Manufacturers the world over use security label and packaging solutions to safeguard goods from tampering, counterfeiting and diversion. Security labeling not only authenticates products to consumers, but also protects the company’s brand and revenues in the marketplace. In addition, security labels can be used to monitor products as they travel through the supply chain.
With their rich functionality, security labels are used to protect high-value goods or easily counterfeited items such as pharmaceuticals, electronics and other consumer goods. The security measures may be overt, visible to the human eye, or covert, viewable only via special equipment.
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Seal the deal with tamper evident labels
Tamper evident labels are often used as package seals. Because they are impossible to transfer to other packages, these anti-tamper labeling solutions provide a powerful deterrent to theft and re-labeling.
- VOID films, standard or customized, leave a word, pattern or logo on the labeled substrate when the label is partially or fully removed. The damage is permanent. These films cannot be smoothed down to avoid detection of the alteration.
- Destructible papers and films either break into pieces or split into layers when tampered with.
Stop theft in its tracks
Anti-counterfeiting labels serve as a powerful proof of authenticity for the simple reason that they are difficult to reproduce. Specific properties and features are incorporated into the label face materials which are unique to each manufacturer. Materials and features include:
- Security papers
- Optically variable face materials
- Shadow print between the underside of the label face and the adhesive
Anti-counterfeit labeling solutions can incorporate multiple features, including tamper evidence, and these features can be customized.
Label materials serve as a foundation for security print technology, which enhances the effectivenessof a finished security label. An anti-counterfeiting label may also provide tracking and tracing functionality via variable information printing (VIP).
Label materials that let you track and trace with ease
Track and trace label functionality can be created by printing variable information. Variable information creates a unique identifier that serves as a valuable security feature. This information enables companies to monitor their shipments closely to ensure they aren’t diverted, lost or misplaced, improving the overall accuracy of the supply chain.
Most UPM Raflatac films and papers can be used for standard tracking and tracing applications. Variable information may also be printed on anti-forgery paper, which reveals attempts to remove print, while creating a more complex security labeling solutions for frequently diverted products.