James Alexander Corp. (Blairstown, NJ) has received the 2006 Entrepreneurial Success Award from the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award, according to the Chamber of Commerce’s guidelines, recognizes the company as a business that has created new and in- novative products or services and has experienced significant growth due to their creativity and marketing. The company, which is a contract packager and manufacturer of unit-dose dispensing systems, has broken ground on an expansion project. The project will increase the size of the firm’s facility in Frelinghuysen, NJ, from 20,000 to almost 30,000 sq ft. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2007.
ARmark Authentication Technologies LLC (Glen Rock, PA) has partnered with Security and Risk Management Group LLC (SRMG; Westlake Village, CA) to offer a wider range of brand protection and risk management services for companies facing increased vulnerability and loss from counterfeiting. ARmark specializes in authentication technologies in the form of covert markers, such as inks, adhesives, and films, that are designed to enhance brand and trademark protection against theft and forgery. SRMG offers the services of its global network of former FBI agents, local, state, and federal law enforcement professionals, and security consultants and investigators. Members of this network can identify loss vulnerability and recommend countermeasures to help protect customers’ supply chains. The goal of the partnership is to offer a complete package of brand protection services from the product level throughout the entire supply chain.
Perlen Converting AG (Perlen, Switzerland), a member of the CPH Group, has taken over ac-Folien GmbH (Müllheim, Germany). Perlen produces coated and laminated barrier films for primary packaging for pharmaceuticals. For approximately the last 15 years, Perlen has supplied the coating for the PVC mono films manufactured by ac-Folien at its factory in Müllheim. The takeover is part of Perlen’s move to strengthen its position in the global market as a supplier of a range of products from mono- to high-barrier films.
“More retailers are mandating RFID tagging for more products,” says Ken Hamlin, general manager, Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) Solutions Group at NCR Corp. (Dayton, OH). “As a result, many consumer-goods manufacturers are telling us they want this capability without spending the time and money needed to implement a custom process,” he says. In response to this demand, NCR has created a ready-to-go, everything-included solution designed to enable manufacturers to quickly meet retailers’ mandates for tracking merchandise with RFID tags at the case and pallet levels. The NCR RFID Retail Compliance package provides companies with the components needed to install and implement an RFID-tagging solution in a matter of hours. The package includes NCR application software, an RFID printer, a bar code scanner, a start-up supply of RFID Gen2 labels, and a year of software telephone support. This turnkey solution is designed to help companies comply with mandates for RFID tagging and implement an RFID tracking system in a few hours with tags that meet EPCglobal’s Gen2 standards. The system can be upgraded as operational requirements grow and the number of products that require tagging increases.
The Perfecseal facility in Oshkosh, WI, has achieved ISO 13485: 2003 certification. This ISO standard specifies requirements for quality management systems in which organizations demonstrate the ability to provide medical devices and related services that consistently meet both customer and regulatory requirements. The company, which is headquartered in Oshkosh, is also in the process of upgrading the ISO certifications of all of its other facilities. The company is a division of the Bemis Co. and specializes in manufacturing various types of films and lidding, trays, bags, and labels.
Avo Photonics (Horsham, PA), a provider of optical and RF packaging solutions, has recently focused its services to support medical product suppliers by offering component packaging and design services. The company’s cleanrooms and parts-inspection operations are offered to help ensure consistent performance and traceability of medical products.