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California, here they come

The golden state’s ePedigree requirement may force FDA’s hand on the use of radio-frequency identification.
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MULTI-LAYERED PROTECTION. West Spectra™ RFID, a West Pharmaceutical Services' product, provides drug manufacturers with mul
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California dreamin'

Drug ‘pedigree' compromise in Golden State has RFID vendors expecting wider drug industry adoption.
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RFID Applications: California dreamin'

Pedigree compromise in Golden State has RFID vendors expecting wider drug industry adoption.
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Rx UHF RFID Pilot

Cardinal Health, Dublin, OH, kicked off an RFID pilot this summer that is “primarily focused on the operational aspects of incorporating RFID in our current operating processes in both packaging and distribution,” explains Renard Jackson, the firm’s executive vice president of packaging services.
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Around The Industry

Sonoco opens innovation center near P&G in Cincinnati Major consumer products manufacturers say they would be served more efficiently if their outsourcing partners located either adjacent to the product manufacturer’s facilities or in transportation hubs.
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"Uniqueness" not always a competitive edge for OEMs

Builders of packaging machinery sometimes fret that the ongoing clamor for broadly accepted standards in the controls and automation arena will eliminate their competitive edge.
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Smart reader offers embedded software

Intermec Technologies Corp. has embedded IBM's WebSphere RFID Device Infrastructure (WRDI) into its IF5 RFID reader, creating an "intelligent" RFID reader that automates the process of routing and managing incoming data from RFID tags, even from remote locations.
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A trio of major RFID influences in 2006

Expect overseas tags, EPCglobal standards struggle, and RFID label converter repositioning through 2006.
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How should you choose the right vendors for your RFID project?

Choosing the right set of vendors in a project is often the best way to help guarantee a successful implementation.
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RFID Center opens at U of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville opened its RFID Research Center in June.
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IBM's RFID man in Europe

Thierry Mottaz, IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain quality and customer support manager, server engineering, is leading a team developing an in-house RFID track-and-trace solution in Europe.
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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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Enterprise transaction module

Online Development’s xCoupler™ enterprise transaction module for Allen-Bradley® ControlLogix® controllers provides two-tier data exchange between plant floor devices (sensors, actuators, drives, bar-code scanners, robots, RFID controllers) connected to the controller and enterprise servers.
Technicians assembling a server.
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IBM launches RFID on RPCs

IBM will track and trace assets between France and Ireland using RFID-enabled reusable plastic containers.
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How the Cheese Slices

Cougar Automation Technologies’ customer, a large manufacturer of processed cheese, had both a plant-floor problem and a “back-office” problem.
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Promises, Promises, What's In It for Me?

Emerging standards and improved data connectivity hold the promise of helping manufacturers tie their plant and business processes into one neat package.
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Measuring bumps in the road to China

Data collection devices mounted on trucks in China starting in August 2004 are already drawing interest from major U.S. packaged goods companies. Here’s a look at the results and implications of the original China Project.
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Q&A: A bold new world of automated ID

Kevin Ashton is executive director of the Auto-ID Center (www.autoidcenter.org), a research project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
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P&G, Wal-Mart on CorrExpo program

When merchandising executives from top retailers speak, packaging people tend to listen.
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P&G, Wal-Mart on CorrExpo program

When merchandising executives from top retailers speak, packaging people tend to listen.
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Hershey speaks out

Hershey Foods engineers speak candidly about standardization, globalization, obsolescence, modularity, and harmonizing end user and machine builder standards.
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More PMMI meeting news

Further announcements and appointments from PMMI’s just-concluded Fall meeting Sept. 19-21.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Zebra Technologies Corp. (Vernon Hills, IL) has extended its comprehensive domestic service partner agreement with IBM Corp. (Armonk, NY) to include Zebra's Canadian and European customers.
After logging into Monarch?s extranet from the home page (above), subscribers can drill down into specific label formats, such a
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Digital 'library' promises easier bar-code compliance

Many retailers require manufacturers to label their primary and transport packaging with a retailer-specific bar-coded label format. Labels that don't scan or are otherwise out of compliance with retailers' specifications can often result in big fines levied against the manufacturer.
One way Unilever made its redesigned lotion packaging more suitable for global markets was to eliminate sizes typical in America
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Packaging for a global marketplace

