At the recent Pack Expo in Chicago, Plastics Color Corp. (PCC), Calumet, Ill., introduced its new MiBatch anti-counterfeiting resins/taggants that are added to plastics masterbatches during compounding for thermoplastic packaging and other products. They are said to be compatible with a wide variety of resins to impart an extremely high level of security and verification.
The MiBatch resin taggants are placed in the material itself so that authentication of the product can be done at every level of the supply chain. These markers are created through spray pyrolysis during the manufacturing process. This patented process reportedly produces spherical particles over a wide range of compositions so that there is a homogeneous composition control. This is considered a proactive approach to security and risk management. While these taggants are easy to authenticate, they are very difficult for criminals to detect and replicate, according to PCC. They are said to function consistently under wide-ranging environmental conditions without affecting product performance, and each customer’s unique taggant “signature” can be produced at any volume.
PCC formulates these markers for each client. XRF (X-ray fluorescence) and handheld or inline laser detection equipment is employed to “read” the embedded taggant signature and verify authenticity of the polymer, product, or component. The detection systems are tuned to look for specific elements and combinations for the unique taggant.