Food, Pharmaceuticals, And Smart Packaging Sensors

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Food, Pharmaceuticals, And Smart Packaging Sensors

Food, Pharmaceuticals, And Smart Packaging Sensors

As one of the most well-known and trusted suppliers of coding and marking solutions around the world, we know packaging is always changing.  A recent article we came across delved into the topic of smart packaging sensors and their role in safeguarding pharmaceutical drugs and foods.

 
While the smart sensor market is expected to grow to about $60 billion over the next five years, product manufacturers are already realizing the benefits of these sensors, which are embedded in packaging and capable of recognizing and responding to temperature, position, touch, pressure, motion, and more.  
 
In the food sector, packaging that includes smart sensors helps ensure safety and security by aiding in the monitoring and control of temperature, moisture, oxygen, and other factors that can impact food's freshness.  Further, smart sensors used in packaging make it possible for manufacturers to more easily track products through the supply chain.  
 
Smart sensors in pharmaceutical packaging could be a game changer, as it's critical that medication and drug packages are maintained properly in terms of chemical and/or temperature changes, which can impact the products' quality and effectiveness.  The capability to monitor temperatures or extreme changes in temperature would result in safer drugs, particularly those where chemical volatility is a concern.  Controlled temperatures are essential for certain liquid medications and vaccines; smart pharmaceutical packaging utilizing embedded sensors is a quality safeguard, which ultimately benefits patient outcomes.
 
Intelligence in the packaging of food products and pharmaceuticals has already gained the attention and approval of several pharmaceutical, food, and beverage manufacturers.  Are smart packaging sensors a good investment in your industry?
 
Markem-Imaje provides a wide range of industrial coding solutions to the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as many others.  From small and large character inkjet, thermal inkjet, thermal transfer, and laser to digital printing and print & apply labeling for case and pallet coding, we have your marking solution!

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