Ecologically produced or not?

Ecologically produced or not? Transparency from raw material to finished product can be achieved with various digital technologies. Tailorlux GmbH – integrity solutions from Münster makes organic cotton traceable via marking fibers – and can thus connect the physical & virtual world.

The procedure for labeling organic cotton was developed with technical and financial support from the German Federal Foundation for Environment.

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Under the name WEAREAWARE LTD, you can already get recycled yarns that have been marked with integriTEX and, through the blockchain solution of the company Circularise, already enable digital transactions in the business with recycled goods.

How the use of the marking fibers looks in practice to avoid greenwashing is explained by the ARD program “Eine Welt ohne Kleidung”:

Digitization and Industrial marking

Digitization covers all areas of life

Digitization as a battle concept is on everyone’s lips. Wonder figures from the digital space attract attention and excite. Be it that YouTube founded in February 2005 – and was sold in September of the same year for 1.65 billion, that deal with a single Google request up to 1000 computers that television as the most influential medium is passé u.v.m. But what does “digitization” actually mean? And how is digitalization related to industrial marking?

Wikipedia provides – as with almost everything – a succinct and appropriate definition:

Digitization is the process of converting information into a digital (i.e. computer-readable) format, in which the information is organized into bits. The result is the representation of an object, image, sound, document or signal (usually an analog signal) by generating a series of numbers that describe a discrete set of its points or samples.

The term digitization in the original sense refers to the conversion of analog values ​​into digital formats.

Wikipedia itself is a beacon for digitization according to this definition. Previously, dictionaries and encyclopedias were part of the (used) standard inventory of a household. Today they are just adornment. Their benefits have become obsolete as a result of digitization. The last printed version of the time-honored Encyclopædia Britannica was published in 2012. The role of this, as well as most of the other (apart from special works) reference books, have risen in Wikipedia.

A similar development can be found in many other places in everyday life and working life. From e-mail communication, to to-do lists, to personal communication, digitization offers a faster, easier, more efficient and cheaper means of achieving goals in almost every location. The influence of digitization is so enormous that in many places the “third industrial revolution” can be read.

Industrial marking as a goldstandard

The benefits of digitization have not only convinced users. Also and especially in the industry more and more concepts are forming, how digitization can and should be usable. With the Industry 4.0 program, Federal Governments has established guidelines that companies can use to orient themselves in the jungle of possibilities.

The efforts to implement digitization are rather “hesitant”. This is often due to the fact that the requirements of Industry 4.0 are seen as a burden. But that falls short: The digitization concepts are there to make the industry fit for the future. That also means fueling value creation. Because, according to the experts, these can be increased by up to 30% through the implementation of digitization concepts.

For example, in the industrial marking of products.

Industrial marking as an opportunity

The obligation to trace analog products is currently being incorporated into various laws. In the near future, according to the EU regulations, tobacco and pharmaceutical products must be clearly identified in order to be traceable. You do not have to be a fortuneteller to see in advance that the traceability requirement will not be met.

The advantage for consumers is obvious: clarity and reliability. Everyone should know in the future, which product – whether original or forgery – he holds in the hands, by forgeries can be identified with certainty. The Benefit for the Legislator: Additional tax revenue through the systematic curbing of smuggling. There seems to be only one loser: companies. For them, industrial marking means additional expense – and therefore costs.

Traceability today is not just a burden or instrument to increase tax revenues. Tailorlux has been able to show in various pilot projects that industrial marking can in many cases become a valuable tool for companies, in order to achieve To tap 30% of the value added. In the best case, product labeling will not only cover costs. The aim of the labeling is to increase the yield.
The supply chain as a starting point

Digitization unfolds its potential, especially when looking at the supply chain: Tailorlux partner Segura is doing it with a cloud-based solution. Constant digital supply chain monitoring ensures reliability and compliance. On unforeseen events (for example, the weather) can be reacted flexibly. This increases efficiency and reduces overhead.

Complementing this is the Tailorlux solution: Tailor-Safe® introduces industrial marking directly into the product (more information). These can then be read out again using the simplest sensors. The clou: The marker can not be separated from the product. The product itself becomes the object of traceability.

In the context of digitization: the solution Tailor-Safe® deals with the digitization of analogue products by marking base materials in an irrecoverable way. From plastic to cotton to oils and lubricants, the Tailor-Safe® product tag allows you to verify previously tagged products and collect data along the value chain. Thanks to the inline sensor, verification and data collection can be carried out automatically even within the value chain. The resulting data stream can then be used to systematically optimize the supply chain and associated processes. This increases efficiency and systematically reduces weak points.

