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Assemblers Inc: Assemblers Inc: RFID tag assembly system

Matrics offers PICA, a new high-speed radio frequency identification tag assembly system. Unlike existing Web-based flip-chip assemblers that have a maximum capacity of attaching chips at speeds of 8ꯠ units/hour, the PICA machine can produce tags up to 1귔 times faster, company says.
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Q&A: Corrugated's role in RFID

Andy Kerr(above) is a Development Technician specializing in corrugated packaging at Eastman Kodak, and he’s been re-elected chairman of the End User Advisory Committee at the Technical Assn. of the Pulp and Paper Industry. Here, Andy talks about the RFID program held recently at TAPPI’s October conference in Dallas.
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Pactiv (Lake Forest, IL) will purchase the plastic packaging assets of Rock-Tenn Co.
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The $100,000 question

How would you spend $100ꯠ in your plant? We asked that question in a survey and received a diverse range of responses.

Pipeline: The elusive 'nickel' tag

Hot on the heels of a tech-stock surge, media outlets of all stripes have carried stories about the “possibilities” for radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags or labels.
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The Conference at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

A comprehensive three-day seminar organized into concurrent sessions each day, this conference is packed with information about the world of packaging.

RFID: At Wal-Mart, distribution packaging only

Although some consumer groups claimed credit, Wal-Mart says it had never agreed to work with Gillette on in-store test of RFID tags.
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New venue for Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

It’s the fifth time around for this fast-growing show, and it’s expected to be bigger, newer, and better than ever when the curtain goes up on October 13. Look for more than 800 exhibitors and 17ꯠ attendees.
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Security measures

Along with anecdotal examples, a popular survey on discloses packagers’ thoughts—and insecurity—about package security.


More than 1.4 billion RFID tags will be used for packaging by 2008, according to the study Radio Frequency Identification for Packaging: Solutions for the Distribution Chain.


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