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The Horizon card personalization system is a high-volume, high-speed system engineered with individual Card Personalization Elements (CPE’s) to provide flexibility and customization to meet your specific requirements. The Horizon card personalization system is designed to meet central card issuance needs of financial institutions, service bureaus, government and healthcare organizations, telecommunications companies, and other organizations requiring high volume card issuance capabilities.
The single most important metric to most card personalization experts is cost per card. The Horizon platform achieves a significant advantage over competitive products in its range when it comes to cost per card. The Horizon’s performance, reliability and spare parts/consumable pricing yield the industries lowest cost per card.
The Horizon hardware platform coupled with the SmartSys™ machine control software combines to make the NBS card personalization system simple to setup and operate while maintaining ultimate flexibility. The power of SmartSys™ is its compatibility with a wide variety of data formats and offers powerful yet easy to use tools such as a JDM (card design/ layout), machine performance statistics, audit trail tools that provide full traceability and a powerful set of machine diagnostic capabilities.
This fully customizable, modular system is proven to provide one of the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. The Horizon is designed with performance, reliability, cost and serviceability in mind. NBS offers a wide range of cost effective product support services ranging from full on-site support to unlimited access to a global team of product support specialists. If cost of ownership is important to you, then the Horizon is the ideal choice for your mid to high volume card personalization system.
CPE (Options Dependant On Application)
Key board & Mouse
CARD PERSONALIZATION ELEMENTS
Includes two removable “quick change” magazines each with a 250 card capacity which means faster and easier card handling including pre-loading of blank cards. The Horizon has the flexibility to be configured with up to three input CPEs (6 Magazines total).
The Horizon will support up to 3 separate embossers. Software automatically divides work between multiple embossers for optimal throughput. A front or rear indenter available -- tailor the system to the user’s requirements.
MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODER CPE
Several different encoding types are offered such as, 300 & 2750 Dualco and 600 Oe (for JIS A, B, C options). Other coercivity values may be available on a special order basis for an additional charge. Multiple encoder CPEs can be installed for user flexibility.
The Horizon supports multiple tippers for faster/ easier production. The tipper’s reliable plate design allows for a maximum of 11 lines on a card. The tipper also has an integrated low foil sensor.
HIGH SPEED SMART CARD CPE
Uses an elegant, elevator mechanism to simultaneously personalize up to 12 contact smart card stations in a single CPE. The Horizon smart card CPE utilizes the a PCSC compliant coupler. The cycle time for personalizing is reduced by the number of stations. The selection of the number of stations is dependent upon the maximum anticipated programming time per card as well as the throughput rate of the particular Horizon configuration.
CARD LABELER CPE
Applies labels to the front of a card. It works with any activation labels designed for use with plastic cards, on a 3-inch core, an outside diameter no larger than 8 inches in diameter and with bottom-off-first orientation.
CONTACTLESS CARD CPE
This single station Contactless card CPE supports ISO 14443 type A & B as well as the Mifare range of cards. The CPE combined with SmartSys MCS software can also be used in readback and look up mode.
CARD FLIPPER CPE
Adds a greater degree of flexibility to the Horizon. Adding a flipper right before the stacker correctly orients the cards for placement into down stream equipment. The flipper CPE also enables the application of both front and rear laminates (Polyester Patch).
COLOR PRINTER CPE
Provides clear, crisp photo quality color images at a high throughput rate of over 700 cards per hour. This CPE has one of the best resolutions in the industry at 300 dots per inch (“dpi”). It can print in color or monochrome as well as applying overlay to multiple selected areas or the entire card for the entire run. The color printer is available for top or bottom of the card printing.
CARD STACKER CPE
Includes two removable “quick change” magazines each with a 200 embossed card capacity. The Horizon has the flexibility to be configured with up to three stacker CPEs (6 Magazines total).
The heated roller laminate CPE enables a protective material to be applied to the surface of a card providing increased security and durability. A special laminate material is applied to the card surface using pressure and heat. The speed and temperature required is determined by the composition of the card being used.
The Transport CPE can be used preserve CPE spaces for the future upgrades or can used with optional User Pro SDK to integrate non NBS hardware elements. The Transport CPE is a high throughput Horizon element, which can be ordered at time of purchase or field installed into existing systems.
The addition of the Horizon mailer solution gives you the complete functionality of card personalization from start to envelope! Now you can personalize your cards and have them inserted into mail ready format giving you a totally automated card personalization solution.
HIGH VOLUME ISSUANCE MARKETS
FINANCE: NBS has served the financial market for over 40 years and has been at the technological forefront for banks and credit unions. Our continual improvements have helped provide solutions for magnetic stripe cards and smart cards (both contact and contactless).
HEALTHCARE: The Healthcare / Insurance industries have transformed drastically over the last 25 years and NBS has been active in adapting our products and services to fit the requirements of this changing industry.
TELECOMMUNICATION: NBS has developed card printers to supply the telecommunication market. This can be in the form of Microprocessor cards, Subscriber ID Modules and in a growing number of handsets for other networks (TDMA, PDA and CDMA).
TRANSIT: The newest transit and parking card technologies are generating a quicker and efficient process for automated fare collection for transit. NBS offers contactless smart card solutions that speeds up all aspects the transportation system
GOVERNMENT: At NBS, we have over 40 years of experience in delivering card personalization systems to governments, meeting the needs of any specific application such as National ID cards and driver licenses.
BUREAU'S: NBS has provided a wide range of products that have been used in the Service Bureau/Third Party Administrator industry for many years. With field upgrade kits, the unit you buy today can be modified to meet new requirements tomorrow.
CENTRAL ISSUANCE: We understand that in a central card issuance environment, time is money – and you just can’t afford poor hardware performance or difficult to navigate software – this is where NBS can help. NBS has been developing its state-of-art central issuance hardware & software for over 40 years to limit these inefficiencies. NBS Central Issuance software provides a full spectrum of card issuance capabilities with advanced production performance and management information controls.
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