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Covectra: Serialization System
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Covectra: Serialization System

A new anti-counterfeit, track-and-race system ensures product integrity.
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Eric Greenberg
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It’s natural to want a clearer definition

A lot of packagers don’t like regulations, except when they do. But both reactions are sensible.
Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
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Taming SKU proliferation

Imagine a business model where it’s a good thing to have your employees poached away from you on a regular basis.
Demand rising for functional and barrier coatings
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Demand rising for functional and barrier coatings

New report examines the market for functional and barrier coatings for paper and board packaging, which is expected to exceed $7.1 billion by 2020.
Trucking: The barometer of the U.S. economy?
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Trucking: The barometer of the U.S. economy?

American Trucking Assn. and SelectUSA point to a link between over-the-road transportation and the national economy.
Sanofi counterfeit meds chart
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Sanofi study reveals perceptions of counterfeit medicines

Most Americans associate counterfeiting with consumer goods rather than meds. Sanofi introduces three levels of package protection to battle counterfeits.
FDA’s GE salmon announcement sparks controversy
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FDA’s GE salmon announcement sparks controversy

Agency announces genetically engineered salmon is safe, drawing a CFS lawsuit. Salmon will be regulated under new animal drug provisions. GE products also have labeling implications.
Don't miss Automation Conference & Expo May 24-25 in Chicago.
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Explore all facets of automation at May conference

Next spring in Chicago, technology end users and a wide variety of experts and industry professionals will return to the Automation Conference & Expo 2016 (AC&E), formerly The Automation Conference, to explore leading-edge automation technologies for engineering and management professionals within discrete manufacturing, packaging, and continuous and batch processing.
UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain’s 2015 survey
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Healthcare, Life Science Logistics Execs See Supply Chain Improvements

UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain’s 2015 survey results show progress in product security and adapting to regulatory changes.
Identifying drug/device market drivers
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Identifying drug/device market drivers

Technavio report forecasts chronic disease prevalence and demand for drug delivery devices will result in an 11% CAGR for drug/device combination products through 2019.
AstraZeneca China named ISPE Facility of the Year Awards Overall Winner
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AstraZeneca China named ISPE Facility of the Year Awards Overall Winner

Among many impressive feats, the facility was completed in a record time of 20 months, coming in 18 percent under budget.
Werum IT Solutions: Track-and-trace software
Controls Product Brief
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Werum IT Solutions: Track-and-trace software

PAS-X Track & Trace provides adapters to OCS equipment.
Serialization timing around the world. Image courtesy of Pharma Logic Solutions, LLC
Feature Article
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Serialization: An Expert’s Lessons Learned and Current Trends

Serialization brings many challenges. Considerations, like ensuring labels are readable throughout the supply chain and compartmentalizing line solutions, can be key to success.
Bernadine Tay, Founder of Quinteassential Fine Teas, has been described as ‘a storyteller with tea as her medium.'
Package Case Study
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Art and science combine in multisensory tea pack

U.K.-based Quinteassential Fine Teas redesigns its packaging with all five senses in mind. Carton includes stunning artwork and a QR code that links to music selected for each blend.
Gebo Cermex and BA Systemes sign agreement
Supplier News
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Gebo Cermex and BA Systèmes announce global strategic agreement

The two companies will offer worldwide intralogistics solutions with local support.
Ipack-Ima returns to Milan, Italy, in May 2018.
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Forecast: 4.9% global growth for packaging machinery

Researchers at Ucima, the Italian packaging machinery manufacturers association, have published exclusive three-year forecasts (2015-2018) for global demand for packaging machinery.
QuickSTAT temperature-controlled facility in Belfast, Ireland.
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Just-in-Time Global Logistics Program

QuickSTAT partners with Almac Group to develop a temperature-controlled packaging management system to strengthen their global supply chain.
Banding pyramid.
Feature Article
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11 questions to help you protect pharma packaging personnel

Concerns over contamination often overshadow concerns for workers’ safety. Highlighted here are key questions to ask during your risk evaluation.

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