In an effort to enhance and protect brands, Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. has developed a color-changing sealant for heat-seal applications. The coextrusion-coated sealant can be applied to any thermally stable web such as polyester, nylon, and polypropylene or on any of Rollprint’s ClearFoil barrier structures.
Using the new sealant, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers can color code products by type or size. Because the web remains transparent, package contents are visible through the color.
With the rise in counterfeiting and diversion, securing the pharmaceutical supply chain has become even more of a priority. Global standards and country laws are taking shape to establish tracking systems, but investment and consensus are moving slower than the criminals. At Pharmapack North America, speakers and exhibitors will explore emerging requirements as well as voluntary steps companies can take to secure their own supply chains.
Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) is launching a new initiative for “end-to-end” security across the entire supply chain spectrum. The supply-chain security initiative will cover three elements: membership in the RX-360 Consortium, implementation of global guidelines for wooden pallets, and tamper-evident packaging.
AlpVision has launched an iPhone 4 application for detecting its Varnish Cryptoglyph solution, an invisible marking embedded in the standard varnish coating applied to packaging and labeling. The company will demonstrate the technology at Interphex 2012, from May 1-3, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Stamping foil technology can be used as an effective tool for protection against brand and product piracy, and brand protection has developed into an important application for stamping foils. The importance of brand identification is growing constantly owing to the increasing value of branded products, and the global spread of criminal counterfeits. Brands are the soft currency of a company; guaranteeing their integrity is an essential factor for global success.
The pharmaceutical industry is no longer defined—or confined—by borders. Manufacturers are sourcing ingredients, materials, finished products, and contract packaging and manufacturing from around the world, and most are seeking to serve patients in multiple markets. The resulting supply chain is a complex one.
“Things are changing,” says Brian Johnson, senior director, supply-chain security, Pfizer Inc. “Markets are expanding, and where we are sourcing materials and manufacturing is changing.”
FreightWatch is urging manufacturers and their logistics partners to heighten security this upcoming holiday weekend to protect products in transit and in storage.