ICMA Article Archives

ICMA has created an archive of articles dating back to 1998 for your reference and research. Below is a list of relevant topics pertaining to the card manufacturing industry and articles pertaining to these topics are archived within each topic category. These articles are primarily from ICMA's Card Manufacturing magazine, but other sources are also included.

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Archive of Card Manufacturing Magazine Card Insertion/Mailing
Card Materials Chip Cards/Contactless Cards/RFID/NFC
Die Cutting Economy
Effective Business Strategies Electronic Commerce
Freight/Shipping Going Green
GSM Technology Holograms
ID Security and Biometrics Independent Testing
Industry Trends Inspection/Quality Control
Issuers/Applications Lamination
Mag Stripes Manufacturing
Marketing One Time Passcode (OTP)
Optical Variable Device (OVD) Patents/Intellectual Property Laws
Personalization/Fulfillment Printing
Standards  

Card Insertion/Mailing

  • Adding Value with Card Packaging: Sleeves and Envelopes (October 2014)
  • Growing Market for PIN Applications (Spring Events 2008)
  • Economic and Tamper Proof Packaging of Cards (July/August 2004)

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Card Materials

  • Using Materials Technology to Extend Card Life (June 2016)
  • Longer Card Expiration Requires Better Card Durability (June 2015)
  • New Requirements for Longer Life, High Quality Financial Transaction Cards (Special Events 1, 2015)
  • Card Technology and Functionality Driving New Materials and Processes (June 2014)
  • Materials for Enhancing Security (June 2014)
  • Considerations for Considering Overlay Card Film (April 2014)
  • Unlocking Sustainable Value: Bioplastics as Raw Materials for Cards and Passes (Special Events II 2013)
  • Where is the Driving Force for Green Cards? (Special Events II 2013)
  • A Look at the Gift and Loyalty Card Market: Wow Your Customer (October 2013)
  • The Metal Cards Trend: 5 Questions with an Industry Expert (June/July 2013)
  • An Introduction to Foil Sheet for Cards (April 2013)
  • Material and Technology Advances in Card Construction (June 2012)
  • Degradable, Biodegradable, and Compostable Materials (May/June 2011)
  • Composite Materials for Cards: Improving Performance and Cost (May/June 2011)
  • The Rising Cost of PVC and Market Uncertainty (May/June 2011)
  • A Closer Look at Secure Inks: Creative Methods to Merge Security and Dynamic Card Design (July/August 2010)
  • The Market for "Green" Cards is Blooming (July/August 2009)
  • Innovative Security for Polycarbonate Identity Documents (July/August 2009)
  • The Market for "Green" Cards is Blooming (May/June 2009)
  • It's Not Easy Being Green; New Materials in Cards (May/June 2008)
  • The Green Standards (Post EXPO 2007)
  • Paper-based Contactless Cards? (September/October 2007)
  • Converting Waste to Biodegradable Plastic (PreEXPO 2007)
  • Clearly Unique (PreEXPO 2007)
  • Card Overlay Films, Why Different Markets Take Different Solutions, Part 2 (July/August 2007)
  • Card Overlay Films, Why Different Markets Take Different Solutions, Part 1 (May/June 2007)
  • Card Material Requirements for Compliance (May/June 2007)
  • Smart PETG Married PC (=PEC): An Overview (May/June 2007)
  • Card Overlay Films, Why Different Markets Take Different Solutions (May/June 2007)
  • Working with Teslin® Synthetic Printing Sheet (May/June 2006)
  • Clear Cards and Infra-red Blocking Technology (May/June 2006)
  • Opacity (PreEXPO 2005)
  • Polycarbonate Films – Material for Intelligent, High-Quality Cards (May/June 2005)
  • Materials and Card Durability (May/June 2005)
  • Measuring Core Thickness: Finding the Right Tool for the Job (September/October 2004)
  • Are Material Specifications Important to You? (May/June 2004)
  • Which White is Right? (May/June 2004)
  • Six Tips for Setting Up an Injection Molding Machine (November/December 2003)
  • Selecting Core Material – More than Meets the Eye (PreEXPO 2003)
  • Polycarbonate: 50 & Still Going Strong (November/December 2003)
  • New Solutions in Credit Card Branding Power (November/December 2002)
  • Performance of Water based and Solvent based Coatings in Card Manufacturing (September/October 2002)
  • Shiny Surfaced Cards Offer Intense Customer Appeal (May/June 2002)
  • Bonding Foils in the Smart Card Sector (January/February 2002)
  • Combination of PVC and Other Additives to Improve Cards:
  • Case History of Special Grade PVC (May/June 2001)
  • The Role of Inks, Varnishes and Coatings in Product Security (May/June 2000)
  • Plastic Tested for Currency (May/June 1998)
  • Degradable Polymers (January/February 1998)

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Chip Cards/Contactless Cards/RFID/NFC

