CE840 Instant Issuance System

Affordable desktop embossing and color printing

Get the power to impress customers and drive new revenue with the Datacard® CE840™ instant issuance system. This affordable, reliable, single-hopper desktop emboss printer offers high-quality embossing, indenting and magnetic stripe encoding to elevate fraud protection and card appearance. Optional direct-to-card color printing and smart card personalization adds flexibility to this modular system.


The CE840 system is ideal for banks, retailers, and other card issuing organizations looking to implement new programs or take customer engagement to the next level.

  • Impress customers with brilliant, highly secure cards.
  • Issue high-quality embossed cards on demand or in low-volume batches.
  • Minimize operating expenses and reduce per-card costs with reliable technology.
  • Integrate into new or existing card issuing environments.

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Measurable Benefits

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High-Quality Instant Issuance

On-demand issuance of cards with embossed characters, magnetic stripe encoding and indent printing improves card security and appearance — making an immediate impact on cardholders.

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Flexible Integration and Software Options

Integrate the CE840 system into a variety of applications with multiple implementation options. Choose intuitive desktop issuance software from Datacard that provides complete control and process support from design to card tracking to audits.

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Vigorous Security

Meet Visa and Mastercard security standards and protect card stock and supplies with software-activated locks, advanced SSL/TLS encryption, a bolt-down base and Kensington style lock-down bracket, and concealed output hopper. A password-protected cabinet and non-resettable card counter provides clear audit trails and reporting.

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Create the Ideal System

Specify the system with standard embossing and indent printing features or add optional full color, edge-to-edge, direct-to-card printing and EMV® compliant smart card personalization.

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  • 75-character embossing/indenting wheel
  • Financial format per ID-1 ISO 7811-3


  • Front, rear or both sides of the card
  • MasterCard security character
  • Helvetica® characters
  • OCR-A1, OCR-B1


  • 60 seconds to encode mag stripe, indent, emboss and top the card
  • 64 seconds to print monochrome graphics, encode mag stripe, indent, emboss and top the card
  • 78 seconds to print color graphics, encode mag stripe, indent, emboss and top the card


  • Magnetic stripe encoding
  • ISO 7811, three track high- and low-coercivity


  • Automatic card feed with 100-card input hopper based on 0.030 in. card thickness
  • Output hopper, 10-card capacity
  • Reject bin, up to 10-card capacity
  • Exception card slot


  • Mechanical or software-activated lock to secure card stock, supplies, and reject card hopper
  • SSL/TLS encryption, supports 3DES and AES-256
  • Bolt-down ready
  • Concealed output hopper
  • Kensington®
  • Suplock compatible (lock sold separately)


  • Datacard® ID Works®
  • Datacard® Printer Command Language (for custom development)
  • CPX Protocol


  • 2-line LCD display


  • English, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic


  • Top module: 8.8 in. W x 21.2 in. D x 8.8 in. H (22.4 cm x 53.8 cm x 22.4 cm)
  • Bottom module (embosser): 15 in. W x 27.5 in. D x 10.5 in. H (38.1 cm x 69.9 cm x 26.7 cm)


  • Top module (encoding, printing): 12 lbs. (5.4 kg)
  • Bottom module (indenting, embossing, topping, card output): 40 lbs. (18.1 kg)


  • Ethernet and USB


  • 12-month system warranty