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Create the future of the cold chain industry

Innovation, performance, demographics, and environmental factors addressed in new survey on logistics and temperature-sensitive healthcare products.
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Keith Campbell ( Keith@CampbellManagementServices.net has been a shaper of opinion on manufacturing automation for 40 years. He worked for 28 years with The Hershey Company, and has served the broader industry in numerous roles including as Director of ISA's Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Div., and as the founding Director and later Executive Director of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, originally called the OMAC Motion for Packaging Workgroup. Since retiring from Hershey as Director of Automation & Integr
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The future of automation for healthcare manufacturers

If healthcare manufacturers are a bit behind others, it is probably for valid and explainable reasons to which valid and explainable solutions exist.
Ghost watermark thwarts counterfeiters in cost-effective process; wins FPA honors
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Ghost watermark thwarts counterfeiters in cost-effective process; wins FPA honors

Technology employs a repeating watermark embedded in a flexible or semi-rigid package to address counterfeiting and help ensure brand protection.
Dirk Rodgers, who contributed to Healthcare Packaging’s Pharmaceutical Serialization Playbook, is an independent consultant and founder of RxTrace.
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The future of healthcare supply chain security

We know more about how healthcare supply chain security will work in 2024 than looking forward in any previous 10-year period.
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Leading 'last mile' U.S. logistic provider announces acquisition

Port Logistics Group announces its acquisition by Endeavor Capital and Management.
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Global Vision: Cloud-based packaging inspection

Global Vision’s Proofware an all-in-one, cloud-based packaging inspection suite allows users instant access to everyone involved in the security of their brand copy and artwork throughout the enterprise, securing their packaging end-to-end with advanced quality control tools to inspect text, artwork, spelling, Braille, and barcodes, and enables annotation.
Katie Thompson receives the spring semester Packaging World Outstanding Senior Award.
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Clemson senior wins spring semester award

The Packaging Science Faculty in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University has nominated Katie Thompson for the spring semester Packaging World Outstanding Senior in Packaging Science Award.
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Food fraud (and related issues) to the forefront

We’re still early in 2014, but “food fraud” might be this year’s hot phrase.
WestPack 2014: Sterile breather bag
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WestPack 2014: Sterile breather bag

New fast-breathing header bag simplifies sterilization. Incorporates features and suggestions from end-user community. Includes easy-opening, strength, peel, and sustainability benefits. Made of a multilayer nylon structure, it features a fused top seal and white seal evidence to verify seal integrity. Offers aseptic presentation for surgery kits used in the operating room.
WestPack 2014: Fabricator/converter for medical market
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WestPack 2014: Fabricator/converter for medical market

Company fabricates and converts materials for the medical market, including disposables. Focus on medical packaging, as well as the design and development of new product to specify correct materials and parts. Specialize in body-worn devices for stick-to-skin applications. Company also does lamination, die-cutting, and laser-etching for microfluidic applications, specialty packaging, and cleanroom converting.
WestPack 2014: Sterile barrier validation test
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WestPack 2014: Sterile barrier validation test

Wendy Mach, Packaging Section Leader at Nelson Labs, describes the subject of her MD&M West 2014 presentation, “Sterile Barrier Validation Tests,” including what you need to know to create validations and be successful at them.
WestPack 2014: Touchscreen system
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WestPack 2014: Touchscreen system

Makes it easier for customers with validation needs. Demonstrates how machine seals pouch, then date-code, all in one step. Prevents operator from selecting incorrect setting, maintaining validation repeatability.
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Download these free food safety packaging resources

The critical role of HACCP in food safety and the emerging requirements of the FSMA have led many professionals across the packaging supply chain to collaborate
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GMA Checklist Offers Seven Steps to Food Safety Compliance

Ensuring the safety of our products – and maintaining the confidence of consumers – is the single most important goal of the food industry; here are the steps to do it.
Fig. 1: A ‘single’ hazard such as mixing labels can have many CCPs, or Critical Control Points, as seen in this illustration, where mixing can occur on pouches (CCP 1), in cartons (CCP 2), on corrugated (CCP 3), and on pallets (CCP 4).
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HACCP for packaging: Rules and realizations

Whichever path a packaging supplier takes to get training, there are some rules, which HACCP speaks to, that supplier must keep in mind.
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HACCP for Packaging: Addressing the critical knowledge gap

When Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) methodology is applied to packaging, it can be a powerful tool, but because of application nuances, it has been more difficult to adopt.
FSMA can be likened to 'HACCP on steroids,' per Robert Gravani, Cornell University food science professor.
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Don't panic; the FSMA is 'just' HACCP on steroids!

Here's what food and beverage packaging professionals need to know about the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) to prevent a sense of information overload.
Equipment such as this horizontal form/fill/seal machine, which is designed to meet USDA meat, poultry, dairy, and 3-A Sanitary Standards, has a head start in FSMA compliance because the underlying best practices are the same under the new FDA law. (Photo: Pro Mach/Ossid)
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How Companies Can Tap Their Machinery Suppliers for FSMA Compliance

Best practices for food companies affected by the FSMA for calling upon their equipment suppliers for support.

 

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