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A miniaturized system to secure the cold chain

Project description

A smart link in the cold chain

Traceability is taken very seriously in the food industry. Labels and barcodes are printed on virtually every consumer food product in the world. Maintaining the correct temperature to keep perishable food in the desired range is necessary. Refrigeration needs to be applied throughout the cold chain. The EU-funded TEMPIX project has developed a new type of label that can improve the efficiency of the cold chain. It’s a time-temperature smart label. If a product is exposed to conditions above the stipulated temperature for an extended period of time, the barcode will be blocked rendering it unsellable. The project plans to go to market with a complete turnkey solution comprising a two-in-one thermal label printer and a cover label applicator.

Objective

We have developed an affordable and easy-to-adopt way of securing cold chains: Tempix time-temperature smart labels. Our labels guarantee that products are handled at the correct temperature throughout the entire cold chain. If the product is exposed to conditions above the stipulated temperature for an extended period, the bar code will be blocked rendering it unsellable. We provide a complete turnkey solution comprising a 2- in-1 thermal label printer and a cover label applicator. The market has welcomed our innovation. Nowadays, Tempix labels secure LIDL’s fresh fish cold chains in Finland. Furthermore, we are running pilots with other prestigious companies around the world. For all its virtues we are aware of the limitations of our solution. Tempix printers are big and require compressed air to operate. These factors restrict our targeted users to major primary food producers and factories with large single story floor space. For Tempix technology to reach its full potential, it is necessary to develop a desktop-sized version of our system. To scale up, we must scale down. In this Phase 1 study, we will scout for the most suitable technology and manufacturing partner to achieve miniaturisation. Simultaneously, we will develop a strategy for market deployment.

Fields of science

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1

Coordinator

TEMPIX
Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Address
LOTANGSGATAN 2
803 01 Gavle
Sweden

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Norra Sverige Norra Mellansverige Gävleborgs län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 71 429,00