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Security Labels

Security Labels

For more than 30 years, we've been incorporating security technology into major brands, helping them protect supply chain integrity and consumer trust through advanced strategies and innovative material solutions. As a partner, we'll use that expertise to help create comprehensive label solutions that not only seamlessly integrate with your brand, packaging and production systems, but also deliver the level of security you desire.

As a division of 3M Company, we offer a broad portfolio of technology platforms in the security materials industry. We leverage that advantage by combining and layering material solutions - overt, covert and tamper-resistant technologies.

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3M™ Color Shifting Authentication Products 3M™ Color Shifting Authentication Products

3M™ Color shifting authentication products use a proprietary multi-layer optical film, consisting of hundreds of layers of polymer film, to deliver a secure, visually attractive overt security solution that's easy to authenticate. The films reflect and refract light between the layers, allowing unique color shifts to occur at different viewing angles.

End users need minimal training to authenticate the product. Typical formats include hot stamping foil, pressure-sensitive labels, overlaminants or security strips on various labels stocks.

3M™ Color Shifting Authentication Products feature:

  • With clear-to-cyan technology, film is clear when viewed straight on, then shifts to cyan when viewed at a large angle
  • Custom indelible mark is red-gold when viewed straight on, then shifts to blue when viewed at a large angle
  • Textured feel of embossed, indelible mark allows for tactile authentication
  • Optional covert features add security

3M™ Confirm™ Authentication Products with Floating Image Technology

3M™ Confirm™ Authentication Products with Floating Image Technology are a multi-layered security solution (both overt and covert). They are based on the unique construction and covert security features of 3M™ Confirm™ Authentication Products and include a new eye-catching Optically Variable Device (OVD) that enhances security and is easier to verify without using an authentication tool.

3M™ Confirm™ Authentication Products with Floating Image Technology features:

  • Overt security features:
      • "Floating" and/or "sinking" graphic elements
      • Images disappear when tilted to large angle
  • Covert security features
      • Retroreflective images
      • Enhanced floating images over subsurface graphics
      • Optional UV visible print
3M™ Confirm™ Authentication Products 3M™ Confirm™ Authentication Products

3M™ Confirm™ Authentication Products use proprietary retroreflective technology to deliver strong covert security solutions that are easy authenticated by users. 3M™ Confirm™ Authentication Products are time-tested, high-security solutions that have been used in both commercial and government applications for three decades.

3M™ Confirm™ Confirm Authentication Products feature:

  • Confirm™ technology provides strong covert authentication:
    • Covert images can be customized or a secure standard design
    • Images appear as light colored on a light yellow background
    • Images visible under a focused light source source such as a 3M™ Handheld Retroreflective Verifier
  • Confirm™ material is fragile and can be used as a tamper-indicating material
  • Optional features can increase security:
    • Ultraviolet visible light
    • 3M™ Light Reveal Authentication Products

3M™ Retroreflective Authentication Products

3M™ Retroreflective Authentication Products use holography and proprietary retroreflective technology to deliver a secure, visually attractive solution that combines easily authenticated overt and covert security features.

Typical formats include pressure-sensitive labels or security strips on various label stocks.

3M™ Retroreflective Authentication Products feature:

  • Technology provides two levels of verification:
    • attractive, overt holographic images move when viewing angle is changed
    • strong retroreflective covert security features visible under a focused light source
  • Covert images can be customized and are available in a variety of colors
  • High-resolution security holography on black background helps enhance barrier to simulation or counterfeiting
  • Overt holographic images can be custom designed or a secure standard design
  • Optional features help enhance security:
    • holographic microtext
    • laser viewable hologram
    • ultraviolet visible print
Holographic Authentication Products 3M™ Holographic Authentication Products

3M™ Holographic Authentication Products offer an overt, attractive and easy-to-authenticate brand protection solution. They are well recognized by consumers as security features and enhance the appearance of the brand, allowing users to see different images by changing the viewing angle.

Covert features can be added to help enhance security, including microtext, nanotext, laser-viewable images and optical watermarks.

3M™ Holographic Authentication Products include:

  • Metalized or Transparent Holographic Technologies
      • Overt holographic images are attractive and appealing
      • Transparent film allows for subsurface printing graphics
  • Key Reveal Holographic Technologies
      • Covert images are integrated in overt holography and visible through an inexpensive verifier key
      • Brand owners control access to secure verifier keys, selecting which supply chain partners can authenticate covert features
Tamper Indicating Authentication Products 3M™ Tamper Indicating Authentication Products

3M™ Tamper indicating Authentication products include a variety of technologies that discourage tampering by displaying an easily identifiable and irreversible change when removal or alteration occurs. These technologies can be used on their own or in combination with other overt and covert security features to deliver higher levels of security.

3M™ Tamper indicating Authentication products are sold as stand-alone pressure sensitive labels or as a base stock of a layered solution.

3M™ Tamper Indicating Authentication Products include:

  • Delaminating technology
      • Upon attempted removal, top layer becomes frosty, separates from colored bottom layer and reveals hidden text
      • Printed and hidden graphics can be customized
      • Multiple background colors available
  • Pattern destruct technology
      • Upon attempted removal, printed graphics split, revealing an irreversible "checkerboard" pattern
      • Accommodates a variety of graphic designs
      • Standard label appearance hides covert destruct feature
  • Fragile film or paper
      • Upon attempted removal, film or paper easily fractures or tears
      • Accommodates a variety of graphic designs
      • White or transparent label stock available


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