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Co-packing industry assesses opportunities and challenges

The contract packaging industry has no shortage of opportunities and challenges, and some of them were discussed formally and informally at the Contract Packaging Association’s annual meeting, which concluded April 2 in Tucson, AZ. First, the opportunities. One of the hottest segments of contract packaging today is pharmaceutical products, and it’s promising even more growth for co-packers with the right facilities, capabilities, and certification approvals. Speaking to association members, Bill Sharpless said the $400 billion pharma industry is growing at 3% annually. Sharpless is marketing director of pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and medical packaging at Alcoa Flexible Packaging.
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Finding value in RFID

The sweet spot can be found in certain applications, according to this Webinar held April 5 that cited two RFID implementations.
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P-s labeler with outsert

Designed to serve the pharmaceutical industry, the new Master series p-s labeler from PE USA includes a nonstop-feed, hot-melt outsert system.
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Morrison Container Handling SolutionsCustomers can now place timing screw orders and obtain quotes for timing screws online at the company's site 24 hours/day. Staff is also available to answer questions and provide solutions for combining, dividing, metering, indexing, and orienting on new or existing applications. www.morrison-chs.com  
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Are talking tags next?

Despite some bumps in the road to RFID implementation, vendors and others continue to leverage the technology and push it into new applications.
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Carbon footprints, carbon labeling--how warm should we be about these initiatives?

 Scarcely a day goes by without a picture in the European news media showing a polar bear, victimized by the onslaught of global warming, clinging forlornly to a fast-melting ice floe. Joining the polar bears in media coverage are the chief executives of Europe’s major international retailers, who seem to be vying for the mantle of greatest green-ness. Consider:
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Bottle drying system produces for Britvic

A bottling line started up in fall 2006 at Britvic Soft Drinks at Chelmsford, United Kingdom, to handle the company’s Robinsons Fruit Shoot beverages is anchored by a space-efficient block filler for 200- and 300-mL PET bottles.
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Proposed rules on gluten finish the thought on food allergens law

Under its proposed rule, FDA defines ‘gluten’ as proteins that occur naturally in a ‘prohibited grain’ and that may cause adverse health effects in those with celiac disease.”
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Food Fight

Some in Congress want a new agency for food safety as well as new standards for safeguarding the nation’s food supply.
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Retro Chic--Harnessing the power of the past

Drawing inspiration from brands of yesteryear is now the future
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Bottle drying system produces for Britvic

An airknife system solves a labeling and coding problem for a new bottling line.
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Label applicator is a perfect fit

Sea Breeze deploys low-volume printing solution.
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New labelers benefit from high-speed serial network

Simplified programming and smooth coordination of all axes of motion are key benefits gained now that a new-generation PLC has been incorporated in these labelers.
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Data flows from ERP to packaging machines

Just five operators run two lines that span three floors and churn out 600 bottles/min. An automated order system plays a pivotal role in streamlining changeover.
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Daisy Brand grows with RFID

The company automates its RFID processes using a print-and-apply applicator to tag all of its pallets with smart labels.

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