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Specialists in Security Printing Technologies
Technology Transfer Group was formed in 1995 by Wendell Smith, Cliff Angers and Fred Black, as a Division of Polestar Ltd., TTG has concentrated on licensing of technologies in the security printing field.
Holograms were, and still are, a key item in security printing; we managed several hologram projects in the first 3 years. Now, TTG has also found that many other new technologies are finding their way into this fast growing sector of the document security and product authentication field.
Today TTG represents 4 suppliers of technology. We have also worked with many other suppliers on an ad hoc basis to bring together the right combination of hardware and technology for the project at hand.
TTG’s completed technology projects include two hologram origination and embossing licenses in Indonesia and one very large integrated hologram production system in China; reportedly the largest hologram technology “deal” ever. This project includes vacuum metalization equipment, hologram origination equipment, and hologram embossing and transfer equipment.
TTG has offered the technologies of several well known companies;
- DNA Technogies
- Light Impressions Ltd.
- Globe Ticket and Label
- Graphic Arts Technical Foundation
- PhotoSecure Inc.
- Verify First Technology
- NovaVision Inc.
In addition, we have working relationships with several machinery suppliers for systems integration including printers, vision devices for inspection and code reading, label and box handling devices.
Security Printing Technologies
Security printing is one of the fastest growing specialty fields.
Information technology is a surprising reason for some of this growth.
What’s New Technically
Computer generated holograms.
On press embossing.
No copy inks.
Unique fluorescent dyes.
DNA molecular taggants.
Digital Individualized Hologram.
PhotoSecure: SmartDye ™ fluorescent Dyes
DNA Matrix™: molecular taggants
Secure Documents: DocuLock ™
DNA Technologies (DNAT) is an operating division of Polestar, Ltd., a Vermont consulting corporation with worldwide interests. DNAT is actively involved in identifying and managing international technology transfers. Technology transfers are usually achieved through the sale of a turn key production facility, training and education of employees, and the rights to use proprietary technology.
Identification of End-User Market
Polestar Ltd’s principals have managed projects in Europe and India with extensive experience throughout China. We have an unrivaled in-depth understanding of working in the Chinese marketplace. This experience is not limited to one geographic area or to one market segment. We have dealings in many different cities and provinces covering a majority of the economic growth section of China. This includes Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Tai An, Wuxi, Zhong shan, Fu Shan and Hong Kong.
We have experience in a wide range of product lines. Our first effort was in holography. In addition to holography we have worked in the printing, packaging, mushroom and printings accessories industries.
Through our wide range of personal contacts, our in-depth experience and our understanding of the Chinese culture we are able to prepare an accurate analysis of any market segment. This is not limited to segments already active in the Chinese economy. We are qualified to develop analyses of segments that are just emerging or are about to emerge.
The advantage to you is that Polestar Ltd. can do the legwork necessary to provide an opinion on how marketable your technology is before you invest your money and your management resources in working through the complicated and time consuming maze of foreign markets.
Assistance With Operating and Training Manual Preparation
The operating and training manual are physical proof to your end-user that they have received value for the money they have paid. These manuals contribute to the critical element of building faith. They also serve the practical purpose of allowing your customer to be able to work well with your technology.
Having managed the development of several operating and training manuals for complex technical systems, the Polestar Ltd. is ideally suited to be of assistance in this area. Specifically, we will work with your technical people and, if need be, technical writers to develop outlines for the manuals and provide final editing services.
The advantage to you is the smooth development of the manual writing process and a better relationship with your end-user.
Assistance With Training Programs
The training program in your facility can be difficult and disruptive. To the end-user, the training is probably the most important part of the transfer.
With proper planning and use of Polestar’s extensive experience in this area the training program will run smoothly. The end-user will have learned what they need to run a successful operation and your staff have benefited from the teaching process. In many cases we find the trainees, because of their technical backgrounds, actually make a contribution with new ideas and suggested improvements in the process.
Assistance With International Shipping
While certainly not the most complex problem you will face, international shipping can be difficult to manage. There is always an opportunity to save money and headaches on the shipping process. Polestar Ltd. has managed the shipment of millions of dollars of equipment all over the world. We understand the nuances.
More important than the actual shipping is shipping the correct parts. With potentially hundreds of thousands of parts involve, the management of receiving, checking and shipping is a crucial element in the transfer process. If the installation has the wrong parts or parts are missing the process can grind to a halt. Polestar has developed the skills necessary to eliminate these problems.
The advantage to you is that Polestar Ltd. eliminates the problems of international shipping and reduces costs.
Letters of Credit Management
Like international shipping, letter of credit management is not new technology. However, if not managed properly, long delays in payment can occur. If not set up properly in the negotiating stage long delays are built into the process.
The advantage to you of our letter of credit experience is that you will receive your money sooner. This will make the financing of the equipment easier and less costly.