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RFID is hot!

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.
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Guides for shipping security

Two handbooks on cargo security offer useful tips for companies that want to reduce theft of shipments.
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Techmark, Inc: Techmark, Inc: Intelligent papers

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.
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

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.
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Technology takes us forward (sidebar)

The sponsors of Emballage 2002, running November 18-22 at Paris Nord Villepinte, have undertaken an in-depth Pack.Vision study of the latest trends in worldwide packaging.
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Matthews Marking Systems: Marking products

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.
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Top Oil out to 'end' counterfeiting

San Francisco-based Top Oil Products Co. is waging war against counterfeiting of its premium synthetic motor oils in Indonesia. It’s weapons: top and bottom aluminum closures.
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Alcoa began development of Fridge Pack

The newest innovation in canned beverage multipacks, the 12-count Fridge Pack from Coca-Cola bottlers traces its origins to aluminum can producer Alcoa.
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Kurz Transfer Products: Counterfeit protection

Kurz Transfer Products (New York, NY) introduces its Trustseal® product line to the U.S. pharmaceutical market. Material uses a proprietary technology for brand protection against over-the-counter and prescription drug counterfeiting.
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EastPack opens in New York

Co-located with three other shows in New York City’s Javits Center, EastPack 2002 runs June 4 through June 6. A full IoPP conference schedule is part of the package.

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