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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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