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'Virtual label' used on medical packs

A medical device manufacturer is testing replacing its print-and-apply applicators with ‘virtual labels’ created by laser coding technology.
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SouthPack and more

SouthPack plus the co-located Design & Manufacturing South and the Plastec South serve up information and technology to the expanding Southeast region.
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Post Pack Expo observations on machinery developments

Chinna Chinnakaruppan, manager of project engineering at Schering-Plough’s Kenilworth, NJ, plant, talks about recent trends in packaging machinery.
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Project Jumpstart: A "bird's" eye view

RFID Antenna exclusive: Cardinal Health shares the ups and downs of the extensive Project Jumpstart pilot test of item- and case-level RFID for pharmaceutical products.
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Consumer-friendly packaging gains new importance

Mona Doyle wants brand managers and package designers to know this: The price you pay in good will and sales for packaging that consumers perceive as undesirable could get even higher.
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PACKAGING VOLUME REPORT

The size and shape of the U.S. packaging market is reported by industry in the Packaging in the United States report from Research and Markets Ltd. Market size data is shown for the years between 1998 and 2002.
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FDA rings bell for antidepressant class

For the first time, FDA urges manufacturers to put an entire class of medications into unit-of-use packaging.
Auto-racing graphics rev up interest among men for a triple-blade razor.
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Persuading Wal-Mart to say 'yes'

The nation’s leading retailer warms up to packaging that simplifies communication and emphasizes speed and ease for both consumer and sales associate.
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Z Automation Company: Cartoner

Z Automation offers its CH7.5-250C continuous-motion horizontal cartoner, which features 7 servo drives for easy maintenance and reduced downtime.
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Loma Systems: X-ray inspection for small-profile products

Loma Systems has released a new entry-level X-ray inspection unit suited for smaller products measuring a maximum of 8”Wx3”H. Packagers can enter the market at 50% price of traditional X-ray units.
An icon dominates graphics on packaging for the Microsoft Office: Mac line from Microsoft. The icon was developed for an earlier
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'Best-Practice' Techniques Deliver Shelf Impact

Here are five packaging strategies used today to help create the product-to-shopper connection that drives brand sales.
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).
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Sonoco Alloyd: Ergonomic sealing machine

Alloyd offers its new ergonomically advanced, two-station blister sealing machine with control enhancements that add to productivity. The Aergo 2plus is a two-station, shuttle-sealing machine redesigned to enhance both productivity and worker comfort.
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Solvay participates in pharma vendor alliance (sidebar)

Solvay Pharmaceuticals is believed to be the first pharmaceutical firm to test a packaging concept as part of a new global strategic alliance between Stora Enso and Robert Bosch.

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