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Easy Traceability and Safer Consumption Made Successful with Functional Inks: VTT

Published on 2016-11-01. Author : SpecialChem

Functional Inks are Used for Printing of 2D Codes on Products
Functional Inks are Used for
Printing of 2D Codes on Products

For easier traceability and safer consumption, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing functional inks which can be used to add variable codes to products under TagItSmart project. For example, using such a code a mug can notify a consumer of the temperature of a drink, or packaging can notify of the 'best before' date and the product origin and country of production.

Functional Inks - Printing of 2D Codes on Products

Project Manager Liisa Hakola has said, "The idea is that that ink reacts at a certain temperature or within a certain time and provides the consumer with a message containing varying, additional information based on a dynamic code".

"We are also developing a leakage indicator suitable for packaging, which reacts to oxygen entering vacuum-packaging. Using this technology, for example food packaging can indicate whether its contents are fit for consumption or spoiled. If the leakage indicator is a code, it can be used to access additional services and information based on the situation and time of reading." she continued.

Applications of Functional Inks

Practical IoT applications are being developed under the TagItSmart project over a period of three years. VTT will also explore consumers' opinions of the applications. In addition to VTT, Upcode is representing Finland on the project.

New applications will become available to consumers by the end of the project at the latest.

A total of 15 partners are involved, from countries such as Great Britain, France, Sweden, Romania, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria and Spain. The project is being coordinated by DunavNET in Serbia. It is being funded by the Horizon2020 program.

About VTT Technical Research Centre

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a globally networked multi-technological applied research organization. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. The company enhances its customers' competitiveness, thereby creating prerequisites for society's sustainable development, employment, and wellbeing. 

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Source: VTT
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