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New trend in training machine operators?

Packaging machinery manufacturers are likely to build better equipment if they’re aware of developing trends in how CPG companies are training and positioning those who operate that equipment.
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FDA's seven anti-counterfeiting recommendations

The battle against counterfeit drugs rages on throughout the pharmaceutical distribution chain.
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Omega-3 health claim

FDA has given the green light to a qualified health claim for fish and other foods and dietary supplements containing EPA (eiscosapentaenoic) and DHA (docosahexaenoic) omega-3 fatty acids.
A digital watermark provides a covert authentication method that can be confirme
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Smarter packaging

RFID and security technology, especially authenticating methods, headlined a recent Smart Packaging conference outside Chicago.
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Little consensus over child resistance testing for unit dose packaging

Leading drug manufacturers as well as packaging suppliers are locking horns over changes to child-resistant packaging test standards. Wide differences of opinion have emerged as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) considers a change to its test requirements for child-resistant unit-dose (U-D) packaging that was proposed by the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC).
IWK's new 600 bpm BP Series blister machines complement a full line of primary and secondary packaging machinery.
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IWK launches blister machines

IWKA PacSystems offers the first of a new series of IWK blister packing machines, the advanced BP Series, which are automated with ELAU’s PacDrive automation system.
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Sun Chemical acquires brand protection technology

WEB PLUS: Sun Chemical Corp. acquired the brand protection assets of Veritec Group, including the Veritec trade names.
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Focus on RFID and security packaging add value to Pack Expo 2004

New this year at the Chicago show are a Security Packaging Resource Center and an RFID Pavilion. As usual, it’s all about packaging solutions.
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ARC study on RFID systems

If any manufacturing sector is ripe for implementation of RFID systems for product tracking through the supply chain, it’s pharmaceuticals.
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Packaging Security Digital Magazine

This special digital magazine supplement analyzes someof today’s most important packaging security issues and provides an overviewof emerging technologies aimed at improving packaging security.
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Frequencies for item-level Rx RFID apps

Three vendors have collaborated on a 28-page white paper that compares HF and UHF RFID technologies.
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Serialized bar code: An RFID alternative?

A current bar-code technology is proposed as a readily available, inexpensive alternative to RFID. And it can be used for individual unit items today.
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Drug companies test RFID on pharma bottles

A group of pharmaceutical manufacturers is shipping bottles of prescription medications with radio-frequency identification tags as part of a test nicknamed “Project Jumpstart.”
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Diamond Award Winners--best of the best (sidebar)

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One form of packaging security being used more frequently is the use of color shifting inks that show as different colors depend
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Package security demands linking of strategy, technology

Tactics such as DNA taggants and color-shifting inks have to be married with strategies that include tight supply-chain security.
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RFID tags becoming easier to read

On the other hand, return on investment for packagers will remain invisible for the near term. Now Wal-Mart softens stance on deadlines.
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RFID tags becoming easier to read

On the other hand, return on investment for packagers will remain invisible for the near term. Now Wal-Mart softens stance on deadlines.
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Drug companies test RFID on pharma bottles

A group of pharmaceutical manufacturers has revealed that it began shipping bottles of prescription medications with radio-frequency identification tags July 12.

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