  • Secure PIN Distribution Crucial for Successful EMV Migration (April 2016)
  • Second Thoughts on Dual-Interface Card Manufacturing (April 2016)
  • Card Standards Report: Getting reading for Advanced Technology Cards (April 2016)
  • What You Need to Know About Smart Technology and Card Design (April/May 2015)
  • Advanced Card Technologies Propel Industry Growth (April/May 2015)
  • PINS: PIN Block Formats (Special Events 1, 2015)
  • EMV 2015: Predictions for the Third Party Card Personalization Market (February 2015)
  • Contactless Cards: Unlocking the Potential in the Hospitality Market (December 2014)
  • Making the Move to Instant Issuance on EMV Cards that Offer Improved Security and Durability (December 2014)
  • Testing Requirements for EMV Implementation  (Special Events 2, 2014)
  • Simplify EMV Migration: Strategic Choices for EMV Card Issuers (April 2014)
  • The Road to EMV (February 2014)
  • INCITS and ISO Standards Enhance Quality for Contactless Cards – An Example (October 2013)
  • Some Potential Impacts of NFC on the Card Industry (Special Events I, 2013)
  • Part Two: How Companies Are Using Technology to Win (December 2012)
  • An Introduction to NFC Standards (October 2012)
  • How Companies Are Using Technology to Win (Part One)(October 2012)
  • Profit Drivers: An Approach to Incenting More Transactions (August 2012)
  • EMV Propels Process Changes in Card Manufacturing and Personalization (June 2012)
  • U.S. Migration to EMV-Chip Will Provide Issuers and Merchants a Foundation for the Next Generation of Payments (June 2012)
  • The Migration to EMV Chip Technology (Special Events I, 2012)
  • Contactless IC Card Technology Development and Standards (Special Events I, 2012)
  • Technological Developments Add Flexibility and Cost Savings to the Card Manufacturing Process (Special Events I, 2011)
  • Contactless IC Cards Activity is High (Special Events I, 2011)
  • Multi-Functional Contactless Readers for Converged Transit and Payment Applications (December 2010)
  • Digital Cards: The Key to Customer Engagement and Mobile Technology (July/August 2010)
  • New Films Can Upgrade Simple PVC Smart Cards to Long Life Cards (May/June 2010)
  • The Internet of Things and RFID (October 2008)
  • RFID – Trends, Challenges & Benefits (October 2008)
  • Paper-based Contactless Cards? (September/October 2007)
  • Smart Card Standards (September/October 2007)
  • New Study Unveils Thai Consumers are Ready for Contactless Technology (March/April 2007)
  • Contactless Smart Cards – The Real Story (January/February 2007)
  • FIPS 201 Paves the Way for Commercial and Industrial Smart Card Use (January/February 2007)
  • Canada Speeds up the Smart Card's Lift-off in the North American Continent (September/October 2006)
  • Smart Card Interoperability Standards (PreEXPO 2006)
  • Making Sense of the Growing Contactless Market (PreEXPO 2006)
  • Smart Card Applications and New Standards Developments (PostEXPO 2005)
  • RFID IDs: Who Benefits and How? (November/December 2005)
  • PayPass – EMV Paving its Way into RFID (September/October 2005)
  • Smart Cards for Campus Environments Advantages and Technology Choices (September/October 2005)
  • Forerunner of the E-Society (September/October 2005)
  • Limited Use Proximity Integrated Circuit Cards (September/October 2005)
  • Contactless Payments Come to the USA (PreEXPO 2005)
  • The Future of Smart Cards in the USA (January/February 2005)
  • ePassports and Contactless IC Cards (November/December 2004)
  • A Quick Look at Smart Cards for ID Applications (September/October 2004)
  • Smart Cards vs. Magnetic Stripe Cards… Much Ado About Nothing? (September/October 2004)
  • Smart Card Applications: How Many Have You Used Today? (September/October 2004)
  • Smart Card Interoperability Standards – Let the progress begin! (July/August 2004)
  • Smart Card Interoperability (March/April 2004)
  • Contactless Cards (January/February 2004)
  • The Evolving Standards for Smart Health Cards (January/February 2004)
  • New Applications for Contactless Smart Cards (September/October 2003)
  • Case History: Smart Card, Smart Solution for American Nevada Corp. (September/October 2003)
  • A World First: 3D Chip Integration Technology "Chip-Sandwich" Offers Way Out of the Wiring Crisis (May/June 2003)
  • The State of RFID: Move Over Bar Codes? (January/February 2003)
  • Advantages of Smart Cards for Health Care (September/October 2002)
  • Research Highlights Vital Role for Government to Promote Smart Cards (September/October 2002)
  • Identify the Problem – Find a "Smart" Solution (September/October 2001)
  • Self-Powered Transponder with Coded Response for IT Infrared Communication (July/August 2001)
  • Visa U.S.A. Drives Industry Collaboration to Build Smart Card Acceptance in U.S. (July/August 2001)
  • Double Digit Growth for Worldwide Smart Card Industry Anticipated in 2001 (May/June 2000)
  • Smart Card/PKI Case Study (September/October 2000)
  • Understanding PKI and How Cryptographic Smart Cards Protect PKI Investments (September/October 2000)
  • Economy Propels Smart Cards to Success in U.S. Markets (September/October 2000)
  • Major Barriers Affecting U.S. Smart Card Markets (July/August 2000)
  • U.S. Prospects for Smart Cards in the New Millennium (July/August 2000)
  • New Alliance in Smart Label Technology (May/June 2000)
  • The Impact of Windows® for Smart Cards on the Future of Business (March/April 2000)
  • CCT Technology: A New Approach to the Manufacturing of Contactless Smart Cards (July/August 1999)
  • Survey Shows Consumers Ready for Smart Cards (July/August 1999)
  • Transponder Technology in ISO Cards is Emerging as the New Driving Force in the Card Industry (September/October 1998)
  • Chip Card's Business Case Requires PC Modeling (September/October 1998)
  • Contactless Implementation of Contact Cards (July/August 1998)

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Die Cutting

  • Custom Cut Cards No Longer a Costly Endeavour (April 2011)
  • Die Cutting Parts with Internal Die Cut Features – Tool Selection and Other Technical Considerations (May/June 2007)
  • Progressive and Compound Dies Explained (September/October 2001)
  • Add the Versatility of Steel Rule Dies (January/February 2001)
  • Do the Math: The Real Costs of Dies (November/December 2000)

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Economy

  • Strategic Opportunity Window in an Uncertain Economy (July/August 2009)
  • Strategic Opportunity Window in an Uncertain Economy (May/June 2009)
  • New Research Ranks 65 Cities in Emerging Markets Poised to Drive Long-Term Economic Growth (December 2008)
  • Where are We Going, Where Have We Been? (January/February 2008)

