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RFID-enabled vial seal

West Spectra[tm] from West Pharmaceutical Services uses overt, covert, and HF RFID technologies to ensure authenticity for pharma products.
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Automation to fuel demand for packaging machinery

With Freedonia predicting a 4% annual increase in world demand for packaging machinery through 2008 and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute predicting 7% growth in U.S. packaging machinery sales this year, it’s useful to ask just what kind of packaging machinery will sell most briskly and what market segment will do the most buying.
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Counterfeiting protection insights and tips

Mark Miller of DuPont Medical & Industrial Packaging addressed “Counterfeit protection of medical devices,” at HealthPack 2005, held in late March in New Orleans. Below are many of the key points from his presentation.
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Improved Track-and-Trace Capability

Arla Foods is on a mission to provide personnel full visibility into plant-floor processes, including pasteurization, cleaning and packaging.Microsoft SQL servers are among the tools Arla relies on.
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Drug import bill could speed RFID adoption

New legislation mandates chain-of-custody requirements for pharmaceutical products that may be imported.
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IBM launches RFID on RPCs

IBM will track and trace assets between France and Ireland using RFID-enabled reusable plastic containers.
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Retailers support stronger penalties for theft, counterfeiting

A variety of retailer representatives, including members of the Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers of America, testified in Congress March 18, pushing for legislation that would make theft and counterfeiting by organized gangs a federal felony.
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Anticounterfeiting bill moves forward

A house subcommittee passed “The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act” that increases penalties for distributing counterfeit goods. It grants trademark owners remedies already enjoyed by copyright and trade-secret holders.
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Looking over our shoulders

Part of my role as Executive Editor is to serve as a “filter” between the information I see from a variety of sources and the information we present in the magazine.
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What skills will you need to succeed in healthcare packaging?

Survey respondents identify knowledge of validation and regulatory issues, as well as materials expertise as critical.

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