Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Software
Motion Programming Library
Users can quickly create programs for automating multiple-axis motion, and guiding input, output, and graphical user interfaces with a simplified programming library for the Microsoft Visual Basic .NET application development tool. Nonproprietary programming language allows machine builders to write motion applications with no prior experience using the MPX program. It supports servo and stepper-motor multiple-axis motion control via SynqNet, high-speed input/output commands, system event management, and TCP/IP remote access. Danaher Motion, Wood Dale, IL; 540/633-3400; www.danahermotion.com.
Web-Based Variable Document Editing
A solution for online editing of variable data publishing gives creative control to corporate marketing departments, consumers, sales agents, and designers in a distributed-design environment. Currently available as a freestanding application, FusionPro Live will soon be integrated into FusionPro Web. Live features a drag-drop interface to alter variable frames with browser-based previewing of changes. Designer-controlled locking of specified elements allows end-users access and preserves branding. Printable Technologies, Solana Beach, CA; 858/847-6600; www.printable.com.
RFID Tracking Software
A program provides manufacturers and retailers with ready-to-run packaged asset tracking. Hardware and software unite as a single product to reduce risk and simplify RFID deployments. The OATedge program decreases RFID start-up time from months to weeks and can respond immediately to shipment and delivery errors. OATSystems Inc., Waltham, MA; 781/907-6100; www.oatsystems.com.
Medical Device Report Submission Software
A beta version of software enables medical device companies to electronically submit adverse-event medical device reports (MDRs) to FDA. eMDR Submission Manager adds on to TrackWise software, which medical device manufacturers use to electronically track and manage product complaint and adverse-event assessment and reporting processes. The software enables device companies to effectively manage complaints and investigations, to assess potential adverse events for safety-risk problems, and to comply with reporting requirements. The program was created following participation in FDA’s eMDR pilot program. Sparta Systems Inc., Holmdel, NJ; 732/203-0400; www.sparta-systems.com.
Palletizing and Packaging Design Software
A range of software and support services analyze the flow of products through the supply chain. Cape Pack software creates pallet patterns, creates new case sizes, designs product packaging, consolidates case sizes, tests the strength of corrugated cardboard, and creates store displays. Truckfill creates container and truck-load schematics and produces price quotes. The program also instructs warehouse staff on how to load containers and communicates with customers via the Internet. Both applications are designed to facilitate communication among multiple levels of the supply chain in order to reduce shipping costs and wasted space. Cape Systems, Allen, TX; 800/229-3434; www.capesystems.com.
RFID and Sensor Deployment
An application platform leverages RFID and sensor technologies to develop and deploy scalable, real-world-aware applications that sense physical activity and take actions to optimize business activity. Edgeware 3.2 uses an updated library of utilities and predefined work flows to automate shipping and receiving, asset tracking, and other processes. Tools configure composite applications and can significantly reduce deployment time by targeting specific supply-chain processes. Edgeware can run on mobile devices. The product includes SensorNet, which configures, monitors, and manages devices and activities using a browser-based rich Internet application interface. InSync Software Inc., San Jose, CA; 408/352-0600; www.insyncinfo.com.