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PMMI: Machinery shipments soared in 2004

U.S. packaging machinery shipments reached $5.344 billion in 2004, a 9.3% increase from $4.889 billion in equipment shipped in 2003, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI).
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Weber Packaging Solutions: Weber Packaging Solutions: Label printer/applicator

Weber Marking Systems released its Model 2600Lt label printer/applicator, an in-line unit ideal for moderate duty cycles or for initial entry into on-line print-and-apply labeling.
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Packaging Summit: three events under one roof

The contract packaging-focused Packaging Services Expo is joined by Packaging Containers & Materials Expo and the Packaging Summit Conference May 16-18 in Rosemont, IL.
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Label-Aire: RFID air-blow applicator

The new 3115/11 RFID Air-Blow applicator from Label-Aire offers features such as velocity compensation for improved label placement accuracy. Zero downtime labeling allows production to continue without interruptions, while product/label queuing and missing label compensation virtually eliminate unlabeled products.
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Survey says validation tops packaging issues

Validation issues, FDA regulations, and personnel skills are key concerns for healthcare professionals responding to an exclusive Packworld.com survey.
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FDA sends message of unhappiness on RFID

The agency is wondering what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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FDA surveys consumers on trans fat labeling

FDA wants to conduct an experimental Internet study to see how consumers react to possible footnotes and cueing schemes related to the inclusion of trans fat information in the Nutrition Facts Panel of food packages.
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Red dye may be labeled

FDA has proposed to require food and cosmetic labels to list the presence of cochineal extract and carmine, two widely used red dyes extracted from insects.
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NH bill regulates RFID

The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved legislation amending its Consumer Protection Act to include provisions requiring warning labels on products or identity documents containing tracking devices, including RFID.
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FDA defines "whole grain"

Eat at least three 1-oz servings of whole grain products daily, consumers are told.
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RFID and pharma Q&A

Research analyst Priyanka Gouthaman of research firm Frost & Sullivan led a Webinar in January entitled Unraveling the Promise of RFID within Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Markets.
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Wearable RFID encoding

Development of a portable wireless system for commissioning RFID tags was prompted by a CPG company that wants to supplement Wal-Mart's mandate.
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Time with TI's RFID guy

Tom Shields is RFID program manager with Texas Instruments Educational & Productivity Solutions unit that markets math and science educational technology.
Lantech's RFID-enabled stretch wrapper features integrated antennas and wireless communication.
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Exel uses RFID-enabled stretch wrapper

A first-of-its-kind Lantech stretch wrapper with integrated RFID reader and wireless communication operates at Exel's facility in Harrisburg, PA.
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A first read on RFID World 2006

At the 4th annual RFID World event, held in late February in Grapevine, TX, enthusiasm about RFID’s ongoing potential was tempered with a healthy dose of reality.

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