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MAE 12

Tape Layering System

The MAE 12 tape layer is a flexible solution for applying magnetic and signature stripes as well as security stripes onto sheets. This additional process step completes the card and smart card production from one source series. In the tape layering process, magnetic stripes are transferred onto overlay foils. In one step up to 12 magnetic stripes and, if chosen (option), up-to 12 signature panels can be transferred simultaneously. Using 12 tracks, this machine can produce up to 72,000 cards / hour via processing from reel-to-reel and optionally from reel-to-sheet. This is based on an overlay thickness range of 40 to 400 microns and a width of 780 mm. The magnetic stripes are pressed, using their full width, onto the overlay material. The MAE 12 provides full adhesion to the stripes for safe handling of the sheets and the elimination of any variation of the stripe location during lamination. The MAE 12 is designed to accommodate different stripe widths and spacing. Intuitive operational handling and easy maintenance also maximize the efficiency.

Key Features

  • Automatic application of signature stripes and magnetic stripes for bank cards, ID cards, loyalty cards etc.
  • High flexibility in terms of sheet size, tape materials, positioning and quantity of tracks
  • Cost-efficient solution especially for high-volume production
  • Simultaneous processing of two individual heated application units for different applications, 12 stripes each
  • 90° deflection of tapes for best and ergonomic access to unwinding system
  • Sensor controlled alignment system for overlay referenced to edge
  • INCAPE ready


Productivity / Process Units

  • Reel-to-reel or reel-to-sheet version available
  • Integrated spooling systems for different stripe-substrate
  • Up to 2 x 12 parallel tracks possible
  • Second individually heated application unit, optional
  • Continuously adjustable processing speed and temperature
  • Operator friendly and fast adjustment of track positions
  • Material buffer for high autonomy
  • Availability: Up to 95%
  • Yield: Up to 99.7%
  • Environment conditions: Room temperature: 23°C; +/-3°C; Humidity: 50%; +/-10%


Technical Data

  • Sheet materials: PVC, PC, ABS, TeCoLas®; others on request
  • Thickness of layers: 40 – 400 μm
  • Max. width of foil: 780 mm
  • Max. reel diameter: 750 mm
  • Height of output stack: 200 mm
  • Application pressure / temperature: 30 – 55 N / max. 200°C
  • Max. widths of stripes: Up to 16 mm
  • Number of application tracks: 12 / 24 optionally
  • Application accuracy: +/- 0.15 mm in y-axis
  • Distance of tracks: ≥ 57 mm
  • Sheet cutting accuracy: +/- 0.5 mm
  • Speed: Max. 10 m / min (12-fold format)
  • Throughput: 72,000 cards / hour

Mühlbauer Group
Josef-Mühlbauer-Platz 1
93426 Roding Germany

Phone: +49 9461 952 0
Fax: +49 9461 952 1101

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