United Caps, a Luxembourg-based manufacturer of caps and closures, has won an IMDA award for Best Technical Achievement: Holographic Closure Technologies, for a holographic in-mould anti-counterfeit label jointly developed with Morphotonix, a company specialised in the development of embedded security solutions for products.
The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) is a trade association representing moulders, label printers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers and others committed to the development and growth of in-mould labelling and decorating products, technologies and markets.
The new closure features a secure bio-inspired and sustainable design, created by nano-engraving the steel mould cavities with 130,000 dpi precision custom diffractive holograms, which were then replicated by United Caps into the closures during the standard injection moulding cycle. The closures are produced at standard speeds and the irremovable security designs provide immediate verification without scanning.
The new security closure was received with enthusiasm at last month’s ProPak Asia 2019 due to its ‘unmatched anti-counterfeiting performance and its attractive, attention-drawing appearance’, said Benoit Henckes, CEO of United Caps.
“With an estimated $460 billion in counterfeit goods worldwide, counterfeit prevention has significant economic benefits, including protection of jobs and prevention of deaths due to counterfeit drugs,” he said.
In addition, United Caps has developed its QR+ technology, a combination of a QR code and secure fingerprint that like the new holographic closure, is targeted at combating counterfeiting.