Thin Film Electronics ASA, San Jose, Calif., entered into a commercial distribution agreement with PakSense, Inc., Boise, Idaho, to develop intelligent sensing Thin Film temp sensor tagproducts that monitor perishable goods. Terms of the agreement authorize PakSense to distribute Thinfilm Smart Labels to produce, meat and seafood suppliers and retailers in North America, South America and Central America. PakSense currently provides solutions to help monitor the condition of perishable items through the global supply chain.

“PakSense is a market leader in the development of intelligent sensing products specifically designed to monitor perishable goods,” says Davor Sutija, chief executive officer of Thinfilm. “In addition to being a noted expert in cold chain transport and distribution, they maintain an extensive network of resellers and distributors, which makes them an ideal Thinfilm partner. We’re excited to join forces with them in delivering our printed electronic technology to their many clients throughout the Americas.”

PakSense's current products are one-time-use electronic time and temperature loggers optimized to monitor and record conditions at the “container” level for up to 90 days. They monitor all segments of the food supply chain, including supplier to the retail distribution center, retail distribution center to the store and perishable exports.

“By introducing Thinfilm’s printed electronics technology to the perishable foods space, PakSense will provide another tool to help ensure overall product integrity and reduce unnecessary waste, while arming producers, retailers and consumers with the information they need to make smarter decisions,” says David Oster, chief executive officer of PakSense. “We’re delighted to pass this value along to our customers and look forward to working with Thinfilm on additional technology developments in the future.”