AlpVision Fingerprint™ is a unique and breakthrough covert anti-counterfeit solution that tracks and authenticates mass produced objects manufactured by molding.
AlpVision Fingerprint is a unique and breakthrough covert anti-counterfeit solution that tracks and authenticates mass produced objects manufactured by processes such as molding, stamping, rolling, and tooling.
This solution applies to a wide variety of molded parts, including bottles and caps, electrical appliances, mechanical parts, imaging supplies, most plastic molded products available on the market today and watches.
With no changes to the standard molding practices, AlpVision Fingerprint leverages the intrinsic microscopic surface irregularities found in a mold and uses these unique characteristics as the means of authentication (as opposed to adding safety features.)
The process requires capturing a digital image of the matte-finished surface of a molded part and storing it in a database. This image is then used as a reference to perform product authentication.
It follows that one image per mold is sufficient to authenticate an entire line of objects produced by the same mold cavity.
AlpVision Fingerprint provides instant authentication, which not only helps confirm the authenticity of the object, but also increases the reliability of other safety features.
While AlpVision Fingerprint cannot provide a complete track and trace system, this software solution can identify the original mold cavity, help locate the equipment manufacturer, and determine the approximate production date. As a consequence, agents in the supply chain will be less likely to smuggle molded parts to counterfeiters.