Industrial marking by digitized cotton

As a result, industrial design provides an undreamt-of degree of clarity within the value chain. Through an independent and comprehensible security, where the product leap lies – but also for the “show and tell”. Because unlike with audits, a mark is permanently monitored by the court.

Are you also interested in digitizing your product and benefiting from the advantages? Then contact us! the company can be to o.g. To tap 30% of the value added. In the best case, product labeling will not only cover costs. The aim of the labeling is to increase the yield.
The supply chain as a starting point

Digitization unfolds its potential, especially when looking at the supply chain: Tailorlux partner Segura is doing it with a cloud-based solution. Constant digital supply chain monitoring ensures reliability and compliance. On unforeseen events (for example, the weather) can be reacted flexibly. This increases efficiency and reduces overhead.

Complementing this is the Tailorlux solution: Tailor-Safe® introduces industrial marking directly into the product (more information). These can then be read out again using the simplest sensors. The clou: The marker can not be separated from the product. The product itself becomes the object of traceability.

Would you like to know more? Then contact us now!

Markings for textiles, industrial fibers and wearables

Markings for textiles, industrial fibers and wearables

Manufacturers of well-known labels can tell you a thing or two about this: Whether it’s high-quality brand-name clothing, hip accessories or trendy shoes – no sooner does the new product hit the market than it turns up as a fake. Product counterfeiting, imitations and plagiarism cost German textile companies billions. Even today, the danger posed by fakes and counterfeit products is often underestimated by companies. Consumers, on the other hand, are in most cases unaware of the consequences of “bargain hunting”.

With every counterfeit product, profits are siphoned off and diverted into other, dark channels. Manufacturers, inventors and innovators are cheated out of their rightful earnings. This is theft.

But it goes much further. Product piracy can destroy entire companies. Counterfeit goods are often hazardous to health and – especially in the field of technical textiles – represent a real safety risk.

That’s why it’s vital to think about product protection measures right from the start. But how can wearables or technical fibers be protected sustainably and cost-effectively? Visible markings such as labels, sewn-in special threads, embroidery, special processing, etc. are directly imitated by product pirates.


And here comes the good news: The Tailor-Safe® product protection system also offers effective plagiarism protection for textiles, yarns and fibers. It marks indestructibly and covertly, without affecting the feel or design of the end product. The marking can be easily integrated into existing production processes and can be used in court.


Different processes are used depending on the level of security required. The most complex is to integrate Tailor-Safe® into the finishing process. In this process, the product protection is applied to the entire surface of the fibers. Entire fabric webs are produced with the plagiarism protection in this process. This process is ideal for technical fabrics, safety fibers and industrial textiles. The authenticity marking becomes an inseparable product property which, due to its robustness, proves the originality of a component even after decades.

The advantage is that no further processing step is required. For quality assurance, continuous checks are taken and documented with a specially adapted inline spectrometer. If the worst comes to the worst, unjustified recourse claims can be securely warded off thanks to the equipment with Tailor-Safe®.

Supply chains can also be easily safeguarded: Partner companies and processing plants are required to check the authenticity of goods deliveries upon receipt. This is done with the aid of low-cost handheld spectrometers. If desired, this verification data can be transmitted to a central server via the web. When the authenticity of the goods cannot be verified, it is an attempt at counterfeiting, which can be actively investigated with the support of the authorities.

If excess quantities appear on the market, authorities or product scouts can also carry out authenticity checks using handheld spectrometers.

For wearables such as trendy sportswear, high-end designer fashion or safety clothing, partial marking is a good option. The Tailor-Safe® product protection solution can be easily implemented in yarns and threads made of synthetic fibers or cellulose. Depending on the desired degree of robustness and the required level of authentication, the plagiarism protection solution is either incorporated on or directly into the fiber.

In the case of so-called wearables, the marking is carried out in partial areas:

  • For example, the security yarn is used only for a specific seam.
  • Marked embroidery thread is used, for example, to apply a logo / partial area of a logo.
  • The label contains an invisible marking with a special signet.

