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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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REWE pilots RFID with Gen 2 inlays

The German retailer REWE has started an extensive pallet-level RFID pilot at its Norderstedt distribution center in Germany.
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Higher frequency of RFID ahead

Experts assess the impact of Gen 2, recent price cuts, and other issues to discern where RFID is heading in 2006 and beyond.
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RFID to shelves and beyond

Watch for rollout of item-level RFID-tagging soon at stores like Best Buy.
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Label-Aire: Printer/applicator

Label-Aire has introduced the 2128-N Merge printer/applicator, featuring wipe-on labeling technology that can be configured for wrap labeling by using a loop box for storage of preprinted labels.

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