Besides our two main business segments, product labelling systems and printed products, we actively participate in many associations and organisations and regularly attend national and international, specialist and cross-industry events.
Our activities include the participation in conferences, seminars, trade fairs and exhibitions, giving lectures and training courses, as well as sponsoring meetings and events. Furthermore, we are involved in international standardisation activities (DIN and ISO).
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18th May 2015
3S Simons Security Systems GmbH will be showcasing its industry-specific solutions for direct product protection, tracking & tracing and packaging from all industries.
Dirk Simons, 3S Quality Manager, will present the protection system SECUTAG® and outline the application areas of micro colour code technology in mechanical and plant engineering. Plenty of information on the different industry-specific solutions will be available at 3S’ stand during the VDMA event. 3S’ solution SECUPRODUCT® which allows direct protection of all kinds of products from all industry sectors will take centre stage. Another highlight will be SECUDATA® which ensures seamless security along the entire supply chain, from suppliers via those involved in production, all the way to the retailers and end customers. 3S will also present SECUPACK® which identifies primary and secondary packaging as originals, thus providing excellent product protection.
The User Day is organized by VDMA’s working group Product and Know-How Protection whose aim is to combine the interests of technology and service providers in the field of product and know-how protection. The event is free of charge for VDMA and AG members. The User Day is geared towards VDMA member companies and their experts and managers responsible for sales, construction, project management and legal affairs. For the first time, technical counterfeit products will be displayed in a new showcase. The User Day takes place on 9 June 2015 from 10.00 am - 4.30 pm at the premises of VDMA (Lyoner Straße 18, 60528 Frankfurt am Main).
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2th April 2015
3S Simons Security Systems GmbH presented its comprehensive range of anti-counterfeiting technologies for the pharmaceutical industry at the recent Entrepreneurs’ Day of the German Pharmaceutical Industry Association (BPI). BPI represents the full spectrum of activities of the pharmaceutical industry on both a national and international level; it consists of approximately 240 companies with around 70,000 employees. The Entrepreneurs’ Days are organised by the association on a regular basis, offering representatives of the pharmaceutical industry the opportunity to find out about the latest developments and trends in the field of anti-counterfeiting technologies.
3S pointed out at an early stage that it is important to back up the planned coding system securPharm with a proven anti-counterfeiting solution such as SECUTAG®. "Only combining tracing and anti-counterfeiting technologies can stop counterfeit drugs from entering the legal supply chain between pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies as set out in the EU Directive 2011/62," said Rolf Simons, Managing Director of 3S, at the BPI Entrepreneurs’ Day. "There should be no tolerance, no unreported cases in terms of drugs, in particular those from pharmacies or other sources such as the Internet; consumers must be able to identify fake drugs which have to be removed from the supply channels by the manufacturer." SECUTAG® ensures protection of both the medical packaging and its data matrix code.
3S will present the combination of the data matrix code and anti-counterfeiting technology at this year’s BPI Annual General Meeting, which takes place in Dresden, Germany, on 16 June 2015 (Venue: Hilton Dresden Hotel, An der Frauenkirche 5, 01067 Dresden). Another presentation will take place at the BPI Entrepreneurs’ Day in Berlin on 12 November 2015.
Here are some photos of the BPI Entrepreneurs’ Day:
3th March 2015
3S Simons Security Systems GmbH will be presenting its wide range of industry solutions relating to the counterfeit protection system SECUTAG® at this year's Hannover Messe. Direct product protection with SECUPRODUCT®, which can be easily and cost-effectively integrated with other systems, is a central focus of 3S at the world's biggest industrial trade show. Another key area is the combination of traceability and counterfeit protection. Therefore, SECUDATA® combines the logistic advantages of different traceability codes and counterfeit protection provided by micro colour codes. Moreover, 3S will be showcasing a wide range of printing solutions, including security labels, closures (originality and tamper-proof protection), labels and stickers for different applications.
In cooperation with ten technology providers of VDMA's Working Group 'Product and Know-How Protection', 3S will show a demonstrator for the packaging of spare parts and components which visualises proof of authenticity, online verification and traceability. The expert for legally binding counterfeit protection will be presenting its wide range of products and solutions at Hannover Messe, in hall 8, stand no. D08, from 13 - 17 April 2015.
