There are many types of ribbons available when printing onto plastic cards. As such, there are a number of acronyms which can be slightly confusing when first encountering them. We hope that this short guide will help explain some of the common ribbon types you may come across. Please visit our ID ribbons page for purchasing ribbons – Datacard Ribbons, Magicard Ribbons, Zebra Ribons.
The three main colours when printing namely Yellow, Magenta and Cyan, with the addition of a separate black panel for a higher quality black print. An overlay / top panel is used to protect the card and printed image from wear and tear.
YMCKO – Yellow Magenta Cyan Black Overlay
YMCKOK – Yellow Magenta Cyan Black Overlay Black
KO – Black Overlay
Monochrome – Black, Red, Blue, Green, White, Gold, Silver
KdO – black dye sublimation
KrO – black resin
YMCK – Yellow Magenta Cyan Black
YMCKK – Yellow Magenta Cyan Black Black
YMCuvK – Yellow Magenta Cyan ultra-violet Black
YMCKT – Yellow Magenta Cyan Black Topcoat
KT – Black Topcoat
Black HQ – Black High quality
YMCKT-KT – Yellow Magenta Cyan Black Topcoat – Black Topcoat – Full colour with topcoat on front, black resin with topcoat on reverse.
KT – Black Topcoat KT Black ribbon with topcoat for Datacard
YMCKT-KT – Yellow Magenta Cyan Black Topcoat – Black Topcoat
YMCKF-KT – Yellow Magenta Cyan Black Fluorescent – Black Topcoat
Printer ribbon types blog entry