Desktop Embossing and Color Printing

This affordable, reliable, single-hopper desktop emboss printer offers high-quality embossing, indenting, and magnetic stripe encoding to elevate fraud protection and card appearance. Optional direct-to-card color printing and smart card personalization adds flexibility to this modular system.


Make an Impression

Impress customers with brilliant, highly secure cards.

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Embossed Cards on Demand

Issue high-quality embossed cards on demand or in low-volume batches.

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Reliable Technology

Minimize operating expenses and reduce per-card costs.


Seamless Integration

Integrate into new or existing card issuing environments.

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Make an Impact

Issue cards with embossed characters, magnetic stripe encoding and indent printing for improved card security.

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Take Control

Intuitive software provides complete control and process support from design to card tracking to audits.


Security Compliance

Meet Visa and Mastercard standards with software-activated locks and advanced SSL/TLS encryption.


Intelligent Security

A password-protected cabinet and non-resettable card counter provides clear audit trails and reporting.

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Create the Ideal System

Add optional full color, edge-to-edge, direct-to-card printing and EMV® compliant smart card personalization.

Tech Specs

Entrust CE840 Instant Issuance System (formerly Datacard® CE840™ instant issuance system)


  • 75-character embossing/indenting wheel

Front, rear, or both sides of the card

  • Mastercard security character
  • Helvetica® characters
  • OCR-A1, OCR-B1


  • 60 seconds to encode mag stripe, indent, emboss, and top the card
  • 64 seconds to print monochrome graphics, encode mag stripe, indent, emboss. and top the card
  • 78 seconds to print color graphics, encode mag stripe, indent, emboss, and top the card


  • Magnetic stripe encoding
  • ISO 7811, three track high- and low-coercivity

Card Capacity

  • Automatic card feed with 100-card input hopper based on 0.030 in. card thickness
  • Output hopper, 10-card capacity
  • Reject bin, up to 10-card capacity
  • Exception card slot

Security Features

  • Mechanical or software-activated lock to secure card stock, supplies, and reject card hopper
  • SSL/TLS encryption, supports 3DES and AES-256
  • Bolt-down ready
  • Concealed output hopper
  • Kensington® Suplock compatible (lock sold separately)


  • Datacard® ID Works®


  • Datacard® Printer Command Language (for custom development)
  • CPX Protocol


  • 2-line LCD display

User Interface

  • English, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean,


  • Portuguese, Arabic

Physical Dimensions

  • Top module: 8.8 in. W x 21.2 in. D x 8.8 in. H (22.4 cm x 53.8 cm x 22.4 cm)
  • Bottom module (embosser): 15 in. W x 27.5 in. D x 10.5 in.
  • H (38.1 cm x 69.9 cm x 26.7 cm)


  • Top module (encoding, printing): 12 lbs. (5.4 kg)
  • Bottom module (indenting, embossing, top coat, card output): 40 lbs. (18.1 kg)


  • Ethernet and USB


  • 12-month system warranty


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