Smart packaging is the use of advanced technologies to package items in a manner that optimizes usage, reduces waste, and enhances product visibility and consumer experience. Smart packaging is being adopted by manufacturers and retailers who want to reduce costs, reduce waste, increase production efficiency, and improve customer experience. With increasing demand for sustainable packaging solutions that help manufacturers cut costs, reduce waste, and increase production efficiency, smart packaging is becoming the new norm. Furthermore it can also help manufacturers design attractive products that are easier to sell. We’ll discuss few ways smart packaging technology is changing the way your products are packaged.
Different smart packaging solutions for different products
Smart packaging (click for more information) is a solution that is suitable for all types of products. It is available for a variety of industries and products, including food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods (CPG), industrial products, and a variety of other products.
The growing demand for smart products is changing how all industries are experiencing a shift toward sustainable packaging. The same technology can be used to improve the way your products are packaged, including food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, and industrial products. For example, you may find that your food items are losing moisture. This can be an issue for many types of food, from fruits to meats and vegetables.
Smart packaging companies offer smart solutions for all types of products, and are often able to customize a solution for your specific needs. For example, some smart food packaging solutions include:
- Low-oxygen packaging
- Layer-by-layer (LBL) packaging
- Controlled atmosphere (CA) packaging
- Sensing technologies such as smart sensors such as touch sensors, temperature sensors, and light sensors
- Smart seal technologies that let you know when a product has been opened.
Digital Label Technology
Labels are currently printed on paper-based materials that are often not biodegradable and are costly to produce. The majority of paper labels are printed on wood pulp, which is not renewable and has a finite supply. Moreover, paper labels are expensive to produce, and a major challenge is to find an environmentally friendly way to print on paper labels. Ink is a toxic substance, and most printing processes damage the environment. Furthermore, paper labels are not flexible enough and do not allow for easy product visibility. As a result, paper labels are no longer a preferred method of printing. In order to meet rising demand for smart products, manufacturers are turning to digital printing. Digital printing uses heat to transfer images from special inkjet-type printers onto labels, making it possible to print on virtually any flexible material. Manufacturers can print logos, bar codes, and text on labels in color, as well as images such as food grade graphics and UPC codes. Digital printing is an environmentally friendly solution that can be used to print labels on virtually any material. And because it is a digital solution, there is no ink used.