NEWS: Industry Briefs

Sealed Air Corp. (Duncan, SC) has announced the opening of its new global manufacturing plant for its Medical Products Group. The new plant is located at the site of the company’s Cryovac Food Packaging Division and is the third Sealed Air manufacturing plant in the upstate area.

Arlink (Burlington, ON, Canada), a provider of ergonomic modular workstations, technical furniture, and material handling systems, has received cleanroom-compliant certification. Its products have been certified for use in a Class 10,000 cleanroom per the U.S. Federal Standard 209E and Class 7 per ISO 14644 International Cleanroom Standard.

New Jersey Packaging, a subsidiary of Menasha Corp. specializing in the printing of secondary packaging for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, has acquired Altwood Roll Label Co., which supplies flexible packaging, inserts, and labels to these same industries. Terms of the acquisition were not released. The acquisition of Altwood well complements New Jersey Packaging’s ability to provide high-quality products to customers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Altwood has one manufacturing facility located in Elmwood Park, NJ.

Appleton (Appleton, WI) has launched a partnership initiative to help RFID participants to meet compliance requirements. Through the partnership, the company will underwrite a portion of the costs associated with trials that run its new SmartStrate label stock. “Our objective is to help companies gain a better insight into the issues that will exist in real-world applications for RFID labels,” said Mike Cove, senior marketing manager for Appleton’s thermal and advanced technical products. “To do that, the RFID trial labels should be handled and applied the same way as standard labels. That’s the only way for companies to accurately guage the overall effectiveness of their RFID effort.”

BioSante Pharmaceuticals (Lincolnshire, IL) has announced that the European Patent Office (EPO) has allowed claims in a new patent titled, “Method of Manufacturing Therapeutic Calcium Phosphate Particles,” for the manufacturing process of the company’s calcium phosphate nanoparticles. The company was awarded a patent on the manufacturing process and biomedical uses for its nanoparticles in the United States in 2002. BioSante is developing its particles technology for a growing range of applications, including its use as a biodegradable alternative to aluminum salts as a vaccine adjuvant to enhance the effectiveness of vaccines.

Insight Control Systems and INEX Vision Systems have merged to form ICS/INEX Inspection Systems (Clearwater, FL). The two vision technology companies will continue to provide worldwide sales and support for both ICS and INEX turnkey inspection products, which include cameras, software, lighting, and defect rejection systems. The installed machine base of the newly formed company now reaches more than 10,000 machines.

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