Scanlab

Improved counterfeit protection for control boards

| Editor: Steffen Donath

Ensuring the authenticity of products is vital for customers.
Ensuring the authenticity of products is vital for customers. (Source: Scanlab)

Extending its brand protection, the company now installs different measures to verify the authenticity of control boards for laser scan systems.

As a leading OEM manufacturer of laser scan systems and control electronics, Scanlab GmbH is extending its product counterfeit protection to include control boards. Here, the company employs modern security technology that protects users from product piracy and substandard copies. This counterfeit protection assures customers of the system’s genuineness and verifies the quality feature ‘engineered and manufactured in Germany’.

Starting in 2020, all delivered RTC control boards now bear an individually encoded brand protection security label that guarantees each system’s uniqueness, genuineness and traceability, the company explains.

Product piracy is a challenge practically every renowned manufacturer must eventually deal with. The damage to industry and users alike is considerable: On one hand cheap product copies cause economic losses, and on the other hand buyers are defrauded and harmed by using deficient products. Affected customers can’t rely on manufacturing quality standards and well-established test cycles. Furthermore, they may be surprised by problems with software updates and repair inquiries.

This is why Scanlab already began equipping its scan systems and galvos with counterfeit-proof security labels in 2016. Beginning in 2020, all control boards, too, will bear these smart labels, Scanlab states.

How counterfeit protection works

The brand protection security label can’t be removed without leaving residue, its holographic elements make it impossible to copy, and it contains multilevel authentication features. The company continues to explain, some of these elements are apparent to the naked eye, others require a magnifier or special reading device to be visible. Moreover, individualised encoding and unique serial numbers ensure reliable categorisation and traceability of each delivered device.

When in doubt about authenticity, Scanlab’s customers will now have an easy way to inquire their RTC board’s genuineness.

In addition to labels, Scanlab is also strengthening system-level cryptographic methods to protect firmware and hardware components from manipulation and product piracy.

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