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28th March 2014
“Legally binding counterfeit protection for the intralogistics sector” - under this motto 3S will be showcasing its current product portfolio at CeMAT 2014. The focus will be on the industry solution SECUDATA® which allows users to combine traceability of goods and counterfeit protection. Further highlights presented by 3S will include legally binding documentation using SECUDOC®, the protection of primary and secondary packaging with SECUPACK® and direct product protection based on SECUPRODUCT®.
3S security solutions can be meticulously and precisely applied onto nearly all solid matters, among which metals, synthetics, paper products, glass, alloys and textile fabrics. Due to the fact that only a standard pen microscope with 100x magnification is required, it is not necessary to set up a laboratory for analysis. This means costly investments in skilled labour and technical equipment as well as time-consuming verification procedures are no longer required. Moreover, 3S anti-counterfeiting technology can swiftly be integrated into all production and logistics processes - without complex changes being necessary. Such a protection strategy will not only reduce control costs along the supply chain, but it will also strengthen the corporate image of logistics and packaging service providers because the system can be communicated to the public. Companies using 3S industry solutions for product protection can also benefit from a good selling point: Their customers can buy the company's product safe in the knowledge that it is the original.
From 19 to 23 May, 3S will be presenting its wide range of product protection systems at CeMAT in Hanover, at the special show "Innovative Logistics Solutions" in hall 27, stand C45/2.
More information can be found at:
5th March 2014
3S will be showcasing its range of legally binding counterfeit protection systems for the traceability of goods and direct marking of products from all industry sectors at VDMA's User Day "Product Piracy". The User Day is organized by VDMA, one of the largest and most important industrial associations in Europe.
The focus will be on the industry solution SECUDATA®, which combines the logistical advantages of traceability codes, such as datamatrix and RFID, with counterfeit protection provided by micro colour codes. This way, SECUDATA® ensures seamless security along the entire supply chain, from suppliers via those involved in production, all the way to the retailers and end-customers. Another highlight will be SECUPRODUCT®, a 3S solution which allows direct and legally binding labelling of all kinds of products from all industry sectors.
The User Day is organized by VDMA's working group ‘Product and Know-How Protection’ whose aim is to combine the interests of technology and service providers in the field of product and know-how protection. Participation in the event is free of charge. The User Day is geared towards VDMA member companies and their experts and managers responsible for sales, construction, project management and legal affairs. It takes place on 11 March 2014 from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm in the premises of VDMA (Lyoner Straße 18, 60528 Frankfurt am Main).
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3th February 2014
A counterfeit protection system must be quickly and cost-effectively integrated into existing production processes – this is the motto under which 3S presents its industry solutions at the Hannover Messe 2014. The focus is on the counterfeit protection SECUPRODUCT®, which enables the direct security of products, parts and components in mechanical and plant engineering as well as in the automotive and aviation industry.
The solution is based on the micro colour code technology SECUTAG® and can be precisely applied to almost all solid materials using a dispenser. SECUPRODUCT® is quickly integrated into all production processes; costly changes are not necessary. Because even for counterfeit protection the costs and complexity need to remain manageable. In addition 3S also shows the link between traceability and counterfeit protection with SECUDATA® as well as the security of high-value packed quality products with the OTF security label.
The expert for legally binding counterfeit protection will be presenting its wide range of products and solutions at Hannover Messe, in hall 8, stand no. D06 (VDMA association stand), from 7 to 11 April 2014.
More information can be found at:
7th October 2013
Even small and medium sized enterprises may be affected by product and brand piracy. The Centre for Innovation and Technology ZENIT in North Rhine-Westphalia has therefore scheduled a themed conference for 17 October 2013 during which preventive strategies for SMEs will be presented. One of the keynote speakers will be Rolf Simons, Managing Director of 3S, who will talking about "Innovations combating product piracy - Effective defensive strategies to prevent product liability claims". His presentation will focus on the potential threat to SMEs emanating from product piracy - and how businesses can protect themselves against plagiarism, loss in sales, damage to their corporate image and liability claims. The anti-counterfeiting expert will also outline how to integrate a product labelling system into the production and logistics processes of medium-sized businesses without any major changes.
