The deal will accelerate the development of new laser-based hardware solutions that are optimized for use with DataLase color-change pigment technology to digitally print on a variety of products and packaging.
DataLase, a SATO company, will collaborate with PARC to specifically advance its inkless multi-color Infinity technology platform, and has signed a lease agreement to establish a development office and innovation suite to operate inside the PARC facility in Palo Alto, CA.
“Working at PARC will give DataLase and our parent company, SATO, access to cutting-edge technology facilities to develop new and unique photonic printing solutions, based on our latest color-change pigment technologies,” Andy Wragg, CEO at DataLase, said.
The new multi-color Infinity platform will revolutionize the way that brand owners can connect with consumers through products and packaging. Digital printing of variable data and the personalization of products is a rapidly growing trend as consumers demand more individual relevance from brand driven marketing campaigns. Integrating printing at the point in the supply chain where it creates most value for the brand is a key challenge faced by the industry, but inkless solutions based on DataLase technology can meet these increasing demands. Applications for the variable printing of text, graphics, and barcodes on labels, flexible film, and folding cartons can all benefit from this unique solution.
“PARC’s open innovation business model is a perfect fit for the DataLase team,” said Antonio Williams, manager, Printing Innovation Portfolio at PARC.
“PARC is an international leader in technology innovation and we are excited to work together in areas that have the potential to transform our industry and drive game-changing B2B2C innovation,” Kaz Matsuyama, SATO president and CEO, said. “We will leverage the partnership to realize our vision of enabling emotional connections between brands and consumers through truly individualized packaging.”