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HP Delivers High-Speed Digital Color Printing For Card Solutions at CTST

Press release from the issuing company

Hewlett-Packard Company has announced that the 6-color HP Indigo Press s2000 for specialty printing will be displayed at CTST 2002, the 12th annual CardTech/SecurTech Conference and Exhibition. The world’s premier advanced card, biometrics and security technology event, CTST takes place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, April 22 - 25. The HP Indigo Press s2000 (formerly the Indigo Omnius MultiStream) is designed to digitally print plastic cards for IDs, driver’s licenses, financial applications and smart cards in up to six colors, including special corporate colors. Its ability to print on a wide range of substrates, including PVC, polyester and Teslin, makes it ideal for on-demand printing of personalized and custom cards for the security and financial industries. Special security features, including microprinting, digital watermarks, 2-D barcodes and invisible ink, can be combined with variable data capabilities. "The HP Indigo Press s2000 delivers offset quality, printing speeds of up to 12,500 duplex cards per hour, and sophisticated customization and personalization capabilities," said Rick Mangold, general manager, HP Indigo North America. "CTST represents a tremendous opportunity for us, together with our substrate and converting partners, to demonstrate complete digital solutions for the fast, efficient manufacturing of Smart/Secure cards which meet ISO standards." At CTST, HP Indigo - a division of Hewlett-Packard - will be joined at Booth 1163 by Tekra Corporation, Lucchesi S.p.A., Technical Machine Products (TMP), Spartanics and digital watermarking provider Digimarc Corporation in demonstrating streamlined production of full-color personalized cards that incorporate variable text and images. Visitors to the booth will have an opportunity to observe the real-time manufacturing process that starts when digital photographs and personal information are downloaded to the HP Indigo Press s2000, then printed in card formats on PVC sheets supplied by Tekra, a leading source for engineered plastic films, adhesive products and hard coated films. The printed sheets are platen-laminated by TMP’s ML 1826-3 Single Stack Laminator, then punched into cards and finished by the Spartanics M-500 Decorated Material Blanking & Die Cutting System. "The entire process takes less than an hour," said Ron Kukla, vice president sales, HP Indigo North America, "and clearly demonstrates the power of digital printing when it comes to increasing productivity and flexibility for the identification industry." Additional information about HP Indigo products and services is available at www.hp.com/go/indigo