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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.
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Serialization timing around the world. Image courtesy of Pharma Logic Solutions, LLC
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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
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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.
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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.
Ivette Larralde-Valdes
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Change in thinking needed for women in packaging careers

An interview with Ivette Larralde-Valdes, Sr. Q.C. Compliance Specialist, Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The Beverage Cooler Lounge
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ISBT Supports PACK EXPO Success

Beverage attendees benefit from presence.
Laure Larkin, far right
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Narrowing focus provides career with impact

A 'Women in Packaging' interview with Laure L. Larkin – M.Sci., CPP, Associate Director—Global Stability, R&D Analytical Science & Technology, Ethicon, Inc.
These eight women have established rewarding careers in the subset of manufacturing known as packaging.
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Women in manufacturing: Ideas on how to close the gender gap

These eight women have established rewarding careers in the subset of manufacturing known as packaging. What advice do they have for the generation that follows them?
Pharmaceutical packaging logistics: Debating air vs sea freight
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Pharmaceutical packaging logistics: Debating air vs sea freight

Benefits and challenges of both options to be addressed in Messe Frankfurt, Germany during the 15th Annual Cool Chain Temperature Controlled Logistics Europe event.
This high-resolution thermal ink-jet printer and vision inspection system will help medical device manufacturers comply with the
OEM Application Note
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Print and verify system for UDI regs

As new identification legislation comes into play, medical device makers will need to modify how they code their products. This system is designed to meet their needs.
Dawn Burcham, PPM Packaging Lead, GE Lighting
Column/Opinion
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My 3Ps of packaging with a veteran’s advice: Be ready to pivot and accept change

Roughly 30 years ago I entered university as a naïve, open-minded, scared freshman.
Eric Greenberg
Column/Opinion
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So, I guess some drug ads are, like, totally regulated, whatever

Finally, something useful to discuss about Kim Kardashian.
Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
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Mind the gender gap

If anyone out there doubts that gender diversity in a manufacturing enterprise is a good idea, do yourself a favor. Get a copy of a recent study commissioned by The Manufacturing Institute, APICS Supply Chain Council, and Deloitte.
het Rutledge, Director/Packaging, Private Brands, Walmart
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Walmart’s views on e-commerce

Next-generation services and platforms are definitely on the list of things being evaluated at the world’s largest retailer. Here’s a glimpse at what’s on tap.
Analyzing the pharmaceutical logistics market
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Analyzing the pharmaceutical logistics market

In-depth report looks at key vendors, market drivers, challenges, trends, and opportunities through 2019.

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