Pitney Bowes Imprinter
The Pitney Bowes
Isometric view of the Pitney Bowes
Many people will write and inquire about the Pitney
Bowes imprinter. We have decided to dedicate a page to the Pitney
Bowes imprinter because we want to illustrate why this machine is not
ideally suited for the manufacture of dog tags.
The Pitney Bowes imprinter is intended to imprint
plastic cards such as credit cards, addressing cards, invoicing cards, club
cards, id card and phone cards. Many of these imprinters are found in
medical institutions or large mailing operations. Look at the photo
below to see a sample of the imprinting generated by a Pitney Bowes
Photo of Plastic "H" or "Rolodex" card
debossed on a Pitney Bowes.
While it would not be impossible to imprint dog tags
with a Pitney Bowes machine, the machine itself will require significant
alteration and customization.
The hardness of the imprinting dies is unknown but it
is suspected that the use of Stainless Steel will wear the dies quickly.
From examination of the internal super structure of
the Pitney Bowes machine it has been determined that the machine does not
have a heavy enough frame to consistently imprint stainless steel tags.
Heavy volume utilizing stainless steel plates will more than likely result
in damage to the machine in the long term. This machine was designed
to imprint plastic cards.
We have seen Pitney Bowes machines that will deboss
(above photo is debossed text) and we have seen machines that emboss like a
credit card by raising the text.
Front View of Pitney Bowes Embosser.
The Pitney Bowes machine has a sloped front and small
foot print. The machine is fairly light weight and compact.
Character selection wheel on Pitney Bowes
To select the text characters to be imprinted you
rotate the black ring and align the arrow with the appropriate character.
Once you have aligned the character desired with the arrow you then pull the
lever and imprint the character into the plate.
Carriage of Pitney Bowes machine.
The above photo is of the plate carriage that
holds the plate to be imprinted. Notice that on this machine there is
no clamp to hold dog tags. That is because this machine is designed to
imprint cards and not dog tags. While it would be possible to
fabricate a clamp to hold dog tags it would more than likely be cost
prohibitive. Also if you did build a clamp we feel the machine is too
light weight to hold up to repeated imprinting of stainless steel and would
wear out quite rapidly.
Pitney Bowes embosser from the bottom.
Rear view of Pitney Bowes embosser.
You will find these machines
on eBay advertised as dog tag imprinters. Don't be fooled by people
posting auctions claiming these machines are dog tag imprinters. 90%
of the sellers on eBay don't have a clue as to what exactly the items they
sell are or what they are intended for. Many times I will see people
at local auctions purchase items for resale on eBay only to go and look the
item up and steal someone else's description to sell the item they just
The Pitney Bowes imprinter is a victim of false advertising 9
times out of 10. The Pitney Bowes imprinter was designed for
imprinting plastic cards not dog tags.
Side View of Pitney Bowes embosser.
BOTTOM LINE IS THIS
- The Pitney Bowes imprinter is NOT a good choice for a dog tag imprinter.
This machine was never intended to imprint dog tags and is not designed to
do dog tags. The Pitney Bowes imprinter IS best at imprinting plastic
cards such as credit cards and phone cards.
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