Trends and Issues

IFCO's new returnable plastic containers receive 'color wheel' and bar code labels for asset tracking, though the color wheels c
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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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Excitement builds for Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005

New pavilions have been added, and exhibition space is up 9%. Plus, making its debut is a brand new web-enabled service to enhance the attendee experience.
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What skills are needed for healthcare packaging success?

Survey respondents identify knowledge of validation and regulatory issues, as well as materials expertise as critical.
On-shelf storage of bins at CCI: Item-level RFID from bin contents will be associated with bar code identification of storage lo
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Rx distributor turns to internal RFID

In-house UHF RFID at Cesar Castillo marries item identification with storage location to address inventory errors and inefficiencies.
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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.
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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Splendid news for Splenda

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to amend its rules on health claims for sweeteners and tooth decay to include sucralose, currently marketed under the tradename Splenda.
In processing and packaging, validation of equipment used in
the pharmaceutical industry is an increasingly complex process.
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Trends in pharma validation

What do pharmaceutical companies need from technology providers and packaging machinery OEMs to make FDA validation run more smoothly?
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Carb loading

The Food and Drug Administration is set to bring some order to a ‘Wild West’ array of label claims about carbohydrates on food packs.
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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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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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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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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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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.
(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.
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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