We use cookies to provide you with the best experience when using this site. By continuing to use this site, you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device. How we use cookies x


Newsletters & Alerts

Sign up for free to specialist newsletters and the digital edition of Packaging Europe magazine


Packaging Europe magazine

Bi-monthly print publication


Contact Packaging Buyers

Talk to 47,000 European Packaging Buyers

Get Access

Packaging Suppliers Database

Instant, free access to our network of 53,000 Packaging Suppliers

Get Access

Infratab to Unwrap Smartphone Sensor Tags

Released: 31/10/2014 07:58:00
Read 2565 times

Infratab, the award-winning innovator behind Freshtime™ - a line of freshness sensors and software for all things perishable - will unwrap its latest additions at Pack Expo, November 2-5, 2014, in Chicago. Infratab Director of Strategy and Business Development, Prashanth Vanchy, will also speak on “The Art of the Possible: Intelligent Packaging Solutions for Freshness” at the Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) Congress coinciding with Pack Expo.

Search for suppliers of similar products in the Packaging Network.

Infratab is the creator of a system of smart sensors and software whose purpose is monitor, track, and communicate a perishable’s condition—simply and securely—throughout the supply chain, from farm to warehouse to grocery aisle to dinner table.

Conventional methods of monitoring perishables, such as use-by dates and temperature loggers, fail to report a perishable’s actual condition. According to the Institute of Food Technologists, as much as 31 per cent of the U.S. food supply is wasted, although the perishable is still in perfectly good condition. Conversely, perishables that have been improperly handled are sometimes sold as fresh, only for consumers to discover that they are not—thus tarnishing the brand.

At the core of Infratab’s Freshtime™ technology are Freshtime Points™, a system of quantifying and measuring the freshness of a perishable using metrics that can be authenticated, validated and audited.  A perishable starts out with 100 Freshtime Points™ and ends its useful life at zero: the quality use-by date set by the brand owner. 

Using Freshtime Points™, a perishable’s condition can be assessed and budgeted by anyone who handles it - the brand, its transporter, retailer, or consumer. The result is greater consumer confidence and trust, longer use and reduced spoilage.

Freshtime™ tags, which are RFID EPC Gen2 tags, come in various sizes and can be used repeatedly.  A 4” x 4” general-use tag, for manufacturing, storage or transport, is often used as a micro-climate temperature monitor for storage rooms, containers or perishables display cases.  The Freshtime clip tag (4” x 8”) is used with RPCs (reusable plastic containers) and other cases that have either a handle or a lid. The Freshtime long tag (4” x 20” in length) is used to monitor metal-lined containers or containers of frozen perishables.

These previous tags have required an RFID EPC reader to set up the tag and retrieve the data stored in it. EPC (Electronic Product Code) is an RFID standard set by GS1 (the issuer of UCC barcodes) for products sold worldwide in the supply chain.  An on-tag button enables the tag to be started and the status checked without the use of a reader.

The newest members of the Freshtime™ family are even more mobile. Freshtime™ NFC is a tag that can be read by anyone with a smart phone app, including farmers, small growers, businesses, or restaurateurs.  Like other Freshtime™ tags, it can be used and reused.

Freshtime™ Dual is a tag that can be attached and started in the field (again using only a smartphone) then used by packing houses, consumer brands, and retailers who are part of the GS1 global supply chain. The system not only helps ensure the freshness of products, it can also help suppliers plan the most appropriate packaging and transport, as well.

In addition to adding value to the supply chain, the Freshtime system also helps document compliance with regulatory requirements such as those set by the federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA and the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act.

Infratab has other tags in the works, one for oyster sacks, which is capable of withstanding both the oyster and the ocean; and one for frozen goods, letting handlers know whether a product has thawed and been refrozen. Although the company has focused on food applications since its founding, the technology is applicable to a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals and vaccines, supplements, cosmetics, industrial adhesives and sealants, biologics, and blood; indeed, any product for which potency matters.

Infratab will occupy a booth in the demonstration area of AIPIA, at Pack Expo, and Booth 581 at PharmaExpo, which coincides with Pack Expo in Chicago.

Prashanth Vanchy’s talk on “The Art of the Possible: Intelligent Packaging Solutions for Freshness,” will take place at 15:50 on November 3, in Room 3 at the AIPIA World Congress.


The congress Profiting from Active & Intelligent Packaging takes place in Chicago 2-4 November.

Email to a friend


Log in or register for an account to leave your comment.

Related Stories

At IPA’s Stability Program Conference, CSP Technologies...

Craig Voellmicke, Vice President, Business Development for CSP Technologies, Inc. – a leader in packaging solutions that ensure product prot...

World Premiere: Coating Wheel© at interpack 2017

Coating specialist ACTEGA Terra will be presenting itself to the audience at interpack 2017 with a world innovation.


Win a €50 Amazon Voucher

Help Packaging Europe provide a better service...

