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Sponsor May 31, 2011 | Edited by Jim Butschli

High speed ID reading application videos

Watch the powerful decoding capabilities of the DataMan® 500 image-based barcode reader. Cognex VSoC™ technology allows the DataMan 500 to quickly read multiple codes with no duplicate reads. Watch as it easily decodes eight codes on a package of eight boxes.


White Paper: 10 Reasons to choose image-based readers

This guide will show you how today's image-based ID readers have overcome the technical and economic hurdles to offer a more attractive alternative to industrial laser scanners as well as help you choose the right image-based ID reader for your application.


Barcode readers

Regardless of code quality, size, marking method or material, we can read it! 1DMax™ is a best-in-class 1D barcode-reading tool optimized for omnidirectional barcode reading and can handle extreme scenarios that are seen in real-world environments. Download the IDMax® datasheet now to learn more.


DataMan handheld ID readers

The rugged DataMan® 8000 Series of readers offers the industry's most advanced technology for reading 1D and 2D codes regardless of size, quality, printing method or surface, and is the only handheld ID reader that offers Industrial Ethernet communication and liquid lens technology.


DataMan fixed-mount ID readers

DataMan® image-based ID readers combine unmatched code performance, ease-of-use, lighting, camera, processor, and communications into a small, industrial-rated housing. Models are available to match your application for 1D barcode reading, high speed applications or for challenging 2D direct part marks.



Nestlé's acquisition signals a deeper dive into the healthcare sector

On May 24, Nestlé Health Science S.A. announced that it had agreed to acquire Prometheus Laboratories Inc., a San Diego-based company that specializes in diagnostics and in-licensed specialty pharmaceuticals in gastroenterology and oncology. The company focuses on conditions such as inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Luis Cantarell (shown here), Nestlé Health Science president and CEO, said, "This acquisition is a strategic move into gastrointestinal diagnostics. Prometheus's leading-edge diagnostics and highly experienced medical sales representatives together constitute a robust platform for Nestlé Health Science to accelerate its current and future healthcare business. It will enable new personalized healthcare solutions based on diagnostics, pharma, and nutrition."

Tags: Medical foods; Functional foods; Personalized medicine

Ford reports developing a car seat heart monitor

Medical devices are frequently employed in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and patient homes. Yet as technology advances, medical device boundaries are extending into more personal spaces. Soon that could be your automobile. In late May, Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, MI, announced a joint project between its European Research and Innovation Centre in Aachen, Germany, and Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen University that has developed a car seat that uses six special embedded sensors to detect electrical impulses generated by the heart. The media section on Ford's Web site notes the technology is part of "Ford's portfolio of possible in-car health and wellness solutions aimed at helping people with chronic illnesses or medical disorders manage their condition while on the go."

Tags: Medical devices; FDA

Online networks improve healthcare company's speed-to-market

Retail markets are evolving rapidly, requiring brand owners to react faster and more nimbly than ever, if they want their brands to thrive. Areas where design teams are particularly under pressure involve brand development and product lifecycle management—including critical components such as packaging specs. The management of all these assets is tough enough for many consumer packaged goods companies. It often worsens when products are marketed globally. The process is tedious because packages and other brand assets are developed from an array of sources, such as design agencies, worldwide. When that happens, the result often is packaging that doesn't look consistent on shelf from country to country. By streamlining its brand assets, one healthcare company has improved communication and visual consistency—and it expects to save upwards of $11 million in three years.

Tags: Sun Branding Solutions; Package design

Rausch selects tube for its 'Body Lotion Sensitive'

Renowned for making hair and body care products, Swiss company Rausch AG Kreuzlingen has switched from a bottle to a tube for its "Body Lotion Sensitive" brand. The tube is supplied by Neopac, a company Rausch has partnered with for years. For Rausch, high-quality materials play a cardinal role in packaging.

Tags: Neopac; Tubes; Personal care; Package design

Kleenex packaging gets personal

Long-time observers of the packaging scene at interpack were impressed by an application because it takes full advantage of packaging's potential to be a powerful marketing tool as opposed to being something that is merely an exercise in engineering. Specifically, digital printing on an HP Indigo press is allowing Kimberly Clark consumers to send family photos to the company to decorate its oval-shaped paperboard cartons of facial tissues. Read about this short-run, fast-changeover capability inherent in digital printing that makes such packaging practical.

Tags: Package design; Paperboard cartons; Printing

Video: Live from Interphex

Unit-dose packaging for hospital pharmacies features child-resistant lidding film.

NEW Products


Sleeve labels with Braille

Pharmaceutical firm Meda reportedly represents the first application of the Sleever® Braille technology in Europe, for the Italian market. The technology is said to guarantee the presence of Braille characters on a heat-shrunk sleeve, with transparent varnishes to protect the visual without alteration. Compatible with various Sleever films and can be combined with UV flexo 10-color front-and-back printing.

Sleever Intl.


Tablet counting without change parts

Machine handles up to 200 bottles/min, running pharmaceutical product less than 2mm in size and nutraceuticals more than 35 mm in size. Permits fast changeovers with single operator and easy setup with no complex parameters or calculations, and includes all stainless-steel contact parts.

BellatRx Inc.

Upcoming events:

EXPO PACK México 2011
Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico. EXPO PACK México features packaging and processing solutions for Latin America, with over 900 exhibitors from 20 countries, June 21-24.

HBA Global Expo
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY. HBA Global Expo provides personal care and beauty manufacturers with new ingredients, solutions, supplier resources and world-class education to bring new products to market, June 28-30.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. North America's largest packaging and processing event includes a Pharmaceutical Pavilion, Processing Zone, Brand Zone, Confectionery Pavilion and more, September 26-28.

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