Industry Briefs


Jetrion (Ypsilanti, MI), an ink-jet products manufacturer and part of Electronics for Imaging Inc. (EFI; Foster City, CA), has joined the Brand Protection Alliance LLC (BPA; Graham, NC). BPA is a resource organization comprising about a dozen companies committed to assisting brand owners in designing, developing, and implementing customized and secure solutions against consumer product counterfeiting. According to BPA, Jetrion’s ink-jet capabilities are a complementary fit to the group’s program of offering anticounterfeiting solutions. Jetrion products include digital printing, ink-jet systems, integration solutions, and specialty inks.

Nosco Inc. (Chicago) has added I-Code UID one-time-programmable (OTP) read-and-write software for high-frequency (HF) tags to its range of RFID products for the pharmaceutical industry. The I-Code UID OTP IC is based on a 13.56-MHz HF standard issued by the MIT AutoID Center, which is now part of the EPCglobal standards organization. It is designed to provide compatibility for NXP I-Code proprietary protocols as well as ISO 15693 and MIT AutoID Center protocols. It uses an enhanced anticollision algorithm to provide a 200-labels-per-second singulation rate and can operate within a range of 1.5 m, depending on antenna geometry. Each IC has a unique tag identifier and 192 bits of memory. The memory is organized into 24 blocks of one byte each and comes with five-year data retention. Its name is derived from an OTP feature that allows the locking of the 192-bit memory via a secure password command.

Uhlmann Packaging Systems (Towaco, NJ) has expanded its tool shop capabilities to deliver precision, OEM-crafted and -tested tooling within seven weeks using its Deckel Maho 80U machining center. The company has invested more than $3 million in capital machinery in the last few years to improve its delivery time for customers. It now has three Deckel Maho machining centers. The systems feature five-axis machining for reduced production time and enhanced quality; a six-station programmable palette tool for automatic loading and unloading; a 180-tool in-machine storage system for quick changeover; and lights-out operation capability.

The Qualicaps Group (Whitsett, NC) has signed an agreement to acquire Pharmaphil Inc. (Windsor, ON, Canada). Qualicaps is a supplier of empty gelatin and nongelatin capsules and equipment for filling and sealing capsules. Pharmaphil, which manufactures empty gelatin capsules, will become a subsidiary of Qualicaps’ U.S. operation under the agreement. Qualicaps has been pursuing a growth strategy involving business development and acquisition since it was acquired in 2005 by global private equity firm The Carlyle Group. This new acquisition of Pharmaphil by Qualicaps has been arranged to provide both companies with broader product lines, access to more customers, and increased production capability.

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