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IBM's RFID man in Europe

Thierry Mottaz, IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain quality and customer support manager, server engineering, is leading a team developing an in-house RFID track-and-trace solution in Europe.
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ColorCode color wheel (left) and standard GRAI bar codes are included on IFCO's new returnable plastic containers for asset trac
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IFCO's asset tracking produces results

A digital-based color wheel track-and-trace technology for IFCO’s RPCs brings ‘tremendous’ benefits.
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Techmark, Inc: Techmark, Inc: Security board

Rock-Tenn has launched its White Label Security Board Series 3000, featuring Appleton TechMark® readable threads that do not interfere with printing or require modification during set-ups.
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Production management software

Rockwell Automation has introduced Propack Data PMX MES 4.1, offering life sciences companies tighter automation information integration, flexibility, and focus on regulatory issues throughout the product mfg.
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Interphex conference reviews validation

The issue of validation—for processes within a pharmaceutical facility—generated a buzz throughout the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during Interphex 2005, held in New York April 26-28.
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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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Get the lead out

Legislators and regulatory agencies are taking aim at unacceptable levels of lead in candy and candy wrappers. A bill introduced by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) aimed at reducing lead in children’s products also would force the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to follow up on its July 2005 letter to candy manufacturers and importers of Mexican candy asking them to halt imports until companies guarantee that the wrappers are lead-free.
Schematic shows vial seal components; RFID tag is injection molded to the bottom side of the plastic seal (blue disc-like portio
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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.
(Clockwise from left) Packaging World editor Pat Reynolds listens as P&G's Skip Holmes, Dave Chappell, and Rob Aleksa describe t
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Make2Pack's powerful friend in Cincinnati

Make2Pack, which aims to tightly integrate processing and packaging from a controls and automation standpoint, gets P&G’s strong backing.
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What does the price of gasoline have to do with healthcare packaging?

Gas prices continue to climb. Airlines and trucking companies are the hardest hit.
Violators (upper left) on these packages from Frito-Lay show the calorie content for these Quaker products.
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Fat in the fire

Food and Drug Administration considers food labeling and packaging changes to highlight the dangers of obesity.
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IBM's RFID RPCs

RFID-enabled reusable plastic containers (RPCs) will be used to shore up the 1귔-mile supply chain between IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) operations in Montpellier, France, and Dublin, Ireland.
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Integrated brand and packaging asset management works for pharma company

Paxonix released its PaxPro 3.0, .PaxPro, a software package that features a collection of Web-based tools that help make packaging projects easier for all package design and development professionals.
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Package security--action replaces talk

Drug firms start RFID tagging, and anti-counterfeiting tactics expand as packagers get more aggressive to protect brands.
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NJM Packaging : RFID integrated tagger

NJM/CLI offers its RFID Integrated Auto-Colt III system, which applies and verifies RFID tags on bottles and other item level containers using a primary labeler.
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Sherwood Technology: Product security

Sherwood Technology has launched DigiVU Microread, its newest color change solution to provide high-level features for product and brand protection. DigiVU Microread uses a combination of proprietary chemistry, a variable, tunable laser source, and individual control system to form a series of unique overt, semicovert, and covert features.
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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.
The PFM Scirocco's hygienic design, fast hermetic sealing performance and control system based on OMAC Packaging Guidelines make
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PFM's new pharma-configured flow packer

PFM introduces a pharmaceutical flow packing with robotic infeed and vision capabilities
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