mardi 7 avril 2009

Organic and Printed Electronics – Excellent Packaging

Packaging serves product protection and advertising. Organic and printed electronics should help manufacturers upgrade packaging plastics to active early warning systems or cardboard boxes to multi-media information carriers. Current trends and the latest developments in this area will be on display at the LOPE-C in Frankfurt, Germany from June 23-25, 2009.

Heading Toward Smart Packaging

In the future, however, packaging should offer many more functions. Manufacturers are now developing “Smart Packages” that can:
  • Provide additional information in various languages
  • Read product inserts to the visually impaired
  • Inform patients of product interactions with other drugs
  • Ensure product authenticity through integration of fraud resistant electronic codes
  • Signal when the expiration date of a food product is reached or the cold chain has been interrupted
  • Provide power for all electronic components through solar cells and batteries printed directly onto the package
Organic and printed electronics play an important role in the realization of these additional functions.

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