The conference on "Product and Brand Piracy: Protective and preventive strategies for small and medium sized enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia" will take place at the Centre for Innovation and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia (45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Bismarckstr. 28), on 17 October 2013 from 2.00 pm until 6.00 pm. 28).
For more information about the conference, please visit
28th August 2013
3S Simons Security Systems GmbH has once again been shortlisted for the prestigious PrintStars Innovation Prize. The leading specialist for anti-counterfeit solutions has been nominated for the second year in a row in the "Packaging and Labelling" category. 3S had entered its new OTF security label specifically designed to protect security-relevant devices and premium packaging used for quality products.
In 2012, 3S won the PrintStars Bronze Award for its security labels produced for the testing equipment manufacturer INGUN on the basis of 3S' counterfeit protection system SECUTAG®. PrintStars is the annual Innovation Award of the German Printing Industry honouring the best printing products of the year. More than 900 print buyers, print service providers, agencies, photo studios, publishers, prepress providers and print finishing companies participated in this year's contest. The Award Ceremony will take place in Stuttgart, at the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre, on 16 October 2013.
3S' OTF security label has been named a finalist for this year's Innovation Prize. A panel of 22 experts selected this anti-counterfeit solution which ensures that online terminals used for cashless payment transactions, for example, are protected against tampering. The advantage of the new closure seal: It is based on Secure-ID® technology and can be completely removed without leaving any residue behind. In contrast to Void films, adhesive residues which might contaminate the protected device are thus avoided. Only a gentle push or a slight increase in temperature will cause the OTF security label to show number strings, logos or different visual elements so that any attempt to tamper with a device or packaging is instantly identified. Based on the counterfeit protection system SECUDATA®, micro colour code particles were also added to the label enabling identification of originals.
More information about the 2013 PrintStars Award at:
11th October 2012
The winners of the Innovation Award PrintStars 2012 have been chosen: In the category "Printing Products: Packaging", it is 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH that won the Bronze Award, honouring its security labels which were developed by 3S for the testing equipment manufacturer INGUN. The annual Innovation Award of the German Printing Industry honours the best printing products of the year.
INGUN GmbH with headquarters in Constance uses 3S' security labels to secure the packaging of its contact pins, which are used for testing circuit boards for mobile phone among others. The company is one of the world's leading suppliers of testing equipment. When it comes to counterfeit protection, it relies on the micro colour code technology SECUTAG® by 3S. Special closure seals including all technical data and the micro colour code particles are affixed crosswise over all four sides of the packaging. The contact pins are thus unambiguously identifiable as originals, unauthorized opening of the boxes would be detected immediately. The labelling process was integrated into the production and packaging procedure without process changes.
This year, the organisers of PrintStars received 396 applications for products in 16 categories and for eight special prizes, a lot more than in the past eight years. More than 900 print shops, agencies, photo studios, publishers, prepress providers and print finishing companies as well as print buyers with headquarters or branch offices in Germany and German vocational and technical schools participated in the competition. The Award Ceremony, which was part of the "PrintNight" event, took place in Stuttgart, at the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre, on 9 October 2012.
For more information about the winners of the Innovation Award PrintStars 2012, go to:
17th September 2012
3S Simons Security Systems GmbH is one of the PrintStars 2012 finalists. The annual Innovation Award of the German Printing Industry honours the best products in the printing industry. This year, PrintStars celebrated a record-high participation of 396 products applying for one of the 16 categories and eight special prizes - a lot more than in the past 8 years. More than 900 print shops, agencies, photo studios, publishers, prepress providers and print finishing companies as well as print buyers with headquarters or branch offices in Germany and German vocational and technical schools participated in the competition. The Award Ceremony will take place in Stuttgart, at the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre, on 9th October 2012.
