August Faller: Folding Carton with Fill-Level Measurement

Prototype designed primarily for liquid medications aims to improve patient compliance and ease handling.

Prototype designed primarily for liquid medications aims to improve patient compliance and ease handling.
Prototype designed primarily for liquid medications aims to improve patient compliance and ease handling.

With the “Level Indicator,” the August Faller Group designed a prototype for medication packaging that captures the level of an opaque bottle of liquid medicine at the push of a button and delivers it to the patient via an integrated display. It is operated via a small e-paper display and uses electronic controls (buttons). The intelligent, interactive packaging can help improve compliance and make handling the medication easier for the patient or the laboratory user.

Is there still enough liquid in the bottle or it is time to request a new prescription? This question is answered by the folding carton solution, especially for liquid medications at the touch of a button and without having to remove the medicine bottle from the packaging. The small e-paper display indicates whether the level is still sufficient. If not, it reminds the patient to request a new prescription.

This is made possible by flat electronics with an economical microcontroller, tiny battery and adhesive e-paper display. It can be integrated into the medication packaging without significantly increasing the size of the box. The buttons for operating the microcontroller are accessible on the front of the packaging.

This interactive folding carton is one of Faller’s three newly developed “Smart Packaging” prototypes. In addition to the Level Indicator, prototypes include the “Counting Device,” a tablet-counting packaging and the “Medical Prescription.” The latter not only counts tablets and reminds the patient to take them on time. Using a specially developed app, the prescription can also be sent to the packaging via Bluetooth.

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