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March 30, 2015
This message is to inform you that last week we started to load new and improved firmware into the following retransfer printers as we fill your orders:
The new firmware is identified as XID8300_V01-60B.prf, and it makes the above printers as fast, and in some cases, even a tad faster, than our flagship XID9300 series when using a YMCK or YMCKK ribbon. We are seeing improvements of 2 to 6 seconds per card depending on the use case.
However, the above is true only when using a YMCK or YMCKK ribbon. The firmware does not improve the print speed when using a YMCK-UV or YMCK-PO ribbon. And the new firmware only slightly improves the print speed of the above printers when used with an optional laminator, even if you are using a YMCK or YMCKK ribbon. The speed improvement in this case is about 2 seconds per card.
We estimate about 80% of our customers use a YMCK ribbon in the above printers, so this means about 80% of the customers will see a performance improvement.
In one popular use case, the printer is noticeably faster with the new firmware. For example, when printing a card in full color on just one side, we are seeing print times of about 25 seconds per card, or the equivalent of 144 cards per hour. This is about a 16% improvement over the previous firmware. The print time can vary slightly based on a number of parameters you set, but it is safe to say you can print a single side, full color card with the YMCK ribbon in 30 seconds or less and thus achieve a least 120 cards per hour.