National drug retailer Walgreen Co. is one major chain that is experiencing significant cost savings through the use of security labels added to packages. Manufacturers are feeling increased pressure to supply product pre-labeled.
In mid-January, New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb voluntarily recalled about 150ꯠ packages of its Ovcon® 35 birth control tablets due to a packaging snafu that might increase the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
Almost any way you measure packaging line changeover, the answers from Packaging World readers vary widely. The major agreement is that more changes are being demanded-and less time is available for doing them. However, the strategies for hastening change
Paper Converting Machine Co. Ltd. (Plymouth, UK) and Printpack Europe Ltd. (Bury, UK) discontinued the joint demonstration facilities at Printpack's Saffron Walden, UK, site, which was used to show PCMC's narrow web Vision flexographic printing press.
Kolinahr Systems' (Louisville, KY) SA-2000 is an automatic print/apply pallet load labeling system. When integrated with a product load accumulation conveyor, it can apply labels to one or two sides of individual finished product loads.
Engelhard (Iselin, NJ) has introduced a new line of adsorbent products designed for use by the pharmaceutical industry. DryGuard® Silica Gel Gram Packs help main-tain the activity of moisture-sensitive chemicals and the potency of pharmaceuticals.
"The biggest mistake made in the deployment of label printer/applicators is to treat the purchase and installation of the applicator as a stand-alone piece of equipment, similar to sourcing a tabletop printer." So writes Dan Gilmore of Forte Industries (Mason, OH), a systems integrator, in a white paper entitled, Integrated Bar Code Printer/ Applicator Systems, Keys to Successful System Implementation.