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What Are Metal Plate Marking Systems Used to Help Identify?

August 18, 2016

Metal plate marking systems are incredibly versatile pieces of equipment. These metal marking systems help to clearly mark metal plates that identify many different types of objects from tractors to automobiles.

Identification plates are used in areas where some materials cannot be used safely or practically. Metal is generally the safest material to be used for these purposes. The metals used are not as subject to deterioration as other materials. The types of metals that are often used include brass, bronze and aluminum. These are metals that will not rust or build up with residue easily. Material like these are also able to tolerate extreme temperatures well.

What metal plate marking systems help to identify is based solely on what purpose the item is being used for. Metal marking systems can produce multiple identification plates or single plates for multiple items that require unique identification. Below, we explain some of the uses for metal marking machines and their respective metal identification plates.


Schematic Plates 


These plates identify diagrams to indicate how certain types of equipment is wired. These identification plates can also tell how to properly operate machinery. In essence these plates that have been marked by metal marking systems are like built-in instruction manuals. They can be quick guides for both troubleshooting and repair services as well. These are great guides for machine operators and new employees using certain equipment alike. Schematic plates are good for both the safety and operation of machinery.



Barcode Plates/ 2D Data Matrix 

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Metal plate marking machines can also be used to put barcodes on certain items. Often, we think of barcodes as something that is placed on plastic or paper, but sometimes certain items require that codes be placed on them using more durable materials. These products would typically be exposed to harsh environments and temperatures. Often, these barcode identification plates will be attached to an item with screws or rivets to ensure that it is secure in extreme conditions.



Serial Number/ Model Number Identification Plates 


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These plates are used to identify the models of the items that they are placed on. They will often carry quite a bit of information on them and can be found underneath or on the back of an item. Some other information included along with the model and serial number is the voltage requirements, the date of manufacture and the company that manufactured the product. This is one of the most important uses for a metal plate marking systems.



Branded Metal Plates 


Metal plate marking systems can also be used to mark branded plates in order to display what brand a particular product is marketed under. If a plate needs to last for an extended period of time or needs to withstand harsh conditions, these branded plates must be used to save the brand logo on the product. These would typically be used on items like lawn mowers, tractors and toys.



As you can see, metal plate marking systems are incredibly useful across numerous industries. CIM USA provides the best quality metal marking systems that are sure to identify your products clearly and dependably. Contact CIM USA today to learn more about what solution can suit your needs and requirements.


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Visa: Some major merchants see dip in counterfeit fraud thanks to chip cards

April 19, 2016


Article originally featured on USA Today 

The new chip enabled cards flowing into the U.S. marketplace have already made a dent in fraud, with some of the biggest merchants seeing a dip of more than 18% in counterfeit transactions, according to Visa.

Among the 25 merchants who were suffering the most instances of counterfeit fraud at the end of 2014, five who began processing credit and debit cards equipped with the new EMV technology saw those infractions decline 18.3% as of the final quarter of 2015, says Stephanie Ericksen, vice president of risk products at Visa. Meanwhile, five of those merchants who were not yet equipped to handle chip enabled cards saw an increase in fraudulent transacations of 11.4%.

“We’re seeing EMV is having a positive impact on counterfeit fraud,’’ Ericksen says. “Merchants who implement chip, their counterfeit fraud is going down, while those still finalizing plans, their counterfeit fraud is going up.’’

The electronic payment industry has long called for adoption of such technology, but a series of high-profile data breaches at companies such as Target have underscored the need for more consumer protections.

Microchip embedded cards, already common in Europe and Brazil  are considered a more secure alternative to those bearing just a magnetic stripe because they generate a unique code for each transaction. That makes them more difficult to counterfeit, and helps to cut down on fraudulent uses.

To usher the transition along, a shift occurred as of last October. Merchants who didn’t have a terminal that could process a chip card when presented could be liable, instead of the bank, if fraud occurred on that transaction.

After a slow start, both Visa and MasterCard say that the rollout of chip-enabled cards, as well as terminals that can accept them is moving along at a strong pace. Visa says that it has issued roughly 265 million chip enabled credit and debit cards so far, making the U.S. the world’s biggest market. And over one million, or about 20%, of merchant locations were processing chip cards.

MasterCard meanwhile says that as of last month, 70% of its consumer credit cards were chip equipped, a 50% bump since October of last year.

Visa on Tuesday also announced a software upgrade that will shave the amount of time spent on chip card transactions. With “Quick Chip,’’ consumers can dip their chip cards into the terminal and withdraw it in two seconds or less, instead of waiting until their purchase is authorized.

The consumer can “put the card in the terminal and put it right back in your wallet and . . .move to get their coffee, or hamburger or start bagging their groceries,’’ Ericksen says.

Though the screen prompting shoppers to remove their card will pop up faster, the overall transaction may only be seconds shorter. “But from a consumer perspective, leaving your card in the terminal makes it feel longer. . ..So we wanted to work on ways to make it, from a consumer experience perspective, and from the merchant perspective, a lot more seamless.’’

Visa is providing the software upgrade, at no cost to banks and other payment processors, who can then make it available to merchants.


