Worlds Largest Producer of Colour Changing
Temperature Sensitive - Indicating Graphic Devices and Materials
LCR Hallcrest has been working closely with leading Dutch agency, Miles Promocean on their recent and on-going colour changing stirrer promotion for well known drinking chocolate brand, Chocomel which is taking place nationwide within the Netherlands and soon to be followed by a campaign in Belgium too.
Chocomel is extremely popular as a warming winter drink, and this new campaign with the branded colour changing stirrers is promoting Chocomel as a cool refreshing summer drink.
The Chocomel colour changing stirrers are being used as POS material in restaurants, as an awareness campaign to encourage restaurant staff to serve Chocomel chilled to consumers, and to show consumers that the drink is really refreshing when drunk chilled, at 4°C for optimum enjoyment - its cool drinking temperature.
Chocomel is served to consumers in a stainless steel cup along with the stirrer which changes colour vividly from yellow to orange to indicate that the drink is cold. The colour changing stirrers include a thermometer relief within the design showing 4°C - the perfect temperature to drink Chocomel. The campaign is further supported by posters and pos material within the restaurant to encourage purchase.
Gilly Beaumont, Marketing Manager of LCR Hallcrest comments:
This is a great campaign as it's very visual and the colour change communicates and reinforces its message perfectly to its target audience which in this case is both the seller and the purchaser.
For when it's too hot to handle
LCR Hallcrest has worked closely with RadAlert Ltd in the design and development of a new retail too hot warning indicator for radiators. RadAlertTM, a magnetic strip that changes colour from black to red provides a visible alert to high temperatures.
Using temperature reactive colour change technology applied to light weight magnetic strips, RadAlertTM strips are designed to respond to the temperature surface by changing colour to show when it is too hot to touch and a potential burn danger.
Adult skin burns at a contact temperature of 47 degrees, however those more vulnerable, such as babies, children and the elderly have a contact skin burn temperature much lower at 43 degrees, and many household radiators and items such as oven fronts and kettles are a potential danger.
Placed on radiators they change from black to a bright red warning when the temperature is too hot and they are close to contact burn temperature.
RadAlertTM is available as a retail item and can be purchased online at www.radalert-ltd.co.uk
Lauren Bowker is a designer with the Unseen, an art house working on new concepts in wearable technology.
Her latest project is to design a textile which can interpret your brain waves into different colours via an electroencephalograph (EEG) headset.
Due to a change notification we have received from our supplier, we are hereby informing you that there will be a change to the release liner used on the adhesive of our standard Liquid Crystal products.
We have already undertaken tests of the new release liner and found no change to the performance of the strips, with the only difference being a slight change to the colour shade of the release liner. There will be no change to the adhesive used.
This change will be a gradual process and you will start to see this change over the next 12 month period, whilst we use current stocks and replace them with this new liner.
If you have any queries regarding this notice, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team.
Our Chameleoninks Range
Our video easily shows you how our inks can be creatively used to make a product stand out. By using Chameleon inks you can communicate to your audience to reveal message and alert people to your brand.
Thermochromic ink is widely used for a variety of campaigns, to increase product sales or for added interest. Letting a user place their thumb over a certain area to reveal a winning message is just one idea but below are the products that feature in the video and how they used our inks.
What's in the video
- Muse use 'touch reactive ink' to leave a thermo print on their Album packaging design.
- Age UK cleverly uses our 'touch reactive' for a 'touch and reveal game' for their 'Spread the Warmth' campaign seen on the front page of the Telegraph Magazine.
- A game card, to let the user wet the product and reveal a message, Wet and Reveal.
- Chilli game card lets the user press the card up against a cold can to reveal a message, Chill and Reveal.
Enhanced Packaging Design
Cold Activated Ink
You can create a great looking product that stands out, but making it communicate would be even better. Because our thermochromic ink is so versatile, ways of utilising our ink is highly affective.
Ink activated by temperature is very popular amongst the drink industry because of the need for the drinks to be chilled or served at optimum drinking temperature.
