Biometric laser scanner

Biometric fingerprints for anti-counterfeiting

ProteXXion, launched by Bayer Technology Services in Germany, is a security and tracking device that uses the biometric fingerprints of individual surfaces to counter fraud in items ranging from packaging to passports. ProteXXion encompasses project management, installation and servicing of the laser surface authentication (LSA) technology invented at Imperial College London, UK. Laser surface authentification combined with RFID tracking device tags could provide an all-encompassing anti-fraud solution. Trials have been conducted on pharmaceutical and tobacco packaging using static scannes on production lines that move up to four metres per second.
Polystyrene nanosphere dyes

Polystyrene nanospheres replace toxic dyes to produce structural colours

With increasing concerns about the use of traditional dyes on the environment, materials that use polysytene nanospheres rather than toxic dyes to produce colour have been the subject of research by scientists at the University of Southampton, UK. The sphere size controls the wavelength which light is reflected and scattered from the film, offering new possibilities for structural colours. The materials have already attracted the interest of Unilever, Kodak, Merck and Degussa for applications ranging from packaging to automotives.

Tom Shingler awarded 2007 Holland Award

Mr Tom Shingler has been awarded the Roy T Holland Award for meritorious service in the traditional ceramics industries.

IMMa Membership database launched

An IMMa initiative to develop a database of all members of the IOM3 with interests lying within the minerals divisions was started this month.

The Member’s Benevolent Trust AGM

The AGM of The Member’s Benevolent Trust will be held on 4 July 2007 at 1 Carlton House Terrace, London.