Planchettes are a well-known security feature and have been used for many years. Although they're not as widespread as fibres, they nonetheless provide effective and unique possibilities offering some advantages over fibres.

planchettes

Planchettes are usually small circular discs, which can be coloured or invisible with U.V. fluorescence, however they can also take other forms and comprise different effects:

Micro-Marque are 'planchettes', which are precision cut into small symbols or shapes. Providing easy recognition - such as a dollar symbol - they're visible under U.V. light. You may also see them in the 'look through' of the document or Note, which gives the appearance of a miniature 'watermark'.

Optically Variable Planchettes can be made from iridescent, or holographic material. The iridescent effect cannot be replicated by printing or copying techniques and the Planchettes appear as black dots on a copied document.

UV Switch Planchettes are another type of optically variable effect that makes use of transmitted and reflected U.V. fluorescence. By combining several fluorescent layers and U.V. filters we create a unique and impressive colour switch that's almost impossible to counterfeit. By combining this effect with our Micro-Marque planchettes, a sophisticated public feature with covert security is created.