The advantages are obvious: in addition to the unmistakable, visible authenticity features – which fans and connoisseurs appreciate – licensed dealers, for example, are given a reliable way of establishing originality beyond doubt, e.g. as soon as the goods are received. This opens up completely new opportunities for manufacturers of branded goods to strengthen and deepen dealer and customer ties: From high-quality certificates of authenticity and clubs for exclusive customers to their own app, which end customers can use to check the authenticity of a product with their cell phone as they pass by. There are no limits to the imagination here. Particularly in the area of wearables and fashion, marking with Tailor-Safe® goes far beyond pure product protection and supports the entire market presence.

Partial marking has the advantage that only very small quantities of raw material are required. It is extremely robust and resilient and can be processed by machine. Since, thanks to Tailor-Safe®, product authenticity can still be reliably verified even after a fire, for example, partial marking can be considered for all technical, safety-relevant products, such as airbags, in addition to applications in wearables. Thanks to marking, the authenticity of a component can be proven beyond doubt even after a worst-case scenario and, above all, can be used in court. Tailor-Safe® costs only a fraction of what would have to be paid in compensation claims in the event of damage.

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Anti-Counterfeiting Technology for Medical Devices

Protecting Medical Technology Effectively against Counterfeits

The Dülmen-based dentist Dr Bernd Johnki has equipped his patented DentureLifter with Tailor-Safe® protection. The system offers irrefutable proof of the authenticity of the product. Should Dr Johnki ever be faced with unfounded claims for damages, he now has forensically valid evidence of the authenticity of his products on his side.


Developing and patenting the new DentureLifter took years of Dr Johnki’s life. He invested his time, money, and passion into designing the new device that can make life easier for patients relying on dentures.

Promising innovations will often be faked and copied as soon as they hit the markets.The threat of counterfeits should never be ignored: Counterfeiters not only hurt the brand image of their victims. They steal revenue that could be used for important research and development. They are committing criminal acts that put countless jobs on the line: In Germany alone, a study by the industry association VDMA has revealed, counterfeits cost small and medium-sized businesses more than €7 billion, every single year.

Counterfeit medical devices can seriously damage the health of the patient, as they use untested materials and offer absolutely no safety guarantees.

This put Dr Bernd Johnki on the hunt for a simple, but secure means of protecting his innovative dental technology against illegal copies. After a long search, Dr Johnki realized that he could protect his products with Tailor-Safe®. Tailor-Safe® is a product protection system that differs from other solutions in the market by embedding the protections right in the very material of the product. In other words: “Authenticity” becomes a built-in feature. As Dr Johnki’s DentureLifters are made from a synthetic material, the solution could be integrated simply by including it in the material’s original masterbatch.

Protection technology for medical devices is a particularly sensitive issue: The technology must never interfere with the properties of the actual product and, of course, be absolutely harmless to the health of its users. Dr Johnki was also looking for a simple way of proving the authenticity of his DentureLifters. One particular concern for him was the ability of the system to prevent any unwarranted or illicit complaints or damage claims against the company

Tailor-Safe® is a technical protection system that uses luminescent pigments to mark and authenticate products. The unique quality of the pigments makes it virtually impossible for anybody to fake or forge a Tailor-Safe® marker.

Any solution that offers effective protection against counterfeiters also needs to be commercially viable. This concerns both the cost for each marked unit and the general costs of integrating the system in the production and business processes. The anti-counterfeiting technology in Tailor-Safe® is machine-readable and can be integrated in virtually any material and substance. The solution is simple to integrate in production, and the cost of the markers lies at only a fraction of a percent of the overall product costs.

The exacting quality standards and exceptional chemical and physical properties of Tailor-Safe® make the markers reliable proof of authenticity that would stand up in a court of law when unwarranted complaints or damage claims need to be fought off. This is one of the foremost USPs of Tailor-Safe® and has been fully certified since 2013.

What good is the most sophisticated anti-counterfeiting system, if it can be worn down, scratched off, or otherwise removed? No good at all! The markers have to be indestructible, as indestructible in fact as the security pigments used in Tailor-Safe®.

Anti-counterfeiting technology for medical devices needs to live up to a very specific set of standards – which are no problem for Tailor-Safe®: The marker must never react in any way with the material it is embedded in. In other words, it has to be what chemists call chemically inert. The Tailor-Safe® pigments are not just chemically inert, they are also non-toxic and biologically neutral: the strict requirements for medical products are fulfilled by default with Tailor-Safe®.

The product markers use inorganic luminescent pigments that are as tough as granite, a property known among professionals as physical stability. Product markers with Tailor-Safe® pigments can be identified even after the product has been burned, because the pigments can withstand heat up to 1700° centigrade.

