The Nature of Our Business
NovaVision specializes in hologram labels, tamper evident stickers, security tape and mechanical security seals, which are commonly used to combat counterfeiting and/or tampering. We market some brands of security tapes and security labels thorugh CGM-NV (a wholly owned business unit) which was acquired in 2011. We also distribute thermal transfer ribbons and labels through Thermal Images, which is a wholly-owned division of our company.
NovaVision conducts business globally and has over 4000 active customers each year. Our major customer groups include governments (USA federal, state, county, municipal and international), large international companies, retailers, and collectible companies. In addition, we provide products to brand owners, ski resorts, pharmaceutical/drug companies, hospitals, banks, trucking/logistic companies, and over 1000 small businesses.
NovaVision is ISO 9001: 2008 Certified. We received our facility's C-TPAT certification in 2012 and our ISO 14298 certification in 2017.
Founded in 1994, our headquarters and production facility in Bowling Green, Ohio, has a total of 29,000 square feet. NovaVision currently has 60 full-time employees.
For 7 consecutive years (since 2008), NovaVision has been recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the 5000 fastest-growing private businesses in the USA.
Duns Number: 884 -252 -040
SIC Code: 2893 (printing, inks)
To continuously improve our customer's ability to protect their products and property from counterfeiting, tampering, and pilfering.
- Mr. Al Caperna founded NovaVision as an R&D company to develop a process for in-line embossing of holograms on a printing press. Initially, the process was set up on a narrow web printing press at Century Marketing, another company owned and operated by Al Caperna.
- NovaVision moved to a new location on Gould Street in Bowling Green.
- Created one of the first commercial hologram labs in the USA, which included an origination machine, electroforming lab, and a narrow web printing press for hot stamping and embossing holograms on substrates.
- NovaVision secured several large customers for the in-line holographic process and began to sell the foil and holographic shims.
- The origination and electroforming operations were discontinued and these services were subcontracted.
- Founded the Consumers Products Manufacturing Association (CPMA) with four of the largest retail companies in the world to establish global standards for EAS, authentication and RFID.
- Mr. Mike Messmer joined NovaVision as General Manager and the company began to focus on commercializing their technology and expertise to market holographic products.
- NovaVision purchased a custom-built stamping and embossing machine and began to produce a variety of custom hologram projects.
- The CPMA project ended.
- As a result of growing operations, NovaVision relocated to a larger building co-located with Century Marketing in south Bowling Green, Ohio.
- The company acquired another hologram embossing machine and a printing press.
- NovaVision purchased Thermal Images, a distribution business for thermal transfer printers, ribbons and labels.
- NovaVision began to market products on the internet and began to distribute tamper evident tape.
- NovaVision relocated to a larger building on E. Woodland Circle in Bowling Green (using 3,000 sq feet of 12,000 sq feet total).
- The company began to expand the security label product line.
- The Company began to market non-residue security labels.
- Purchased another holographic embossing machine to expand capacity.
- Entered the market for the California Clean Idle decals.
- Purchased a printing press with re-registration capability for more sophisticated printing capabilities.
- Due to continuing growth in holograms, the electroforming operations were purchased from Dazzle, Inc (owned by AJ Languedoc, Jr) and were re-established internally, but on a larger scale than before.
- Began to market mechanical security seals.
- Began production of tamper evident tape.
- NovaVision fully occupied the entire 12,000 sq feet at the Woodland Circle facility.
- Completed ISO 9001 Certification for California Clean Idle decals.
- Added 12,000 square feet of warehouse space, which doubled our production and warehouse space.
- Added another press to produce tamper evident tape more efficiently; also added more finishing equipment for security tape.
- Signed an agreement with Mr. Erik Hoffer to exclusively market security products to the former customers of CGM-AST. The Staten Island operation was closed in December and all production was transferred to the Ohio location. The new customers acquired significantly increased the company sales and operations.
- Hired 15 new employees, our largest hiring year -- total employees were 45 at year end.
- Finished an expansion which more than doubled the administrative office. Added more production capacity to produce tamper evident tape.
- Added laser etching capability for customized mechanical seals.
- Achieved a C-TPAT security rating for our facility.
- Completed ISO-9001 certification for all security tape, labels and seals.
- Implemented a new enterprise software system to improve service and operations.
- Purchased another hologram machine to expand embossing capacity.
- NovaVision purchased Green Dot Bags, a distributor of security bags.
- 6th consecutive year for achieving INC 5000 listing for fastest growing private companies in the USA.
- Added high-speed ink jet printing to improve efficiency and service times on large projects.
- Purchased our property and building to allow more flexibility for future expansion.
- 7th consecutive year for achieving INC 5000 listing for fastest growing private companies in the USA.
- Total employees at year end = 59.
- Added more high-speed ink jet printing capacity.
- Added high-speed laser etching for customizing mechanical security seals
- Received Dream Big Award from Northwest Ohio Chamber of Commerce
- Completed ISO-14298 certification for security processes
- Completed 45% expansion (11,000 sq feet) of production facility
Our Products & Service
We offer both stock and customized security at affordable prices and with responsive delivery times.
We offer over 300 different stock security products (hologram labels, tamper evident stickers, security tape and security seals) -- the largest selection in the world!
For stock products, enjoy the convenience of ordering online. Or, call to speak with one of our 10 sales reps, who can help you find the right product for your project.
For custom products, we have affordable solutions for applications ranging from low to high volume. Our security solutions can combine custom holograms, tamper evident materials, consecutive serial numbers, barcodes, special inks, taggants, and other materials to produce a product which meets your security, performance and budget requirements. For low volume applications, our most economical option is to customize stock security products with your company name or logo, but we can also create a totally custom product as well, depending on your requirements.
