New Product Announcement -The NBS LC-400 Desktop Card Laser Engraver

NBS Technologies LC-400

NBS LC-400 Desktop Card Laser Engraver

The latest innovation from NBS Technologies is the smart desktop laser engraver, LC series, bringing secure eDocuments to a whole new level. The desktop laser engraver is well suited for decentralized environments where instant issuance of secure smart cards such as national ID cards, Driver’s Licenses, Health cards and Bank cards are required.

The NBS LC-400 is robust, air cooled, smart desktop laser marker is highly customizable with good quality high laser resolution of up to 600 dpi.

It can easily personalize smart cards that are made of Polycarbonate or laser engravable PVC with or without smart chips. Its Class 1 secure marker/engraving system also ensures world-class security by enabling security features such as Changeable Laser Image (CLI) or Multiple Laser Image (MLI ), micro text and tactile effect on the secure documents.

The integrated camera system ensures sophisticated vision and positioning by allowing correct alignment of the printed text, images and machine-readable information. Optional features such as RFID or smart card contact modules can be easily added to meet your needs.

If you are interested in purchasing one or more NBS LC-400 Desktop Laser Engravers or want more information, please contact Symco Group at 800-878-8002 or email us at

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NBS LC-400 Compact and FlexibleCOMPACT AND FLEXIBLE

  • Operates on the exible Windows platform
  • Personalization of contactless cards and contact Smart Cards
  • Can operate as a stand-alone unit

NBS LC-400 Security and EncodingSECURITY AND ENCODING

  • Hardware locking system with password protection for unauthorized use
  • An integrated digital card counter issuance process mitigates any attempt of credentials manipulation and tracks produced volumes

NBS LC-400 Easy to UseEASY-TO-USE

  • Programmable CLI/MLI module
  • No consumables
  • High precision camera system ensures the correct alignment


  • System Features
    • CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz Processor with FSB
    • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
    • Flash ROM: 60 GB 2.5” SSD
    • Operating System: Windows® XP Embedded SP3
  • Laser Type (Air Cooled Diode Pumped Nd-YAG)
    • 10W Fiber Laser
  • Laser Speed
    • Up to 300 Cards Per Hour
  • Laser Personalization (dependent on data and image density)
    • CLI & MLI (programmable)
  • Laser Engraving Alignment
    • Camera System: 300 dpi dual camera with 1/3” CMOS Image Sensor
  • Card Slot
    • 2x ID-0 SAM Slots
  • Input / Output Capacity
    • 400 cards
  • RFID Feature
    • (Option) 1x Integrated RFID Module – ISO/IEC 14443 Type A/B (PC/SC compliant coupler)
  • Contact Card Features (Integrated contact-card Module – ISO/IEC 7816)
    • (Option) 1x Integrated Contact Module – ISO/IEC 7816 (PC/SC compliant coupler)
  • Communication Interface
    • 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Physical Characteristics
    • Dimensions: 26.8” (680mm) D x 23.6” (600mm) W x 22” (557mm) H
    • Weight: 80 kg / 177 lbs
  • Monitor
    • 21” external monitor
  • Electrical Requirement
    • Power consumption : 300VA
  • Operating Environment
    • Operating temperature: 15°C to 40°C, Relative humidity: 20% to 80% non-condensing
  • Accessories
    • Detachable hopper and stacker (Optional)
  • Warranty
    • 12 months


  • Types
    • Polycarbonate and laser engravable PVC
  • Maximum print area
    • 0.100” +/- 0.010” from side edges of card
  • Card width/length
    • ISO CR-80-ISO 7810: 53.98mm (W) x 85.60mm (L) / 3.375” x 2.125”
  • Card thickness
    • 0.024” (0.61 mm) to 0.030” (0.76mm)


Works with SmartSys Software which includes:

NBS SmartSys Software

  • Intuitive User Interface
  • Machine Setup
  • Job De nition Tools
  • Card layout/design tools
  • Data Encryption tools
  • Audit trail/machine reports
  • System Diagnostic tools

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NBS Horizon High Volume Card Personalization System Product Spotlight

Symco Group is an authorized reseller and provides service and support on the entire line of NBS Technologies card personalization systems from their desktop lines which include the NBS Javelin and ImageMaster series all the way up to the NBS Horizon and Horizon Evolution HD.

NBS manufacturers desktop card printers, embossers, high volume card systems, milling and embedding equipment as well as smart device personalization systems.

For more information on any of the NBS Technology card personalization solutions and software, please contact Symco Group at 800-878-8002 or email us at

NBS Horizon High Volume Card Personalization System

NBS Horizon Card Personalization System

You demand innovation, choice, flexibility, and a smarter way of doing business. NBS gives you all the advantages you want with the Horizon, one of the most complete end-to-end card issuance systems available.

