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Why so little RFID progress in pharma?

If the use of RFID technology makes sense anywhere in the field of packaging—and I believe it makes a lot of sense in a great many places—the one place where it should be recognized as an obvious problem solver is in drug packaging.
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Improved Track-and-Trace Capability

Arla Foods is on a mission to provide personnel full visibility into plant-floor processes, including pasteurization, cleaning and packaging.Microsoft SQL servers are among the tools Arla relies on.
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Whole grains stamp

The Whole Grains Council launched a new black-and-gold stamp for product packages. Three versions of the stamp are available: a “good source” stamp for foods containing a half serving of whole grains (8 g); an “excellent source” stamp for foods containing a full serving (16 g); and an “excellent source/100%” stamp for foods containing a full serving of whole grains with no refined grains.
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IBM launches RFID on RPCs

IBM will track and trace assets between France and Ireland using RFID-enabled reusable plastic containers.
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Interphex conference reviews validation

The issue of validation—for virtually any process 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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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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Anticounterfeiting bill moves forward

A house subcommittee passed “The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act” that increases penalties for distributing counterfeit goods. It grants trademark owners remedies already enjoyed by copyright and trade-secret holders.
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Looking over our shoulders

Part of my role as Executive Editor is to serve as a “filter” between the information I see from a variety of sources and the information we present in the magazine.
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Counterfeiting protection insights and tips

Mark Miller of DuPont Medical & Industrial Packaging addressed “Counterfeit protection of medical devices,” at HealthPack 2005, held in late March in New Orleans. Below are many of the key points from his presentation.
At Purdue Pharma, p-s label web tracks toward application station showing the printed label on one side, the RFID tag on the oth
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Drug import bill could speed RFID adoption

New legislation mandates chain-of-custody requirements for pharmaceutical products that may be imported.
RFID tagging at T&A starts on the harvester machine with bins of lettuce.
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T&A takes RFID into the field

Tanimura & Antle’s program for Wal-Mart starts with bins of lettuce that are RFID-tagged in farm fields.
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Bioterror rule on food and packaging records confounds

FDA’s requirements for recordkeeping and tracking of packaging and products appear unclear.
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Techmark, Inc: Techmark, Inc: Security board

Rock-Tenn has introduced White Label Security Board Series 2000, featuring Appleton TechMark® taggants. Randomly embedded directly in the paper fiber at the mill, the microscopic ultraviolet taggants provide covert brand protection and easy, instant authentication of goods in transit, even by untrained personnel such as customs inspectors.
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PACKAGING SERVICES EXPO makes its debut

Contract packaging and services is what it's all about come May 10-12 when the inaugural version of Packaging Services Expo 2005 comes to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
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How to maintain brand relevancy with the target audience

Brand identity consultants often position a single product or new product line. When the product is new, brand identity and image must be created from scratch.
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COOL labeling adjustments requested

The Food Marketing Institute has asked the U.S. Depart-ment of Agriculture to make further adjustments to its Interim Final Rule for mandatory country-of-origin labeling of fish and shellfish.
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Machine builders should know their customers' IT experts

Packaging machinery OEMs hoping to differentiate themselves on the strength of their advancements in automation technology had better begin forging relationships with their customers’ IT experts.

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