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Why Use Micro Text Security For Your Digital Labels

Posted in CS Labels News by James Hawkins on 14:40 July 09th, 2013
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Print Your Digital Labels With Micro Text Security

Micro text printing is one of many anti-counterfeiting techniques used to authenticate digital labels, bank notes and product packaging. Micro text involves printing text that is so small it is invisible to the naked eye. This means that it can be incredibly hard for counterfeiters to replicate.

Microprint Text is frequently hidden in an inconspicuous, unnoticeable area on the product’s packaging or labels. For example, on UK bank notes there is micro text located beneath the Queen’s portrait that spells out the value of the note. An additional safety feature often used is an easily overlooked spelling error inserted somewhere in the micro-printed text. For instance in old Finnish passports, there was a micro-printed repeated text Suomi Finland which in one (and only one) instance was intentionally misspelled as Soumi Finland.

How Does Micro Text Prevent Counterfeiting

Microprinting is so effective because the text is of such small size, is very difficult to reproduce accurately without the original artwork files. When the item is placed in a photocopier or scanner, the line of microprint text will appear to the scanner as a dotted or solid line if the scanning resolution is not exceptionally high. Likewise, without a high resolution digital printer, counterfeiters will be incapable of reproducing the microprint. It will then appear as a solid or dotted line, or very low quality text on the counterfeit item when it is printed.

Attempts to counterfeit using a printing press will not accurately reproduce the microprint. The text is too small to reproduce on printing plates which are available to the general public and to counterfeiters. Therefore, microprinting can ultimately serve to confirm the authenticity of a product with securely printed digital labels.

Quality Product Stickers From CS Labels

Here at CS Labels we use the latest Xeikon digital presses. Both our Xeikon 3300 and our Xeikon 3500 print at 1200dpi (4bit per dot). This allows us to successfully produce high quality micro text on your labels and product stickers.

In order to print to 1200dpi, the LED array used in our Xeikon presses holds 1200 LED's over a distance of one inch. This results in toner dots of just 21 micron, (The human eye cannot discriminate dots smaller than 30 micron!) hence the sharpness of lines and text.

If you would like to find out more or would like to incorporate micro text security into your product packaging or digital labels contact one of our sales team today.