WEINHEIM, Germany (April 23, 2009)—Freudenberg-NOK G.P. has taken to marking its Simrit-brand seals with an anti-fraud solution.
Producers of premium products made from rubber have increasingly faced problems because of counterfeiting. While a premium producer uses specific polymers, formulations and rigorous curing regimes, other suppliers do not always follow the same procedures, the company said.
Freudenberg is seeking to prevent unauthorized copies by marking its premium Simrit products using a specialized printing system which produces a durable, encrypted mark.
The mark can be used to trace the specific production batch, Feudenberg said. It offers clear product identification with information covering item description, model, dimensions, material, date of manufacture and serial number for reliable traceability and to guard against counterfeiting, the firm said.
Product marking is individually matched to the product in two different forms. In addition to a flat, rectangular code, distorted product marking for O-rings, for example, can also be provided, according to the company.
By marking products in this way, the code will be still legible even if up to 70 percent of the marking has been destroyed.