3S received the "PrintStars 2012 Finalist" Award in the "Packaging" category for its security labels which are used by the testing equipment manufacturer IGUN. Headquartered in Constance, Germany, INGUN GmbH is one of the world's leading providers of testing solutions. To secure the packaging of its contact pins, which are used for testing circuit boards for mobile phones among others, IGUN has opted for micro colour code technology SECUTAG® by 3S. To this end, special closure seals including all technical data and the micro colour code particles are affixed crosswise over all four sides of the packaging. The contact pins are thus unambiguously identifiable as originals, unauthorized opening of the boxes would be detected immediately. The labelling process was integrated into the production and packaging procedure without process changes.
For more information about the PrintStars 2012 Innovation Award:
22th June 2012
3S Simons Security Systems GmbH will be presenting its products and industry solutions for legally binding counterfeit protection at FachPack 2012. 3S industry solutions designed for the packaging, logistics and manufacturing sectors will take center stage at the trade show.
In Germany alone, product and brand piracy has caused economic damage of €20 to 30 billion according to information provided by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). Therefore, it is becoming increasingly urgent for trade and industry to introduce innovative safeguard measures in order to protect their brand and product portfolio against counterfeiting and unjustified damage claims. The micro colour code technology has been counterfeit-proof for over 15 years. SECUTAG® unambiguously identifies products as originals and is accepted as evidence by courts.
With around 1,400 exhibitors and at least 35,000 visitors, FachPack is one of the most important European packaging shows. 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH will be showcasing its range of products at FachPack in Nuremberg, at the joint booth of the Institute for Distribution and Trade Logistics (IDH) (hall 4/4-515), 25 - 27 September 2012.
Further information about 3S at FachPack 2012:
30th March 2012
Rolf Simons, founder and managing director of 3S, will be talking about product piracy and its effects on economy, trade and consumers at the Technical Academy of Ahaus (Westphalia, Germany), on 19th April 2012.
Among other things, his presentation will address the issue of product and brand piracy and the possibility of protecting the products against counterfeiting by means of labelling systems, such as the product protection system SECUTAG© by 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH. It unambiguously identifies products as originals and is accepted as evidence by courts. In this context, making the use of labelling systems public is becoming an increasingly significant aspect of companies that want to strengthen their image as manufacturer of high-quality products. Investing into legally-binding product identification allows manufacturers to add another good selling point to their products - a positive effect which plays an increasingly important role in marketing operations.
Rolf Simons' presentation will take place at the Technical Academy in Ahaus, on Thursday, 19 April 2012 at 6.00 p.m. Leading experts and business representatives regularly attend the Ahaus Technology Forum to discuss the latest technological trends and developments in their respective fields. For more information about these events (in german language), please visit the website of the Technical Academy of Ahaus at:
19th March 2012
The symposium on "Plastics in the Medical Device Sector" organised by the VDI Knowledge Forum will take place in Friedrichshafen (Lake Constance), Germany, from 28th - 29th March 2012. More than 180 manufacturers and developers of medical devices, plastic processing companies, raw material producers, mechanical and systems engineers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are expected to attend this year's event to discuss current trends along the entire supply chain.
As part of Section II ("Innovative solutions for product protection") Rolf Simons, founder and managing director of 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH, will talk about "Progress in the legally binding identification of plastic components". His presentation will focus on the challenges caused by product piracy, the use of colour codes, taking SECUTAG© as an example, and the industry solution SECUDATA©.
Rolf Simons will give his presentation as part of the VDI symposium at the convention centre "Graf-Zeppelin-Haus", Olgastraße 20, in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 28th March 2012 at 2.45 p.m. For more information about the VDI symposium (agenda, registration), please visit:
9th March 2012
3S Simons Security Systems GmbH will be presenting its products and industry solutions for legally binding counterfeit protection at Hannover Messe 2012. On the basis of its micro colour codes SECUTAG®, the company has developed solutions for mechanical engineering, the automotive industry and the pharmaceutical sector as well as for end-to-end security covering the entire flow of material and goods.
The micro colour code technology has been counterfeit-proof for over 15 years. SECUTAG® unambiguously identifies products as originals and is accepted as evidence by courts. Micro colour codes safeguard a company's brand and product portfolio and assist the fight against unjustified damage claims.
