HP Indigo has enhanced its new 6K narrow web digital press with specific capabilities tailored to the needs of the security printing market.

6K Secure is the first HP Indigo digital press designed especially for the security printing market, delivering end-to-end security solutions featuring multi-security layers printed in one pass, in a secure environment. Such multi-layered, dynamic, adaptive, mix-and-match security options are said to help combat the work of counterfeiters and pre-empt further fraudulent activity.

Specific features of the HP Indigo 6K Secure digital press include:

  • Robust variable data printing, to deliver multi-personalised security elements and multi-serialisation techniques that are used for each printed product;
  • Cutting-edge security inks and a pipeline of ink development in R&D;
  • Unique press fingerprints on each machine to track and verify the source of the print;
  • A secure user log-in control with different levels of printing restrictions; and
  • Collaborations with experienced and recognised industry players, including Jura JSP, Agfa, Haiyaa, Scantrust, Evrythng, Micro Focus, VerifyMe, and Bsecure.

The HP Indigo One Shot print mode is also said to provide accurate printing with registration capability at high print speeds, so capable of creating accurate microtext, dots, and lines.

Developed in collaboration with Jura JSP, a global name in the high-security graphic arts and origination trade, HP Indigo  6K Secure is available now for certified security printers.

Barna Barabas, managing director of product development at Jura JSP, commented, ‘The HP Indigo and Jura solution opens new doors in the field of security printing. The security features, the workflow, and the whole concept was developed as a unique digital printing solution that prints in one single pass a highly protected product. The variety of substrates, inks, and features covers a wide range of products that can be protected. The authentication of the products is easy on all three levels, public, expert and forensic.’

HP Indigo has also introduced Secure, a suite of security and brand protection solutions, designed to help security printers and print service providers protect their customers from counterfeiting and other product threats.

Citing the Smithers ‘The Future of Anti-Counterfeiting, Brand Protection and Security Packaging to 2024’ report, HP noted the impact of such activity is estimated to top $4 trillion globally in the next few years.

To help combat this, HP Indigo Secure covers hardware, software, media, and inks for security printing and brand protection, based on proprietary HP Indigo LEP technology and industry-leading partner solutions. Printers have the ability to mix and match a wide range of security elements and designs that are claimed as ‘easy to print and hard to copy’. Capabilities include multi-layered measures of overt and covert elements, with any combination of invisible inks, infrared inks, variable data printing, unique serialised IDs, QR codes, serialised microtext, guilloche patterns, and Cloud-connected track and trace.

HP Indigo Secure is designed for governments, financial institutions, and other institutions that handle currency, personal identifications, and other secure documents as well as documents worth money, such as tax stamps, gaming documents and more. Brand protection solutions are designed for brands that are increasingly forced to confront counterfeiting issues.  

Ronen Yancu, head of strategy and business management at HP Indigo, commented, ‘With the rise in counterfeiting, brands and governments are searching for new ways to help reduce intellectual property violations, losses, and keep the general public safe.

‘The new security printing options enabled by LEP digital technology and our solution partners will help meet these needs in ways that were not possible before.’