The cell with the new technology will be on display at Interplas
BILLION will demonstrate a new technological process at Interplas aimed to provide products with a unique and hidden identification mark for plastic moulded components to protect them against counterfeiting.
The technology has been jointly developed between PEP (Pole European du Plasturgie) based in France, MIMOTEC, based Switzerland and BILLION.
The process uses nanotechnology integrated into an injection moulded component to provide a discreet, but easy to read ID, which is embedded in the product.
The cell features a BILLION H80/50 SELECT all-electric injection moulding machine for the high level of precision required to consistently replicate the micro surfaces, aided by air evacuation of the cavity prior to injection and SISE heating / cooling process control to optimise melt flow and product shrinkage.
The mould and process has been developed and manufactured by PEP in conjunction with MIMOTEC who have provided the technology for the nano structured insert, produced by a photo- lithography UV-LIGA manufacturing process.
The embedded ID can be easily and economically revealed by simply using a laser, which opens up the application field immensely. The read simplicity will be demonstrated directly after moulding by a SEPRO 6-axis cell, which will demould the component and pass it through a laser each cycle.
Pete Kirkham, Managing Director of BILLION UK, said the process has a “wide range of application possibilities”, including those in the packaging, optical, medical, biomedical, cosmetic, logistics, automotive and aeronautic sectors. “The technology has huge scope for product differentiation, authentication and traceability,” he added.
BILLION – Stand C4