Inert ingredients are added to the polymer as it is rolled into film for shrinkwrap, neckbands, blister packs, and so on. There isn’t one “secret ingredient” that a determined bad actor could discover. Instead, there are millions of possible codes, chemical codes. The coding system (patent pending) can hold information about where the product was created, and by whom. And since it’s a wrap layer that you can’t put back on, it’s tamperproof, too.
Various analytical techniques can tell a lab scientist whether two substances match closely enough to be considered the same. Many require time, lab equipment, training, and may even destroy the sample. InfraTrac uses near-infrared and Raman spectroscopy, a fast, non-destructive technique, makes it accessible to non-scientists, and lets you use your existing formulation as a tag. Any substance that doesn’t match your tag isn’t yours.
Yes. Some other analytical techniques can detect only crude fakes, not good fakes, but InfraTrac can detect both. Furthermore, other techniques are typically slower and more cumbersome, and may destroy the sample in the process of analyzing it, by burning it or dissolving it. InfraTrac is a convenient, effective solution for detecting crude fakes, but it is even better as a solution for distinguishing good fakes. If a fake contains diluted or expired active ingredient, or is repackaged with an incorrect formulation, or is just a gray market version, InfraTrac will find it.
We see this technology as a complement to RFID or other e-pedigree technologies. Radio frequency tags manage the supply chain, tracking pallets and packages. We make sure that what’s inside the packages is your genuine product. You don’t need InfraTrac at every stage in your supply chain, although you may be so vulnerable to counterfeiters that you decide to check more than once.