Police Endorsed Security License Plates
LICENSE PLATE MANUFACTURING
EMBOSSED LICENSE PLATES
The basic method of manufacturing license plates has changed little in 50 years. Aluminum substrate laminated with a retro-reflective foil (which has unique art and security marks for a particular jurisdiction) is laminated, blanked, embossed and the embossed area is colored with lacquer ink or hot stamp foil.
What has changed is equipment used in the manufacturing process including efficient embossing presses and hot stamp foil numeral coating systems. The largest mass production of license plates is done in the United States at large facilities capable of producing up to 30,000 license plates per shift. This efficient process keeps prices at the lowest levels in the world.
DIGITALLY PRODUCED LICENSE PLATES
Digital license plates are manufactured by printing both the license plate artwork and the variable numbers in a single process or printing variable numbers on artwork pre-printed retro-reflective foil. After the printing the retro-reflective foil is laminated to an aluminum substrate and blanked. This process eliminates the need for embossing and inking or hot-foil stamping. The disadvantage is a flat plate with only borders embossed and many law enforcement officials fear counterfeiting, however many states in the United States have adopted the digitally produced license plates without much law enforcement problems.
EMBOSSED LICENSE PLATE MANUFACTURING
Artwork is pre-printed on retro-reflective foil by the foil manufacturer and certain security features are permanently embedded into this material. The retro-reflective foil is laminated to an aluminum substrate. The continuous sheet is blanked into individual license plates.
The license plate number is embossed on individual license plate blanks. The embossing process is implemented with embossing dies, made with unique fonts and hydraulic embossing press.
After embossing, the license plate numbers and letters are then colored by lacquer ink or by hot-stamp foil.
LICENSE PLATE SECURITY
SECURITY AGAINST COUNTERFEITING
The retro-reflective foil used in the production of modern license plates can be manufactured with unique graphics and also can imbed with watermark design uniqueto a state or country. Also, unique fonts are used to emboss license plates. These are inexpensive security measures which can lower criminal activity related to motor vehicles. Many companies have included expensive holograms/kinegrams, laser marked serial numbers, hot stamp foils with holographic images to license plates. These measures have done little to reduce motor vehicle related criminal activity in the countries, states and jurisdiction where implemented and the return on investment has been poor at best.License plates designed and manufactured by Eurosign are difficult to counterfeit. The addition, at exorbitant costs, of holograms / kinegrams, laser marked serial numbers, Ultra Violet (invisible marks), hot stamp foils with holographic images are best for forensic examination of license plates but do little to assist law enforcement on patrol. Eurosign can add these features to license plates, but will defer actual implementation of security measures to our team of security experts and local law enforcement personnel to analyze and recommend the most cost-effective way to lower criminal activity.