Mastering

In a holographic master, all properties of the hologram are defined. With the various exposure technologies, it is possible to expose computer-generated files, images, vector graphics or short film sequences into a holographic film. The reactive photopolymer film is exposed by means of different lasers with resolutions up to > 600,000 dpi and thus the original file is brought onto the holographic film in a unique way. The individual lines of the resulting relief structure thereby diffract the reflecting light at different angles that have been calculated beforehand. There are various systems that can be used to create the master, depending on individual security requirements.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

The holographic design, in combination with the technical possibilities, is the decisive factor in producing a distinctive and absolutely forgery-proof hologram. Our designers are trained to translate all your wishes into a hologram-ready art-work while preserving the unique identity of the brand.

  • analogue exposure of a real object
  • Dot-Matrix Level 1 with a resolution of 24.000 dpi
  • Dot-Matrix Level 2 with a resolution of 48.000 dpi
  • Lithography Master with a resolution of 120.000 dpi
  • Nano-Optical-Imaging with a resolution of > 600.000 dpi
  • line-by-line or spot exposure in photoresist master plates
  • development of the holographic relief structure for industrial replication
  • recombination for multiple use of the embossing cylinder
  • reduction silver plating
  • galvanic moulding and production of the embossing plates (shims)
  • embossing of the hologram structures by means of a cylinder into the thermo-mechanically embossable carrier foil
  • Aluminium vacuum coating of the structures / or demetallization of the structures
  • further processing to label, transfer film or large-format packaging film

Dot-Matrix-Lithography

The exposure system of the Dot Matrix Lithography technology provides effects in the high security segment with up to 120.000 dpi. A large part of the holographic applications can be covered with this proven system. All DML exposure effects require an external light source for in-depth viewing. Generally, a hologram is illuminated from an angle of 45° from above in order to best see the imprinted elements in direct view. The animations are made visible either by moving the light source or the hologram.

Nano-Optical Imaging

The Nano Optical Imaging technology exposure system enables the most forgery-proof effects in a hologram, absolutely unique and comparable to electron beam exposures, with up to 637.000 dpi. With this technology it is possible to create effects that can be obtained even with indirect lighting, such as the relief effects and the black/white elements. The depth effect is considerably stronger than in the DML hologram and offers completely different design possibilities.

MASTERING TECHNOLOGIES / SECURITY LEVELS AND EFFECTS

In the table below you can see the possible holographic effects of the various master technologies. Each higher security level includes the one below it and greatly expands the difficulty level for forgers. Each hologram is unique in its structures, which have been specified in the design.

Dot-Matrix
Level 1
Dot-Matrix
Level 2
LithographyNOI
Effects24.000 dpi48.000 dpi120.000 dpi637.000 dpi
Full Dynamic    
Kinetic Effect    
2D/3D Depth    
Floating Effect    
Emboss Effect    
Fresnel Effect    
2 Channel Effect    
Dead Color    
Animated Text    
Microtext    
Kinnetgram   
Animated Multi-Color-Lines   
3D Globe   
Pearl Effect   
Gradient Effect   
Multilayer Depth Effect   
Sparkle Effect   
Chemeleongram Effect   
White Gradient Effect   
4 Channel Effect   
Animated Text / Image   
Raster Text   
Concealed Text   
Nano Text   
CLR Text / Image   
Foreground  
Guilloche Pattern  
Fresnel Effect  
Dead Color Effect  
White Gradient Effect  
White Achromatic Effect  
True Color CMYK Image  
Relief Effect 
Relief with Switch Image 
Combination of Relief
and Color-Emboss
 
Holographic Lense 
Letter Lense 
Shaped Lense 
Mirror Lense 
Micro Structure 
Micro Image 
Nano-Text / Image 
RGB-Foto 
White Channel Effect 
3D vertical Switch 
White Sparkle Effect 
White Metallic Effect 
Color to De-Color Effect 
Breathing Effect 
4 Point CLR 

Hologram Labels & Tamper Evident Tape

With our various systems for master creation of a hologram label or a holographic security feature for use in the hot- or cold-transfer process, we offer you any degree of creative freedom you need to create your personal design and realize a unique label seal for your product. The embossing of the hologram in combination with various Tamper Evident Label effects in the base material creates a structure in the label which not only ensures anti-forgery in the shaping of the relief structure, but also provides an absolute guarantee of durability and destructiveness in the event of peel-off attempts when applied to the substrate.

Seamlessly embossed hologram foil

In the recombining process, the aim is to obtain a printing plate that can be used in so-called wide-web or narrow-web machines. The printing plates are placed around a cylinder, whereby a so-called “shimline” is created on the side where the plate ends meet, which can interfere with continuous motifs and lead to problems during further processing, e.g. in lamination processes in the packaging sector. Thanks to a new technique in the manufacturing process of embossing shims, seamless holographic embossing cylinders can be produced, making it possible to manufacture „Seamless Packaging Film”. These seamless foils can be processed much better and more efficiently.