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    LABELS for temperature control

    The market of self-adhesive labels is constantly growing both economically and technologically, in new developments as well as in innovation. Offering an attractive texture or a resistant adhesive is no longer sufficient. – Juan Stratta (*)

     

    (*) Avery Dennison, Senior of Business Development.

    The great competition results in that the leading companies are innovating and developing proposals so as to offer a higher added value of the experience and thus offering consumers an interactive experience with the label.

     

    A growing trend is related to smart labels. Within this subsegment, we have detected a niche market within the area of transportation and logistics, particularly in the control of the cold chain during the supply of those products, which are sensitive to any change in temperature. Such products are, among others:

     

    l Fresh food                                 l Floriculture

    l Frozen food                               l Vaccines and medications

    l Special raw materials                 l Blood and human organs for transplantation

     

    The order of the preceding list is not at random, but is shown in ascending order according to the load sensitivity and cost, which is not always economic since it is not able to maintain the control of the cold chain during the transportation and distribution of the merchandise.

     

    Throughout this process, the risk is permanent, and there is a latent possibility that the load exceeds the pre-established temperature levels even for a short period of time. For example, a truck can damage its freezing equipment by transporting a refrigerated load on a day with high temperatures. This situation implies a variation of temperature in the refrigerated cargo compartment.

     

    Even when the equipment is repaired and the temperature returns to the defined ranges, the cold chain was compromised and the load has suffered the consequences. In order to have a better control at the intermediate points of the cold chain, different temperature measuring equipment is used, which ranges from traditional mercury thermometers to more sophisticated technologies, such as Data Loggers or thermographs, in connection with the software developed for measurement.

     

    By means of a temperature sensor and the latest technology in NFC data exchange (Near Field Communication), this self-adhesive label stores the temperature records at scheduled intervals according to the user's requirement by way of a user-friendly interface, and without any need to have a specific knowledge.

     

    The programming is done by way of an application available for AndroidTM from any smartphone or tablet compatible with NFC technology, while the data can be read at any point of the supply chain.

     

    There is no doubt that this label offers a solution for many companies who require an exhaustive control of their logistics, inventory and deliveries, whereas the said solution will not only improve the monitoring process, but the quality and profitability of their products as well.

     

     

    Main benefits

    l Accurate measurement of temperature as a function of time.

    l Small label and easy application.

    l Control by way of a mobile app, and data transfer via NFC.

    l Competitive cost compared to current temperature measurement methods.

    l It provides information to improve the quality of deliveries, the inventory and of logistics.

    l Great sustainability.

     

    Applications

    l Medicines and pharmaceutical products.

    l Food and beverages.

    l Chemicals and polymers.

    l Other materials requiring a temperature control.

     

     

     

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  • New FHA-HoReCa Hospitality 4.0 pavilion transforms concepts to reality

    Euromonitor forecasts that global consumer foodservice is to grow by 24 per cent to US$3.7 trillion by 2023. The Asia Pacific markets are expected to make up half of that. Once a pipe dream for businesses in the region, digitalisation and automation are now impacting consumer experience in a big way, from enhancing business efficiency to completely changing the guest experience as we know it. New at FHA-HoReCa, held 13 to 16 July 2020 at Singapore Expo, the Hospitality 4.0 pavilion will be a platform for solution providers and start-ups to demonstrate innovative technologies, and visitors to learn best practices from subject experts.

    A showcase of the future, the Hospitality 4.0 pavilion conceptualised by WY-TO is a human-centric, sustainable vision of how disruptive technologies, robotics, VR, and AI will be seamlessly integrated to enhance the personal experience.

    Designed with organic shapes, smooth circulations, see-through systems and natural materials, this highly crafted ensemble is perceived as a ‘Forest’. This feeling is strengthened by the start-up pods, envisioned as the ‘seeds of tomorrow’ growing along the visitor’s journey through the area. The vertical rhythm given by the wooden elements through the entire pavilion reminds the visitors of a walk in the woods, passing by a forest clearing as well as three singular shelters – highlighting top and trending innovations from across the globe for the hospitality sector.



    The biophilic and futuristic design of the Hospitality 4.0 pavilion is inspired from nature and offers a whole range of diverse spaces and experiences:

    • Start-up Village – a community of creators and innovative businesses displaying new solutions such as 3D food printing, self-service equipment, waste management systems and more within the HoReCa sector.

    • Showcase areas – product and service demonstrations such as service robots, AR menus to remote controlled kitchens within the Hotel, Kitchen and Restaurant segments.

    • Dreamcatcher Theatre – industry thought leaders will share insights on topics ranging from design to new technologies, sustainability to market opportunities and trends. Confirmed speakers include senior representatives from ASOLIDPLAN, Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford, Ovum, Sodexo, The Ritz-Carlton, TripAdvisor and WWF to name a few.

    “Technology advancement has made it possible to fast track ideas that normally take decades to bear fruit. Noting the importance for industry professionals to have their fingers on the pulse of innovation, we implemented Hospitality 4.0 zone for the very purpose of demonstrating the ways advancements in technology can make a difference in the foodservice and hospitality value chain,” said Mr. Martyn Cox, Event Director, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Informa Markets, organiser of FHA-HoReCa.

    --FHA-HoReCa: Meet the World’s Leading HoReCa Suppliers in Asia--
    Where world’s leading hotels, restaurants and café suppliers will gather to showcase the latest foodservice & hospitality equipment, products and services across five key profiles – Bakery, Pastry & Gelato; Foodservice & Hospitality Equipment; Hospitality Style; Hospitality Technology; and Speciality Coffee & Tea – serving discerning distributors, importers, manufacturers and retailers from Asia, all under one roof. For more information, please visit www.fhahoreca.com.


    --Event At A Glance--
    FHA-HoReCa
    Date: 13 – 16 July 2020
    Venue: Singapore Expo
    Website: https://www.fhahoreca.com/

    Featuring: Bakery, Pastry & Gelato; Foodservice & Hospitality Equipment; Hospitality Style; Hospitality Technology; Speciality Coffee & Tea
    Visitor pre-registration: https://fhapwa.com/
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