good morning packaging keeping pace with packaging around the world, issue 26, vol. 2, 2007

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1.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp leak testing of ffsstripsplastic ampoules &nbsp2.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp antioxidant activity boosted by edible film &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp3.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp lastminute package information &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp4.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp new ultra clear tubes &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp &nbsp&nbsp5.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp reduced space symbology rss bar code technology leak testing of ffsstripsplastic ampoules the lps micro leak tester checks strips for micro leaks that might compromise the product. strips are usually checked manually by pressing each strip by hand. this method is both time consuming and subject to human error and in the pharmaceutical industry no manufacturer can afford errors that result in expensive recalls and bad reputation. the lps is an inline machine with speed of 60 strips per min. the strips are fed in the machine via a conveyor and are tested using a force sensor. this kind of testing is non destructive, fast and reliable. the measurement of the resulting force after being pressed repeatedly will determine the seal integrity of the ampoule. &nbspfurther information www.bonfigliolipharma.comantioxidant activity boosted by edible film the nutritional and shelf lifeboosting activity of vitamin c can be boosted by incorporating the ingredient in a gellan film, suggests new research. an edible film based on gellan polymer was elaborated as a first approach for carrying ascorbic acid aa on films with nutritional purposes and as food antioxidant. it was found that aa was 100 per centretained after film casting, wrote the authors. &nbspsource food research international elsevier june 2007, volume 40, issue 5, pages 565575 &nbspgellan gum films as carriers of lascorbic acid authors paula g. leona and ana m. rojaslastminute package information datalase claims its packmark process allows packagers the flexibility to add variable information at short notice, eliminating the requirement for changeovers and reducing downtime.this enables packers to add variable information onto packaging as it is dispatched from the warehouse, ensuring that all information is clear to consumers in order to avoid confusion and mistrust, the company said.new ultra clear tubes clarified propylene has reached a new level of transparency in tubes that rivals the clarity of other pet rigid packages. &nbspthe tubes are manufactured in a twostep process by weener plastic packaging group and offer a highgloss surface that supports enhanced decoration. the new clarified propylene tubes offer excellent highgloss clarity, along with superior barrier properties, in addition to being competitively priced, according to jim moseley, executive vice president of tricorbraun. more information at tricorbraun.comreduced space symbology rss bar code technology retailers are beginning serious evaluation of reduced space symbology rss bar code technology as a robust method of tracking items through global supply chains. &nbspthe main retail applications of rss include the identification and marking of variable measure products e.g., meats, deli, and seafood and produce. the key business needs for variable measure products sold in an omnidirectional scanning environment include full product identification as well as extended traceability, weight, price, and other secondary data. by using rss bar codes to identify produce, retailers have the potential to increase transaction efficiencies, ensure price integrity, reduce shrink, and obtain detailed sales data collection. in addition, the rss bar codes will lead to more effective resource allocation, accuracy of ordering and inventory management, improved food safety information and facilitation of category management practices. press releases 1. creed engineers at india flex show 2007www.packagingconnections.comdownloadsdownload101.pdf2. white paper rsswww.packagingconnections.comdownloadsdownload104.pdf&nbsp&nbsphappy packagingwww.packagingconnections.com

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