Color-Changing Sealant Technology Enhances Package Security

November 13, 2012
Jennifer Markarian

Jennifer Markarian is manufacturing editor of Pharmaceutical Technology.

Rollprint Packaging Products’ new, patent-pending, color-changing sealant technology is appropriately named Chameleon; it enhances product security with a color change indicating that a pouch or tray lid has been opened.

Rollprint Packaging Products’ new, patent-pending, color-changing sealant technology is appropriately named Chameleon; it enhances product security with a color change indicating that a pouch or tray lid has been opened.

“When you peel open a standard chevron pouch, there is a subtle white indicator to show that the contents have been accessed. What we’ve done is engineer a way to leave a strong visual reference with a desired color,” explained Dwane Hahn, vice president of sales and marketing at Rollprint, in an Oct., 2012 press release.  The color-changing sealant can be used in pharmaceutical applications such as prefilled syringe packaging.  It can also be used for a wide range of medical device packaging and, outside the medical field, for electronic components or valuable items for which security and anticounterfeiting is a concern. The sealant can accommodate many color combinations, which gives manufacturers a new way to enhance their brand or to color code products.

This technology is another new weapon in the ongoing fight to thwart counterfeiting. To read an article on other anticounterfeiting technologies, see PharmTech’s November on-line exclusive, “Protecting the Public”, and keep an eye out for a Technical Forum on Anticounterfeiting in PharmTech’s December issue. You can also share with us by adding your comments to this blog. How have you applied anticounterfeiting technologies in your applications? What kinds of new technologies would most benefit you?