In order to offer hygiene product manufacturers new, market-ready digital health products, enabled by printed electronics, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf/Germany, has signed a joint marketing and development agreement with Smartz AG, Baar/Switzerland. This partnership brings together conductive inks from Henkel’s printed electronics portfolio with Smartz’ existing adult care Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and software solutions.
Together, both companies are able to create smart hygiene products that can sense when a wearer needs to be changed or moved, supporting and unburdening medical personnel. Improved performance that simplifies the tasks of caregivers also provides dependent people with a less intrusive service and further protection.
This solution provides manufacturers of hygiene products with smart capabilities that can be integrated into existing product designs and produced on a large scale. By offering a full smart adult care solution, conventional incontinence products, such as adult diapers, can be transformed into smart, connected hygiene products.
Smartz’ special pod sensor design is a clip-on, reusable device that works in tandem with a sensing interface, which can be integrated within a layer of the diaper. Using conductive inks from Henkel, the sensing material can be printed into the material for the incontinence product at the time of manufacture. This market-ready material is non-invasive, fully safe for skin contact and allows the sensors to communicate wirelessly with a caregiver´s software dashboard. All data is securely encrypted to comply with relevant privacy legislation.