3S will be showcasing its range of products in Hanover, in hall 7, at the joint booth Product Protection (stand # E48/3), from 23 - 27 April 2012.
Further information about 3S at Hannover Messe 2012:
February 13, 2012
Counterfeit branded clothing not only damages the original manufacturers' corporate image, but it also implicates a considerable financial disadvantage. 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH will be presenting its forgery-proof industry solution for counterfeit protection of fashion articles and textiles at EuroCIS 2012, February 28 - March 1, 2012. With SECUFASHION® both sports and lifestyle clothing as well as accessories and sports shoes are effectively protected against counterfeiting.
Industry leaders will be showcasing best practice solutions and the latest trends and developments covering the full spectrum of anti-counterfeiting technologies. With the SECUTAG® micro colour codes and the industry solution SECUFASHION® 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH will demonstrate state-of-the-art solutions in this field. Rolf Simons, Managing Director of 3S, will be at EuroCIS to inform congress attendees on how to use micro colour codes for legally binding counterfeit protection in the fashion sector.
3S products and solutions will be displayed at EuroCIS 2012, in the fashion select area, hall 9, stand no. E10-4.
Further information about 3S at EuroCIS 2012:
According to current studies, counterfeits account for damages of many billions, and counting. In order to actively counteract this problem, munich expo has initiated the 1st counterfeit protection congress – sports, luxury, consumer goods and design. The congress is held on 30th January 2012 at Novotel München Messe, parallel to ispo Munich, the leading trade fair for the sports business.
Industry leaders present best practice solutions as well as new developments in the anti-counterfeiting market. With the SECUTAG® micro colour-codes and the corresponding industry solutions, 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH demonstrates current solution processes. Rolf Simons of 3S general management informs the participants on the subject of legally binding counterfeit protection with micro colour-codes.
The congress will be held in German. English interpretation is possible upon request. For further information and registration:
28th October 2011
3S Simons Security Systems GmbH is nominated for the QUERDENKER-Award in the category "innovations". SECUDATA® was chosen as one of five extraordinary products, services or projects that offer outstanding customer value and unique characteristics.
The cross-industry solution SECUDATA® combines traceability with counterfeit protection: A traceability code (RFID or data matrix) is combined with the micro colour-code SECUTAG®, resulting in easy identification of products and data along the entire supply chain.
QUERDENKER is one of the largest German-speaking trade associations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The club promotes interdisciplinary and creative ideas. The winners of the award will be announced on 29th November 2011 in Munich.
German customs authorities have reported a new record result with more than five million pharmaceuticals seized in 2010. The number of medicines traded via the Internet is growing steadily. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every second pharmaceutical bought online is counterfeited. Not only anabolic drugs and potency pills can be purchased via online mail-order, prescription-only antibiotics and medicine for cancer treatment are also illegally offered.
Operation Pangea IV, coordinated by Interpol, the World Customs Organization (WCO) and national pharmacovigilance authorities, took action against the illegal online trade of pharmaceuticals from 20th to 27th September 2011 in over 80 countries. The results are alarming: All over the world, including Germany, illegal medicines can be purchased via the Internet. Many websites have a professional appearance, yet trade with illegal and counterfeit pharmaceutical products.
Most buyers are not able to distinguish original from counterfeit medicine. The operators of the Internet platforms hide behind anonymous letterbox companies. This shows how important it is to label genuine pharmaceuticals as originals. Following our motto „every product that affects people’s health or lives must be identifiable by anybody at any time as an original – without doubt“, 3S supports the secure identification of pharmaceuticals with the SECUTAG® micro colour-codes.
Welcome to the new website of 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH!
We have completely renewed our website: Apart from a graphic modernisation, the new homepage offers a user-friendly navigation and detailed information on our company, technology, products, references and services. You will also find industry-specific information on legally binding counterfeit protection as well as detailed descriptions of our cross-sectoral system solutions and our printing products.
