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Healthcare – Overt, Covert & Forensics

Choose from many Overt, Covert & Forensic options

The correct anti-counterfeit technology and implementation program for your specific market is unique and should be customized based on the threats you face. However, one thing all successful brand protection strategies have in common is they employ “Layers” of protection. Anti-Counterfeit technology can be classified into 3 primary categories: Overt, Covert and Forensics.

Within these three primary categories, package component modifications can be customized to one (or all) of the following four areas, adding additional layers of protection:

  1. Ink – Special physical or chemical properties intended to respond to certain environmental changes (temp, chemical exposure, light source etc.)
  2. Substrates – Paper/Plastic substrate options can provide security alone based on material composition and availability. Substrates also offer secondary features such as physical/ chemical sensitivity, unique fibers, threads and watermarks
  3. Chemical Additives – Specific chemicals and/or taggents added to a medium (ink, substrate varnish) that exhibit a noticeable response or are not naturally occurring in nature
  4. Printing Technique – Images, text or designs that are extremely difficult to reproduce without necessary printing equipment, formula (guilloche) and prior knowledge of location or intentional error
 Your specific package and market requirements will help dictate which components are best options.

Overt

Discernable to the average person with no tools/training and difficult to reproduce/replicate

Color Shift Ink

The color of the ink changes from when viewed at different angles. (blue to purple for instance) This type of ink is highly controlled. It is used on currency in more than 86 countries.

Dot Varnish Void

A void of varnish 1/32” in diameter is placed in a predetermined spot within the flood varnish of the label. The location of the void dot can be changed and recorded on every lot.

Varnish Pattern (with intentional error)

A graphic is repeated in the varnish as a wallpaper pattern. An intentional print error in the pattern adds further security.

Die Corner Radius

One of the corner radiuses on this label is intentionally larger than the other three.

Aphrodite (Semi-Overt)

The color of the ink is changes when viewed in florescent light verse when viewed in incandescent light. This type of ink is highly controlled.

Tri-Thermochromic Ink (Semi-Overt)

This is a unique ink that changes three different colors depending on the temperature. For instance it can be purple when at refrigerator temperature, blue at room temperature and clear at approximately 35C. To demonstrate, use a cup of ice water and a hot drink, like coffee. Hold the area where the ink is against the ice water cup. It will change from blue color (room temp) to purple. Then hold it against the hot drink cup and it will go to blue and then to clear. As an alternative to the hot drink, you can rub the area vigorously with your finger (friction heat) and the area you are rubbing will turn clear.

Tamper Seals

Covert

Not immediately discernible to the average person and visible only with additional tools/training

Scrambled Indicia

This is a light grey solid color ink. When a lens is laid over the grey print area an image can be viewed. When the lens is rotated 90 degrees a different image is viewed. Without the lens there is no evidence that an image is present.

Hidden Ink

An invisible mark is printed within the exiting graphics of a label. When this area is scanned with a smartphone using a proprietary application, it opens up a predetermined URL.

Taggant

A covert taggant is mixed into the regular varnish used on a label. The taggant is detected by a small hand held reader. When the correct taggant is present the reader will give a green light.

Coin Reactive

This consumer engaging feature is virtually invisible. When rubbed with the edge of a coin it turns light grey to reveal a hidden message. It is irreversible.

Micro Dots

Microscopic dots are mixed in a clear varnish. The dots are engraved with text or a logo and can only be viewed with a 200X or better microscope.

Micro Text

Micro Print

Text is printed in .5 POINT type inside a bar code or border or other pattern on the label. Use magnification to see it.
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DNA Presence

The presence of the DNA can be detected by a swab and UV light test.
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Serialization

A unique identification number can be assigned to individual items allowing them to be tracked and authenticated in the supply chain and by the end user. Smart phones with free to the public apps can be used to read a bar code of that ID number to authenticate the item and give brand owners valuable data. It can even be used to interact with the consumer.
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2D Codes

A unique identification number can be assigned to individual items allowing them to be tracked and authenticated in the supply chain and by the end user. Smart phones with free to the public apps can be used to read a bar code of that ID number to authenticate the item and give brand owners valuable data. It can even be used to interact with the consumer.

RFID

The machine readable UID (Unique Identification ) number of the RFID tag can be read from as far away as five meters and used to track and authenticate a product through the supply chain.

Tru-Tag

This is a food grade taggant which can be mixed into a clear varnish and is detected by a proprietary scanner.

Luminescent Ink (Carton)

An area or graphic is printed with an invisible ink. When a UV light is used to illuminate this area the ink can be seen. This ink is available in many colors. It is the same technology used by TSA officials to check your driver’s license validity.

Luminescent Ink (Label)

An area or graphic is printed with an invisible ink. When a UV light is used to illuminate this area the ink can be seen. This ink is available in many colors. It is the same technology used by TSA officials to check your driver’s license validity.

Luminescent Dot

A dot of invisible luminescent ink is printed in a specific predetermined location on the label. UV light is used to illuminate the dot so the ink can be seen. This ink is available in many colors.

Forensics

Visible only with custom reader or laboratory equipment
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DNA

A botanically manufactured DNA is mixed into a clear varnish and printed in a specific place on a label. The identity of the DNA is determined using forensic lab equipment.
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