(Sept. 24) OxySense Inc. — a manufacturer of equipment that measures the oxygen capacity within modified-atmosphere packaging — is looking to offer 100% quality assurance to customers by expanding its product line to include a system that monitors oxygen levels throughout the entire packaging supply chain.

Dallas-based OxySense’s measuring systems consist of sensors, which are placed inside packaging, and instruments that read the sensor to determine the package’s oxygen content, said Peter Gerard, president and chief executive officer.

The firm offers three pieces of noninvasive equipment, which gauge oxygen levels during the research, design and construction phases of packaging, but OxySense is manufacturing a more comprehensive system. One sensor would be installed in standard packaging, capable of monitoring oxygen concentration from production to the customer, Gerard said.

The new sensor would be similar to a bar code and should have the ability to be scanned numerous times to verify oxygen content and ensure the package has not been damaged along the way, Gerard said.

“We’re working on, and anticipating within the next year, to have a sensor that can be used as part of standard packaging and provide packers with 100% quality control,” Gerard said. “It will monitor the initial environment and test for leaks and then ideally (monitor) all the way through the distribution channel for package integrity.

“The idea is that the sensor can be read at will for almost an infinite number of times, even on the shelf,” he said.

In August, OxySense launched its MAP 1000 — which allows for real-time oxygen monitoring on the packing line — to complement its 4000B and 210T, which read oxygen levels during the research and development stages of new packaging concepts, Gerard said.

Right now, the MAP 1000, 4000B and 210T — which are used in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and bio-medical industries — cost around $3 apiece, but the new equipment should be significantly cheaper, Gerard said, because of mass production.

System monitors packaging’s oxygen level
OxySense Inc., Dallas, offers oxygen sensors — which are placed inside packaging — and readers. Sensors for the 4000B reader currently cost around $3 each, but OxySense hopes to drastically cut the cost through mass production.