Additionally we inform you on current facts and figures, legal basics, the “best counterfeits” and links to interesting organisations and institutions. In the media section, you can read the current press review and watch our new image films. The news section keeps you updated on our activities. A detailed glossary informs on the topic of counterfeit protection.
Take a few minutes to surf our site! Subscribe to our 3S newsletter and regularly receive updates on innovations and developments in brand protection. Do you have suggestions or questions relating to our new website? We look forward to your feedback!
After thorough inspection, 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH has obtained the certification acc. to DIN EN ISO 9001. DIN EN ISO 9001 determines the requirements of a company’s quality management system. Main criteria for certification are customer orientation, adherence to highest quality standards, process-oriented workflow and efficient and on-schedule production.
Since 14th July 2011, the management system of 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH is now certified acc. to DIN EN ISO 9001 by QAS International. The certificate is valid for all our business segments: development, production and sales of print products and product labelling and identification products. We are pleased that the consequent compliance with our quality standards has officially been confirmed.
"3S has developed a new security label which protects products and packaging against counterfeiting and manipulation. A hologram made of VOID or PET foil, optimised by 3S with regards to its anti-counterfeiting characteristics, forms the basis of this solution. For the legally binding identification, a customer-owned SECUTAG® micro colour-code is included in the label.
Additional security features include tilting effects with changing image function, serial numbering, security stamping, variable customer data and special UV or infrared marking. Traceability features can also be implemented into the label. As a result, the new 3S label turns into a multi-layer security concept.
Do you have any questions concerning our new security labels? Please do not hesitate to contact us, we look forward to your request!
The annual German statistics of the Zentralstelle Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz (Central Department for Industrial Property Protection, ZGR) has been published. In 2010, German customs authorities have seized over 2.4 million counterfeit goods. This amounts to 23,713 cases, 146 percent more than 2009. Especially internet orders of fan articles, mainly for the World Cup 2010, immensely increased the seizures in postal traffic.
The breakdown of overall value is lead by the category watches, followed by clothing and sports shoes. Pharmaceuticals, toys, electronic goods and mechanical engineering parts also rank among the top seizures - all products that threaten health and lives of consumers. A good reason for 3S to further contribute to the fight against counterfeits!
The annual statistics 2010 (in German language) can be viewed here:
02-06 May 2011, Hannover
"From 2nd to 6th May 2011, 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH for the first time exhibits their products at CeMAT, the world's leading fair for intralogistics, in Hannover. 3S extends the programme of the special show “Auto-ID and packaging logistics” of the German Institute for Distribution and Trade Logistics (IDH) by the aspect of legally binding counterfeit protection.
The special show presents the integration of automatic identification systems in packaging logistics and the technical realisation of traceability, anti-counterfeiting and process transparency. With SECUDATA® 3S offers counterfeit-proof traceability in one single industry solution.
We look forward to your visit in hall 12, stand B10!
04-08 April 2011, Hannover
"At Hannover Messe 2011, 3S Simons Security Systems present their portfolio for legally binding counterfeit protection. The individual industry solutions cover all application areas, from direct product protection and counterfeit-proof packaging to traceability of products along the distribution chain.
With SECUPRODUCT® products are directly secured. SECUDATA® combines the logistic advantages of traceability systems with the counterfeit protection of micro colour-codes. Primary and secondary packaging is labelled as originals with SECUPACK®. Seals, labels and closures are secured against counterfeiting with the micro colour-codes SECUTAG®.
The products from 3S Simons Security Systems can be seen at Hannover Messe 2011, 4th to 8th April, at the leading trade fair Industrial Automation, in the exhibition area Identification, Vision & Protection, hall 17, stand C21. We look forward to your visit!
06-09. February 2011, Munich
"At ispo, international trade fair for sporting goods and sports fashion, 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH presents SECUFASHION® for legally binding counterfeit protection of fashion and textiles. Sports and lifestyle clothing as well as accessories and sports shoes are effectively secured against counterfeits.
SECUFASHION® is presented to the trade visitors at ispo in Munich, from 6th to 9th February 2011, at the joint booth of VDMD (association of German fashion and textile designers). We look forward to your visit in hall B3, stand 209.