Take our 3-Minute Survey

Packaging Europe Latest


Skarszewy 83-250 . st. drogowców 17

Quality Minerals Public Co., Ltd.

9/13-17 Yarnphaholyothin Rd., Jatujak, Jatujak Bangkok 10900 Thailand

Oneworld Packaging SL

Carretera Segovia, Km 19,6, 41762 Aldeamayor de San Martín, Valladolid


Minareliçavus Mahallesi, N. 208. Sk. No:4, 16140 Nilüfer/Bursa

Wains of Turnbridge Wells

Wains is a family business founded in 1963, supplying an extensive range of glass and plastic containers for a range of purposes, from food packaging to cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. We have the expertise to match our customers' requirements to the best packaging solutions for them and can provide orders in a range of quantities - from small orders through to bulk, trade requirements.

Packaging Jobs

Find top jobs in the packaging industry on Packaging Europe Jobs

£43,000 + bonus up to 25%, private healthcare, pension

£30,000 - £38,000 (DoE) + benefits

£30,000 - £35,000 + private healthcare, private pension, fle

€75,000 - €95,0000 basic (dependant on candidate/ experienc

More packaging jobs >>

Related Suppliers


Products: Converting, Labelling and Coding, Materials Handling



Products: Films and wrapping


Sick AG

Products: Materials Handling


EyeC GmbH

Products: Labelling and Coding, Printers, Services


D.R. Joseph, Inc

Products: Films & Wrapping


See all suppliers >>

Packaging Europe Magazine Subscription

Packaging Europe's Bi-monthly print publication, presenting a selection of the most talked about features from our online magazine. The cost of subscription is €120 for six editions.

Your Name:*
Email Address:
Twitter Username:
Phone No:
Company Name:*
Address Line 1:*
Address Line 2:
  • Please send an invoice to the above address for the sum of €120 for six editions of the Packaging Europe Bi-monthly print publication.

Electronic Subscriptions

Your Details

Email Address:*


Your Name:
Company Name:
Twitter Username:

Packaging Europe Magazine

  • Bi-monthly alert with an overview of and link to the latest digital edition of Europe’s most popular packaging publication

Specialist Newsletters

Packaging Markets

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Pharma & Medical

Industry Segments

  • Corrugated
  • Flexibles
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Paper & Cartonboard
  • Plastics
  • Wood
  • Labelling
  • Machinery
  • Print


  • Business News
  • Products & Innovations
  • Sustainability

By clicking "subscribe", you consent for Packaging Europe to hold your details within our system. You may subscribe for free to as many newsletters as you like (including Packaging Europe magazine) and can unsubscribe at any time. Packaging Europe will not sell your data to third parties but reserves the right to occasionally send you carefully selected information on behalf of relevant suppliers.

Packaging Buyers Database

Packaging Europe’s business intelligence service offers direct access to European buyers of packaging. Serving the information needs of packaging buyers, we have built up a contact database of over 60,000 buyers who want to hear from suppliers of packaging suitable to their market segments.

Please select the products you are interested in from the sections below and when you have made your selections, click on confirm, fill out your details and one of our team will attend to your request promptly.

There are 6826 total buyers within the Beverages industry.

  • Select All
  • Alcoholic Drinks (4059)
  • Non-Alcoholic Drinks (2767)

There are 7057 total buyers within the Pharma / Medical industry.

  • Select All
  • Medical Equipment (4556)
  • Pharmaceutical (2501)

There are 15516 total buyers within the Retail industry.

  • Select All
  • Fast Food & Cafes (1986)
  • Retailers (11842)
  • Supermarkets / grocers (1688)

There are 30603 total buyers within the Food industry.

  • Select All
  • Food: Bakery (4826)
  • Food: Cheese (2881)
  • Food: Confectionary (2563)
  • Food: Dairy (2263)
  • Food: Frozen (1795)
  • Food: Fruit and Vegetables (2104)
  • Food: Honey (618)
  • Food: Loose/Dry (2712)
  • Food: Meat, Game and Fish (6109)
  • Food: Oils and Fats (1519)
  • Food: Pet Food (341)
  • Food: Preserved In Cans and Jars (1994)
  • Food: Sauces & Condiments (878)

There are 6801 total buyers within the Other Consumer Goods industry.

  • Select All
  • Cosmetics (3187)
  • Cut Flowers (372)
  • Electrical Appliances (571)
  • Home Cleaning Products (1321)
  • Soaps and Detergents (1177)
  • Tobacco Products (173)

There are 9382 total buyers within the Industrial / Building / DIY industry.

  • Select All
  • Adhesives (1772)
  • Automotive Components (2042)
  • Chemicals (2251)
  • Construction Materials (1455)
  • Paints (1862)
Your Name:
Company Name:
Your Phone:
Your Email:

Your Selections:

  • 0 Products Selected