NEWS: On Pack Display Shows How Much is in the Bottle


August Faller Group has designed the prototype for an innovative medication pack that captures the level in an opaque bottle of liquid medicine at the push of a button and delivers it to the patient via an integrated display.

The ‘Level Indicator’ is operated via a small e-paper display and using electronic controls (buttons). The intelligent, interactive packaging can help to improve compliance and make handling the medication easier for the patient or the laboratory user, says the company.

The questions: Is there still enough liquid in the bottle or it is time to request a new prescription?  is answered by this innovative folding carton solution which has been developed especially for liquid medications. The level  of fluid remaining can be discovered without removing the bottle from the packaging. The small e-paper display indicates whether the level is still sufficient. If not, it reminds the patient in good time to request a new prescription.

This device consists of flat electronics with an economical microcontroller, tiny battery and adhesive e-paper display. It can be easily integrated into the medication packaging without significantly increasing the size of the box, according to Faller.

The ‘Level Indicator’ is one of Faller’s three newly developed Smart Packaging prototypes. In addition to the ‘Level Indicator’, this includes the ‘Counting Device’, a tablet-counting pack and ‘Medical Prescription’ which not only counts tablets and reminds the patient to take them on time, but using a specially developed app, can send the prescription to the packaging via Bluetooth.

With its ideas for smart packaging solutions, the company believes it is meeting the needs of increased digitalisation on the e-health market and the growing interest in interactive packaging solutions. The first prototypes were developed in collaboration with MSC Technologies from Freiburg and Pforzheim University.

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