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Effective Business Strategies

  • Relationships Matter: How to Build Your Personal B2B Brand on LinkedIn (August 2016)
  • Management Strategy: Is International Social Media Right for Your Enterprise? (June 2016)
  • Process Control: One Leg to Retain Profitability (February 2015)
  • Mission Possible: How to Operate Your Plant More Efficiently While Maximizing Profits (February 2014)
  • ICMA Card Manufacturing Dashboard Tool Aims to Improve Performance (December 2013)
  • Gift Card Versatility Leads to Five Star Rating in Two Regions (December 2013)
  • Equipment Financing Means Flexible Solutions for Unique Business Needs (June/July 2013)
  • To the Cloud: The Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing (April 2011)
  • Maximizing Financial Resources by Driving Efficient Operations (February 2010)
  • Overcome the Barriers to Lean Six Sigma Results (October 2008)
  • Minimizing Set-Up Times (January/February 2008)
  • CEOs and CIOs May be Talking the Green Talk, but IT is Still Not Walking the Green Walk (November/December 2007)
  • Six Sigma or Lean? (November/December 2007)
  • Outsourcing: Your Job or Theirs? (March/April 2006)
  • Succeeding in the Small Order Financial Card Niche (November/December 2005)
  • Time to Start Making Secure ID Cards? (PreEXPO 2005)
  • Can You Make Security Pay? (July/August 2005)
  • Is Your PVC Supplier Part of Your Team (May/June 2005)
  • Getting Printing Right—QUICKLY (March/April 2005)
  • Decisive Actions Required for Large Capital Expenditures (March/April 2005)

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Electronic Commerce

  • Exploring the Evolution of Payment Technologies (August 2016)
  • Is Apple Pay a Real Game-Changer? (December 2014)
  • NFC – Ensuring Security Before Going Mainstream (Special Events I, 2012)
  • NFC Payments – Revolutionary or Evolutionary Industry Development? (December 2011)
  • Cracking QR Codes: Adding Value to Card Usage (August 2011)
  • Visa Survey Finds Use of Corporate Payment Cards on the Rise as Efficient Cash Management Tool (November/December 2005)
  • Online Shopping Decisions Impacted By Enhanced Security (July/August 2003)
  • North America's First Wireless Banking Service Launched (September/October 2001)
  • Factory to Business (F2B): The Emergence of A New Market Segment for Industry (January/February 2001)
  • Wireless Industry Moving Toward Widespread M-Commerce Applications (Pre-EXPO 2000)
  • E-Commerce Answered (Pre-EXPO 1999)
  • Smart Cards Will Become an Integral Enabler for E-Business (Pre-EXPO 1999)

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Freight/Shipping

  • Getting the Maximum Savings from Your Freight Providers (May/June 1999)

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Going Green

  • Unlocking Sustainable Value: Bioplastics as Raw Materials for Cards and Passes (Special Events II 2013)
  • Where is the Driving Force for Green Cards? (Special Events II 2013)
  • A Look at the Gift and Loyalty Card Market: Wow Your Customer (October 2013)
  • Standards for Aerobic Biodegradation Testing of Plastic Materials (Special Events II 2012)
  • Carbon Footprint of the Card Industry (Special Events II 2012)
  • Sustainable Innovation or Innovative Sustainability? (Special Events II 2012)
  • Sustainability in Service Bureau Fulfillment (Special Events II 2012)
  • Taking Sustainability Initiatives to the Next Level (Special Events II 2012)
  • Building Consumer Trust by Avoiding Greenwashing (Special Events II 2011)
  • Greening to Grow (Special Events II 2011)
  • Greening the Factory: The Green Star Database (September/October 2010)
  • Designing to Make an Impact (September/October 2010)
  • How Green is Your Wallet (Fall Events 2010)
  • Going Green Can… (Fall Events 2010)
  • The ICMA Green Standard (Fall Events 2010)
  • Verifying Environmental Responsibility (Fall Events 2010)
  • ICMA Green Standards (Fall Events 2009)
  • Green, Before It's Time (Fall Events 2009)
  • What's the Carbon Footprint of Your Cred Card? (Fall Events 2009)
  • The Market for "Green" Cards is Blooming (July/August 2009)
  • The Market for "Green" Cards is Blooming (May/June 2009)
  • The Greening of the Plant: Trends in Green Card Manufacturing Facilities (March/April 2009)
  • ICMA Launches Green Task Force (January/February 2009)
  • Ecolabelling Standards (Fall Events 2008)
  • Manufacturers Seeing More Bang for Buck with Green Operations (Fall Events 2008)

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GSM Technology

  • The Role of the SIM in Wireless LAN: Where Do the Opportunities Lie? (March/April 2003)
  • Secure Transactions – are SIMs ready? (September/October 2001)
  • GSM – An Introduction (January/February 1998)

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Holograms

  • Application of Holograms to Credit Cards (May/June 1998)

