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Thinfilm, PakSense enter agreement to provide food temperature labels

April 22, 2014
Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm) has entered into a commercial distribution agreement with PakSense Inc, a provider of intelligent sensing products specifically designed to monitor perishable goods.
Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm) has entered into a commercial distribution agreement with PakSense Inc, a provider of intelligent sensing products specifically designed to monitor perishable goods.
Terms of the agreement authorize PakSense to distribute Thinfilm Smart Labels to food suppliers and retailers of produce, meat, and seafood in North America, South America, and Central America. In addition, PakSense has submitted pre-orders for the labels, which are targeted for delivery to lead customers in early 2015. PakSense’s current products are one-time-use electronic time and temperature loggers optimized to monitor and record conditions at the “container” level for up to 90 days. They monitor all segments of the food supply chain, including supplier to the retail distribution center, retail distribution center to the store, and perishable exports. Many food suppliers and processors also use PakSense labels as a component of their internal quality assurance programs. Thinfilm printed electronic labels will indicate if certain temperature ranges have been exceeded and complement PakSense time and temperature monitors. The low cost associated with the printed electronics process will now make it possible for PakSense customers to use multiple Thinfilm labels in a shipment at the “item” and “pallet” level. This will lead to added visibility into temperature variations that may exist within a shipment. The enhanced data can then be used to make better informed stocking decisions, and should ultimately aid in the delivery of products that are safer, fresher, and higher in quality. Besides Thinfilm’s own technology and logic, key components of the smart labels will be provided by several Thinfilm ecosystem partners, including thermistors from PST and electrochromic displays from Acreo. More information is available at www.paksense.com, or access www.thinfilm.no/ for further details.

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