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DATE: 10/13/2009

CA3000 Software Installation Procedure
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Document Title: EPI Magstripe and Barcode Programming Guide

This document contains proprietary information of Continental Access. Unauthorized reproduction of any portion of this manual without the written
authorization of Continental Access is prohibited. The information in this manual is for informational purposes only. It is subject to change without notice.
Companies, names and data used in examples herein are fictitious unless otherwise noted. Continental Access assumes no responsibility for incorrect
information this manual may contain.

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Phone (631) 842-9400
Fax (631) 842-9135


Important Information - Must be read before programming

1) This document contains basic information needed for programming a
magstripe and a barcode using the EPI badging software. It is
assumed you have previously attended a Continental Access training
class and is familiar with the operation of the Badging3000 software.
Before creating a magstripe or barcode, verify the Badging3000
software is fully functional. Verify you are able to create/save a
template and print a badge to the badging printer.

2) Designing a magstripe or barcode requires you to know the exact data
required in the magstripe or barcode. If you are duplicating an existing
barcode, you must know the exact data in the barcode along with all
the properties of the existing barcode.

3) Contact Continental Access technical support for a utility to display
data from a magstripe or barcode after it is swiped. The utility name is
aba.exe (refer to appendix B).

4) Refer to the Continental Instruments Badging3000 designer’s users
guide for additional information on designing a magstripe or a

5) Your printer must have a built in encoder to encode magstripes.

6) If you are doing magstripe encoding on CardAccess 3000 version
2.3.16, verify you are using the updated Badging3000 DLL. Contact
Continental Access technical support to obtain the updated DLL.

7) Before creating a magstripe in EPI, use the tools in the printer driver to
test the magnetic encoder in the printer (refer to appendix C).

8) Before creating and printing barcodes in EPI, use the tools in the
printer driver to print sample barcodes (refer to appendix D).



This document contains basic information regarding the programming of magstripes and
barcodes using the EPI Badging software. As previously mentioned, verify the EPI
Badging software is fully functional. Prior to designing a magstripe or barcode, verify you
are able to create/save a template and print a badge to the badging printer. There are
many variations of barcodes and magstripes. This document explains the basics with a
few examples. Every customer application will be unique. You will be required to
experiment and be patient until you achieve your final goal.

Badging Printers

There are many different badging printers available. You might be required to contact the
printer manufacturer to get the latest drivers and information regarding your printer. The
examples in this document will be specific for the P310 printer. It is highly likely your
printer settings will be different in regard to designing a magstripe or a barcode.

EPI Badging Software

The EPI badging software provides you with the screens to design a magstripe and a
barcode. Even though there are many similarities, there are some differences. This
document will explain designing a magstripe and a barcode in separate sections.

Designing and encoding a Magstripe


MAGSTRIPE TYPES - There are 3 tracks on magnetic cards known as track 1, 2 and 3.
Track 1 allows alphanumeric characters, and track 2 and track 3 only permit numeric

MAGSTRIPE READERS – There are many different models of magstripe readers. You
MUST purchase the correct model for the type of encoding on the magstripe. If the data
has been encoded on track 2 of the magstripe, you must purchase a Track 2 magstripe

MAGSTRIPE DATA - Magstripe data uses special characters in the data string. A typical
data string consists of a start sentinel character (B), optional field separators (D), and an
end sentinel character (F). You do not need to add these characters into your data
expressions. The Badging 3000 designer along with the printer driver will insert these
special characters automatically.

EXPRESSIONS – EPI provides you the ability to create expressions which are used to
build data strings for magstripes and barcodes. In the following examples, you will create
expressions. Refer to Appendix E for sample expressions.

WARNING: It is possible for these magnetic strips to be completely erased if brought
close to a high strength magnetic.


VERY IMPORTANT: Before creating a magstripe in EPI, use the tools in the printer driver
to test the magnetic encoder (refer to Appendix C).

NOTE: In the following example, you will create a magstripe with the Continental 19 digit
ABA format. It will require you to build 3 expressions that you will use later in the

Figure 1.

Click Edit and click Define Expressions. The Define Expression screen will display
(refer to figures 2, 3 and 4).


Figure 2.

Figure 3.


Figure 4.

In the Define Expression screen, you can type in the complete expression in the top box
(Data field Name or expression box), or you can insert expressions from the bottom
box (Insert field name in expression box) into the top box to build an expression. After
the expression is complete in the top box, click Add. The expression will be inserted into
the bottom box. Repeat this process for all three expressions (refer to figure 2, 3 and 4).

NOTE: To create a Continental 19 digit ABA magstripe, you must use the following three






Click File and click Layout Properties. The Layout Properties screen will display (refer
to figure 5).

On the General tab, select Enable exclusion areas and Evaluate expressions in data

Figure 5.

Click the Back tab. Select Print Background. Click Add new below the Exclusion
(non- print) areas box. Select the CR – 80 Generic mag (bottom) from the list (refer to
figure 6). This selection is the position of the magnetic strip on the card.

NOTE: If you click Preview, an Exclusions Preview screen should display. This exclusion
area is where the magstripe will be located.


Figure 6.
Click the General tab again. Click the Encoding button. The Card Encoding screen will
display (refer to figure 7).

Figure 7.
Select Track 2 in the Tracks dropdown box.


Figure 8.

The Field/Expression drop down box will display all the expressions previously built, and
also expressions for the CardAccess 3000 database fields.

Select the expression “45081” from the Field/Expression drop down box. Click Add
Field. The selected expression will go down to the Selected Text Fields box. Repeat
this process for the three expressions in figure 8.

NOTE: A field separator (D) will be automatically inserted between the three expressions
when the magstripe is encoded.

Click OK.


NOTE: The following screens are for an Eltron P310 printer with a magnetic encoder
installed in it. As previously mentioned, there are many different printers and many
different versions of printer drivers. If you are using a different badging printer or printer
driver, contact the printer manufacturer to find the appropriate settings.

REMINDER: As previously mentioned, the printer must have a magnetic encoder in it to
encode magstripes.

Right click on the printer in printers and faxes. Select Properties. The Eltron P310 Card
Printer Properties screen will display (refer to figure 9).