In late January in Miami, the topic of Intelligent & Smart Packaging was as hot as the conference location. The Pira Intl. (www.piranet.com) and IDTechEx (www.idtechex.com) Conference and Tradeshow was dominated by electronic product coding, or ePC.
The compact R402 RFID smart label printer/encoder prints and programs 13.56 MHz smart labels for radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The R402 unit reads, encodes, and verifies information programmed to an ultra-thin RFID transponder embedded inside the label.
Elected to four-year terms on the Board of Directors at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute are (from left) John Raterman, vice president North American sales at Nordson Corp.; Glenn Siegele, president of Omega Design Corp.; Randy Spahr, vice president of Packaging Machines Intl.; and Andrew Zucaro, president of Azco Corp.