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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.
Total Integrated Packaging Solution (TIPS) combines bar codes and RFID tag data in a serialized approach to track-and-trace auth
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Item-level ePedigree implementation

An item-level serialized RFID solution with "parent-child" association software is rolling out with five pharma pilots including for Pfizer's Viagra.
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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: High-speed bag labeler

EPI offers the new PLC Servo Flex-Pac Labeler for higher-speed bagmakers. Easy to set up and operate, labeler features customizable capacity based on specific bagmakers and corresponding operations.
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Consumers say freshness more important than cost

The food and beverage industry believes U.S. consumers are more price-sensitive than they actually are.
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Labeling Systems : Tube labeler

LSI offers the Model 1800 automatic tube wrap system, which is based on the LSI Series 40 apply-only labeling head. System can deliver up to 120 labeled products/min.
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Food factors dominate barrier film analysis

The $1.1 billion U.S. market for barrier films is driven largely by growth in convenience foods, according to a new study from Kline & Co.
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Hoppmann Corp.: Removable cam labeler

Hoppman has introduced the Removable Cam M3 Rotary Labeler, a fully synchronized system designed to allow maximum flexibility with minimal changeover time.
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Privacy and RFID

Are privacy concerns about RFID valid or conspiracy-theory paranoid?
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2006: an exciting milestone and a new outlook for packaging

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pack Expo, being held October 29 - November 2 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. We spoke with Chuck Yuska, president of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), sponsor and producer of the show, about this special anniversary and what the new year has in store for packaging professionals.
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Uniform food safety information

The National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005, a bill that seeks to harmonize existing state and federal laws to create a uniform system for all food safety standards and warning labels, has been introduced by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY).
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Trans-fat labeling and Katrina

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are now being blamed for limiting the availability of resin used to make plastic bread bags, prompting the American Bakers Association to request either a six-month extension of the January 1, 2006, trans fat labeling deadline or a six-month “enforcement discretion.” The storms also created obstacles for distribution of imported trans fat substitutes.
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COOL labeling delayed

The FY 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill passed by Congress in mid-November contained a provision delaying mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meat, produce, and peanuts until September 30, 2008.

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