"Manufacturers who have vision are already source tagging. Now we must convince the rest of them that source tagging is in their best interest." Such was the message delivered by Enzo Cerra, senior vp of marketing for Largo, FL-based Eckerd Corp., to packagers, manufacturers and retailers at a recent meeting of the RF Users Group in Chicago last month.
Chase-Logeman (Greensboro, NC) has introduced the Model FSTS2-12H automatic filling, stoppering and tray loading system. It uses a positive displacement servo-driven pump to fill glass or plastic bottles ranging from 2 mL to 100 mL at speeds to 120 bottles/min.
The newest version of the EZ Blister(TM) mobile blister packaging machine from UK-based Sepha Products (Irvine, CA) will be shown at PackExpo West. Designed for low-volume package development, it is suitable for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications.
All pharmaceutical drug labels must include a geriatric use subsection according to a final rule published in late August by FDA. Geriatric labeling will be phased in through 2003, beginning with six priority drug categories which must be labeled by August 28, 1998.
Ram Center (Red Wing, MN) will display robotic machinery for cus-tom-designed packaging and materials handling systems. Applications include PET preform feeding systems, PET preform line balancing, PET bottle bulk palletizing, product case loading and case palletizing.
ABB Flexible Automation Inc. (New Berlin, WI) formed a new division, Packaging Automation, which will focus on picking, packing and palletizing robotic system solutions for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
Continuing its campaign to upgrade food safety in the wake of well-publicized incidences of foodborne illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration has asked juice manufacturers to voluntarily put warning labels on unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices until formal labeling rules can be developed.
Growth in see-through labels, three-dimensional labels and labeling of nonround containers are some of the labeling trends forecast by packagers in a recent market study commissioned by B&H Labeling Systems (Ceres, CA).