Guide to Starting ID & Badge Printing Business

ID badges and passes are important for school, office and event use. ID tags may include name, title, photo and information about the access level of the person. Laminated badges look great and are protected from wear and tear damage. Creating laminated ID tags are easy to make with a few supplies.

Thermal laminating film is the ultimate way to finish printed materials for beautiful and long-lasting results. Because of its wide range of applications, thermal lamination attracts buyers from all areas of industry – graphic arts, packaging, display materials and publishing to name a few. Unlike UV and other coatings, thermal lamination provides maximum protection against scratching, smudging and strengthens paper stocks while producing the sharpest and clearest images.

Benefits of Lamination

  • Extends the life of printed materials
  • Printed materials can be reused thousands of times
  • Increases the color life of printed materials
  • Deepens & brightens ink colors
  • Enhances contrast
  • Increases the bulk & stiffness of printed materials
  • Preserves color, texture and form
  • Enhances image & presentation
  • Protects from creasing, tearing, smudging & staining
  • With an encapsulated edge seal, laminated papers become waterproof

Laminators are a popular choice for the office, but they are also a great choice for the home market. Laminators can be used to preserve your photos, and documents. For those businesses that do in-house ID card printing laminators are used to protect the ID, and are an excellent investment. There are many different laminators on the market ranging in price.

Starting the Business

ID lamination as a business is easy to setup because it can be a home-based business, and the investment is very minimal at P6,500 including consumables (if you already have a computer and printer set). The hard part is getting a supplier and clients.

It holds true for the ID lamination business. Although it is profitable because aside from ID lamination one could also offer other services like signage making, it will be less risky if you already have potential clients. Look for customers who regularly need corporate IDs, school IDs, VIP or discount cards, and signages, among others.

For a P6,500 investment, one can already make 500 IDs. This package offered by Ronrox Corporation includes a heavy duty laminator, standard ID mold cutter, 3-in-1 slot puncher and 50 sets of PVC film.

However, aside from those equipment and materials, one should also have a computer set and printer that uses pigment ink. Since IDs should be made to last, pigment ink is used so that the image or print won’t fade easily. This particular ink is not water-based so even if the ID gets wet the print won’t smear.

The laminator machine consumes only 250 watts and has light indicators. So one would know when the machine is ready to start laminating. The slot puncher, on the other hand, has three uses: creating oblong or round hole and curving edges. The PVC film is composed of two parts, the printable side, which is the transparent one, and the adhesive part or the middle layer.

Procedure

Detailed instruction with illustrations here

How to Compute Costing (2010 data)

A single PVC film, which costs P30, can make 10 standard size IDs. A single print consumes about 2ml of ink. If 1ml of ink costs P3, you?re spending P6 per printable sheet. So the production cost for 10 IDs is PVC film @ P30 + ink for two sheets @ P12 + electricity @ P0.50 = P42.50 / 10 IDs = P4.25 each ID.

The price of corporate IDs range from P100 to P300 while school IDs are priced at around P80 to P150. What a hefty markup! But remember that this computation still does in factor in your labor cost or the salaries of your workers.

Tips and Advice

To close deals with companies and schools or stores, give them either discounts or commission. For example, if a school usually sells the ID to its students for P150, offer your product at a bulk rate of P80, P100 or P120 each.

For supplies, materials and equipment contact:

Ronrox Corporation
Unit 16 Grace Park Commercial Complex
J. Teodoro St., 4th Avenue, Caloocan City
Telephones: (02) 365-3025, 497-5950
Website: www.ronrox.com.ph

PVC ID using ordinary inkjet printer

sources: articlesnatch.com, entrepreneur.com.ph, ctlaminating.com

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