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Drug companies on different frequencies on RFID

Package tagging for pharmaceuticals is moving forward, but slowly. Meanwhile, FDA grows impatient.
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Drug companies on different RFID frequencies

Package tagging for pharmaceuticals including item level is moving forward, but slowly. Meanwhile, FDA grows impatient.
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Helping packagers get connected

A newly-launched Web site has been redesigned to better serve the packaging community as a whole.
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People

Jerry Welcome (above) was named president of the Intl. Fresh-cut Produce Assn. Welcome most recently served as vice president, member services, for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Harold Bevis (above) was named president and CEO of Pliant Corp. (Schaumburg, IL).
With servo drives, Profibus, SERCOS, and more, the main control cabinets are fully loaded with everything but point-to-point wir
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RJRT retrofits its future

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco modernizes case packers and robotic palletizers with updated controls.
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People

Safeline Inc. (Tampa, FL) appointed George Louli (above) as director of marketing.
Rocky Marquis
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Rocky Marquis, president of Marq Packaging Systems (Yakima, WA), was elected to the position of chairman of PMMI’s Executive Committee for 2003.
Bosch Rexroth Corp. (Hoffman Estates, IL) has formed a new service automation div., and named Gary Blankemeyer as vp and gen. ma
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Bosch Rexroth Corp. (Hoffman Estates, IL) has formed a new service automation div., and named Gary Blankemeyer as vp and gen. manager. The new div.
L to R: Pharmacia's Robert Martell, Elau's Patrik Hug, Norden Pac's Jonas Ewing, and Markem's Fred Putnam.
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Plug-and-pack a reality

A new crop of Plug-and-Pack™ packaging machines promises to simplify integration and facilitate line optimization.
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PackML implementations at Pack Expo

Following is a brief round-up of PackML implementations Packaging World editors learned about at Pack Expo:
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Servos serve up filling success

PC-based servo controls help dual-lane f/f/s machine maximize filling speeds and achieve easier changeover.
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Max Garcia has been hired as a field service technician based in Mexico City, Mexico, for Multivac (Kansas City, MO). Bob Koch has been named director of sales, food div.
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Terce Henriquez was promoted to vp of global label sales by AET Films (New Castle, DE).
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Pack Expo Video: High-speed case/tray packer for drink pouches

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: BluePrint Automation (Colonial Heights, VA) demonstrated a servo-driven, robotic top-loading machine for case-packing stand-up pouches. See video clip of this machine
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Enclosures for washdown environments

Hoffman (Anoka, MN) introduces Watershed™ enclosures, a line of stainless steel freestanding and wall-mount enclosures designed to help prevent accumulation of contaminants by eliminating areas where water can pool.
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Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Interfilm Holdings, Inc. (Piedmont, SC) has signed a distribution agreement with the Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) to be a distributor of Opticite polystyrene label films.
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Will motion controllers replace PLCs?

As motion control technology becomes increasingly important in packaging machinery, many believe that it will annex the territory occupied by PLCs.
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Spare Parts Purchasing: Online Parts Buyers Find the Right Track

Go to www.barry-wehmiller.com. Click on the Parts folder. Log in. Type in your part number. Select desired quantity.
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Camel 'keg' at 7-Eleven

In February, R.J. Reynolds began selling at 7-Eleven stores nationwide 40- and 60-count Camel and Camel Lights in the 'Camel Keg': a steel tin with a snap-fit lid and bright graphics.
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Planters picks a packing line (sidebar)

Controls play a key role
Planters' "tubed" peanuts are sold at retail in colorful display cartons (above). Photo below left shows the carton infeed stati
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Planters picks a packing line

Consumers are clearly fond of single-serve “tubes” of Planters nuts. An automated packaging line helps keep the nationwide pipeline full.
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Broad attendance at motion control meeting (sidebar)

Desparately seeking standards
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Desperately seeking standards

Head engineers from Anheuser-Busch, General Mills, Hershey Foods, Nabiscoand Procter & Gamble begin a dialogue with machinery and controls suppliers on motion control standards for packaging. Part one.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Alloyd Co. (DeKalb, IL): John Hoffman, account mgr.
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Hershey 'opens' up for digital motion control

Standardizing on SERCOS for digital motion control in packaging equipment permits Hershey to reduce construction, installation, start-up and maintenance costs.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL): Scott C. Hibbard, vp; Richard J. Huss, vp; Richard Winter, finance and operations mgr.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL): Scott C. Hibbard, vp, focusing on applications assistance and engineering needs; Richard J. Huss, vp, managing mktg., sales, service & training.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Mannesmann Rexroth, a division of Indramat (Hoffman Estates, IL), has opened a new technical center in East Granby, CT.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Thomas Engineering Inc. (Hoffman Estates, IL) has acquired Service Industries Midwest, Inc. (Rolling Meadows, IL), a manufacturer of blister packaging machinery tooling and change parts.
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'Suppliers must source tag!'

"Manufacturers who have vision are already source tagging. Now we must convince the rest of them that source tagging is in their best interest." Such was the message delivered by Enzo Cerra, senior vp of marketing for Largo, FL-based Eckerd Corp., to packagers, manufacturers and retailers at a recent meeting of the RF Users Group in Chicago last month.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Poly-Seal Corp. (Baltimore, MD) received the 1997 Manufacturer of the Year award from the National Assn. of Container Distributors (NACD). NACD announced recipients of the 1997 Henry Hoffman Memorial Scholarship Fund: Tara Lynn Martin, Clemson Univ., and Andrew Wollam, Michigan State Univ.
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Supplier news: International agreements

The Specialty Chemical Additives Div. of Ciba Additives (Tarrytown, NY) and the Industrial and Agricultural Products Div. of Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc.
Filled bags of pre-mix antibiotics (such as the one at left) convey to a manual inspection station (above) where production asso
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Robotics deliver Rx for manual cartoning

Automated set up, packing and labeling of cartons containing antibiotic I.V. bags saves Baxter Healthcare nearly $2 million/year in labor and material costs.
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Pack Expo Plus: Seminars, conferences and allied shows

High-tech packaging solutions, new resin technologies, healthcare packaging, and better sealing technologies are just a few of the areas covered in conferences and seminars during Pack Expo week.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

The Indramat Div. of The Rexroth Corp. (Hoffman Estates, IL) opened Atlanta and Seattle sales and application centers.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Indramat, a div. of Rexroth Corp. doubled the size of its North American headquarters by moving into a new 80ꯠ-sq-ft facility in Hoffman Estates, IL.
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Rep. Shays pressing FDA on indirect additives

FDA hopes new TOR policy will lead to quicker approval of packaging materials, and deflation of building political pressure.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Indramat (Wood Dale, IL) is building a new 80ꯠ-sq-ft headquarters facility in Hoffman Estates, IL.