Radio frequency identification (RFID) has emerged in response to the increasing demand for accuracy and efficiency in supply chain management. Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has dedicated their resources to researching and developing RFID solutions.
At the May e/5 UV&EB Technology Expo and Conference, P&G, Mars/Masterfoods, and Bacardi were among several consumer packaged goods companies embracing glossy packages with coatings cured via ultraviolet or electron-beam technology.
A number of conversations have kept the subject of China and packaging on my mind. First was a fresh flood of e-mails consisting of Chinese characters that regularly crashed the old Macintosh—the new Macintosh, too.
The demand for safety and integrity in the area of medical packaging has taken on new and significant implications in the past two or three years. Always an area of concern, medical packaging has addressed issues like child safety, correct dosage, patient traceability, tampering and diversion of pharmaceuticals.
Omron published a new brochure outlining its inspection solutions for the food and beverage industries. Information details the challenges of package inspection (including food safety, regulatory actions, and space savings), as well as solutions (such as faster changeover and smaller machine footprints).
Tough new labeling and traceability requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods in Europe took effect April 18, 2004. Foods that contain or consist of genetically modified organisms or that are produced from them must be so labeled.