Schreiner ProTech develops next generation of its colour laser film for automotive industry

Colour Laser Film 2 Marking System Meets Market Demand for Additional Levels of Counterfeiting & Tampering Protection

Schreiner ProTech, a Germany-based global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative functional labels with value-added benefits for engineering-based industries, has introduced the next generation of its Color Laser Film (CLF) marking system. Targeted to the automotive sector, the Colour Laser Film 2 system features extra levels of counterfeiting and tampering protection.

Colour Laser Film 2 builds upon 20 years of successful implementation of Schreiner ProTech’s original CLF system, primarily in the automotive industry. The original CLF system combines self-adhesive film labels and laser equipment – the only process for overprinting labels with variable data at the customer’s site that protects printed images with a transparent film covering. The marking process uses a laser beam that penetrates the transparent protective film without damaging it.

Color Laser Film is superbly suited for creating self-adhesive nameplates, since marking occurs inside the material composite underneath a transparent protective film. As a result, the system is emission-free and its nameplates are highly durable.

To add tampering protection when needed – for example, a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – Schreiner had previously developed a solution that created tamper-evident nameplates that could not be non-destructively detached. This solution featured integrated predetermined breaking points in the Colour Laser Film that ensured the film composite would be destroyed in any tampering attempt. The security level could be increased by integrating holograms, colour-shifting ink and other security technologies.

CLF 2 was developed in response to growing demand for an even higher level of counterfeiting and tampering protection for vehicle nameplates, prompting Schreiner ProTech to develop new compositions for these CLF layers. The result is enhanced counterfeiting protection via specific proprietary interactions that occur during the laser marking process, diminishing the possibility of tampering to near impossibility.

The previous high marking speed (5,000 mm/s line length) is retained by CLF 2. After completion of the marking process, the laser beam cuts the label to size from the continuous roll. Deliveries of CLF 2 to automotive industry customers started in early 2018.