Refresh #1: We attended a symposium organized by the UMass Center for Industry Research on Polymers, focusing on printed electronics and its commercial applications. Our interest was, of course, sparked by the concept of using nanotechnology in “smart”, “intelligent” or “active” packaging. We’ve previously had interesting conversations with Sonoco Packaging Institute researchers about their own work in exploring opportunities for further interaction between intelligent packaging and retail shoppers. It’s an idea that’s gaining momentum, but still struggles to be cost effective and consistently reproducible on a larger scale.
Refresh #2: We also attended a one-day color management networking event in New York, organized by GMG Color and their partners. Since our prototyping production is driven by accurate color reproduction, it’s important to explore emerging trends with software developers and end users at this event. We especially liked a presentation by GMG’s Michael Farkas, former Technical Manager at IKEA, who outlined how his company saved money while increasing print quality by implementing a color managed workflow. Preaching to the choir, here!
Participation in these kinds of seminars allows us to fine-tune our ability to push the boundaries of package design and printing – bridging the gap between today and tomorrow.
Posted by Karen Leet, MarCom Manager