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ID Security and Biometrics

  • Standards Help Address Higher Security Needs in ID/Access Credentials (August 2016)
  • Countering Security Threats in 2016 (August 2016)
  • Secure Pin Distribution (April 2016)
  • Advanced Card Technologies Propel Industry Growth (April/May 2015)
  • Preventing Espionage with Certified PIN Labels (April/May 2015)
  • PINS: PIN Block Formats (Special Events 1, 2015)
  • Encryption and Cardholder Information Security (February 2015)
  • Card Standards Report: New Requirements for Card Personalization and Fulfillment Caused by Hacks and Breaches (February 2015)
  • Trends in Secure Identity: A Delivery Infrastructure for Highly Secure Government ID Programs (August 2014)
  • Security Drives New Advances in Identity and Access Control Cards (August 2014)
  • Next Generation Polycarbonate Documents (August 2014)
  • EMV and Retailer Data Security Breaches (April 2014)
  • Retailer Security Breaches Might Call for Card Re-Issuance (Special Events 1, 2014)
  • The Target Breach and its Impacts on the Card Manufacturing Industry (Special Events 1, 2014)
  • Paper to Plastic to Full-Color Secure eID: The Evolution of ID Cards (February 2014)
  • Global Identity Initiatives – The World Continues to Get Smaller and More Secure (August 2013)
  • New ID Card Bridges the Online and Offline World (August 2013)
  • Trends in Secure ID Cards, U.S. Driver's License and International Driver's License Standards (August 2012)
  • The Future of Card Security (August 2012)
  • Innovations in Highly Secure ID Technologies (February 2012)
  • PCI Security Requirements in a Card Operation Environment (February 2012)
  • The Future of Overt Optical Security Features for ID Card Protection (December 2011)
  • Protecting Your Business Through Layered Security (August 2011)
  • Secure ID Cards and International Drivers License Standards (August 2011)
  • Enrollment: The Heart of a Successful Identity Program (Special Events I, 2011)
  • Innovation in the Design and Manufacture of Polycarbonate ID Credentials (December 2010)
  • Preparing to Become a Secure Card Manufacturer (July/August 2010)
  • Exploring the Importance of a Multi-Layering Approach to Card Security (May/June 2010)
  • The Travel Document as a Secure Document (September/October 2007)
  • Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (July/August 2007)
  • University of Maryland Medical Center Relies on Zebra Card Printer to Create Staff IDs (March/April 2007)
  • Secure Identification Card System for United States' Largest Employer (March/April 2007)
  • Issuer Identification: the Forgotten Standard (Post EXPO 2006)
  • ID with a Brain (January/February 2006)
  • Magneprint: A Real Time Risk Management Tool (November/December 2003)
  • Taking Action Against Identity Theft (September/October 2003)
  • New Developments Increasing the Biometrics Value Proposition (July/August 2003)
  • National Academies Study Tempers Call For National ID (November/December 2002)
  • Let's See Some ID, Please (November/December 2002)
  • Infineon Works on "Watermark" for Chip Cards (July/August 2002)
  • Biometric Standards for ID Cards (July/August 2002)
  • The "Smart" License is Not All That Smart (But Not for the Reasons You May Think) (July/August 2002)
  • Where Will Biometric Revenues Grow from 2002 to 2006? (July/August 2002)
  • New Technologies in Personal Identification (January/February 2000)

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Independent Testing

  • Testing Requirements for EMV Implementation (Special Events 2, 2014)
  • Radiation Effects on Plastic Card Report Summary Test #3 – December 12, 2001 (January/February 2002)
  • Independent Testing Reveals Performance Characteristics of Melinex® Cards (March/April 1999)