The Horizon card personalization system is designed to be both scalable and flexible. The vast array of Card Personalization Elements (“CPE”) offered on the Horizon platform meet the current and future needs of the mid to high volume card personalization markets. The built-in flexibility of the Horizon allows for seamless customization as production requirements change.

The Horizon offers these key features and benefits:

Cost Per Card

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The single most important metric to most card personalization experts is cost per card. The Horizon platform achieves a significant advantage over competitive products in its range when it comes to cost per card. The Horizon’s performance, reliability and spare parts/consumable pricing yield the industries lowest cost per card.


Connected Circles

The Horizon hardware platform coupled with the SmartSys machine control software combines to make the NBS card personalization system simple to setup and operate while maintaining ultimate flexibility. The power of SmartSys is compatible with a wide variety of data formats and offers powerful yet easy to use tools such as a JDM (card design/ layout), machine performance statistics, audit trail tools that provide full traceability and a powerful set of machine diagnostic capabilities.

Cost of Ownership

Three Octogons

This fully customizable, modular sys- tem is proven to provide one of the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. The Horizon is designed with performance, reliability, cost and service- ability in mind. NBS offers a wide range of cost effective product support services ranging from full on-site support to unlimited access to a global team of product support specialists. If cost of ownership is important to you, then the Horizon is the ideal choice for your mid to high volume card personalization system.

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Technical Specifications

The following details the Card Personalization Elements (“CPE”) available on the Horizon platform. The technical experts and sales teams at NBS know how to keep you up to speed with the rapidly changing card personalization market— whether you need assistance in facilitating a smooth migration from magnetic stripe to chip card technology or a quick response regarding any other card personalization concern. For expert advice and hassle-free support, the answer to your hardware, software, training, and maintenance issues is one phone call away.

    • Includes two removable “quick change” magazines each with a 250 card capacity which means faster and easier card handling including pre-loading of blank cards. The Horizon has the flexibility to be configured with up to three input CPEs (6 Magazines total).
    • Several different encoding types are offered such as, 300 & 2750 Dualco and 600 Oe (for JIS A, B, C options). Other coercively values may be available on a special order basis for an additional charge. Multiple encoder CPEs can be installed for user flexibility.
    • Uses an elegant, elevator mechanism to simultaneously personalize up to 12 contact smart card stations in a single CPE. The Horizon smart card CPE utilizes the NBS proprietary coupler. The cycle time for personalizing is reduced by the number of stations. The selection of the number of stations is dependent upon the maximum anticipated programming time per card as well as the throughput rate of the particular Horizon configuration.
    • This single station Contactless card CPE supports ISO 14443 type A & B as well as the Mifare range of cards. The CPE combined with SmartSys MCS software can also be used in readback and look up mode.
    • Provides clear, crisp photo quality color images at a high throughput rate of over 700 cards per hour. This CPE has one of the best resolutions in the industry at 300 dots per inch (“dpi”). It can print in color or monochrome as well as applying overlay to multiple selected areas or the entire card for the entire run.
    • The heated roller laminate CPE enables a laminate material to be applied to the surface of a card providing increased security and durability. A special laminate material is applied to the card surface using pressure and heat. The speed and temperature required is determined by the composition of the card being used.
    • The Horizon will support up to 3 separate embossers. Software automatically divides work between multiple embossers for optimal throughput. A front or rear indenter available — tailor the system to the user’s requirements.
    • The Horizon supports multiple tippers for faster/ easier production. The tipper’s reliable plate design allows for a maximum of 11 lines on a card. The tipper also has an integrated low foil sensor.
    • Applies labels to the front of a card. It works with any activation labels designed for use with plastic cards, on a 3-inch core, an outside diameter no larger than 8 inches in diameter and with bottom-off-first orientation.
    • Adds a greater degree of flexibility to the Horizon. Adding a flipper right before the stacker correctly orients the cards for placement into down stream equipment. The flipper CPE also enables the application of both front and rear laminates (Polyester Patch).
    • Includes two removable “quick change” magazines each with a 250 embossed card capacity. The Horizon has the flexibility to be configured with up to three stacker CPEs (6 Magazines total).
    • The Transport CPE can be used preserve CPE spaces for the future upgrades or can used with optional User Pro SDK to integrate non NBS hardware elements. The Transport CPE is a high throughput Horizon element, which can be ordered at time of purchase or field installed into existing systems.
    • The addition of the Horizon mailer solution gives you the complete functionality of card personalization from start to envelope! Now you can personalize your cards and have them inserted into mail ready format giving you a totally automated card personalization solution.