Light-Based Product Protection – An Old Hat?

Protecting products with luminescent markers is not a new idea as such. For decades, banknotes have been protected from counterfeiters with UV pigments, which are made visible by being exposed to UV light (black light). Forgers have long caught up and found ways and means to replicate these markers. The anti-counterfeiting system Tailor-Safe®, however, marks products not just with a random UV or IR marker. Each marker is unique in its type, composition, and production. The product can be authenticated not “simply” by exposing the marker to some light source. Only the right Tailor-Safe® spectrometers will tell the fakes from the originals, with nanometre accuracy: Not the marker that shines is real – only the marker that shines correctly is real. The Tailor-Safe® spectrometers learn the unique luminescent fingerprint of the marker and flag anything as a forgery that does not match the specifications.

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Fire-Resistant Anti-Counterfeiting Protection for GreenPack Batteries

Together against Unwarranted Damage Claims

The up-and- coming Berlin start-up Greenpack GmbH has developed a safe and secure way to store, transport, and use green energy from renewable sources. To protect their innovation effectively against counterfeits and unlicensed copies and to stop unwarranted damage claims, they decided to fit all GreenPack batteries with the anti- counterfeiting solution Tailor-Safe®.


GreenPack Batteries – One System, Millions of Applications  Green energy still has a long way to go before it is ready for mass use in everyday applications, not least due to the inherent difficulties of using renewable energy sources.Electric cars still cost substantially more than their traditional counterparts, at far lower useful ranges. The charging infrastructure they need is also complex and often simply not available.

Greenpack is daring to take a new and innovative path with a simple, but ingenious idea: Moving the charging process away from public roads and into private spaces. This is made possible with easily replaceable, cluster-rechargeable, and versatile battery packs (GreenPacks), used to power special lightweight vehicles or devices or to store electricity. The GreenPack power packs can be recharged, individually or in complete clusters, with green energy from the home charging stations. When recharged, they can be taken out of the charging station and inserted back into the device or vehicle they come from. Whenever they are not needed for mobile use, the GreenPacks can store green energy for use in the home.

The dimensions and weight of the GreenPacks were chosen with easy handling in mind, allowing even city dwellers living on higher floors to recharge their batteries when they cannot reach a recharging station.

The Berlin start-up has a novel idea for recharging their batteries: Empty GreenPacks are simply replaced with full batteries at public service stations, such as petrol stations, supermarkets, or so-called PowerTowers – recharging stations that function not unlike bottle recycling machines. When at home, the GreenPacks can buffer unused renewable power.

The system has the potential to achieve full-scale coverage with green energy in Germany by 2050. GreenPack was deliberately developed as an open, licensable system.Despite this commitment to openness, the bright minds behind GreenPack knew that it would be very important to add strong security features by design. In addition to protecting the system against tampering, particular attention was paid to safeguards against counterfeits. Several solutions are used; to achieve forensically valid authentication even after a fire, each GreenPack is equipped with the Tailor-Safe® anti-  counterfeiting system. With Tailor-Safe®, the company has a strong weapon against unwarranted damage claims.

The Tailor-Safe® product protection system offers unbeatable security. It combines properties and functions that no other system could provide on its own, if at all. The technology is based on specialized luminescent pigments. A unique formula is developed, combined, and produced to create a unique and forgery-proof optical fingerprint. By contrast to run-of- the-mill marking systems, the marker is not placed on the product, but embedded within it – in the case of the GreenPack batteries in the plastic shells themselves. The security pigments are part of the package from the original masterbatch to the finished product. This also reveals another important USP ofthe solution: The markers can be processed and authenticated by machines. This makes integrating the protections in the production process simple and cost-efficient. Authentication only needs regular spectrometers, using the lock-and- key principle: The Tailor-Safe® spectrometer knows the expected spectrum and will only confirm the product as authentic and genuine if the parameters it records match that fingerprint.Even tiniest deviations on a nano-meter scale will immediately reveal fakes. The unique quality of the pigments and the individual authentication with simple means won Tailor-Safe® full certification as forensically valid proof of authenticity already in 2013.

Tailor-Safe® markers cannot be removed from the product they protect, as they are firmly embedded in the material itself. The substances used in the marker are chemically inert, biologically neutral, non-toxic, and physically durable. With properties like these, Tailor-Safe® product markers can be identified even after a fire, as the pigments can withstand temperatures of up to 1700° centigrade. The Tailor-Safe® solution works with virtually any substance or material.

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