Backed by the power of forensic science, botanically-derived SigNature® T DNA tags can be applied to synthetic materials and finishing treatments. By tagging at the source, materials can be tracked and authenticated throughout the entire supply chain, from the raw material stage all the way to the retail shelf. SigNature T tagging provides assurance of quality and provenance, and helps brands guarantee label claims with certainty.
Unique, botanically-based SigNature T DNA tags are applied to synthetic fibers during the masterbatch blending or extrusion process. Working with trusted partners, we can ensure that tagged fibers can be traced to the master batch.
- Protect your source materials and intellectual property
- Promote supply chain integrity and transparency
- Enhance brand protection
- Differentiate your product
- Home textiles
- Specialty fabrics
SigNature T bonds tenaciously to fibers at the source to ensure full traceability through the supply chain.
SigNature T DNA markers are engineered 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.