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RFID Tribe's chief speaks

Mark Johnson of the industry group RFID Tribe talks about its past, present, and future, and what's in it for packagers.
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New facility to expedite entertainment software time-to-market

Sonopress, a packager and assembler, and manufacturer of cassettes, CDs, DVDs, and video games, has joined with Coral Graphic Services, a producer of disk covers, dust jackets, and decorated paper inserts, to establish an automated, 260ꯠ-sq-ft packaging facility in Louisville, KY.
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Getting schooled in RFID

Universities and vendors like Miles Technologies offer classes in RFID education and training where everyone learns something.
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Bulldog-Mentality changeover tactics Part II

Eliminate, externalize, and simplify. Break down changeovers into smaller, more manageable tasks, with attention to detail. The results can save both time and money.Key termsElimination: Find and cut out unnecessary tasks.Externalization: Re-examine tasks to be performed either while the line is running or stopped, to reduce downtime.Simplification: Make all processes as easy and foolproof as possible.
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Turnkey RFID station

A wireless, mobile RFID solution is designed for packagers to meet mandates.
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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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