06544925 is referenced by 124 patents.
An activatable time-temperature indicator system useful in tracking the thermal exposure history of a temperature-sensitive perishable product and providing a visually-distinct signal, such as a change in color density, at the expiration of a predetermined time-temperature integral comprises a first element, such as a direct thermal printing label (
), comprising a composition (
) having at least a first co-reactant of a color-forming reaction. A second, activator element, such as an adhesive tab (
) capable of being affixed to the label element, comprises an activator component (
), such as a second co-reactant of the color-forming reaction or a solubilizing agent for prompting the interaction of the co-reactants of the label composition. The activator tab element is affixed to the label composition to activate for reaction at ambient conditions the normally high-temperature color-forming composition (
) of the label at about the same time as the label is affixed to the perishable product. Such an ability to effect the initiation of the indicator reaction at a given time eliminates any unknown, premature color formation in the indicator system to thereby ensure a true time-temperature history of the perishable product.