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Instant financial issuance, right out of the box

The Sigma DS4 Financial Instant Issuance System instantly issues secure, flat financial cards to banks, credit unions, and retailers. The DS4 works securely with both on-prem and cloud solutions and features a future-proof modular design. The DS4 offers:

  • Full color or monochrome direct-to-card printing
  • Magnetic stripe encoding
  • Contact or contactless smart card encoding

Types of cards

  • Credit Cards
  • Debit Cards
  • ATM Prepaid Cards 
  • Contactless Cards 
  • Encoded and Personalized Pre-Printed Cardstock


  • Banking
  • Retail

Key Features

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Easy to Use

DS4 is a complete instant issuance solution that's easy to install and use right out of the box.

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Physical Security

A software-activated lock secures cardstock, supplies, and reject cards. The controlled access meets Visa® and Mastercard® security requirements.

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Flexible Features

Print one- and two-sided cards, monochrome and full color, with magnetic stripe encoding, smart card personalization, and more.

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Modular Design

Add an optional multi-hopper for multiple designs or add an embosser unit to produce embossed cards with metallic tipping foil.

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Printer Dashboard

See printer status, order supplies, check cleaning status, update firmware, or contact help—all on your mobile device or desktop.

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Digital Security

The DS4 supports TLS/ SSL encryption and AES-256, and includes a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to securely manage certificates and keys.

Standard Features and Supplies


  • Full-color Printing
  • Up to 250 cards per hour, single-sided (YMCKT*)
  • Up to 180 cards per hour, two-sided (YMCKT-KT*)
  • Monochrome Printing
  • Up to 500 cards per hour, two-sided (black HQ*)


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

Print Technology

  • Dye-sublimation/Resin thermal transfer


  • Automatic card feed with 125-card input hopper based on 0.030 in. card thickness
  • 25-card output standard
  • Separate reject location and holding tray, 10-card capacity
  • Front exception card slot

Security Features

  • Software activated lock to secure card stock, supplies and reject card hopper
  • SSL/TLS encryption, supports AES-256
  • Bolt-down ready
  • Secure cable lock (sold separately)
  • Concealed output hopper
  • Password protected cabinet
  • Non-resettable card counter for auditing

Secure Ribbon Scramble

  • Printing with Secure Ribbon Scramble allows users to specify the card fields that are to be securely printed, making defined personal data difficult to read from the used ribbon supply
  • Software needed: IFI On-prem 6.10 or higher and IFIaaS 8.3 or higher
  • Available for UV monochrome ribbons (excluding cassette types) and standard black and white non-UV ribbons
  • Only recommended for personalization fields, not recommended for non-personalization information


  • Graphical LCD Display
  • User interface languages available: English, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese

Physical Dimensions

  • Single hopper system: 17.4 X 8.9 X 9" (44.2 X 22.6 X 22.9 cm)
  • Six-compartment multi-hopper system: 23 X 13.4 X 16.2" (58.4 X 34 X 41.1 cm)


  • Single input hopper, encoding, printing: 12.1 lbs (5.49 kg)
  • Six-compartment multi-hopper, encoding, printing: 30.9 lbs (14.02 kg)

Card Thickness

  • 0.68 mm to 0.84 mm (27 mil to 33 mil)


  • Ethernet

Driver Operating

  • Supported by Instant Financial Issuance Software 6.7 (On-prem) and 8.2 (as a Service)

System Support

  • Windows 10 32 bit – professional or enterprise
  • Windows 10, version 1909 64-bit – home, professional


  • 36-month warranty


  • Six-compartment multi-hopper
  • Six 125-card hoppers
  • 750-card total capacity

Smart Card

  • Contact and contactless smart card encoding for ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693


  • Single-wire connectivity
  • Supports production of EMV® level-1 compliant cards

Print Technology

  • One-sided (simplex) and two-sided (duplex), edge-to-edge printing
  • Full-color and monochrome printing capability
  • Standard mode: 300 x 300 dots per inch, standard text, bar code and graphics printing
  • Datacard® TrueMatch™ printing technology
  • Ability to conform to ICC color workflow

Additional Features

  • LED Light Bar
  • Printhead Protector
  • Quick Connect Error Recovery


Optional with DS4 card printer


  • Six-compartment hopper, 125-card capacity each (750 cards total)

Color ribbons

  • YMCKT: 500 images
  • YMCKT-KT: 350 images
  • KTT: 750 images
  • ST-KT: 500 images
  • GT-KT: 500 images
  • WTT: 650 images
  • KT: 1,000 images

Monochrome ribbons

  • White, black, blue, red, green, silver matte, gold matte, silver metallic, and gold metallic: 2,500 images

Color ribbon guide: Y=Yellow, M=Magenta, C=Cyan, K=Black, T=Topcoat, S=Silver matte, G=Gold matte, W=White

Supply yields: Panel ribbon yields stated are typically the maximum number of panel sets per roll. Monochrome ribbon yields stated as average printing of 2,500 images simplex. Actual yields may vary. Topping foil yield is typically the maximum achievable per roll. Indent ribbon yield varies depending on character size and number of characters printed per card.

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