Magnetic encoding on a plastic card with a magnetic stripe takes place concurrently with graphic personalization according to customer’s requirement. In this way compatibility with the card scanning device is secured both on software as well as hardware level.
Customer data is encoded in three tracks. The first two tracks are the most commonly used while the third track is available for banking purposes and PIN storage.
We encode both LoCo (Low Coercivity of approximately 300 Oe) as well as HiCo (High Coercivity of approximately 4000 Oe) magnetic stripes. Generally though, we recommend the HiCo option because of its resistance to 3rd party magnetic fields. LoCo magnetic cards are cheaper but are more prone to demagnetization which results in a shorter lifespan.