standard design.
Laser engraving means to burn colour pigments permanently into the depth of the plastic card. It is definitely not possible to remove elements, not even using chemical substances. Therefore, in case of safety related applications, laser engraving is to be preferred to thermal labelling.
When printing by thermal sublimation, parts of a special colour ribbon are melted onto the surface of the card. In one step it is possible to print not only personal data on it, but also images and corporate designs. For reasons of costs, thermal sublimation printing is to be prefered for quantities amounting less than 500 cards. However, thermal sublimation is not as long-lasting and resistant to mechanical influences as it is in offset printing under laminate.
UV / IR / characteristics
In order to realize an unauthorized duplicate it is possible to mark characteristics with special colours (invisible to human eye). For this purpose, a wide range of colour material is available. In addition to popular characteristics such as UV and IR characteristics, we provide further features which we are pleased to present if desired. The purpose of invisible characteristics is always to make sure that they cannot be realized by the duplicate producer, so that the created duplicate does not contain the hidden characteristic of the plastic card.
Guilloche printing and micro text
Guilloche printing and micro text require highly specialized printing machines which are used in a slightly changed variation e. g. for banknote printings. A professionally produced guilloche cannot be duplicated by using conventional printing machines (including high-performance laser printer) which makes the duplication even more complicated. In connection with UV or IR printing colors - as well as micro printers -, a plastic card can reach almost the quality level of bank notes considering the security aspect.