As today's marketplace becomes increasingly global, how does that affect the way products are packaged? The strategies adopted by these firms provide some useful clues.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Zebra Technologies Corp. (Vernon Hills, IL) has signed a third-party service agreement with IBM Corp. (Armonk, NY) to provide on-site maintenance service for Zebra's entire line of bar-code printers.
John Wasserlein
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People do make the difference

By now, you know that Packaging World doesn't frivolously publish editorials. This month, I'm turning over this editorial space to John Wasserlein, who, just a few months before his retirement from Fraser Papers (Stamford, CT) as president and CEO, addressed the graduates at the University of Maine with a message that's at the core of our special reports on recruiting and retaining talented employees.
Downsizing of packaging departments in the past few years is creating a shortage of packaging professionals ?with a good history
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Packagers struggle with staffing

Manufacturers in virtually every industry-including food, beverage, pharmaceutical and even electronics-report that it's getting harder and harder to find and keep good packaging people.
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DOJ kills Reynolds/Alcoa deal; will it chill Reynolds/Ball talks?

In late December the U.S. Department of Justice moved to prevent Reynolds Metals Co. (Richmond, VA) from selling its Muscle Shoals, AL, aluminum can stock rolling mill to Alcoa (Pittsburgh, PA).
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Controls: Unleashing a new productivity tool

Few topics in the packaging engineer's lexicon have changed as much as that of machine control. Not long ago, a controversial issue was the size of the start and stop buttons, or whether companies would pay extra for a discrete control panel that could swivel from one side of a machine to another.
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
One day soon packagers may be able to download information (top) on the shipping conditions a package might experience on this c
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Distribution packaging by the numbers

Using real-world shock and vibration data to design your pack can speed development, prevent damage and economize on materials. Collecting such data isn't easy, but now new ideas for sharing the burden-with the help of the Internet-are taking root in the
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture

Packaging research and development managers will need to expand their view beyond the four walls of the corporate fortress. That means paying closer attention to the economics of R&D decisions, and understanding the company's international role.
One derived from rice the other from soy, these nondairy beverages were the first filled on Farmland?s 1?2-gal low-acid system t
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Half-gallon aseptic carton is a first

Farmland Dairies is the first to pack a low-acid beverage in an aseptic carton this large. Shelf stability permits nontraditional placement in-store. Automatic in-line pour spout applicator is also the first of its kind.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

McHugh Freeman (Waukesha, WI), is now an authorized provider of IBM Corp.'s. RS/6000 computer software.
Cushioned by inner and outer double-wall corrugated boxes separated by polyethylene foam pads, fully set up POS terminals provi
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No assembly required for IBM terminals

Defying traditional notions of protective packaging, IBM ships an all-in-one pack for preconfigured point-of-sale computer terminals. Customers no longer receive separately boxed components, escaping baffling product setup.
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IBM rides new 'saddle' suspension pack

IBM selects a new 'saddle' suspension pack to protect low-profile products like hard disk drives. Increased recyclability also results in cost savings, better performance and inventory reduction.
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Environment-influenced packaging: It ain't over yet (sidebar)

Companies big and small
State?s newest sealer is used on a multipurpose packaging line that runs sizes from 1-oz sampler bottles up to the 16-oz bottle
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How State Chemical cleans up

Cleveland-based chemical packer modernizes its filling lines with induction sealing, and with a computer program that helps put customer service first.
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Environmental legislation may be left at gate

Given the Republicans' legislative priorities, it is unlikely that Congress will pass any major environmental legislation this year. Senator John Chafee (R-RI), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said overhauls of Superfund, the Clean Water Act or the Endangered Species Act are unlikely.
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AmeriStar's industrial winners

Winners of the 1994 AmeriStar Package awards were announced November 12 at a reception held in conjunction with Pack Expo in Chicago. Sponsored by the Herndon, VA-based Institute of Packaging Professionals, recipients in the Industrial Category included a multi-compartment paperboard container for pressure transmitters and a polycarbonate suspension system for silicon wafers.