Securing the Future of Currency with Micro- and Nano-lenses

 

Manufacturing

THE CLIENT

EU Manufacturing SME

Region

European Union

Industry

Banknote Manufacturing

Division

Innovation and R&D

THE CHALLENGE

Anti-counterfeiting features increase the security of high denomination bills by including elements that are challenging for counterfeiters to reproduce. These security features must be improved frequently, as those seeking to counterfeit currency persist in their efforts to duplicate such security features. These features also present challenges for banknote manufacturers, as they must be difficult to reproduce accurately on counterfeit bills, but can still be cheaply manufactured and efficiently integrated with the standard processes used to produce currency.

 

Our Client, a successful banknote manufacturer, was looking for new technologies that could address these challenges, and lead to the development of the next-generation of security features. They recognised that new technologies that could be utilised to create effective and affordable security features were being developed, but that such developments often occurred in fields that were unfamiliar to them and therefore difficult for their internal R&D team to evaluate. They asked CamIn to identify for such recent innovations, and to advise them on which new technologies appeared most promising for their use in the development of new types of anti-counterfeiting features.

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new design and manufacturing methods were analysed.

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new microlens designs proposed.

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new printing methods proposed.

THE SOLUTION

CamIn quickly assembled two teams of scientific and industry experts to focus on two distinct aspects of anti-counterfeiting technology: security feature design and manufacturing techniques for security features. Both teams surveyed a range of the state-of-the-art solutions and promising experimental technologies in development at universities laboratories and research institutes around the world. After identifying a range of suitable lens-based technologies, we evaluated which technologies could be developed into effective security features, and were most compatible with the Client’s specific challenges and production processes. Finally, we identified the best start-ups and research groups that the Client might partner with to complete their development of new types of security features based on these novel technologies.

THE IMPACT

CamIn’s analysis evaluated the full range of technologies that could be used to develop novel security features, and considered the strengths and weaknesses of both current and experimental technologies for this specific application area. The Client’s Head of R&D noted we had provided them with new directions for research through our evaluation of technologies developed in fields that they hadn’t even considered researching. Our report and workshop session provided the Client with the actionable advice and guidance they needed to embark on new research work to develop innovative security features that will protect their customers’ currency in the future.

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Dr Marcos Gallego Llorente

Principal

Manufacturing

m.gallego [at] camin.com

+34 697 403 767

Dr Dirk Mersch

Managing Director

North American Region

d.mersch [at] camin.com

+1 (512) 988-2454

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