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Industry Trends

  • A Snapshot of 2015's Card Statistics and Trends (June 2016)
  • Trends & Forecasts: The Next 5 Years? (December 2015)
  • 2015 Gift Card Fulfillment Study: Key Elements that Make Gift Card Fulfillment Truly Memorable (December 2015)
  • Card Market Trends – A Standards Perspective (December 2015)
  • 2014-2015 Global Card Market Trends & Forecasts: The Next 5 Years (June 2015)
  • ICMA Member Insights: The Future of ACE and the Industry (Special Events 1, 2015)
  • The Market Impact of ACE Accreditation Continues to Grow (February 2015)
  • The Changing Card Market: A Global Overview (December 2014)
  • Design Trends and Manufacturability (October 2014)
  • Card Power: The Core of a Successful Loyalty Program (October 2014)
  • Trend, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast: Global Card Manufacturing and Personalization & Fulfillment Analysis (June 2014)
  • Card Technology and Functionality Driving New Materials and Processes (June 2014)
  • ICMA EXPO Roundtable Wrapup (June 2014)
  • The Card Market: A Global Snapshot (December 2013)
  • Gift Card Versatility Leads to Five Star Rating in Two Regions (December 2013)
  • ICMA Sets Industry Benchmarks Through Performance Metrics (Special Events II 2013)
  • Trends and Futuring: Global Personalization and Fulfillment Market Statistics (August 2013)
  • Global Card Market Statistics: Trending and Futuring (June/July 2013)
  • Standardizing Powered Smart Cards within the ICMA Community (Special Events I, 2013)
  • A Year in Cards: ICMA Board Members Reflects on Significant Trends (December 2012)
  • The Card Market: A Global Statistics Snapshot (December 2012)
  • Death Knell for Plastic Cards? Don't Get the Shovel Quite Yet (August 2012)
  • Global Card Market Statistics: Trends and Futuring (June 2012)
  • Game-Changing Disruptive Technology (Special Events I, 2012)
  • The Global Card Market: A New Way to Look at Statistics and Trends (December 2011)
  • The Future of the Card Industry: A Roundtable with Members of the ICMA Board of Directors (December 2011)
  • Mobile Payments Seen as 'Mainstream' for Consumers Within Four Years (Special Events II 2011)
  • Card Market Statistics: Introducing a New Report for a New Era (May/June, 2011)
  • Social Media in the Real World (Special Events I, 2011)
  • NFC Forum Certification Program and New Technical Specifications Are Seen as Key to Global Commercialization of Interoperable NFC Solutions (February 2011)
  • 2009 Global Market Survey Shows Economic Weakness Continues to Impact Card Market (December 2010)
  • Card Market Futuring: The Next Decade – Part Two: A Qualitative Analysis (July/August 2010)
  • Card Market Futuring: The Next Decade – Part One: A Quantitative Analysis (May/June 2010)
  • Keeping Up with the Card Market – The Prepaid Trend (November/December 2009)
  • 2008 Eurosmart Growth Trends (November/December 2009)
  • ICMA 2008 Global Market Survey Indicates Card Manufacturing Industry Stabilizes (Fall Events 2009)
  • Strategic Opportunity Window in an Uncertain Economy (May/June 2009)
  • Card Manufacturing Remains Strong (December 2008)
  • The Global Evolution of Environmentally Friendly Cards (Fall Events 2008)
  • Global Card Market Statistics and Trends…Past, Present and Future (May/June 2008)
  • Trends: Europe (March/April 2008)
  • Welcome to Green Collar America (March/April 2008)
  • Trends: Latin America (January/February 2008)
  • 2008 – Another Double Digit Growth Year for the Smart Security Industry (Post EXPO 2007)
  • 2006 ICMA Global Market Survey Results: Numbers and Trends (November/December 2007)
  • CEOs and CIOs May be Talking the Green Talk, but IT is Still Not Walking the Green Walk (November/December 2007)
  • Notable Trends in the Card Market (July/August 2007)
  • Plastic Transaction Cards Dominate by 2010! (May/June 2007)
  • Loyalty Cards—Are You Cashing in on This Huge Market? (March/April 2007)
  • Card Manufacturing Trends – Part Two of a Two-part Series (Post EXPO 2006)
  • Card Manufacturing Trends (November/December 2006)
  • Biometrics and the Card Industry (September/October 2006)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Brandishing the Brand (July/August 2006)
  • Top Technology Trends of 2005 (January/February 2006)
  • Gift Card Phenomenon: Surveys Find Growing Prominence – Even Among Children (January/February 2005)
  • Stand Out in a Crowd – Why Plastic Cards are Replacing Email for Direct Response (PostEXPO 2005)
  • A Brand Evolution: Implications for Visa Card Manufacturers (July/August 2005)
  • The Evolving Standards for Smart Health Cards (January/February 2004)
  • Retailers Settle with MasterCard & VISA on the Check Card Suit (PreEXPO 2003)
  • Non-Standard Cards (November/December 2002)
  • Reverse Online Auctions – Good For Business? (September/October 2002)
  • Credit Card Theft Thrives Online as Global Market Losses Grow (July/August 2002)
  • Credit Card Wars: Despite Success In Gaining New Customers, Aggressive Acquirers Risk Long-Term Growth (January/February 2002)
  • Market for Teenage Payment Cards Set to Boom; Teenagers Spend Millions Online (November/December 2001)
  • Gift Card Usage Surges According to National Survey (September/October 2001)
  • Hypercom Launches Attack on Credit Card Skimming (July/August 2001)
  • Double Digit Growth for Worldwide Smart Card Industry Anticipated in 2001 (May/June 2001)
  • ICMA Announces Results of Second Annual Global Market Survey (March/April 2001)
  • U.S. Federal Electronic Signature Law Takes Effect: Tips Before You Sign on the Digital Line (January/February 2001)
  • Major Survey Finds Prepaid and Loyalty Card Use On the Rise (July/August 2000)
  • The Decade of Innovation and Acceptance: Gallup Survey Reveals Consumer Payment Trends (January/February 2000)
  • Standard Register Announces Results of National Consumer Survey of Plastic Card Usage (September/October 1999)

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Inspection/Quality Control

  • Elements of a Superior Quality Incident Response Process – Consider Your Strategy (April 2014)
  • Configuring Inspection Systems as Production Tools (January/February 2007)
  • 6 Things You Should Know About Six Sigma (PreEXPO 2004)
  • Auditing Card-Manufacturer Security: How One Industry Giant Manages This Monumental Task (July/August 2004)
  • Process Control Primer (September/October 2003 )
  • The Role of Inspection Systems in Card Manufacturing Defect Control (March/April 2003 )
  • How To Gauge Return-on-Investment from Card Inspection Systems (November/December 2002)
  • Newly Practical Card Inspections (July/August 2002)
  • The Challenge of Automated Card Inspection (September/October 1999)
  • Automated Vision Inspection for Today's Card Manufacturers : Seizing the Advantage (May/June 1999)

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Issuers/Applications

  • Simplify EMV Migration: Strategic Choices for EMV Card Issuers (April 2014)
  • Optimizing Security and Efficiency for EMV Card Secure Issuance (August 2013)
  • Instant Financial Card Issuance (February 2011)
  • A Guide for Contactless Sticker Issuance (March/April 2010)
  • Card Manufacturer Saves 75 Percent and Expedites Entry into the Open Loop Market Using BCSS (February 2010)
  • Credit Cards: Disposable Plastic or Consumer Electronic Device? (PostEXPO 2006)
  • Gift Cards – Opportunities and Trends (PostEXPO 2006)
  • The ISO Compliant Driving License (September/October 2006)
  • Features for Physical Security of Driver Licenses and Identification Cards (July/August 2006)
  • Drivers Licenses and Crossroads (July/August 2005)
  • Gift Card Phenomenon: Surveys Find Growing Prominence – Even Among Children (January/February 2005)
  • Matching Card Technology to the Application (May/June 2004)
  • Retailers Settle with MasterCard & VISA on the Check Card Suit (PreEXPO 2003)
  • Ensuring the Integrity of a Gift Card Program (September/October 2003)
  • An Issuer's Perspective on Plastic Cards (July/August 1998)

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Lamination

  • A Complete Solution for Credit and Laminated Card Printing (June 2015)
  • An Introduction to Foil Sheet for Cards – Part Two (Special Events I, 2013)
  • Optimizing the Lamination Process: A Recipe for Success (October 2011)
  • Lamination Challenges (December 2008)
  • Lamination Plates – A Critical Component of Card Production (PreEXPO 2007)
  • Lamination Plates – A Critical Component of Card Production (July/August 2007)
  • What Happens in the Lamination Cycle…and When? (May/June 2006)
  • A Look at Plastic Card Lamination (January/February 2005)
  • Injection Moulding Makes Card Production Easier (January/February 2001)
  • Lamination – A State of the Art (March/April 2000)
  • Flash Lamination of Cards (Post-EXPO 1999)
  • Lamination Technology Closeup (March/April 1999)