What's in this video
- ABSOLUT use a thermochromic coldspot on their packaging to alert theirs customer that their product is 'Chilled to Perfection'
- Khortytsa ICE Vodka bottle - cold activated ink sprayed on the glass
- Coors use our thermochromic ink on their bottles drinks label and on their cans 'Light Beer' range of drinks;cold or 'damme cold'
- Jacob's Creek label is cold activated.
As well as enthralling young readers with its gripping story of adventure, travel and heroism, SeaBEAN is breaking new ground in the literary marketplace with its thermochromic cover which changes when touched
London, UK - Education and literary experts constantly urge children to put down their video games and pick up a book, and this new children's adventure novel encourages just that with its interactive heat-sensitive cover that dramatically changes when touched.
Sarah Holding is inviting the world to judge her book, SeaBEAN, by its cover. The mysteriously dark cover of the first book in the trilogy reveals a dramatic seascape image when touched or rubbed with a warm hand. As it cools however, the image disappears and the cover slowly reverts to its original darkness, evoking the interactive outer surface of the futuristic craft that features prominently in the novel.
Although the cutting-edge technology of the cover is capturing the attention of critics around the world, young reviewers haven't let the excitement distract them from the quality of the story and can't wait forSeaWAR and SeaRISE, out early next year.
The launch of SeaBEAN (23 Sept) at Foyles in London was an exciting affair and included the first performance of the specially-commissioned 'St Kilda Suite' for flute and piano. To coincide with the launch, special point-of-sale units were available to retailers to encourage customer interaction with the cover.
Endorsements from individuals and celebrities from all walks of life include:
Think Secret Island meets Dr Who's Tardis and Greenpeace Junior. This non-stop adventure will excite imaginations and stimulate eco-debates to leave young readers asking when SeaBEAN 2 is coming. The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP - Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
... a different way of introducing children to environmental issues...the thermochromic covers are a great idea." Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE FRSL
Sarah Holding has very cleverly woven contemporary issues and concerns affecting St Kilda, Scotland and the world into a great kids' adventure story." Susan Bain - Western Isles Manager, National Trust for Scotland
I love the way that the SeaBEAN can do anything and allows them to travel around the world. I particularly like the talking parrot and the dog - Spix and Spex. The cover is cool when it heats up to show the sea, clouds and lightning. I can't wait for the next two books!" Ellen Barnette aged 10
Throughout the trilogy, Sarah Holding has subtly introduced educational aspects - including global environmental issues, navigation using longitude and latitude, time zones and the impact that even the most remote of sanctuaries can have beyond their shores.
LCR Hallcrest worked closely with Brighton based packaging company Modo in creating specialist heat sensitive packaging for a deluxe box set of band 'Muse's latest album, the '2nd Law'. The packaging features an impressive thermchromic colour changing heat reactive lift off lid.
"Muse wanted a heat-sensitive packaging solution to reflect the second law of thermodynamics, as referenced in their album title," explains Henry Lavelle of Brighton packaging production company Modo, which created the bespoke packaging.
"Heat-sensitive packs have previously been manufactured as an 'artwork reveal' mechanism but no one has ever used the far more dramatic effect of liquid crystal ink as a laminated box wrap before," Lavelle continues.
A detailed ink and paper sampling process saw Modo prototype dozens of different print and lamination combinations to get a unique result from flood-printing art paper (which wraps the board the box lid is made from) with liquid crystal ink before a final gloss lamination.
The design was featured on Creative Review but for a closer look, watch either of these album package reviews; MUSE 2nd law delux box set unboxing and Muse the 2nd Law deluxe edition on Youtube.com
Our inks were used to dramatic effect on designer, Jay Watson's contemporary table and bench designs.
The 'Linger a Little Longer' range of furniture which is handmade from solid oak incorporates a black thermochromic finish. In response to heat the surface temporarily clears to reveal the timber beneath. A deceptively understated design with a dynamic twist. Making entertaining that bit more fun. The thermochromic finish of the table and benches responds to the heat of any crockery (or body parts) placed on it to leave an ephemeral 'watermark'.
