Keeping Synthetics Real and Safe
Knowing where a product comes from, and also where it is going, is important to both retailers and consumers. CertainT Platform for Synthetics is the newest development from Applied DNA Sciences.
The CertainT™ Platform for Synthetics provides users of SigNature® T for man-made fibers and synthetics, such as recycled PET, with a single streamlined platform to tag, test and trace their products from source to shop. Consistent with the need to tag products at their source, the CertainT™ Platform participants will be able to offer an efficient and trusted traceability system for their entire supply chains, assuring the quality, performance and integrity of their products.
Applied DNA Sciences’ patented and proprietary textile tagging and testing systems which underpin the CertainT™ Platform provide supply chain certainty that protect products, brands, supply chains, and intellectual property from fraud, counterfeiting, theft and diversion.
SigNature T bonds tenaciously to fibers at the source to ensure full traceability through the supply chain
SigNature T DNA markers are designed to be compatible and stable in a wide range of textile substrates and manufacturing processes. This secure and cost-effective solution can help assure quality and provide forensic-level authentication in fiber, yarn, fabric and finished products.
• Branded fibers (including recycled polyester)
• Flame retardant materials and products
• Performance coated or laminated materials
• Advanced textiles, awnings, fabric structures, geosynthetic, marine and industrial fabrics
Any batch of a high-tech fiber can be tagged at the molecular scale, at parts per trillion, with a unique DNA that is customized to the manufacturer or even on a batch-by-batch basis, so that at any point in the textile supply chain [from master batch to finished goods] the polyester can be sampled from fiber or woven textile, to yield an unambiguous determination of its commercial origins in a way that will make it nearly impossible to substitute the “real” polyester with a “cheap” or “substandard” substitute.
By combining unique DNA molecules into a standard polyester master batch and extruded into fiber, a new system for tagging is possible for synthetics. Subsequent to extrusion, it is shown that the DNA complement of the fiber (at parts per trillion) can be recovered from a snippet of the polyester fiber via a simple hot water soak, followed by the same sophisticated DNA analysis methods used in human forensic science.