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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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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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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.
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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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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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.
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.
(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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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