Taking a cue from nature, Morphotonix sarl uses a unique technological platform that provides uncopiable security features embedded directly in products.
"We combine decoration and traceability with authenticity and brand security," CEO Veronica Savu said. "No additives, no labels, zero consumables."
Wholly unique, a Morphotonix marking is unable to be copied, providing protection against counterfeiting and decoration at the same time. The technology is being embraced by manufacturers of plastic closures, among others, as it is completely safe for food and beverage packaging.
Lausanne, Switzerland-based Morphotonix creates patterns and designs by taking advantage of structural coloration — color caused by light wave diffraction, the same phenomenon that gives the Morpho butterfly, part of the inspiration for the company's name, its brilliant blue wings. In other words, a case of biomimicry in its purest form.
How does it work?
The technology makes use of engraving at nano scale. The engraved features are so small that they split the light and look like holograms in the steel. The hologram effect is transferred and replicated in the plastic product.
Savu explained: "We have a patented technology platform, but we started with some basic effects. Clients send us their designs — a logo or whatever they want. Using a lithographic machine, we take these designs and nanoengrave these on flat or free-form metal parts — like molds. We don't make anything in metal, as our customers simply send us their cavities, we create the specific features requested on the lithography machine, we engrave the cavities and send them back. They plug them into their production and it's ready to go."