Skip to main content
purple hex pattern
Sigma DS4-ES1K Product Image

Empower cardholders like never before

The Sigma DS4K Instant Financial Card Issuance system lets your cardholders instantly issue their own secure, flat, or embossed financial cards, with self-service, interactive teller machine (ITM), or kiosk-based cardholder interactions. The DS4K is:

  • Tested and proven through more than 8,000 instant issuance deployments worldwide
  • Optimized for fast integration with a variety of kiosk setups
  • Easily scalable for expanded deployment


  • Banking
  • Retail

Types of cards

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

Key Features

plum check mark icon

Easy to Use

DS4K is a self-service instant issuance solution that is easy to install and maintain.

closed lock icon

Physical Security

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

icons of four-pointed stars in gray and purple

Flexible Features

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

layered squares icon

Modular Design

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

rectangle quadrants of purple and gray

Printer Dashboard

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

shield icon with alternating quadrants of purple and gray

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

Print technology

  • Dye sublimation/resin thermal transfer

Print capabilities

  • Single- or dual-sided edge-to-edge, full-color, and monochrome printing

Print resolution

  • Standard mode: 300 dots per inch (dpi) (300 X 600, 300 X 1200) standard text, bar code, and graphics printing
  • TrueMatch™ printing technology. Ability to conform to ICC color workflow

Print speed

  • Single-sided color ribbon (YMCKT): up to 250 cards per hour (cph)
  • Double-sided color ribbon (YMCKT-KT): up to 180 cards per hour (cph)
  • Double-sided monochrome ribbon (black HQ): up to 500 cards per hour (cph)
  • 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

Card capacity

  • Input hopper: 125 cards (based on 0.03-in. card thickness)
  • Input multi hopper: 750 cards (Optional)
  • Capacity of reject/retraction card bin options: 25 cards in output and 10 cards reject bin (Default)
  • Front exception card slot

Card sizes

  • Thickness: 0.030 inches (0.762mm)
  • Dimension: ID-1


  • 75-character embossing/indenting wheel, financial format per ID-1 ISO 7811-3
  • Single- or dual-sided
  • Mastercard security characters | Helvetica® characters | OCR-A1, OCR-B1

Operating environment

  • Temperature: 60°F to 95°F (15°C to 35°C)
  • Humidity: 20%-80% RH – non-condensing

Magnetic stripe encoding

  • ISO 7811 three-track support (high- and low-coercivity)
  • JIS Type II single-track option

Smart card personalization

  • Contact and contactless smart card encoding for ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693, MIFARE®, MIFARE® DESFire® EV1/EV2
  • Single-wire connectivity | Supports production of EMV® level-1 compliant card

Security features

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

LCD display languages

  • English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese

Physical dimensions

  • Printer: L 17.4 in x W 8.9 in x H 9.0 in / 44.2 cm x 22.6 cm x 22.9 cm
  • Printer with optional multi-hopper: 23 in x 13.4 in x 16.2 in (58.4 cm x 34 cm x 41.1 cm)
  • Bottom module (indenting, embossing, topping, card output): 15 in. x 27.5 in. x 10.5 in. (38.1 cm x 69.9 cm x 26.7 cm)
  • Height of card output: eject from printer: 14.19 inches (36 cm)
  • Option eject from embosser: 4.99 inches (12.7 cm)


  • Printer: 12.1 lbs (5.49 kg)
  • Printer with multi-hopper: 30.9 lbs (14.02 kg)


  • Ethernet

Driver operating system support

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


  • 36 months

Optional Features and Supplies


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

Prefilled Panel Print Ribbon Cassettes

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

Panel Print Ribbon Kits

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

Monochrome Print Ribbon Kits

  • Black, white, blue, red, green, silver matte, gold matte, silver metallic, and gold metallic: 2,500 images

Topping Foil Kits

  • Silver metallic, gold metallic, copper metallic, black, white, and blue: 500 images

Indent Ribbons

  • Black and white: yield varies based on usages

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