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Mag Stripes

  • High Speed Recording and the Encoded Waveform (February 2011)
  • Applying Magnetic Stripe Standards (December 2008)
  • Chip and Pin's' Effect on the Magnetic Stripe (November/December 2007)
  • What is an Oersted and Why Should You Care? (November/December 2007)
  • Verifying Magnetic Stripe Encoding (March/April 2007)
  • Encoding Magnetic Stripes (January/February 2007)
  • Magnetic Stripe Performance Parameters (November/December 2006)
  • MagnePrint®: The Built-in Security of Magnetic Stripe Cards (November/December 2006)
  • The Evolution of Magnetic Stripe to Color and Beyond… (November/December 2006)
  • Magnetic Stripes and the Standards (November/December 2005)
  • What Lies Beneath: The Importance of Maintaining Precise Magnetic Properties in the Current Color Tape, Printed Tape and Hologram Tape (Post EXPO 2005)
  • 35th Anniversary of the Introduction of the Magnetic Striped Transaction Card (November/December 2004)
  • Magnetic Stripe Profile and Poor Card Performance (November/December 2004)
  • New Digital Magnetic Heads Save Space, Improve Reliability (November/December 2004)
  • Smart Cards vs. Magnetic Stripe Cards… Much Ado About Nothing? (September/October 2004)
  • High Coercivity High Density Mag Stripes and Passports (November/December 2003)
  • Magneprint: A Real Time Risk Management Tool (November/December 2003)
  • Flying Null Releases World's Thinnest Chipless Smart Tag (November/December 2002)
  • Discovery of New 'Extraordinary Magnetoresistance Materials' May Dramatically Increase Capacity of Data Storage (November/December 2000)
  • A Fundamental Advance in Magnetic Stripe Technology (November/December 2000)
  • Magstripe Cards: Tools for the Information Age (November/December 2000)
  • Old Dog, New Tricks: The Magnetic Stripe is Nearing 40 with no Signs of Early Retirement (December 1999)
  • Analyzing Magnetic Stripes for Reliability and ISO Specifications (November/December 1998)

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Manufacturing

  • The Role Standards Play in the Development of New Products and New Market Opportunities (October 2016)
  • Driving Creativity and Innovation in Card Manufacturing (October 2016)
  • Chasing the Wow Factor in Financial Card Design (October 2016)
  • The New R&D in Cards: Research and Design ((October/November 2015)
  • Creating Effective New Card Designs (October/November 2015)
  • Longer Card Expiration Requires Better Card Durability (June 2015)
  • What You Need to Know About Smart Technology and Card Design (April/May 2015)
  • New Requirements for Longer Life, High Quality Financial Transaction Cards (Special Events 1, 2015)
  • The End of Embossing? Drop-on-Demand Flexibility May Foretell the Future of Financial Card Production (Special Events 1, 2015)
  • The Evolution of Card Manufacturing Equipment (Special Events 1, 2014)
  • Mission Possible: How to Operate Your Plant More Efficiently While Maximizing Profits (February 2014)
  • The Role of Standards in Improving Product Quality (April 2012)
  • Manual or fully automatic? Individual processes or complete solutions? Influencing factors on the choice of the correct machine (March/April 2010)
  • Technical Guide: How to Match Today's Laser Cutting Technology to Application Requirements (February 2010)
  • Technical Guide: How to Match Today's Laser Cutting Technology to Application Requirements (November/December 2009)
  • Ways to Reduce Scrap and Rework (Fall Events 2009)
  • Manufacturing Efficiency Measurement in Plastic Card Personalization Operations (March/April 2009)
  • Card Manufacturing Processes: Weighing Your Equipment Options (January/February 2009)
  • Building a Short Run Niche Just Got Easier (October 2008)
  • Manufacturers' Risks and Rewards Accelerate in Global Supply Chain (Spring Events 2008)

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Marketing

  • Chasing the Wow Factor in Financial Card Design (October 2016)
  • Creative Thinking (October/November 2015)
  • Creating Effective New Card Designs (October/November 2015)
  • What You Need to Know About Smart Technology and Card Design (April/May 2015)
  • Adding Value with Card Packaging: Sleeves and Envelopes (October 2014)
  • Design Roundtable: Thoughts on New Trends and Card Differentiation (October 2013)
  • A Look at the Gift and Loyalty Card Market: Wow Your Customer (October 2013)
  • Tricks of the Trade: Card Design Techniques to Engage Today's Consumer's (October 2012)
  • The Importance of Card Design: Pocket Sized Branding (October 2011)
  • The Risks of Careless Marketing (Fall Events 2010)
  • The Marketing Upside of an Economic Downturn (July/August 2009)
  • Trade Shows: Stage Right for Maximum ROI (September/October 2007)
  • Making the Most of Media Opportunities (September/October 2005)
  • Online Press Room Dos and Don'ts (March/April 2005)
  • How to Plan for Successful Communications During a Crisis (January/February 2005)
  • Direct Marketing—Rules of Thumb (January/February 2005)

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One Time Passcode (OTP)

  • The Security of a Token in a Card (PreEXPO 2007)

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Optical Variable Device (OVD)

  • How to Beat the Counterfeiters (July/August 2009)

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Patents/Intellectual Property Laws

  • Free Help for Small Business from Uncle Sam? (September/October 2005)
  • Use it Right or Lose it: Seven Easy Tips for Proper Trademark Usage (May/June 2005)
  • Who Owns Your Website? (PreExpo 2004)
  • Recognizing Intellectual Property Law Issues: A Brief Primer on Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents (March/April 2004)