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2016: The Year Of Action For Industrial Manufacturing

February 24, 2016

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CIM’s ME5OO Now available with Manual Feed Option

December 29, 2015
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The ME 500 is a portable METAL TAG EMBOSSING SOLUTION that offers the ability to emboss different tag sizes, it is developed for component and production line identification and traceability applications. It is available in two versions: the manual (ME 500 Manual Feeder) which can mark non-planar tags such as “easy entry” cable tags and odd shaped tags, and the automatic (ME 500 Automatic Feeder) with a 120 input hopper for standard tags.
The ME 500 is a completely self-contained tag marking machine that is EASY TO TRANSPORT, and is ideal for permanent marking of steel and aluminum tags. Designed to OPERATE IN HARSH INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENTS, the ME 500 is equipped with a BUILT-IN LINUX BASED CPU and an industrial spill proof membrane keyboard that allows the machine to work completely stand-alone without a PC. The interface is user-friendly and the large high resolution LCD DISPLAY makes data entry quick and easy in any production environment.

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Article from CNN: U.S. Army changing dog tags for first time in 40 years

December 28, 2015
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For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Army is making changes to a century-old piece of hardware, dog tags, the identification implements that hang around each soldier’s neck.

For a low-tech thing like the aluminum dog tag, the reason for the change is decidedly high-tech, the threat of identity theft. On the new dog tags, the service member’s Social Security number will be replaced with a randomly-generated, 10-digit Department of Defense identification number.

“If you find a pair of lost ID tags you can pretty much do anything with that person’s identity because you now have their blood type, their religion, you have their social, and you have their name. The only thing missing is their birth date and you can usually get that by Googling a person,” Michael Klemowski, Soldiers Programs Branch chief, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, said in an Army press release.

The change was mandated in 2007, but it has taken the military this long to replace the Social Security number with the 10-digit idea number through a number of systems, Klemowski said.

While identity theft may be among the most impersonal of crimes, the dog tags are anything but that.

“Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service and to their families as well,” says a Library of Congress tribute to the dog tag produced in 2012. “The tag itself individualizes the human being who wears it, despite his or her role as a small part of a huge and faceless organization. While the armed forces demand obedience and duty to a higher cause, dog tags, hanging under service members’ shirts and close to their chests, remind them of their individuality.”

The tags became part of the Army field kit shortly before World War I. By July 1916, the Army was issuing two of the tags to each soldier, one that would stay with the remains of those lost in battle and one that would go to the burial unit, according to the Armed Forces History Museum.

The tags “bring comfort and help calm the fears of soldiers facing death,” the Library of Congress tribute says, allowing them to know they would not be forgotten or become an unknown casualty.

Klemowski said the change would not be immediate for all soldiers.

“We are focusing first on the personnel who are going to deploy. If a soldier is going to deploy, they are the first ones that need to have the new ID tags,” he said in the Army release.

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What the EMV Migration Means to You

October 30, 2015

EMV chip technology will soon become the global standard for credit and debit card payments.  This revolutionary technology features cards with embedded microprocessor chips that store and protect cardholder data.  “Chip and pin” or “chip and signature” cards as they are often referred to, increase security and greatly minimize card-present fraud for customer and merchant alike.

Payment data is vastly more secure on a chip enabled card than on a magnetic strip card, which can be easily skimmed with a simple and low cost device, allowing criminals to make counterfeit cards for use in retail as well as CNP situations.  Due to the fact that EMV technology cannot be copied with this method because of its dynamic authentication capabilities, it is superbly effective in combating counterfeit fraud.

Other cost savings associated with the new EMV card technology include customers with chip bearing cards can pay securely and quickly at chip-enabled businesses.  The Payment Brands have programs that will waive a merchant’s annual PCI-DSS audit if 75% of the payment brand specific transactions are processed through a dual contact and contactless EMV device that is certified.  There may also be another ruling that shifts chip liability.  Once in effect, it means that merchants who have not made the investment in chip-enabled technology may be held financially responsible for counterfeit when the card is present, as well as lost and stolen fraud that could have been prevented with the use of a chip enabled POS system.

What Does My Business Need to Get Started with Printed Cards?

Whether your business is small and expanding, or you’re at the top of the heap, printed cards can be an asset in many industries. Do you need identification cards for added security or to add that professional touch to your business?  You can have cards that are as simple as name tags, or with more complex features such as magnetic stripes or smart chip technology.  Gift and loyalty cards are a great way to maintaining brand recognition and customer loyalty.

For small to medium sized businesses, retailers, membership organizations such as clubs or fitness centers, or colleges and universities the Sunlight Star ID card printer can print both single and double sided.  Personalizations include monochrome or color, pre-printed or blank cards with 300 dpi resolution.  It is ideal for employee ID cards, membership cards, student ID cards, financial or gift cards as well.

The direct-to-card printing technology prints full color or monochrome in less than 24 seconds per card.  If you need to upgrade in the future, whether it is smart chip or magnetic encoder, that is easily done.  The ribbon is easy to change and the software is user friendly as well.

What are the Benefits of Membership cards and Discount Offers?

October 2, 2015

It is clear that an important element of marketing programs are the membership cards and discount offers companies have to build their customer’s loyalty. These are opportunities for additional value to their customers, which can also be structured to encourage higher spending, i.e.; the more you spend, the more you earn, for example in the form of loyalty points that can then be exchanged for discounts, or other products or services. These added value services often make the difference between choosing a company that offers these extras versus one that does not.

Another benefit of membership cards comes in the form of customer data. Membership cards that incorporate magnetic strips enable companies to capture data at the point of sale and allow them to get a better idea of each customer’s’ spending habits. This data will also allow the company to further understand their customer base and create personal marketing campaigns that lead to stronger customer relationships.

In this world of instant gratification, to be able to produce a card for the customer on the spot, as soon as they have signed up is vital. Using the Maxima 821 is the ideal solution for immediate issue of cards such as credit or debit cards, membership or insurance cards, gift cards and reward cards as well.