One of the fastest high-quality printers on the market today, the ImageMaster S-18 monochrome thermal printer allows you to personalize cards for customers, clients and employees, with outstanding speed and reliability. Depending on card layout, the single-sided ImageMaster S-18 prints up to 1800 cards per hour (cph). Designed to produce large quantities of cards reliably, consistently and without problems, the S-18 printers are ideal for membership, loyalty and telecommunication card applications in bureau, gaming and leisure environments.


  • Delivers fast monochrome printing – up to 1800 single-sided.

  • Programmable card cleaning to help maintain quality.

  • Operates as a stand-alone unit with a keyboard.

  • Options for magnetic encoding and smart card personalization Contact, Contactless or both.

  • Delivers fast monochrome printing: up to 1800 single-sided.

  • Programmable card cleaning to help maintain quality.

  • Operates as a stand-alone unit with a keyboard.

  • Supports Ethernet and serial connectivity.

  • Options for magnetic encoding & smart card personalization Contact, Contactless or both.

  • 200 card input hopper & output stacker.

  • LCD screen displays printer status and diagnostics.

  • Easy to change ribbon and thermal print head.

  • Carousel & clear card kit options available.


The ImageMaster S-18 works in line with our Carousel giving you the ability to store and hold cards that have different specifications. The Imagemaster S-18 offers high volume issuance performance in the size of a desktop card printer and adding the Carousel to your system means that you can have unrivalled flexibility with minimal card stock changes needed.

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Industry pioneering technology and development.
Durable and reliable design making the ImageMaster Series ideal for mass card issuance.

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Provider of innovative software, high security hardware and in-depth product training.



Single-sided Fast, monochrome printing single-sided up to 1800 single-sided cards depending on card layout Print mode Thermal transfer (mono) Card encoding options Magnetic encoding: 3 track, Dual Coercivity, ISO 7811, Bit to Bit (binary), JISA AND JISC Smart Card Smart Card ISO 7816 personalization, Contactless (RF) Mifare card, ISO A & ISO B and others Warranty 12 month Printer interfaces Keyboard for manual data entry, RS-232C Serial 9 Pin; Ethernet 10/100bT, TCP/IP printing using LPR/LPD or Raw socket Software drivers Supports online printing from a variety of host computers including PC running Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 10, and AS-400 Supports both internally generated layouts using ASCII text fields from host computer, or full Microsoft Windows® compatibility with Windows 7, 8, and 10 drivers. Supported by NBS SmartSys™ Tabletop batch issuance software, a user-friendly, Windows card design and production application, ideal for batch issuance. Smartsys™ Link option increases production by allowing Smartsys to connect a batch of up to eight S-18s. Fonts/Images 300 dots per inch (11.8 dots per mm) resolution. Full range of monochrome color ribbons (full and half widths) available. Shipped with Swiss Regular: 6, 8, 10, 14, 18, 24 pt, Swiss Italics: 6, 8, 10, 14 pt, OCRA: 10, 12 pt, Dutch Bold: 6, 8, 10, 18, 24 pt, Any True-Type font can be downloaded from Microsoft Windows to support customized fonts PC Dash Board software for use in downloading additional fonts and images also used for flash loading of firmware for easy updates. It also can be used to back the machine settings. Barcodes EAN 13 & 8, UPC-A, Code 39, Codabar, Code 128, Code I 2 of 5. When utilizing Smartsys you can also produce QR codes & PDF417 Card capacity 200 input hopper and stacker, 25 - reject tray, Two production counters, one re-settable Weight 52 lbs (23.6kg) Power source 110-230 Volts, 50-60 Hz Dimensions 14” (356mm) D x 19” (482mm) W x 12” (305mm) Environment Operating temperature: 15°C to 30°C, Relative humidity: 20% to 65% non-condensing, Storage temperature: -5°C to 70°C, Storage humidity: 20% to 70% non-condensing, Ventilation: Free air Monochrome Print speed Single-sided: Up to 1800 cards per hour Card Specifications Types PVC & composite PVC - including breakaway and key cards Maximum print area 0.100” +/- 0.010” from side edges of card Card width/length ISO 7810 (CR-80) 2.125” (54 mm) x 3.375” (86 mm) Card thickness 0.024” (0.61 mm) to 0.030” (0.76mm) , (Optional)Thin card kit for 0.015” (0.38mm) and 0.020” (0.51 mm) cards


• Top side ISO (Dualco Mag Stripe Encoding)

• Topside Smart Card Contact: PCSC Coupler

• Contacteless Smart Card

• Carousel with 6 Input Hoppers

• Clear Card Kit

• Thin Card kit (0.015" and 0.020" thick cards)

• SW (narrow) ribbon kit

Reject Tray


LCD Panel

Print Foil Spools

Input Hopper

Open Top Cover

Cleaning Tape


Output Hopper

Print Head

Switch Panel



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. 

LOYALTY: Enhanced your customer’s loyalty –  strengthen relationships, conveniently track valuable data and create powerful brands.

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.

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

GAMING & LEISURE: The Casino / Gaming & Leisure market primarily requires an instant issuance solution for high-quality, highly-reliable cards for players/members/guests that can be provided quickly and easily.  

EDUCATION: Faculty and students require a card to handle all of their academic activities securely.  NBS has an academic ID solution that makes it simple and affordable to issue the latest ID card technologies.


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. 


Our Xpressi card issuance software can be bundled together with selected hardware, to give you a complete solution for selected market/ industry. However, this does not mean you are locked into one package because these bundles are scalable and designed to grow with you. The ability to start small and add more places of issuance when the time is right for you. Our bundled solutions start with as little as one branch/ premises. To find out more information on our bundles, speak to your nearest regional sales manager.