Pharmaceutical manufacturers—and the images they project to their various publics—today seem to be confusing at best. Like other product manufacturers, they have become global businesses, doing business worldwide in a variety of ways.
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.
Appleton Security Products (Appleton, WI) developed a line of intelligent papers with embedded taggants that offer unique identifying characteristics to help prevent couterfeiting, alteration, and piracy of branded products and valuable documents.
Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) will showcase products including the new R4 Control Unit—a configurable, rack-based ink-jet printing system. Each R4 unit controls up to 16 Drop-on-Demand™ ink-jet print heads including a mix of large- and small-character units.