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SPONSOR: Linx Printing Technologies February 26, 2013 | Edited by Bob Sperber

The Linx CJ400 award winning small character inkjet printer >>

Linx has been presented with a prestigious industry award for the Linx CJ400 continuous inkjet printer, described “outstanding” by judges. They wrote the Linx CJ400 was selected for “demonstrating thorough investigation of every component can bring outstanding results”. See why Linx won the award

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Watch The award winning Linx CJ400 small character inkjet printer in action >>

The new Linx CJ400 Continuous Ink Jet Coder is compact, portable and includes features that reduce maintenance costs for trouble-free service life. Watch this brief video for a close-up look at those features and benefits.

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Remotely monitor and control the Linx 7900 with Linx Insight >>

This video is the next best thing to a hands-on demo of Linx Insight software that lets users remotely monitor and control their Linx 7900 CIJ printers through an easy-to-use computer or mobile Web browser. Watch and see how its design can help you to perform day-to-day printer operations more efficiently.

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Save money and time with the Linx 4900 >>

Are your codes not as legible as you need? Find out how Florida based Pacific Tomato Growers reduced its costs in terms of ink savings, and time with the Linx 4900 continuous inkjet printer. View the case study now

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Reduces running costs with a 45,000* hour tube life – the longest on the market >>

The Linx SL301 is a mid-powered 30W CO2 scribing laser coder that delivers improved productivity, low maintenance and low running costs, with no compromise on code quality. Discover the Linx Laser range today

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Innovations unwrapped at The Packaging Conference

Contract packagers as well as the brands they serve must keep up on the latest trends. Anne Marie Mohan, Senior Editor of Packaging World, provides insight into many such trends and innovations in her coverage of The Packaging Conference 2013, the sixth annual event sponsored by Plastic Technologies, Inc., and consultancy SBA-CCI, Inc.

The event, held Feb. 4-6 at The Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, was developed to “motivate the audience, stimulate discussions, and introduce packaging innovations not yet released to the public,” Mohan writes. Among those innovations: the technology behind the Absolut Unique project, opportunities in digital package printing, and initiatives around PET recycling.

One of the presenters, Joe Angel, publisher of Contract Packaging and Packaging World, provided attendees with 13 packaging trends to watch out for in 2013, including the rising importance of food safety, the growth in third-party logistics (3PL) suppliers and contract packers, serialization in the pharma market, and workforce issues, among others.



Almac launches U.S. commercial packaging operations

Almac announced the successful inspection of its new U.S. Commercial Packaging Operations located in Audubon, PA, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The inspection took place Jan. 9 and 10, 2013, from which the agency concluded that the site is fully compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices.

Almac’s first U.S. commercial packaging client, a U.S.-based diversified healthcare company, is an existing long-term client partner of its U.K. operations for both formulation development and contract commercial manufacturing services. Initially, Almac will supply three commercial products with bulk tablet and capsule manufacturing taking place in Almac’s EMA and FDA-approved commercial facility in the U.K., with final bottle and blister packaging in Audubon.




Serialization and track and trace

Serialization, the assignment and application of a unique verifiable product identifier to an individual pack (i.e., the smallest salable unit), is of critical importance to pharma packagers, including contract packagers.

Jim Chrzan, VP and Publisher of Healthcare Packaging, returned from Pharmapack Europe with highlights of a 90-minute workshop on serialization conducted by Optel Vision. Optel’s Jean-Pierre Allard began the session by polling the crowd, asking them to categorize their level of involvement. Very few were just starting out on the serialization journey, and a handful considered themselves “experts” on the topic. The vast majority placed themselves in the intermediate category. Some highlights follow:

• Serial numbers must be provided to contract packagers by the IT department, not by the contract manufacturers, packagers or other facilities. Electronic Product Code Information Service (Epcis) standards allow all vendors to communicate the information to partners in the supply chain.

• Serialization is the assignment and application of a unique verifiable product identifier to an individual pack. (There was some dispute here to what level, but most accept it is the smallest salable unit).

• One point of confusion is there are different mediums available and different countries are selecting between a 1D bar code, a 2D bar code, a human-readable code, and an RFID tag (mostly applied at the pallet level due to continued cost issues).


On a related topic, pharma packagers are encouraged to download the Healthcare Packaging Serialization Playbook.


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Upcoming events:

HealthPack is dedicated to issues and new technologies in the area of medical device packaging. This year's conference will take place at the Marriott Louisville Downtown, Louisville, KY, March 12-14.

28th Annual Student Packaging Jamboree
This year's Packaging Jamboree, coordinated by MSU's School of Packaging, will be held on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, March 21-23.

Design and culture, brand strategy and packaging event, FUSE, will take place at the Swissotel in Chicago, April 15-17.


Looking to reduce waste on your packaging line? Learn how to automate material delivery and enjoy sizable savings.

At The Automation Conference, you'll learn how OTC pharma manufacturer Perrigo has developed a method of automatically transferring packaging materials to the packaging line. Benefits include improved material traceability, increased inventory accuracy and more. Join us for education and networking for packaging professionals, May 14-15 in Chicago.

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