Manufacturing Line is continuing to look at ways small businesses can participate in the battle against counterfeiting
Retail companies have long been using technologies such as bar codes and scanners to keep track of their inventory and prevent theft. Similar technologies can be used by manufacturing companies to assist in the battle against counterfeiting.
A number of industries are using encrypted “license plates” to authenticate products. Manufacturers tag product lots or individual items with a unique identification tag. The ID is entered into a database accessible to any company that purchases these products so buyers can scan the license plate to confirm the product is authentic. Some industries develop their own standards and equipment for this process; others outsource the procedure to third parties.
Small manufacturers may find the cost of these technologies prohibitive. However, the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy reports that there are a number of low-cost alternatives that small and mid-size can use. Examples of low-cost options include:
· Deliberate packaging flaws and covert product design flaws
New technologies that offer more technically advanced features such as
· Bar code symbologies, such as Reduced Space Symbology (RSS) and other globally recognized 2D Composite symbologies
· Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags
· Holograms and watermarks
· Anti-counterfeiting printing ink technologies
· Covert features on products