Smart Packaging

While it's perhaps un-PC if not unfair to characterize certain packaging as dumb, there are a number of packages that can be characterized as smart without hesitation. Smart packaging provides enhanced functionality that can be divided into two submarkets:  Active packaging, which provides functionality such as moisture control, and intelligent packaging, which incorporates features that indicate status or communicate product changes and other information.

 

It's a growing segment: According to a report from Freedonia, demand for active and intelligent packaging in the U.S. is forecast to expand 8.0 percent annually to $3.5 billion in 2017, well above total packaging demand growth. The report identifies food and beverages as the two largest markets for smart packaging in 2012, and projects that pharmaceuticals will be the fastest growing active and intelligent packaging market through 2017, with opportunities driven by the health care needs of the aging U.S. population.

 

Advances in printed electronics are boosting the potential opportunities for smart packaging by lowering costs. Printed electronics start-up Thin Film Electronics announced in October that it has built the world's first self-contained, integrated electronic tag system made using printed electronics. The company has an agreement with film vendor Bemis, which opens up a clear venue for smarter flexible packaging including for foods, that has been extended by two years.

 

Smart packaging even has its own association, the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Assn. (AIPIA), surely a sign of smarter packaging ahead.

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The launch of the industry’s first “smart wine bottle” using near-field communication (NFC) electronics  based on Thin Film Electronics ASA


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With so much positive sentiment surrounding the pairing of near field communication (NFC) technology, NFC-enabled smart devices and packaging, the reality is that the talk is, well, mostly just talk.


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A panel of industry experts provides an inside look at smart packaging that can improve consumer engagement, operational costs and efficiencies and address food safety concerns.

 


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The "Swiss Army knife of RFID," eAgile’s DualWing combines UHF and NFC frequencies in a single form factor that opens up technology-driven intelligence in the supply chain and interactive options for end users including authen


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Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) have seen applications in television panels, mobile devices and related visual media. Now VTT Ltd.


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A Sun Chemical partnership for conductive inks creates smart packaging that opens up new opportunities to create a “tailored consumer experience” through packaging.

 


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Corruven Inc. is a leading edge B2B (business-to-business) technology provider to product manufacturers in the following industries: building materials, transportation, and furniture.


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A live demonstration of Blippar’s augmented reality technology in September at Label Expo, specifically a blipp for Wheaties, caught my attention. In fact, it was astonishing.


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Curious about how your products can take advantage of smart packaging technologies? The Active & Intelligent Packaging Assn. (AIPIA) can help you sort it all out.


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CanTech Global Distribution Inc. is your recognized provider for innovative, safe, environmentally friendly, effective, high performance and protective coatings for use in an extensive range of markets and applications.


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Want to really gain consumer interest at the point of purchase?


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What’s smarter than smart packaging? Interactive packages being developed today, says Gordon Bockner, president of packaging consultancy Business Development Associates Inc.


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Graduellement, la vocation première de l’entreprise s’est élargie  C’est ainsi qu’après 40 ans de persévérance, à la clientèle des premières années, soit les boucheries et les supermarchés, se sont ajoutés les charcuteries, fr


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Hollywood often tells us how much a movie cost to make so we’ll be suitably impressed with the studio’s commitment to totally wow us.


The launch of the industry’s first “smart wine bottle” using near-field communication (NFC) electronics  based on Thin Film Electronics ASA patent-pending NFC...


With so much positive sentiment surrounding the pairing of near field communication (NFC) technology, NFC-enabled smart devices and packaging, the reality is that the talk is, well, mostly just talk. In nearly every conversation, enthusiasm and...


A panel of industry experts provides an inside look at smart packaging that can improve consumer engagement, operational costs and efficiencies and address food safety concerns.

 

It’s enlightening when industry visionaries share what...


CustomWave RFID Solutions from R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Chicago, are positioned as a cost-effective, high-performance and environmentally friendly radio-frequency identification (RFID)-enabled smart label for packaging...


The "Swiss Army knife of RFID," eAgile’s DualWing combines UHF and NFC frequencies in a single form factor that opens up technology-driven intelligence in the supply chain and interactive options for end users including authentication.

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Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) have seen applications in television panels, mobile devices and related visual media. Now VTT Ltd. is looking to broaden those markets to include packaging using its cost-reducing roll-to-roll printable...


A Sun Chemical partnership for conductive inks creates smart packaging that opens up new opportunities to create a “tailored consumer experience” through packaging.

 

One result of T+Sun, a partnership between...


A live demonstration of Blippar’s augmented reality technology in September at Label Expo, specifically a blipp for Wheaties, caught my attention. In fact, it was astonishing. The basic enabling technology, the Blippar app, is free to download and...


Curious about how your products can take advantage of smart packaging technologies? The Active & Intelligent Packaging Assn. (AIPIA) can help you sort it all out. The AIPIA Congress...


Want to really gain consumer interest at the point of purchase? This invention is directed at increasing the enticement at point-of-sale through packaging for products such as a breakfast cereal in a new, cost-effective way that can be described...


What’s smarter than smart packaging? Interactive packages being developed today, says Gordon Bockner, president of packaging consultancy Business Development Associates Inc. He attended the recent...


Hollywood often tells us how much a movie cost to make so we’ll be suitably impressed with the studio’s commitment to totally wow us.

So I was amazed to learn that companies developing printed electronics are spending from a few hundred...



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Because our technologies can be used for so many applications, we have selected a handful of strategic manufacturing partners who share the same affinity to our purpose and message. In...


AWC's expertise in packaging and love of the wine industry seemed to be the perfect fit for a new labeling company. Wanting to invest in the packaging industry, Steven Label in Santa Fe Springs acquired Gold Coast as a division in 2009 to bolster...


Graduellement, la vocation première de l’entreprise s’est élargie  C’est ainsi qu’après 40 ans de persévérance, à la clientèle des premières années, soit les boucheries et les supermarchés, se sont ajoutés les charcuteries, fruiteries, pâtisseries...


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CanTech Global Distribution Inc. is your recognized provider for innovative, safe, environmentally friendly, effective, high performance and protective coatings for use in an extensive range of markets and applications. Adopters of CanTech Global...


Corruven Inc. is a leading edge B2B (business-to-business) technology provider to product manufacturers in the following industries: building materials, transportation, and furniture. Corruven brings to market its patented lightweight composite...


Eco PACT is the parent company of Eco Aluminum Pallets, Eco Container Systems and Eco Tracking. Eco PACT manufactures solution driven sustainable products for the automotive, packaging, storage, shipping, distribution and manufacturing industries...


Fukutomi Company Limited was founded in 1984 by Dr. Steve Wong with only one staff member at the beginning. Started from watches and plastic scrap business, Fukutomi has grown into a large conglomerate of 100+ employees with “plastic scrap” now...


In 1986, equipped with degrees in Business Management and Economics from the University of Florida, Nadim Bahou moved to California to join reverse-vending specialists, Envipco. He rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President of...


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Honeywell Aerospace mechanical and electrical product offerings are used today on virtually every commercial and defense related aircraft platform. The division invents and integrates thousands of products and...


IMFA is a not-for-profit trade association with its mission to promote the products and services of its supporting membership and to expand the markets for renewable molded fiber products. Also, to encourage the use of sustainable packaging...


Pallet wrapping. How to pack your products with Lachenmeier stretch hood and shrink wrap packaging system - with guaranteed cost savings.

Lachenmeier is one of the leading global packaging machine providers as well as suppliers of related...


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There are also times when you need...


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