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Sigma DS4 ES1

Next-gen brilliance and durability for your instant issuance program

The Sigma DS4 Instant Financial Issuance System empowers banks, credit unions, and retailers to provide instantly activated, permanent debit and credit cards in minutes. And with the addition of the all-new Light Curing Module you can take the brilliance and durability of your card designs and personalization to new heights:

  • Up to 2x card life 
  • 4 brilliant monochrome colors including white 
  • Metallic gold and silver option 
  • Frontside, backside, horizontal, and vertical orientations supported

Types of cards

  • Credit Cards
  • Debit Cards
  • ATM Prepaid Cards
  • Flat Cards
  • Contactless Cards
  • Encode and Personalize Pre-Printed Cardstock


  • Banking
  • Retail

Have an existing Sigma DS4 printer?

The Entrust Light Curing Module with Durable Graphics printing technology integrates seamlessly, making it easy to give your cardholders the cool cards they want and the durable cards you need.

Standard Features and Supplies

Print technology

  • Dye sublimation / resin thermal transfer

Print capabilities

  • Single- or dual-sided near edge-to-edge, full-color, standard monochrome, and UV-curable monochrome printing

Print resolution

  • Standard mode with Light Curing Module (LCM): 300 x 600, 300 x 1200
  • 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): up to 500 cards per hour (cph)
  • 78 seconds to print color graphics and encode mag stripe
  • 1 minute if using LCM

Card capacity

  • Input hopper: 125 cards (based on 0.03-in. card thickness)
  • Output hopper: 25 cards
  • Reject holding tray: 10 cards
  • Front exception card slot

Card sizes

  • Thickness: 0.027 - 0.033 inches for LCM

Card materials

  • Card surface material and surface roughness can influence the print quality and durability of any thermal graphics printing
  • For best results with durable graphics printing, use glossy PVC cards or glossy cards with PVC over laminate
  • PVC cards or cards with PVC over laminate having average surface roughness (Ra) of 20 micro-inches (0.5 micron) or less, are also found to be suitable for use
  • Other card types, such as PETG and varnished cards or cards with Ra greater than 20 micro-inches (0.5 micron), should be tested by the users for quality and durability before making their final selection

LCM (Light Curing Module)

  • Recommended for personalization (text). Good print = 5 point font; legible print = 4 point font.

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

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 (ISEGA) black and white non-UV ribbons
  • Only recommended for personalization fields, not recommended for non-personalization information

LCD display languages

  • English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese

Physical dimensions

  • Sigma DS4 + Light Curing Module: L 26.15 in x W 8.9 in x H 9.6 in
  • Sigma DS4 Multi-hopper + Light Curing Module: L 26.15 in x W 13.4 in x H 16.2 in
  • Sigma DS4-ES1 + Light Curing Module: L 35.5 in x W 14 in x H 19.75 in
  • Sigma DS4-ES1 Multi-hopper + Light Curing Module: L 35.5 in x W 14 in x H 27 in


  • Printer: 12.1 lbs
  • Printer with LCM: 22.1 lbs
  • Printer with LCM and Multi-Hopper: 40.9 lbs


  • Ethernet

Driver operating system support

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


  • 36 months

Optional Features & Supplies for the DS4 card printer with Light Curing Module

UV-curable monochrome ribbon kits and prefilled ribbon cassettes

  • Black, white, silver metallic, and gold metallic
  • 2,500 images for simplex printing and 1,500 for duplex printing. Actual yield may vary depending on printed image size.

Optional Features & Supplies when printing 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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