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Tamper Evident Solutions for Bag Applications

April 29, 2010 Comments off

By Nina Ozunal

While many tamper evident solutions exist for glass, metal, paper, plastic and carton surfaces, a special class of tamper evident products is used for plastic bags. Plastic bags are used in variety of industries for shipping, transport and storage of a great variety of products, from money to retail products to biohazard materials. Due to wide range of applications, plastic bags are a convenient packaging medium in banking, medicine, pharmaceutical, criminology, investigation and air security sectors. With respect to sensitivity of practices, goods and materials involved, their conjunction with reliable tamper evident and anti–counterfeiting measures is essential. The requirement is conveniently filled by tamper evident tapes, which added to bags creates an affordable, customizable and reliable product for global industries. The resulting tamper evident packaging system, which, based on its intrinsic qualities, intended use, industry and a degree of customization, is divided into following few categories:

  1. Biohazard bags
  2. Deposit bags
  3. Vault bags
  4. Evidence bags
  5. Duty free bags
  6. Coin bags
  7. Single pocket bags

Each is designed for a particular task in targeted industry sector. All are a functional combination of a pliable plastic bag and built in tamper evident tape with hidden tamper evident features that activate when tape is removed from bag surface. Depending on use, tape to bag interface can be:

  1. Fold-over
  2. Flat

While the way in which tape is applied to bag differs, both have the same self-sealing mechanism and security features such as heat and cold tamper evident protection and hidden messages. While most customers opt for a standard “Void” and “Opened” message, tamper evident industry supports a great variety of customized messages supported in a great number of languages. Tampering attempts such as subjecting a bag to cold and/or heat in order to remove the tape from the bag surface reveal a hidden message that varies according to the tampering method used. Once displayed hidden message is permanent and acts as reliable and easy visual inspection tamper evidence indicating package security has been breached. Early detection provides companies worldwide with millions in saved costs resulting from security breaches consequences.

Keeping in line with emerging challenges tamper evidence industry keeps coming up with new ways to provide increased security solutions. From thermo chromic ink to self wounding features there seem to be end in tamper evident custom solutions for bag applications. With innovation pool just starting to become harvested, the opportunities are really limitless and future for industries depending on tamper evident packaging solutions bright.

To find out the right tamper evident packaging solution for your business contact Terabant today!

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Categories: Security Solution

Medical Industry: Our Priority

April 17, 2010 Comments off

By Nina Ozunal

We can never be too careful where medicine is concerned. It is an industry with the smallest margin of errors. Medical errors cost lives and all lives are precious. It is an essential system that permeates all facets of professional and personal life. Medicine is in business of keeping us healthy and alive.

Due to stakes involved, medicine cannot afford mistakes such as medicine tampering. It cannot work with malfunctioning equipment and contaminated surgical devices. It cannot use malfunctioning incubators, life support systems, compromised anesthesia, contaminated syringes, blood workup and test result samples. Everything must be in top shape. It goes even further.  Patient privacy must be preserved at all costs. All medical history must be kept private.  Wanting to do so and dealing with the world where tampering, theft and terrorism have gone high wire poses a significant challenge.

But fear not. Medical industry takes strong and definite measures to make sure this does not happen. It a service sector most open to tamper evidence security systems. Not just that it is willing and ready to use the various solutions offered it takes great length to provide logistic backing to implementation of new security solutions.  There are a good number of well-defined legislatures, guidelines, requirements, conditions and criteria put in place to regulate the use of tamper security products in medical field.

Strict rules exist for tamper evident packaging products application for OTC’s, complementary medicines, prescription medicines, medical devices and twopiece hard gelatin capsule products.  Not just anything will do. Tamper evident products must meet certain criteria for packaging, innovation level, labeling and intended use.

Products currently deemed accepted  by medical industry are film wrappers, blister or strip packs, bubble packs, heat shrink bands or wrappers, foil, paper or plastic pouches, bottle mouth inner seals, tape seals, breakable caps, sealed metal tubes or plastic blind-end heat sealed tubes, aerosol containers, cardboard cartons, and  in-built tamper-evident controls. Even then they are a subject to ongoing internal validation, annual review and changes to acceptable criteria to assure peak performance.

Tamper evident products that do not meet the criteria are rejected. Some examples are tape seals with permanent adhesives, paper, thermal plastic, polystyrene foam bottle seals and cellulose wet shrink seals of sealed cartons.

It does not stop there. Due to amount of shipping and distribution that goes on in medical industry globally, tamper evident solutions are needed and used for distribution and shipping.

With such thigh control, medical industry stands to gain the most from tamper evident industry innovations. Thankfully tamper evident industry keeps coming up with new innovative products targeted to medical industry. From new label and tape technologies to new way of delivering tamper evident messages and taking new requirements in stride.

Medical industry has you back. We have Medical Industry’s back. And together we make this world a little bit safer for everyone.

For more information on new and innovative tamper evident security products and solutions, contact Terabant today.

Categories: Medical Industry

Chemical Industry: Safety in a Test Tube!

April 8, 2010 Comments off

By Nina Ozunal

Chemical industry is a major driving force behind our economy. Without chemistry there is no life. Chemical products and solutions have found their way in our everyday life and they are there to stay. New innovations, new technologies, more potent products are all paving the way to the top- who will come up with stronger chemical industry.  It is not all self-serving. Disinfectants, cleaning and antiseptic solutions, new polymers and materials, packaging and writing media and tools, tints, colors, films and bottles, all make our lives easier and better. To get there, many chemicals are used and majority is toxic and not user friendly.

Such potent products require safe handling and transport.  Increased safety is never overrated when dealing with heavy chemical solutions used in everyday chemical production. There are chemicals out there that should be kept out of environment and out of contact with general population.

Thankfully, chemical industry is a serious worker. Industry experts work hard every day to prevent toxic spills, pollution and chemical exposure. Safe transport remains on high alert at all times. There are, however, always unforeseen events, accidents and yes even terrorism. Taken to a chemical level it can cause real problems, habitat erosion and poisoning.

To level out the playing filed and protect unsuspecting consumer and environment, chemical industry leaders are pouring more and more of their hard earned revenue into advanced security solutions. New ways to prevent product tampering have been steadily incorporated into chemical industry trough dedicated attempts to minimize threats. Tamper evidence applications are extending from use in plastic bags, to paper, plastic and yes even metal packaging and storage. Chemical equipment is delivered safely and technicians can breathe easier knowing that sterile test tubes really are delivered as such, so analysis can be performed with certainty and precision. As exact science chemistry has very small range for errors. And lives depend on reliable and clean results.

By providing the latest in tamper evidence solutions, from tamper evident tapes, labels and seals to tamper evident test tube closures, caps and lining to tamper evident food containers and home-test packaging, large tamper security companies are successfully meeting the need of chemical industry for higher transport and storage safety. Thanks to their efforts there is a new generation of tamper evident products custom tailored for chemical industry. The world can breathe easier knowing there are experts backing up safety promises of safe chemical transport and storage, chemical technicians can do their job reliably and confidently and the environment can stay safe, as long as tamper security industry is here. We deliver on our promises, from safety for a world or safety in a test tube – we can deliver.

For more information on tamper evident product solutions for chemical industry contact Terakom Enterprises Inc.

Categories: Chemical Industry