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Smart labels, backed by a Gen 2 RFID inlay, are printed, encoded, and applied to cases and pallets bound for Wal-Mart's RFID-ena
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TI's well-calculated Gen 2 RFID rollout

Texas Instruments' E&PS calculator business unit did its homework before it became the first Wal-Mart supplier to tag cases of product using Gen 2 RFID technology.
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Kimberly-Clark selects Alien Gen 2 readers

The CPG has chosen the multiprotocol Alien ALR-9800 Enterprise RFID Reader as part of its logistics program.
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RFID meeting of the minds roundtable

Experts discuss the perils and the promise of RFID.
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Raflatac and UPM Rafsec merge to form UPM Raflatac

Raflatac and UPM Rafsec, members of UPM Labelstock Business, have merged toform a new business entity, UPM Raflatac.
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NJM Packaging : Print and apply labeler

NJM/CLI introduces the Print and Apply Model 400 with Multi Panel Applicator. New labeler can apply a range of label configurations to cases and cartons, increasing production flexibility and speeding changeover.
RFID for healthcare markets is forecast by Frost & Sullivan to reach $2.3 billion by 2011.
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Unraveling RFID for pharma

Frost & Sullivan's RFID expert assesses RFID in the healthcare and pharma markets.
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B&H Labeling Systems: Roll-fed labeler

The new Marathon XL labeler from B&H Labeling Systems is equipped with SMARTdrive, the first all-electronic drive train, company says. A servomotor-driven feedscrew and container stabilization feature allows the machine to handle containers from 8 oz to 3 L at speeds to 650/min.
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SIDEBAR: <b>RFID tags take the heat</b>

Almost all of E&PS's shipments to Wal-Mart are full loads. However, for its less-than-pallet-load "partial shipments," E&PS bundles two to three cases together via shrink wrap.
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When RFID succeeds, then what?

Many might not agree with the premise that RFID will be widely accepted and will profoundly affect retailers and, of course, packagers that supply them with product. But, humor me; let’s look at what it might mean.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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FDA unhappy with RFID progress

At a meeting held February 9-10, the agency wondered what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.
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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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Markem-Imaje: Markem-Imaje: High-speed RFID encoder/applicator

Markem Corp. offers its 800 Series high-speed RFID encoder/applicator for tagging cases of consumer goods. Machine is ideal for beverage and consumer goods industries; it is also EPCglobal Gen 2 compliant and provides users the ability to tag up to 100 cases/min.
Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) chips are an alternative to silicon chips in RFID tags. These have no threshold voltage (the power a
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Technical advances in RFID at hand

New advances in RFID include long-range HF tags, devices that work well with challenging substances, and tags that are sterilization tolerant.
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Tharo Systems, Inc: Tharo Systems, Inc: Tharo Systems, Inc: Label printer/applicator

The new Tharo PA1200 Label Printer/Applicator is a cost-effective accessory for the Datamax I-Class, Zebra® Z4Mplus™ and Tharo H-Series of thermal/thermal-transfer barcode label printers.

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