Navigation Links
Brilliant counterfeit protection
Date:6/14/2010

For quite some time now, product piracy has been affecting more than just consumer goods, like watches and designer clothing. The producer industry also has to combat bogus and qualitatively inferior materials. Specialized security features, like watermarks, bar codes, RFID tags and holograms label the products, and thus safeguard them from falsification, theft and manipulation. So when it comes to security features: the more complicated it is to imitate a brand, the more secure the system. A team of researchers from four Fraunhofer Institutes recently engineered a brand new process that is particularly forgery-proof: We add various fluorescing dyes to the entire material, explains Dr. Andreas Hollnder of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP. With the aid of the fluorescence, we can precisely ascertain specific characteristics, and thereby recognize if we are dealing with the original, and if the quality standards have been met.

Fluorescence can be found in certain organic dyes: Irradiate them within a certain wave length range, and they emit their own light with a greater wavelength. The type of luminosity i.e., wavelength and light intensity depends on the physical and chemical properties of the materials to which the dye was applied. Various dyes react to different properties, such as pH value or viscosity. For example, a certain dye glows in a tightly-interlaced resin more strongly than in one that is not as dense.

To make a product counterfeit-proof, the researchers therefore add multiple dyes to the material. In this manner, an individualized marker emerges that is exceedingly difficult to imitate, says Hollnder. Thanks to the slight dosing, it is virtually impossible to decode the type and quantity of the dye additives: just a few ppb (parts per billion) of dye concentrates suffice to mark the material. Another advantage: The counterfeit protection definitely cannot be removed. Using conventional security features, the spot with the labeling can be eliminated from the material, theoretically speaking. But that approach doesn't work with our technology, since the dye permeates the entire material, and itself is a component of the identification label, says Hollnder. Beside counterfeit protection, the process is also suitable for an effective quality assurance, such as with coatings: With the aid of various dyes, manufacturers can monitor the chemical composition, degree of dryness and the thickness of the coat during the production process.

The new technology has already passed the first practice tests: Researchers marked barrier sheets for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and photovoltaics with dyes a development from the Fraunhofer Polymer Surfaces Alliance POLO. The process is basically ready to be used however, it still must be adapted to each material. A standard solution would also be contrary to the intention of the inventor: One reason for the high degree of security of our technology is precisely because there are only material-specific solutions, reiterates Hollnder.


'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. Andreas Hollaender
andreas.hollaender@iap.fraunhofer.de
49-331-568-1404
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology technology :

1. MicroCHIPS CEO Named in Popular Sciences Seventh Annual Brilliant 10
2. PHARMORX Security Introduces New Technology Solutions for Counterfeiting, Grey Market Diversion, Track & Trace
3. Photos: Breakthrough Technology Enables Edible TruTag(TM) to Prevent Counterfeit Medicine
4. FDA Approves ACAM2000(TM) Vaccine for Protection Against Smallpox
5. Legendary Earvin Magic Johnson Joins AFL/Signalife Cardiovascular Protection Team
6. Viragen Internationals Subsidiary, ViraNative AB, Files to Seek Bankruptcy Protection in Sweden
7. Sangamo BioSciences Presents Data Demonstrating In Vivo Protection Against HIV Infection by CCR5-ZFN Therapeutic
8. NFL Hall of Fame Legend Fred Biletnikoff Joins AFL/Signalife Cardiovascular Protection Team
9. MyClyns(TM), a New Standard of Personal Protection, is Announced at the EMS and Firehouse Central EXPO
10. Monsanto and Devgen Describe New Approach to Insect-Protection
11. Animal Protection Groups Condemn FDAs Endorsement of Animal Cloning
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Brilliant counterfeit protection
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... April 21, 2017 , ... Frederick Innovative Technology ... of emerging technology-based businesses, recently earned a $77,518 grant from the Rural Maryland ... in 2004, FITCI is Frederick’s first incubator. A non-profit corporation, FITCI is a ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... ... April 20, 2017 , ... Husson ... clinical research community’s growing body of knowledge during its Eighth Annual Research ... and the adjacent Darling Atrium. During the event, undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... ... April 20, 2017 , ... Open Therapeutics and ... (IP) sharing and commercialization model. , The Center for Advancing Innovation helps institutions ... this effort is bringing the IP to the attention of the entrepreneurial community ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... Linda, Ca (PRWEB) , ... April 18, 2017 , ... ... new technological advances. This webinar, which is part of the Protein and Cell ... Flow Cytometer and outline where this technology fits in current and future applications. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:4/11/2017)... 2017 No two people are believed ... New York University Tandon School of Engineering and ... that partial similarities between prints are common enough ... phones and other electronic devices can be more ... lies in the fact that fingerprint-based authentication systems ...
(Date:4/6/2017)... -- Forecasts by Product Type (EAC), Biometrics, ... (Transportation & Logistics, Government & Public Sector, Utilities / ... Facility, Nuclear Power), Industrial, Retail, Business Organisation (BFSI), Hospitality ... looking for a definitive report on the $27.9bn Access ... ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... , April 5, 2017 Today HYPR ... that the server component of the HYPR platform is ... providing the end-to-end security architecture that empowers biometric authentication ... HYPR has already secured over 15 million users across ... manufacturers of connected home product suites and physical access ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):