UK – A collaboration between a specialty packaging films converter and a printed electronics company has resulted in an innovative development that sees the successful integration of printed electronics and label substrates.
Innovia Films Ltd and PragmatIC Printing Ltd have successfully integrated printed electronic functionality into Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) label substrates.
The first prototypes, which were exhibited by Innovia films at the Packaging Innovations show held at the Business Design Center in London, were interactive bottle labels that show flashing lights when the bottle is held.
The innovative bottles labels are just one of the many possibilities or ways to use active packaging to attract, inform, and interact with the consumers, says Innovia.
“This is a highly significant step for BOPP,” said Steve Langstaff, OPP Product Manager at Innovia Films. “Innovia Films is well known within the packaging and labels arena as a proactive developer of specialist surfaces on BOPP films.
“This exciting development is only a small part of a larger project getting printable electronics into volume packaging markets.”
Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC Printing, added, “Our collaboration with Innovia Films has demonstrated that our unique imprinted electronics can be integrated successfully onto label and packaging films. We now aim to progress these concepts together towards volume production and commercial deployment.”
UK-based PragmatIC Printing enables printed logic circuits that makes interactivity possible into a wide range of products and applications using silicon chips such as labels that are ultra thin, flexible, robust, transparent, and disposable.