security gets thinner
For several years Flying Null (www.flying-null.com) has been developing “smart” magnetic tags as a chipless alternative to low-cost RFID tags and labels at its Cambridge headquarters. It has now introduced a non-line-of-sight tagging system, which it believes is the thinnest, remotely-readable tag system in the world. At only 3 microns thick and a millimeter wide, the new FN Transfer Tag is 25 times thinner than a human hair. It was developed from Flying Null’s existing Electro Magnetic Identification (EMID) technology.
The company says the hot foil stamped tags offer users wide flexibility in their application to packaging materials, self-adhesive labels and products in the production process. The tags can be laminated, embedded, applied directly to the surface, overprinted or form part of the pack’s design. It is also possible to apply the tags on the reverse of a brand label to provide a unique serialization number for each bottle for tracking and tracing operations. The tags are hidden from view and can only be removed by damaging the label. Besides tagging perfumes, premium spirits and similar high-value products, Flying Null is also targeting the pharmaceutical industry as a prime user of anti-counterfeiting security products, especially for blister packs. It quotes the World Health Organization (WHO), who say that counterfeit products account for more than 7 percent of the global supply of pharmaceuticals. WHO also found that the majority of counterfeit cases involve tablets and capsules
At a recent trade show demonstration, Flying Null featured its EMID tags being applied to the inside of cartons, with the tags read from the outside of assembled cartons.