Changing the IDP Smart 650634 YMCKO Ribbon

Changing the IDP Smart 650634 YMCKO Ribbon


Welcome to our comprehensive guide on Changing the IDP Smart 650634 YMCKO Ribbon for the IDP Smart 30 and IDP Smart 50 printers range! In this article, we will walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to replace the printer ribbon for the IDP Smart 30S Card PrinterIDP Smart 30D Card PrinterIDP Smart 50S Card PrinterIDP Smart 50D Card Printer and IDP Smart 50L Card Printer models. Whether you are a first-time user or seeking a refresher, this guide covers everything you need to know to ensure a smooth and successful ribbon replacement process. Can't see the printer or ribbon you have? Call us!

How to Change the Printer Ribbon for IDP Smart 30 & 50 Card Printer Models.

Before you start, ensure you have a compatible replacement ribbon specifically designed for the printer model. Also, make sure the printer is turned off to avoid any accidents during the process.

Step 1: Open the Printer Cover
Locate the printer cover on the top of the printer. Gently lift the cover to expose the internal components, including the current ribbon cartridge.

Step 2: Remove the Old Ribbon Cartridge

With the printer cover open, you'll see the current ribbon cartridge in place. To remove it, follow these steps:

  • Find the ribbon handle on the cartridge, usually positioned at the top.
  • Carefully grip the handle and pull the ribbon cartridge upwards to release it from the printer's housing.
  • Set aside the old ribbon cartridge for proper disposal.

Step 3: Prepare the New Ribbon Cartridge
Take the new, compatible ribbon cartridge and remove any packaging materials or protective tapes. Handle the new ribbon with care to avoid damage. Clean the area with an official licensed cleaning kit.

Step 4: Insert the New Ribbon Cartridge
To insert the new ribbon cartridge into the printer:

  • Hold the cartridge by its handle, ensuring the ribbon faces downward.
  • Align the cartridge with the designated slots inside the printer.
  • Gently slide the cartridge into the slot until it fits securely in place.

Step 5: Ensure Proper Alignment
After inserting the new ribbon cartridge, check that it sits correctly in the printer and aligns properly with the printing mechanism. Proper alignment is crucial to avoid printing issues, so take a moment to ensure everything is in place.

Step 6: Close the Printer Cover
Lower the printer cover back into its original position and ensure it snaps shut securely. This protects the internal components and secures the new ribbon cartridge in place.

Step 7: Power On the Printer
Turn on the printer. It will perform a brief initialisation process, and the new ribbon will be ready to use.

Step 8: Calibrate the Printer (if necessary)
In some cases, the printer might prompt you to calibrate the new ribbon. If this happens, follow the on-screen instructions or consult the printer's user manual for guidance on calibrating the ribbon.


Changing the printer ribbons for IDP Smart Card Printers is a simple process that can be done quickly and efficiently. By following these step-by-step guides for each printer model, you can ensure smooth and reliable printing performance for your ID cards.

Remember to always use compatible replacement ribbons and handle them with care to avoid any damage. Regularly check the ribbon status and replace it when necessary to maintain the quality of your ID card prints.

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