Magicard Helix Card Printer

Combining high definition retransfer print quality with an intelligent interface and in-line visual security,
Helix is the new foundation of trusted identity.
Magicard Helix
Features

Intuitive touch screen interface

The Magicard Helix is the first ever desktop card printer to feature an interactive touch-screen interface.
Visual indicators show connectivity, temperature and how many prints are remaining on all consumables. A preview screen during printing shows the exact card being personalised and its progress through the print cycle. The intuitive interface makes it easy to change settings, with additional help provided through animated video sequences.
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The World’s first retransfer print with built-in visual security

Helix is the World’s first retransfer printer with built-in visual security. Using an evolution of Magicard’s famous HoloKote® security feature, Helix can apply a secure watermark to each card during the retransfer process. This feature also exploits the wavelengths and lens effect of the retransfer film to fluoresce under UV lighting conditions.
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High-volume best quality printing

The Magicard Helix uses a retransfer printing process, where images are first printed onto a thin film then heat transferred onto the card surface. This produces our highest resolution photo quality image, printed right over the edge of the card. By printing on to this controlled substrate, print imperfections due to irregular card surfaces or around embedded card chips are eliminated. Equipped with a high grade processing unit, Helix is powered by Magicard’s most advanced and durable print engine and features our highest capacity consumables (1000 prints) and hoppers (200 cards), making it ideal for high volume localised or even centralised issuance.
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Our most versatile card issuance printer

The Magicard Helix prints litho-quality cards from a compact desktop package. This versatility enables you to issue secure IDs in high volume or in small volumes for replacement or additional credentials. Its Custom HoloKote watermark feature provides an extra layer of visual security without the need for an inline lamination unit and expensive custom overlays with high MOQs. Single-sided Helix printers can be upgraded to double-sided capability with a simple electronic upgrade key.
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Trusted electronic security

The Magicard Helix 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 Helix can also be supplied with a magnetic stripe encoder built-in.
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Customisable stealth security

A special dye sublimation Ultra Violet (UV) ribbon can be used with the Helix 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.
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Backed by the industry's best 3 year warranty*

The reliability of our well-established print engine enables us to offer you a comprehensive 3 year warranty with full telephone and online support.
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Specifications






Printer
Details
 
Print technology
300dpi retransfer, 256 colour depth level (8Bit)

Feed system
Hopper fed

Card capacity
200 input / 200 output

Single-sided printing

Double-sided printing

Security
Standard: Kensington lock
Optional: User log-on, secure film cassettes, secure blank media feeder, secure card reject hopper and ribbon erase facility

Display
TFT LCD panel, Size: 4.3 inch, Resolution: 480×272, Color depth: 16.7 million colors, Resistive touchscreen

Memory size
128MB

Encoding / variants
Details
 
Magnetic stripe
ISO 7811 – tracks 1, 2 and 3

Contact
ISO 7816 and EMV

Contactless
MIFARE, DESFire, Pro, HiD iCLass, TagIT, Legic and UHF

Connectivity and drivers
Details
 
Operating systems
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10 (32 and 64bit)
Windows server 2003 R2 SP2, 2008, 2012, 2016
GNU/Linux and Mac OS X

USB connection

WiFi option

Micro SD

Warranty
Details
 
3 year UltraCoverPlus
Includes printer loaner and lifetime warranty on the printhead

Print speed
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Colour
up to 125 cards per hour

Accepted cards
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Card sizes
ISO CR80 85.6mm x 54mm / 3.375″ x 2.125″

Card types
PVC, PET, PC, PVH, ABS

Card thickness
0.76mm to 1.25mm / 0.030” to 0.049”

Printer specifications
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Printer weight
14.4Kg / 31.7lb

Printer size
Height: 420mm / 16.5″ Width: 455mm / 17.9″
Length: 330mm / 13″

Environmental operating range
10°C to 30°C / 50°F to 85°F

Power source
External power supply 100-240V 50-60Hz

Printer variants
Details
Product code
Helix Uno
Single-sided printer

3663-0001

Helix Uno Mag

Single-sided printer with magnetic stripe encoder

3663-0002

Helix Uno Smart

Single-sided printer with smart card encoder

3663-0003

Helix Uno Smart Mag

Single-sided printer with smart card and magnetic stripe encoders

3663-0004

Helix Duo

Double-sided printer

3663-0021

Helix Duo Mag

Double-sided printer with magnetic stripe encoder

3663-0022

Helix Duo Smart

Double-sided printer with smart card encoder

3663-0023

Helix Duo Smart Mag

Double-sided printer with smart card and magnetic stripe encoders

3663-0024

Consumables


Product code
Details
Capacity
Helix film sets
SET-HX3000K
Helix black dye film and RT film set (1 black and 3 RT films)
3000 images
SET-HX1000
Helix YMCK dye film and RT film set
1000 images
SET-HX3000S
Helix YMCKS Secure HoloKote® film set (4 YMCKS and 3 RT films)
3000 images
Helix dye films
HX1000YMCK
Helix YMCK dye film
1000 images
HX750YMCKS
Helix YMCKS Secure HoloKote® dye film
750 images
HX750YMCKK
Helix YMCKK dye film
750 images
HX3000K-Black
Helix black dye film
3000 images

HX1000RT
Helix RT film
1000 images
HX1000RTD
Helix durable RT film
1000 images

PVC Cards

Blank PVC cards, white and coloured. Also available with adhesive backs.
View this item in our online store.
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Brochure

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