British Company, LCR Hallcrest the world's leading provider and manufacturer of thermochromic inks has supplied Ukrainian Glassware Decoration company, DanCo Décor Ltd, with their thermochromic slurry which has been used to great effect on bottles to launch a new range of vodka for Danco's client, the Award Winning Ukranian Vodka distiller, Khortytsa.The specialist technology covers glass bottles of Khortytsa's latest new addition to its range of vodkas - ICE.
ICE's subtle concoction of cool flavours, mint, lime and menthol is further supported by the added addition of the chilled innovative thermochromic colour changing properties within the bottle design. The bottles vibrantly change colour from white matt to saturated blue when placed in the fridge or chiller informing the consumer that the vodka is at its optimum temperature for consumption. Ideal consumption temperature being between: 8C (46.4F) - 12C (53.6 F).
Gilly Beaumont, Marketing Manager at LCR Hallcrest comments: "It cleverly educates and informs the consumer that chilled consumption adds to the ultimate taste experience. It's a beautifully designed bottle and DanCo Décor have won a much coveted packaging Award for the creative design".
DanCo Décor Ltd won the best packaging design award for Khortytsa at this year's recent Ukranian Star of Packaging 2013 Awards. There were 84 competitors within the 'Packaging' category and one winner!
An interactive advertisement : LCR Hallcrest's thermochromic inks were successfully and creatively used as part of an Age UK advertisement for the charity's ongoing 'Spread the Warmth' winter campaign this year.
The interactive advertisement appeared on the front cover of The Telegraph's Saturday Magazine asking its readers to: 'Touch the six blacked out areas to raise the temperature of our cover'
Featuring the actress Lynda Bellingham, six areas on the front of the magazine were covered with LCR Hallcrest's black heat sensitive thermochromic inks which when touched by the reader revealed an image beneath connected to important information and advice within six key areas:
Helping Hands: Age UK's Handyperson services
Companions: Age UK befriending service
Just a Call Way: Age UK's free phone support service
Warmer Winter: Winter pack including liquid crystal thermometers
Liquid Assets: Funding for local projects to enable people to stay warm
Feel the Benefit: Benefit Advice
With far too many older people struggling through the Winter months this interactive use of LCR Hallcrest's temperature sensitive inks helped create awareness of the advertisement which highlighted the problems which the elderly face each year and Age UK's charitable support, advice and tips and funding which is available not just at Winter but throughout the year.
Age UK's Spread the Warmth campaign is helping vulnerable older people to keep warm, safe and well during the cold winter months.
Every winter, more than 200 older people die every day from preventable causes. Help stop the cold weather causing more needless deaths.
Spatulas incorporating Colour Change Thermochromic Safety Warning Device.
Wax can reach high temperatures if overheating occurs and may cause burns if instructions are not carried out as specified.
To combat any such accidents Reckitt Benckiser's Veet Gel Wax Kits now include spatulas with a thermochromic circle, supplied by LCR Hallcrest, which change colour to show if the wax is OK and not too hot.
The small colour changing temperature reactive circles are incorporated into the spatula and change from black to red with a warning symbol which appears if the wax is too hot.
We were approached by an Australian retailer to develop a thermometer which could be used to measure the temperature of frothed milk for Coffee.
The client required a measuring device which could be easily read and used and would be hygienic.
As a global leader in liquid crystal thermometry and a comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the research, development, production and marketing of it we were readily able to develop a product which could be applied to the outside of a stainless steel jug holding steamed frothed milk.
Liquid Crystal 3 Event Thermometer Strip 60°C, 65°C , 70°C
Here is the story:
Get perfect froth every time with the Capperfection® froth meter!
Did you know that perfect froth is not an art, it's science?
Foaming, Steaming, Frothing...pushing some air into the milk for your coffee improves and sweetens the taste compared to flat milk. There's a perfect temperature for perfect froth depending on the milk you use, and once you find it you can keep on making light smooth rich froth every time. CapperfectionTM Froth Meter shows you that perfect temperature, every time.
Simple to apply, simple to use, reliable and long lasting.
How it works
Perfect froth forms between 62°C and 68°C depending on the type of milk you are frothing. The Capperfection froth meter adheres to your frothing jug and changes colour progressively as the temperature of the milk rises allowing you to judge the temperature precisely every time.
