Zebra Card Printers Help Butler University Become More Efficient


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Campus Prints Faster, Longer-Lasting ID Cards with Zebra ZXP Series™ 7 Card Printers

On the Butler University campus, your student ID is your all-access pass into the library, athletic center, and usually your next meal. When incoming students register, they receive the laminated photo cards and carry them with them at all times. Loaded with “Dawg Bucks,” their student ID cards act like debit cards for purchases at campus dining spots, some select off-campus restaurants and the campus bookstore.

Butler University struggled with slow printing of student ID cards during new student registration periods, as well as print durability issues. Cards also didn’t last as long as the typical student’s college career. Less than halfway through their four years on campus, the cards would begin fading under normal use and printed dye bled onto wallets. In a trial, Zebra’s ZXP Series™ 7 card printers performed with the speed that Butler needed for high-volume printing. Beyond faster printing, the ZXP Series 7 card printer provides photo-like printing and ease of use. With digital printing, color photos don’t fade and printed dye doesn’t wear off or transfer to wallets, creating longer lasting identification cards for students and campus staff. It automatically adjusts to the thickness of the card, and ribbon loading takes just a few seconds. New student registration, integrated printing and lamination gives Butler University back approximately 45 seconds on every card. Across 200 students, that saves 2.5 hours, allowing staff handling registration to complete the process sooner. By increasing the ribbon per roll capacity from 250 to 750, the staff spends significantly less time replacing ribbons and more time helping students.

“We’ve been really happy with Zebra,” Hilliard (ID Card Lead) said. “When someone comes into our office for a replacement card, the printer is ready to go and we have their cards right away. They comment, ‘That was fast!’”

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