To that end, Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG has developed a new security ink.
“We want to protect manufacturers and consumers from these serious damages,” said Christina Leibinger, managing owner of Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG, the industrial printer manufacturer from Baden-Württemberg. “That's why we developed a new security ink that can be quickly and cost-effectively integrated into packaging lines as a tool for more security against product piracy.”
The new security ink is suitable for use in the JET3up PI – an inkjet printer that codes product packaging made of plastic, cardboard and even glass or tins with information such as best-before dates and batch numbers.
At first glance, the ink looks like a classic black ink. However, under a special UV-light, tiny fluorescent pigments begin to glow greenish. If the distributor shines a specific UV-flashlight onto the product packaging, he or she can immediately identify whether the product is an original. If the font remains black, they can immediately remove the pirated product from circulation.
“Security ink is designed to identify product pirates and help hold them accountable while giving manufacturers a tool to defend themselves against false damage claims and increasing consumer protection,” said Leibinger. “The ink itself is very difficult to copy since we use security pigments that are not available at every turn.”
According to Leibinger, manufacturers do not require additional machines – “just their inkjet printer.”