Printcolor’s highly infrared absorbing solvent based screen printing inks spectraCARD IRB are ideally suitable for the production of transparent debit and credit cards. The product range includes several colorless and neutral products as well as numerous color shades.

Excellent Transmission Density

The requirements of ISO/IEC 7810:2003 in respect to transmission of IR radiation in the range of 800 to 1000 nm are confirmed by the American test institute Eclipse Laboratories. It is thus ensured that the printed cards are properly detected in ATM machines and other IR reading devices.

Neutral Gray for Color Matching

The spectraCARD IRB Neutral Gray can be used either as a nearly invisible blocking layer or as an absorbent base for approximated adjustment of many colors from the PANTONE® Formula Guide Solid Coated.

If the gray is partially pre-printed as color neutral blocking layer by means of screen printing, PMS® simulations – for example, using the mixing system PANTONE Color Bridge® – can be offset printed. This opens up numerous options in the design of transparent cards.

Excellent Peel Values

The typical peel strength value of properly laminated overlays is between 16 and 18 N in a strip width of 15 mm (0.59 in).

Easy Processing and Guaranteed Functionality

spectraCARD IRB can be processed like a conventional solvent based screen printing ink. In addition, the required IR absorption values are achieved at a single print with a mesh 90.


Typical applications of spectraCARD IRB are:

  • Debit and credit cards
  • Smart cards
  • Loyalty cards

Also available as IR Blocking Film

If you prefer pre-coated PVC material instead of liquid inks, this is of course also possible: the IR absorbing films VERICARD IRB  are available as standard or tailor-made solutions. All films are coated with IR blocking inks of the spectraCARD IRB product range specially designed for this application.

Additional Information

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