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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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What skills will you need to succeed in healthcare packaging?

Survey respondents identify knowledge of validation and regulatory issues, as well as materials expertise as critical.
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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.
Technicians assembling a server.
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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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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.
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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.
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.
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Arla Foods' Quest for "B2M" Integration

Arla Foods, the Danish dairy giant with annual sales of US$7 billion and global production facilities, is integrating high-level business information with its plant-floor information systems. The end result is impressive.
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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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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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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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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.
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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