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  • Guidelines for logos

    We recommend a simple design (especially for keychain cards). For monochrome black-on-white cards, we advise choosing a logo which does not have large areas of solid black because these tend to result in some white "scratches" on some of the cards.

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  • What is the size of your keychain cards?

    Individual key tags are approximately 1.1" x 2.125"

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  • What is the estimated wait time from time of order?

    After we receive your image and info to be printed (and payment) we generally email you a scanned image of proof card within one to three business days. After we receive your approval for the proof card, it usually takes another one to three business days to run off the order and ship it to you (via US Priority Mail).

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  • Do you print cards for organizations that are not libraries?

    Yes. Although our card printing operation is collateral to our library automation support services, we do also print cards for other types of organizations and businesses. Note that we operate on a very low profit margin. Therefore we nearly always request approval of a proof card before doing a print job and we expect you to take responsibility for the result which you have approved of (as long as there is no error on our part).

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  • Are your keychain cards (keytags) laminated?

    No. Our keychain cards (keytags) are printed on 30 mil PVC cards by means of dye sublimation with an overlay protection - but not lamination.

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  • I am interested in purchasing (credit card size) cards for our club and I was wondering if the card could have a hole so that the members could wear the card around their neck.

    Yes. We can punch holes in the cards after printing them for an additional charge (depending on quantity). Contact us for quote on this.

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  • Can I get mini keychain business cards made without barcode.

    Sure. We can print image and/or text on both sides as you wish. If both sides are monochrome there is no issue. If one side is color and the image on the reverse side is B & W then we would charge our regular B & W card printing charges. However, if you need both sides in color then there would be extra charges.

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  • What is the material the cards are printed on?

    30 mil PVC

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  • Can you print full bleed?

    If, by full bleed, you mean can we print from one edge of the card to another edge, the answer is "yes".

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  • What is your return policy regarding library cards?

    There's not much we can do with cards that have already been printed. However if there is an error on the cards (which is our fault) we will, of course, re-do those cards. Please be careful to check your spelling when submitting your order. We cannot be responsible for spelling errors which are not our own.

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  • What type of equipment do you use to print cards?

    We use only Zebra (formerly Eltron) printers. Incidentally, Neuton Data Sytstems is a Zebra Premiere Partner.

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  • As far as what barcode standard to use, I need some guidance.

    Code39 (which is our default symbology) is an all purpose symbology which should work with whatever program you are scanning into (unless that program has some special requirements). Almost any barcode scanning device will scan it. The question is what software you are using to work with the data after it has been scanned. Also - apart from the symbology - you may have need for certain numbers or characters. For example the barcode field in your software may be 8 characters in length. Then you would want a number such as "00000101". Some people want a letter in front, eg, "W0000101" so that the software gives an error message if there is no "W" (so that an Office Depot or Staples customer card isn't inadvertantly scanned into your system). Your system may also require a checksum digit. All of these considerations depend on the software you are using.

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  • What is a barcode symbology?

    A barcode symbology is the particular system of encoding data (system of bars and spaces between the bars) so that a barcode reader (scanner) can read and decode the data encoded in the barcode. A good technical description of many symbologies is found at the following URL: http://www.barcodeisland.com/symbolgy.phtml Code39 is the default barcode symbology we use at Neuton Data Systems - unless another one is specified.

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  • Default barcode symbology: I am new to barcodes and am thinking of having barcoded library codes. We use CASPR which is Code 39 format. When we order barcode numbers for our cards, don't you need to know the format?

    Code39 is the default barcode symbology we use - unless another one is specified. However you do need to find out if CASPR requires a checksum digit or if they have requirements that the barcode be a certain number of digits long.

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  • Keychain cards dimensions

    Keychain cards (Key Tag PVC Cards) come 3 cards (tags) per credit card size card

    30 mil thickness PVC

    Individual key tags are approximately 1.1" x 2.125"

    exact dimensions of each keychain card are shown by diagram below:

    Drawing of 3-up Breakaway Key Tags



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