We offer responsive service on both stock and custom products.
Many stock products are available for Express Service -- place your order by 2pm EST and the order ships the same day. Service on most custom orders typically ranges from 1 to 3 weeks.
For other labeling applications, we also offer....
- Thermal ribbons and labels at competitive discount prices. We offer both Zebra and Armor brand ribbons plus a wide assortment of stock and custom labels.
- Promotional holographic products to enhance shelf appeal and product image.
NovaVision is primarily a manufacturer (security printer) for hologram stickers, security tape, and tamper evident labels. Our major products include:
- Tamper evident security hologram labels
- Promotional hologram stickers
- Tamper evident security labels
- Vehicle registration decals and plates
- Security tape
- Holographic overlays for ID cards
- Holographic lamination pouches
- Parking permits, window stickers, and hang tags
Mechanical Security Seals
Our product offering includes a wide variety of mechancial security seals -- both stock and customized. Our service for custom seals is often the fastest in the industry. These seals are typically used to seal truck trailers, railcars, shipping containers, totes and pallets:
- Bolt seals
- Cable seals
- Adjustable plastic seals
- Padlock seals
- Plastic and metal band seals
- Topp Clip Pallet Seals
- Barrier Seals
We offer a variety of promotional hologram products to give your company logo, product or special promotion a distinctive look, which will enhance your image and create eye-popping shelf appeal.
Tamper Evident Bags
Recently, we added tamper evident bags which are used for clinical drug trials, confidential documents, and securing valuable property.
Our Manufacturing Capabilities
A. Electroforming (pre-manufacturing process to produce plates for hologram embossing)
B. Holographic film materials -- silver metalized, partially metalized, transparent (high refractive index)
C. Hologram presses with re-registration (ability to process in multiple steps and keep graphics in alignment)
D. Flexo-printing machines with re-registration (ability to process in multiple steps and keep graphics in alignment)
- water based inks
- UV cured inks
E. Custom tamper evident patterns
F. Hot stamping foil application
G. Nine (9) different stock adhesives
H. Laminating, die cutting, slitting
I. Digital printing for serial numbers, barcodes, QR codes, graphics, etc
- high speed UV cured ink jet
- thermal transfer printing
J. Laser etching, marking and ablating
K. Affixing hologram labels to cards, documents, parts, etc.
L. Silicone application -- spot or flood coat
M. 'Piggyback' constructions
- labels on sheets
- labels in bags
- labels on rolls
- labels for machine affixing
- special inspection or QC protocols (up to 100% inspection)
O. Our equipment and team can handle any size security project -- small, medium or large
International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA)
The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) is a not for profit organization which represents the top tier of hologram manufacuters in the world. There are over 95 member companies globally who actively cooperate to maintain the highest professional, security and quality standards in support of their customers.
The IHMA was founded in 1993 to represent the interests of hologram manufacturers and the hologram industry worldwide. It is dedicated to promoting the interests of the hologram industry worldwide and and to helping users achieve their commercial, aesthetic and authentication objectives through the effective use of holography.
IHMA membership confers authenticity and credibility on companies that join - all of which are vetted and adhere to a strict Code of Practice governing standards, business ethics, customer service, respect for and protection of customers' and each others' intellectual property.
For added security, the IHMA sponsors an international Hologram Image Registry where member companies confidentially validate and register their client's custom hologram. A new design can be validated as unique before implementation. After the image is registered, the client's custom image is on file to assure the custom image is not inadvertently copied somewhere else in the world.
NovaVision has been a member of the IHMA for over 10 years. Mr. Mike Messmer, general manager at NovaVision, has been an IHMA Board Member since November 2011 and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board for the IHMA.
Currently, there are no open positions.
ISO 9001 and ISO 14298 Certifications
Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) was created by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to establish security protocols and requirements to improve the security of a company's supply chain and production facility.
Effective July 2012, NovaVision was certified as meeting the security requirements established by C-TPAT. Having the C-TPAT certification provides added assurance to our customers their products will be produced and handled in accordance with accepted security procedures set by the TSA.
Industry Memberships & Associations
North American Security Products Organization
Chamber of Commerce
C-TPAT Certification Received: October 3, 2012
Print Services & Distribution Association
Conflict Mineral Policy
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) passed its proposed far-reaching draft regulation to implement the Conflict Mineral Law; this regulation was passed by the SEC on August 22, 2012. The law would require U.S. and foreign companies to report and make public the use of "conflict minerals" from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its adjoining countries. The 9 adjoining countries are: Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Congo Republic (a different nation than DRC), Angola, Sudan, Central African Republic, Zambia and Uganda.
NovaVision supports worldwide concerns that metals mined in conflict areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) may be making their way into the supply chain. NovaVision’s policy requires our supply chain partners to certify in writing that they do not knowingly procure Gold, Columbite-Tantalum, Wolframite or Cassiterite from conflict areas of the DRC.
Beginning on January 1 2014, NovaVision will periodically survey our supply chain regarding sourcing and procurement of Gold, Columbite-Tantalum, Wolframite and Cassiterite as well with their derivatives Tin, Tungsten and Tantalum. Due to traceability issues and the lack of mines or smelters effectively participating in the regulation, we cannot certify with 100% certainty that our supply chain is Conflict Free until supply chain transparency is more discernible.
We are committed to supporting our customers’ requirements with reference to the Conflict Mineral Law.
NovaVision Staff, September 2014
Accounting, Quality Control, IT, & Shipping Team
Production & Engineering
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