Authentication Plastics for Healthcare Applications

Driven by counterfeiting, outsourced manufacturing, and rising warranty costs, OEMs are utilizing authentication compounds to covertly “fingerprint” their products in high margin and high liability markets.

Optical pigments and dyes can be used to discreetly differentiate between two products, which may appear the same under standard lighting conditions, but have different colors under specific light wavelengths.

The addition of microscopic taggant particles to thermoplastic compounds provides another means of identification and authentication. Multi-colored, multi-layered taggants contain a code sequence unique to the customer or application.