Richard O. Warther established Vanguard ID Systems in 1987, following his invention of the bar-coded key tag. His vision was to produce bar coded transaction cards specifically for the retail and restaurant sectors. Presently, the company stands as a trailblazer in manufacturing personalized card solutions such as gym tags, gift cards, health cards, library cards, and ID cards, among others. 

With an expansive portfolio of over 25 patents, Vanguard ID Systems caters to a wide range of industries and applications, including healthcare, fitness, libraries, retail, and automotive.


Richard (Rick) Warther

Founder & CEO

Rick Warther has been in the Auto ID industry since 1979. Prior to founding Vanguard ID Systems in 1987, he worked for the Graphic Technology and Data Documents Systems divisions of Pitney Bowes in Kansas City. Rick also served as Vice President of Sales for Ampersand Data Graphics in Massachusetts. Rick holds a B.S. in Communications from Kent State University.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower businesses by providing tailored and innovative solutions, uniquely crafted to address their specific needs and challenges. Through a personalized approach, we aim to collaborate closely with each client, understanding their objectives and goals.

Our company is a collective of amazing people committed to deliver the highest quality products and services.

Exquisite Craftsmanship

Tailored Innovation


Unrivaled Customer Service

Adaptability and Agility

We pledge to deliver unparalleled quality in every card, label, mailer, and key tag we create. Meticulously crafted with precision and attention to detail, our products exude sophistication, making a lasting impression on your clients, partners, and employees.

We are committed to pushing the boundaries of design and technology to offer tailor-made solutions that align seamlessly with your brand and POS systems. Our team of creative experts collaborate closely with you to conceptualize and produce cards that capture the essence of your business and needs.

In an era of environmental consciousness, we take pride in our commitment to seek the most sustainable and highest quality option for our materials.

Your satisfaction is our priority. We promise we are here to help you at every stage of our collaboration. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through the design process, ensuring your vision comes to life effortlessly.

In a rapidly evolving business environment, we are committed to staying ahead of the curve. Our agile approach allows us to adapt to industry trends, technological advancements, and your evolving needs, ensuring that your cards always reflect the current pulse of your brand.

For more than 30 years, Vanguard ID Systems has pioneered
industry-leading innovations.

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