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Food and Beverages | Friday, December 10, 2021

Smart packaging allows businesses to package items with additional functionality. It encompasses a wide range of technologies aimed at achieving more than just packaging.

FREMONT, CA: The smart packaging field has gotten a lot of attention lately because of the various ways it is transforming the consumer product packaging industry and the packaging industry as a whole. So, what exactly is smart packaging? Smart packaging is a term used to describe emerging technologies in the packaging industry that improve consumer and company usefulness while also making it easier to access and track information about products and enterprises.

While smart packaging is yet in its early stages of development, the benefits and applications of incorporating this new approach are enormous. Smart packaging, as the name implies, allows businesses to package items with additional functionality. It encompasses a wide range of technologies aimed at achieving more than just packaging. This has advantages for both customers and companies that distribute things. Consumers benefit from easier access to product and company information, while businesses may improve efficiency and learn more about a product's journey and usage.

Smart Packaging Types

The following are the two main forms of smart packaging:

Active Packaging

In active packaging, the box interacts with the contents inside to extend the shelf life of the product. When the packaging comes into direct contact with the product, chemicals are released that either enrich the medium or remove contaminants from the local environment. Light filtering materials, ethylene absorbers, antimicrobial coating, oxygen absorbers, moisture-control, and other elements are commonly used by manufacturers, depending on the goods being sent. Adding oxygen absorbers to the cap of a plastic beer bottle, for example, extends its shelf life from three to six months.

Intelligent Packaging

Conversely, intelligent packaging focuses on communicating with the outside world rather than just packing. This kind of packing includes diagnostic and indication features. They can also be used for consumer involvement, marketing, and automation. Sensors and indicators are used in intelligent packaging to monitor the product's condition and provide information about its state. Tightness, temperature, freshness, storage period, and so forth are all factors to consider. Intelligent packaging can also be used to monitor product conditions in various ways. Food packaging, for instance, may turn a different hue to signal a leak or salmonella infection.

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