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Personalization/Fulfillment

  • Process Control in a Non-Secure Personalization Bureau (February 2016)
  • Evolution in the Historic Card Personalization and Fulfillment Process (February 2016)
  • 2015 Gift Card Fulfillment Study: Key Elements that Make Gift Card Fulfillment Truly Memorable (December 2015)
  • The End of Embossing? Drop-on-Demand Flexibility May Foretell the Future of Financial Card Production (Special Events 1, 2015)
  • EMV 2015: Predictions for the Third Party Card Personalization Market (February 2015)
  • Card Standards Report: New Requirements for Card Personalization and Fulfillment Caused by Hacks and Breaches (February 2015)
  • Advances Towards Achieving 100% Card Personalization Quality Control (Special Events 2, 2014)
  • Trends and Futuring: Global Personalization and Fulfillment Market Statistics (August 2013)
  • Improving the Production and Personalization of EMV Cards (Special Events I, 2013)
  • Doing More with Less: The Importance of Reduced System Footprint, Lower Running Cost and Equipment Versatility (April 2013)
  • Smart Card Printing: An Evolving System of Security (February 2013)
  • Flat-Printed Personalized Financial Transaction Card Trend (February 2013)
  • Improving Card Programs with Instant Issuance (February 2013)
  • Sustainability in Service Bureau Fulfillment (Special Events II 2012)
  • The Gamble of Becoming a Secure Bureau (August 2012)
  • Personalization Perspectives: Operational Implications of Secure vs. Non-Secure Facilities (April 2012)
  • Best Practices for High-Duty-Cycle Distributed Card Issuance (April 2012)
  • Card Personalization and International Standards (February 2012)
  • With Customization in-Demand, Manufacturers Looking to on-Demand (April 2011)
  • Techniques and Technologies for Personalization and Fulfillment (March/April 2009)
  • Case Study: Personalized Gift Card Trend in Germany (Fall Events 2008)
  • Issuer Identification: the Forgotten Standard (Post EXPO 2006)
  • Leveraging New Technologies to Create Strong Competitive Advantages (March/April 2005)
  • Securing the PIN by Clever Solutions (March/April 2002)
  • Placard Brings Laser Print Quality to Datacard's Ultraform Line (January/February 2002)
  • Securing Harrods Case Study (September/October 2000)
  • Personalization Trends and Opportunities: What's New, What's Next in the World of Plastic Cards? (March/April 2000)

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Printing

  • Speaking the Same Language (December 2015)
  • A Complete Solution for Credit and Laminated Card Printing (June 2015)
  • The End of Embossing? Drop-on-Demand Flexibility May Foretell the Future of Financial Card Production (Special Events 1, 2015)
  • Card Manufacturing Equipment and Printing Trends (April 2013)
  • Smart Card Printing: An Evolving System of Security (February 2013)
  • Best Practices for High-Duty-Cycle Distributed Card Issuance (April 2012)
  • Screen-Printing for Profit (September/October 2010)
  • Personalized Gift Cards Help Retail Organizations Improve Customer Retention and Generate Revenue (March/April 2008)
  • Secure Card Supplies: Not Your Average Printer Accessories (PreEXPO 2006)
  • Engineering Design: Taking Card Manufacturing Beyond the Graphics (March/April 2006)
  • High Impact Graphics and Customization – Trend or Fad? (May/June 2005)
  • Fundamentals of Digital Thermal Transfer Printing, Part 2: Dye Diffusion Thermal Transfer (July/August 2003)
  • Fundamentals of Digital Thermal Transfer Printing, Part I: Mass Transfer (May/June 2003)
  • Are New Card Designs a Blessing or a Curse? (March/April 2003)
  • What Color is White? (January/February 2003)
  • Cylithographic Digital Photography for ID Card Production (January/February 2003)
  • New Loyalty Card Changes Images with Every Swipe (May/June 2002)
  • Uptime is the Asset that Counts (July/August 2001)
  • Injection Moulding Makes Card Production Easier (January/February 2001)
  • Automatic Real-Time Data Collection: Revolutionizing Printing Management (January/February 2000)
  • New Digital Proofing Technology (January/February 2000)
  • High Definition Printing Process for Identification Card Production (September/October 1999)

