Traceability, authentication, serialization

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PipeLine: Packaging security: Which issues belong?

Nearly everywhere you look these days, the front-of-mind issue is security. Whether it be on a national or individual or company basis, security is a hot topic.
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Judy Fischer (left), senior packaging engineer for Sargento Foods, answers a question while Juli Okal of 3M Co. awaits her turn.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Materials: Anti-counterfeiting pigments

Flex Products (Santa Roas, CA) has introduced SecureShift™ pigments. Capable of being incorporated in inks, films, coatings, plastics, or fabrics, these pigments serve as an effective anti-counterfeiting measure for major brands because they’re believed to be impossible to copy and are easy to identify.
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Smurfit-Stone DI-NA-CAL: Smurfit-Stone DI-NA-CAL: Security labels

Di-Na-Secure heat transfer labels from Di-Na-Cal® Label Group (Cincinnati, OH) feature special optically variant ink technology that can be incorporated into the label design, thus eliminating the possibility of counterfeiting, company says.
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American Bank Note Holographics, Inc: TE holographic label

HoloSeal™ from American Bank Note (Elmsford, NY) is a tamper evident holograph device used in a product label that seals the manufacturer’s package or container.
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100% proof of identity

Ukrainian importers of the Smirnoff brand of vodka overcame counterfeit sales this spring by adding a clear polyvinyl chloride neck shrink sleeve that features an optically variable device (OVD) to ensure product brand identity.
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Top Oil counters with 'Super' decoration

As this issue goes to press, Asian automotive distributors are beginning to sell a new motor oil line armed with special front-and-back bottle decorations that fight counterfeiting.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

DuPont Packaging (Wilmington, DE) and Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) have formed a strategic alliance to jointly develop, manufacture and market cap liner compounds for the Americas.
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Smurfit-Stone: Counterfeit protection

Smurfit-Stone Container (Chicago, IL) and Isotag Technology (Houston, TX) have created the MasterGuard™ system, a line of anticounterfeit and traceable packaging.
Even overseas companies like Byk Gulden (left) use ink-jet systems to add variable information to its pharmaceutical containers.
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Mission impossible?

Congress is trying to forge an agreement between branded product marketers and product diverting companies for packaging codes that help in product recalls.

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