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Magicard Prima 4

Using retransfer technology, the Prima 4 produces photo quality cards, comparable to offset litho printing.

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Retransfer Printer + Lamination

Prima 4 with Laminator

Maximum card durability,
Visual security options.

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  • High-volume photo quality printing prima4-for-printing-nationa

    FIPS 201 certified for the personalisation of US Government credentials, the Magicard Prima 4 provides a reliable, robust solution for instant issuance in a compact package. Using a retransfer printing process, images are first printed onto a thin film then heat transferred onto the card surface. This produces a high resolution glossy image, printed right over the edge of the card.




    Customisable stealth security printing-secure-uv

    A special dye sublimation Ultra Violet (UV) ribbon can be used with the Prima 4 for the printing of invisible photographs, logos, text or symbols when issuing high security cards. The UV ink is not detectable to the naked eye, but is only visible with the use of a UV light source. This special YMCK-UV ribbon offers an affordable yet still highly secure feature to decrease susceptibility to counterfeiting.




    Trusted electronic security Technology-card-UltraSecure

    The Magicard Prima 4 can be equipped with a range of card encoding devices to write secure electronic data to cards at the point of issuance. Smart card encoding options include contact chip, MIFARE, DESFire and iClass. Specialist high-security encoders, such as EMV accredited devices, can also be fitted for the in-line personalisation of payment cards. The Prima 4 can also be supplied with a magnetic stripe encoder built-in.



    Backed by the industry’s best 3 year warranty* 3-warranty

    Magicard Prima 4 with UltraCoverPlus – our promise to keep you printing.

    The reliability of our well-established print engine enables us to offer you a comprehensive 3 year warranty with full telephone and online support. This includes a free replacement for any printhead damaged over the lifetime of the warranty. In the unlikely event of a field failure, we will overnight a replacement loan printer to you whilst we repair your existing device.

    *Available in the South Africa, EU, North America, Australia and other selected territories. Elsewhere 2 years limited depot warranty.



  • Prima 4 Specifications

    Printer Details Product code
    Print technology 300dpi retransfer (600dpi option on request)  
    Feed system Hopper fed  
    Card capacity 100 card input hopper, 100 card output hopper  
    Single-sided printing Prima 401
    Double-sided printing Prima 402
    Security Electronic lock for hopper and door, security ribbon erase  
    Encoding options Details  
    Magnetic stripe ISO 7811 – tracks 1, 2 and 3  
    Smart card Contact chip, MIFARE, DESFire and iClass  
    Connectivity and drivers Details  
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 (32 and 64bit) Windows server 2003 R2 SP2, 2008, 2012  
    USB connection USB rev1.1 and USB 2.0  
    Ethernet connection Secure IPSEC Ethernet fitted as standard  
    Warranty Details  
    3 year UltraCoverPlus Telephone support, full printhead coverage and loaner service  
    Visual security Details Product code
    UV printing YMCK-UV 750 images (full colour and UV panel) Prima 434
    Print speed Details  
    Colour Over 100 cards per hour  
    Accepted cards Details  
    Card sizes ISO CR80 85.6mm x 54mm / 3.375″ x 2.125″  
      ISO CR79 83.9mm x 51mm / 3.303″ x 2.051″  
    Card types PVC, ABS, PET, PVH, and polycarbonate ISO blank cards, HiCo magnetic stripe and smart cards  
    Card thickness 0.25mm to 1.0mm / 0.010” to 0.040”  
    Physical specifications Details  
    Printer weight 15.5Kg / 34lbs  
    Printer size Height: 320mm / 12.6″ Width: 343mm / 13.5″ Length: 330mm / 13″  
    Environmental operating range 15°C to 30°C / 59°F to 86°F ; 35% to 70% non-condensing  
    Optional upgrades Details Product code
    In-line laminator Single-sided or double-sided lamination Prima 451 / Prima 452
    Bend remedy for Prima 4 Duo only Fitted as standard in Prima 4 Uno Prima 424
    Printer variants Details Product code
    Prima 4 Uno Single-sided retransfer printer Prima 401
    Prima 4 Duo Double-sided retransfer printer Prima 402


  • Prima 4 solutions

    • Corporate

      The Prima 4’s superior print quality, combined with its robust print engine and encoding options make it a trusted choice for medium to large enterprises for the localised issuance of multi-application employee cards.





    • Physical access

      A Prima 4 fitted with an in-line smart card encoder can write physical access data to a smart card at the point of issuance.





    • Government

      Retransfer printing is widely used by federal and local governments for the localised issuance of secure citizen ID cards, such as driving licences, voter registration cards and even National ID cards.





    • Payments

      A Prima 4 fitted with an in-line EMV encoder can be used for the in-branch issuance of secure payment cards.




    • Facilities

      Critical facilities require robust and secure ID cards. The Prima 4, fitted with an in-line laminator can print high quality, durable cards that last up to ten years.




    • Logical access

      A Prima 4 fitted with an in-line smart card encoder can write logical access data to a smart card at the point of issuance.




    • Healthcare

      Multi-application health cards, including patient records, insurance details and critical information such as blood group and medications can be issued using a Prima 4 fitted with an in-line smart card encoder.






  • Prima 4 consumables

      Product code Details Capacity

    Prima 4 film sets

    Prima 431 YMCK colour dye film and retransfer film sets (x5 sets) 1000 images per set
    Prima 431/S YMCK colour dye film and retransfer film set (x1 set) 1000 images
    Prima 4 dye film Prima 433 YMCKK colour dye film black panel on reverse 750 images
    Prima 434 YMCK-UV colour dye film with UV panel 750 images
    Prima 435 YMCKO-PO dye film with peel-off panel 750 images
    Prima 4 retransfer film Prima 436 Retransfer film 1000 images
    Prima 4 patch laminate film Prima 462 Clear patch laminate 0.6mil 600 patches
    Prima 463 Clear patch laminate 0.6mil with chip cutout 600 patches
    Prima 464 Clear patch laminate 1.0mil 600 patches
    Prima 465 Clear patch laminate 1.0mil with chip cutout 600 patches
    Prima 4 overlay film Prima 461 OVD ‘snowflake’ design film 1000 overlays
    Prima 466 Clear OVD film 1000 overlays
    Prima 4 custom overlay/patch Prima 468 Set up charge for custom overlay film/patch laminate
    Prima 467-patch Custom design holographic patch 0.6mil 600 patches
    Prima 467-overlay Custom design holographic overlay 1000 overlays

    Cleaning kits

    Prima 491 Prima 4 cleaning kit 10x swabs, rollers, cards