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The implication of direct laser engraved intaglio plates on banknote security
Author(s): Harald Deinhammer; Daniel Schwarzbach; Rudolf Kefeder; Peter Fajmann
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Paper Abstract

Intaglio printing remains the key security element in banknote printing until today, providing the characteristic feel and tactility recognized by the public. Traditionally, platemaking for this very specific process was done by an electroforming process that involved multiple production steps and manual retouching. We have developed a machine to manufacture these printing plates by direct laser engraving into a metallic substrate. The first machine has recently been put into live banknote production at our premises. We describe the changeover to this novel technology and give a comparison of our findings on print-quality, plate stability and the workflow with conventional platemaking. Results include - Mechanical analysis of the new plate material before and after printing, - Measurements of plate elongation during the printing - Investigations on print-quality We conclude with actual data on engraving time and platemaking lead-times and an overview of the design possibilities using this new approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6075, Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques VI, 607503 (9 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.643902
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Harald Deinhammer, Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck GmbH (Austria)
Daniel Schwarzbach, Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck GmbH (Austria)
Rudolf Kefeder, Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck GmbH (Austria)
Peter Fajmann, Oesterreichische Banknoten- und Sicherheitsdruck GmbH (Austria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6075:
Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques VI
Rudolf L. van Renesse, Editor(s)

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