The overlay panel, sometimes referred to as a topcoat, in ID ribbons for ID card printers produce a clear protective overlay to protect against wear or fading on cards.
Overlay panels, exclusive to direct-to-card printers, are not to be confused with overlaminate ribbons. ID ribbons with overlay do not require a lamination unit, but overlays do not provide the same protection and durability as overlaminate ribbons.
When selecting a ribbon for your printer, the overlay panel is typically represented by the letters "O" or "T" for topcoat. For example, you may see YMCKO or YMCKT.
If you have any questions or need assistance on ribbons with overlay panels, contact us or call today at (877) 213-8180.