To make perfect froth for your perfect cappuccino:
Step 1: Put cold milk in the milk jug (the colder the better).
Step 2: Froth the milk watching the Capperfection froth meter carefully. The change in colour will tell you the temperature of the milk. Stop frothing when the temperature reaches about 65°C
Step 3: Different milks froth at slightly different temperatures.
Experiment with slight variations either side of 65°C to learn what temperature suits your favourite milk.
LCR Hallcrest the world's leading provider and manufacturer of liquid crystal thermometers launched their babysafe® range of safety temperature monitors aimed specifically at the new born/early years retail sector at the recent Harrogate Nursery Fair - March 2011.
The show was an enormous success with positive feedback from the trade towards this exciting new range of Babysafe® Thermometers.
The range introduces a world first in liquid crystal technology, a thermometer incorporating a temperature line which moves clearly along a scale allowing temperatures to be quickly and easily monitored. Developed in LCR Hallcrest's UK labs over two years, the special easy-read thermometers give this new range a unique benefit.
Featuring fun designs incorporating baby bears, rabbits, elephants, ducklings & puppies, in an array of soft pastel colours for both girls and boys, the babysafe® 'Animals' range of safety monitors will give peace of mind to parents. Enchanting duckling and puppy bath thermometers will measure the bath temperature to ensure it is neither 'too hot' nor 'too cold'; rabbits, bears and puppies monitor the nursery temperature ensuring safe ideal temperatures, while elephant fever thermometers check the baby's core body temperature.
The range also includes a boxed gift set containing five essential safety temperature indicators needed to keep a baby/child safe within the home during its early childhood years making it an excellent gift for new mums.
This kit is also particularly useful for traveling. Each safety kit contains a liquid crystal Nursery Thermometer, Fever Thermometer, Bath Thermometer, Fridge Thermometer (for baby milk and food) together with our award winning colour changing Baby Safety Feeding Spoon.
Gilly Beaumont comments: "Following the successful launch of our Mr Men® Child Safety range two years ago, this beautifully designed 'Animals' range covers the 0-24 month age group featuring softer pastel colours and characters and is in response to requests from the trade for such products. We are very excited and proud of this fabulous new range which helps to provide a baby safe environment within the home. It sits comfortably with our existing Mr Men® range which is aimed at a slightly higher age group."
LCR Hallcrest is a world leader in the design and manufacture of liquid crystal thermometry and temperature sensitive colour changing technology and has been at the forefront of specialist ink techniques for over 30 years.
Exciting and captivating tools for use in the learning environment.
These products change colour at different temperatures allowing students to visually connect with what is happening, creating a colourful and engaging learning experience.
See our full range of ThermoSmart materials for use in the Science curriculum
Child Safety Kit contains 7 amazing products 1 January 1970
Mr Men Child Safety Kit retailing at £9.95.
Each Kit includes a Mr Men or Little Miss Bedroom Thermometer, a non-invasive Mr Men forehead thermometer, a pack of Mr Men self-adhesive labels which will change colour when objects such as kettles, taps and so on are too hot, a Mr Men Bath Thermometer, a little Miss Fridge Thermometer to ensure food and milk is stored at the correct temperature, and a Mr Men Anti Scald Gauge to check the safety of all running hot water in the home. Theres also a colour change feeding spoon too.
The product launch coincides with the new Mr Men TV Show on Channel 5 which sees the popular Mr Men and Little Miss characters updated for their 2008 relaunch.
LCR Hallcrest specialises in the micro-encapsulation of Liquid Crystal compounds and the development and manufacturing of Labels, Inks and Raw Materials that change colour.
LCR´s commanding position is based on over 40 years experience of manufacturing advanced temperature measuring devices for almost any purpose or application. This combined with absolute commitment to the quality standards of ISO 9001:2008 and ongoing research and development programmes clearly defines LCR as the International leader in its field.
This capability translates into exciting colour changing materials that produce a wide range of applications, from the precision necessary to monitor human temperature Clinitrend™ (a forehead thermometer used in the surgical setting), to the whimsical mood ring of the 60´s. We offer a combination of standard temperature sensitive colour changing products and custom designs produced to your specification.