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anti-counterfeiting | Technology


Below: The green light on a handheld detector provides immediate authentication of a Plastiward- protected medical device


needles were seized in three European countries. Fabienne Le Tadic, Executive President of Product and Brand Protection at SICPA, says: “The counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products, including medical devices, attacks strong pharmaceutical brands while sapping the trust of patients and doctors. It poses a risk for all of us.”


Clariant says Plastiward offers an end-to-end solution integrating exclusive, proprietary security features from SICPA into polymer compounds or masterbatches from Clariant. Data gathered from instantaneous authenti- cation using a handheld detector can be uploaded and aggregated on a secure inspection platform from SICPA that facilitates real-time monitoring at global, regional or local levels. This enables pharmaceutical companies to monitor their products from factory to pharmacy, identify emerging trends and improve response times if action is required.


Two-pronged approach Steve Duckworth, Head of Global Segment Healthcare Polymer Solutions at Clariant, says Plastiward “offers pharmaceutical clients a two-in-one approach that combines Clariant’s track record in developing polymer compounds and masterbatches for the needs of the pharmaceutical sector and SICPA’s proven expertise in protecting brands and products.” He says customers get a package comprising security assessment, needs definition, security system design, system deployment and on-going performance monitoring. In common with a number of anticounterfeiting solutions, the Plastiward package involves a lumines- cent pigment embedded in a masterbatch. This pigment luminesces with a very specific spectrum that can be matched against SICPA’s database. Marco Cenisio, General Manager of Clariant’s


Masterbatches BU, claims the technology is more sophisticated, robust and reproducible than offerings from rival pigment producers. “We offer not only the material, but a complete concept, we consult brand owners on how to use it in their specific value chain, and we offer the monitoring platform with SICPA,”


FED-MTS


Best conditions for a scale up


FED-MTS stands for a variety of applications. The modular design of the co-rotating twin screw extruder FED 26 MTS can be extended with just a few steps from 32 D to 42 D, 52 D or more.


It is also ideal as a laboratory extruder – the technology is similar to those of the larger machines from the series and thus granted the proven gentle incorporation process.


FEDDEM GmbH & Co. KG Member of the Feddersen Group


Sinzig – Germany info@feddem.com www.feddem.com


PHOTO: CLARIANT


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