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Standards

  • The Role Standards Play in the Development of New Products and New Market Opportunities (October 2016)
  • Standards Help Address Higher Security Needs in ID/Access Credentials (August 2016)
  • Using Materials Technology to Extend Card Life (June 2016)
  • Getting Ready for Advanced Technology Cards (April 2016)
  • Evolution in the Historic Card Personalization and Fulfillment Process (February 2016)
  • Card Market Trends – A Standards Perspective (December 2015)
  • Creating Effective New Card Designs (October/November 2015)
  • Longer Card Expiration Requires Better Card Durability (June 2015)
  • Advanced Card Technologies Propel Industry Growth (April/May 2015)
  • PINS: PIN Block Formats (Special Events 1, 2015)
  • New Requirements for Card Personalization and Fulfillment Caused by Hacks and Breaches (February 2015)
  • Is Apple Pay a Real Game-Changer? (December 2014)
  • Getting Ready for New Card Technologies, Part 2 (October, 2014)
  • Getting Ready for New Card Technologies, Part 1 (Special Events 2, 2014)
  • Standards, Testing, Quality and More… An Interview with Brad Paulson (Special Events 2, 2014)
  • Security Drives New Advances in Identity and Access Control Cards (August 2014)
  • Card Technology and Functionality Driving New Materials and Processes (June 2014)
  • EMV and Retailer Data Security Breaches (April 2014)
  • Retailer Security Breaches Might Call for Card Re-Issuance (Special Events 1, 2014)
  • Status of New Trends and Standards Initiatives (December 2013)
  • INCITS and ISO Standards Enhance Quality for Contactless Cards – An Example (October 2013)
  • Where is the Driving Force for Green Cards? (Special Events II 2013)
  • Some Potential Impacts of NFC on the Card Industry (Special Events I, 2013)
  • ESD and Card Conductivity (June/July 2013)
  • Card Manufacturing Equipment and Printing Trends (April 2013)
  • Flat-Printed Personalized Financial Transaction Card Trend (February 2013)
  • ACE-P Personalization and Fulfillment Certification Announced (December 2012)
  • An Introduction to NFC Standards (October 2012)
  • Standards for Aerobic Biodegradation Testing of Plastic Materials (Special Events II 2012)
  • Trends in Secure ID Cards, U.S. Driver's License and International Driver's License Standards (August 2012)
  • EMV Propels Process Changes in Card Manufacturing and Personalization (June 2012)
  • The Role of Standards in Improving Product Quality (April 2012)
  • Contactless IC Card Technology Development and Standards (Special Events I, 2012)
  • NFC Payments – Revolutionary or Evolutionary Industry Development? (December 2011)
  • Card Service Life – A Review of ISO/IEC 24789 (October 2011)
  • Secure ID Cards and International Drivers License Standards (August 2011)
  • Degradable, Biodegradable, and Compostable Materials (May/June 2011)
  • Card Standards and Card Equipment (April 2011)
  • Contactless IC Cards Activity is High (Special Events I, 2011)
  • High Speed Recording and the Encoded Waveform (February 2011)
  • Electronic Displays in IC Cards (December 2010)
  • Thin Flexible Card Standards for "Green" Cards (September/October 2010)
  • The ICMA Green Standard (Fall Events 2010)
  • Passports, Driving Licenses, and Identification Cards (July/August 2010)
  • Is There an Alternative to 7810 or 7811? (May/June 2010)
  • Standards for Card Equipment (March/April 2010)
  • Standards for Card Personalization (February 2010)
  • Non-ID-1 Cards (November/December 2009)
  • ICMA Green Standards (Fall Events 2009)
  • Information Security Management System Standards (July/August 2009)
  • Card Toxicity Requirements (May/June 2009)
  • Embossed Cards (March/April 2009)
  • Electrostatic Discharge Standards (January/February 2009)
  • Applying Magnetic Stripe Standards (December 2008)
  • The Internet of Things and RFID (October 2008)
  • Ecolabelling Standards (Fall Events 2008)
  • Compliance Begins at Procurement (May/June 2008)
  • 650 Oersted Magnetic Stripe Standard Approved (Spring Events 2008)
  • Is this Color Close Enough? (March/April 2008)
  • The Importance of Standards Compliance (January/February 2008)
  • The Green Standards (Post EXPO 2007)
  • What is an Oersted and Why Should You Care? (November/December 2007)
  • Smart Card Standards (September/October 2007)
  • GlobalPlatform Converges with ISO on 7816-13 (PreEXPO 2007)
  • Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (July/August 2007)
  • Card Material Requirements for Compliance (May/June 2007)
  • Verifying Magnetic Stripe Encoding (March/April 2007)
  • Encoding Magnetic Stripes (January/February 2007)
  • Issuer Identification: the Forgotten Standard (Post EXPO 2006)
  • Magnetic Stripe Performance Parameters (November/December 2006)
  • The ISO Compliant Driving License (September/October 2006)
  • Smart Card Interoperability Standards (PreEXPO 2006)
  • Features for Physical Security of Driver Licenses and Identification Cards (July/August 2006)
  • Clear Cards and Infra-red Blocking Technology (May/June 2006)
  • Bar Code Quality (March/April 2006)
  • How Long Do Cards Last? (January/February 2006 )
  • Smart Card Applications and New Standards Developments (PostEXPO 2005)
  • Magnetic Stripes and the Standards (November/December 2005)
  • Limited Use Proximity Integrated Circuit Cards (September/October 2005)
  • Opacity (PreEXPO 2005)
  • Drivers Licenses and Crossroads (July/August 2005)
  • Materials and Card Durability (May/June 2005)
  • Will the USA Drivers License Finally Become and Official National ID Card? (March/April 2005)
  • The Future of Smart Cards in the USA (January/February 2005)
  • ePassports and Contactless IC Cards (November/December 2004)
  • Getting Ready for the New Standards Season (September/October 2004)
  • Smart Card Interoperability Standards – Let the progress begin! (July/August 2004)
  • Matching Card Technology to the Application (May/June 2004)
  • Smart Card Interoperability (March/April 2004)
  • Contactless Cards (January/February 2004)
  • High Coercivity High Density Mag Stripes and Passports (November/December 2003)
  • Tactile Identifiers and the "Kyoyo-Hin" Card (May/June 2003)
  • Who Owns Card Technology Standards Territory? (March/April 2003)
  • Non-Standard Cards (November/December 2002)
  • Reality Check (September/October 2002)
  • Biometric Standards for ID Cards (July/August 2002)
  • Card Service Life – How Long is Enough? (May/June 2002)
  • Government Regulations and Standards (March/April2002)
  • Secure ID Cards – Follow up (January/February 2002)
  • What is a Secure ID Card? (November/December 2001)
  • Refining Personal Identification Techniques Using Biometric Data — Exciting Times for ISO/IEC JTC1/SC17 (November/December 2001)
  • High Density High Coercivity Mag Stripe (July/August 2001)
  • How are Industry Standards Developed? (May/June 2001)
  • Opacity (March/April 2001)
  • Standards & Patents (January/February 2001)
  • Industry Groups Launch Initiative to Advance Use of Smart Cards in Securing the Network Economy (November/December 2000)
  • Card Service Life Committee Shifts Into High Gear! (September/October 2000)
  • Smooth Transition to Improved ISO Standards (September/October 1999)
  • Update: Limited Real Estate Available on the ID-1 Card (March/April 1999)

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