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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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Higher frequency of RFID ahead (sidebar)

Tech trend: Embedded tags
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Higher frequency of RFID ahead (sidebar)

Tech trend: Forklift-enabled RFID
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Higher frequency of RFID ahead (sidebar)

Tech trend: RFID sensors
From SoBe and from Trinity Springs: hot-fill PET bottles that don't require vacuum panels in the sidewalls.
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Look what's coming down the packaging pike

From sustainability to high-pressure sterilization to nanotechnology, developments in food and beverage packaging hold tremendous promise.
The GPS track-and-trace device measures about six inches.
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GPS track-and-trace demo

UCLA researchers demonstrate a wireless GPS-sensor tracking system that targets the cold chain and other applications.
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Qualified health claims hard to swallow

FDA reconsiders wording as food packagers become interested in making health claims on package labels.
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Winning with subtlety and sophistication--sometimes less is more

As a designer working exclusively in brands and packaging, I am getting close to the saturation level when it comes to passing judgment on good or bad design.
This two-piece  Shellpak™ functions as a secondary pack for blister-packed pharmaceutical pills and tablets. Its maker, Mea
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Pondering the puzzle

Facing a Pandora’s box of global issues, and technological developments such as advanced machine controls and RFID, packagers of healthcare products forecast the future.
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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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