Microtrace Microtaggant® Identification Particles are the original taggant technology and is the origin of the word “taggant” which is now commonly used. Originally developed by 3M, Microtrace Microtaggant particles are microscopic—ranging in size from 20 microns to 1,200 microns. Each particle is uniquely encoded exclusively for your application—acting as a virtual fingerprint, resulting in positive, error-free identification every time.
In basic form, Microtaggants are a unique numeric code sequence represented by a multiple colored layer particle format. In more complex forms, Microtaggants deliver multiple layers of security through the incorporation of various materials within each particle.
This technology enables employees or investigators to do on-the-spot field testing, providing positive, instant identification and verification of materials with inexpensive readers and detectors.
Product Diversion Tracing
Identification of authorized production
Identification of time and location of manufacture
Liability & warranty issues
Bulk material identification
Explosives Marking Substance
Uniquely encoded exclusive to each application
Inexpensive reading enables field identification & authentication
Multiple ways to identify & authenticate
Quick & easy authentication
Multiple levels of security within each particle
Low loading level
Nearly impossible to replicate
Can be incorporated in most materials
Microscopic particles are opaque & not soluble
Smallest particle is 20 microns
Color codes are not machine readable (additives can be)
Will settle in low viscosity liquids
Not suitable in carbon black, high temperature or shear materials