Security Printing

Security Printing Charleston

You should never have to blindly trust a printer to provide you with crucially-needed secured document printing. It’s paramount that a printer possesses the skills and expertise, when it comes to security levels and layer authentication. Spectra’s print management team knows and understands security levels and how to apply specific methods of printing to secure a document. Security printing is very complex and is not as simple as adding a watermark.
The Technology of Spectra’s HP Indigo™ 7R digital press provides an array of secured printing options to safeguard the integrity of your printed media.

Methods Used for Security Printing

There are different methods of printing that provide the necessary level of security in a print job. Within the printing industry, secured printing is prioritized as one of three levels. Different customers have different needs; however, when it comes to the level of desired security, we employ one or more of the three methods.

Levels of Security

Level 1

Printing Method: Overt (low layer of authentication)
  • Easily seen by the naked eye
  • Images or text are embedded within the document using a specific security ink.

Level 2

Printing Method: Semi-Covert (medium layer of authentication)
  • Can be seen with the use of a microscope, magnifying glass, or UV light device.
  • Images or text are embedded within the document using a specific security ink.

Level 3

Printing Method: Covert (highest layer of authentication)
  • Invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen by special forensic devices
  • Images or text are embedded within the document using a specific security ink.

Features We Use in Security Printing

The range and sophistication of security printing services have expanded greatly in recent years with the development of new printing techniques. Spectra’s print facility, equipped with highly advanced printing press technology, makes it easy for your organization to offer highly secure features such as ultraviolet and infrared sensitive inks, microlettering, and complex embedded features.

Elements Used for Security Printing

Security Inks

Spectra’s HP Indigo™ 7R digital press uses proprietary ink that provides the layer of appropriate authentication as required for security purposes.
  • Color shifting
  • Hologram
  • Invisible
  • UV-responsive
  • IR-responsive

Embedding Features

Security printing utilizes a variety of elements to embed them into the paper.
  • Patterns
  • Micro-lettering
  • Backgrounds
  • Lines
  • Images
  • Barcodes
  • Serial Numbers
  • Watermarks
  • Horizontal or vertical numbering

Features We Use in Security Printing

The range and sophistication of security printing services have expanded greatly in recent years with the development of new printing techniques. Spectra’s print facility, equipped with highly advanced printing press technology, makes it easy for your organization to offer highly secure features such as ultraviolet and infrared sensitive inks, microlettering, and complex embedded features.

Why Serial Numbers are Important in High Security Printing

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to prevent duplication of documents is the addition of a unique serial number to each document. This high security printing feature makes it possible to immediately raise a red flag if two copies of a document with the same number are discovered. It also enables tracking of a document all the way back to the print phase.

Security Paper We Use for Security Printing

The inks that we use in our security printing services are only part of the story. To be fully effective, features like holograms and embedded images must be printed on specialty paper types. Our printing experts at Spectra understand these complications, ensuring that the secure documents that we produce for your organization are not only protected from unauthorized duplication, but also beautiful and professional in appearance.

Deterring Counterfeiters

Prevention of counterfeiting, copying, or scanning is undeniably the reason behind security printing. The general public has technology at their fingertips, making it easy to reproduce something. Color copiers, apps, and software, along with skill, makes the perfect marriage for illegal reproduction of a secured document. The printing industry has some rather creative innovations up their sleeves that protect you, and your printed media. In addition to the numerous security inks and elements that place added protection, Spectra also employs an innovative way to produce copy-resistant documents. As part of our security printing services, we can use “void pantographs.” When attempting to reproduce a document, a hidden message appears, voiding the document out. (Walter will need to approve this)

Why trust Spectra to handle your sensitive security printing needs?

Spectra’s core values are based on a commitment to quality, brand management and a trusted relationship. That’s important when it comes to entrusting a printer with your security printing needs. We provide you integrated solutions that safeguard your document(s.) Contact us today to find out more about our specialized techniques for your secure document needs.  

Spectra goes the extra step to protect data integrity

”We are HIPAA compliant.”

FAQs

What are some examples of security printing?
Security printing is the field of the printing industry that deals with printing items such as banknotes, checks, passports, tamper evident labels, security tapes, product authentication, stock certificates, postage stamps and identity cards.
What are security inks?
Secure inks are used as an added security feature for the protection of printed documents, labels or packaging against fraudulent reproduction or counterfeiting. There are many different types of security inks used for this purpose depending on the application, environment and required level of security.
Are watermarks considered a security feature?
A watermark is an identifying image or pattern in paper that appears as various shades of lightness/darkness. Watermarks have been used on currency, and other important documents to discourage counterfeiting.
How can you see infrared ink?
The simplest method to see the ink is by using a 715nm filter such as an XNite715 with an infrared sensitive camera or camcorder.
Are watermarks easily copied?
A watermark does not stop people copying the photos - that is impossible - but it makes the photo useless for any purpose except viewing. If someone is trying to find a photo online for some purpose, a watermarked photo is of no use to him. So a thief would rather copy an un-watermarked image than a watermarked one.
What is meant by security printing?
The use of a variety of special face materials, printing techniques, and printing materials to improve the security of an item by preventing forgery, counterfeiting, and tampering. These techniques are commonly used in the production and printing of security labels.
Why can’t human eyes see infrared light?
The human eye can detect the visible spectrum of the electromagnetic spectrum — a range of wavelengths between 390 to 700 nanometers. ... Because infrared light has less energy than the colors we see in the visible spectrum, it can't activate photoreceptors in the eye.
What type of ID’s are printed on security paper?
Examples of this kind of papers are those used for identification such as passports and certificates, such as birth certificates and different types of academic and qualification certificates, as well as government documents, e.g., voting ballots and tax strips.
What is used in security ink?
Ultra Violet (UV) ink is used extensively as a covert feature on security products. The UV ink is invisible to the naked eye and can only be detected when viewed under a UV light source. When exposed to the specific light source the ink will appear and glow.
What are the most popular types of security printing?
Overt (low layer of authentication), Semi-covert (medium layer of authentication) and Covert (highest layer of authentication).

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