Industry Briefs



 Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) has acquired DVT Corp. (Duluth, GA). The acquisition was completed on May 9. Cognex plans to maintain operations at DVT’s current facility in Georgia and to continue selling and supporting DVT’s vision products through DVT’s existing third-party distribution channel. DVT’s principal product, Legend, is used for inspection and quality control.


Several trade associations have signed on to participate in the inaugural Packaging Summit Conference, scheduled for May 16–18, 2006, in Rosemont, IL. The event will offer packaging professionals across several industries a three-day conference track as well as packaging materials and services exhibitions: the Packaging Containers & Materials Expo and the Packaging Services Expo.

Joining the Institute of Packaging Professionals in support of the event are the Closure Manufacturers Association, the Flexible Packaging Association, the Paperboard Packaging Council, the Tag & Label Manufacturers Institute Inc., the National Association of Container Distributors, the Tube Council, The Glass Packaging Institute, and Instituto Mexicano de Profesionales en Envase y Embalaje S.C. For more information, visit

Kyphon Inc., a manufacturer of proprietary balloon technology for minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries, has purchased Pilgrim Software’s (Tampa, FL) SmartSolve system. The software will help Kyphon manage change control, training, CAPA, and documentation as well as handle complaints and audits efficiently.

The National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) named Novapak Corp. (Eatontown, NJ) “Supplier of the Year” at its 80th annual convention, held in April. Novapak is a major producer of PET, PVC, PP, HDPE and in-line fluorinated HDPE containers for personal care, healthcare, and other applications. Novapak also received the award in 1994 and is the only plastic bottle producer to have received it twice since the inception of the program in 1988. Accepting the award for Novapak were Bill Bergen, president and CEO, and Ken Stufko, vice president of sales. The company operates ISO 9001:2000 certified plants in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and South Carolina.

Auto ID Solutions (Minneapolis), a provider of tools for testing linear and two-dimensional bar code quality according to ISO/ANSI standards, is offering complimentary testing of bar code verification tools. All units are compared against calibrated NIST traceable testing standards following ANSI X3.182 and ISO 15416-1 methodologies. According to president Jean Seikkula, 76% of the verifiers received for testing during the last two fiscal quarters were out of tolerance.

Omron Electronics LLC (Schaumburg, IL) has received a multi-million-unit order from The R and V Group LLC (Chattanooga, TN) for Class 1 EPC-compatible RFID inlays. The two firms are teaming up to offer cost-effective, high-quality RFID-enabled labels. Under this alliance, Omron will be R and V’s preferred supplier of inlays, and R and V will be Omron’s preferred smart-label converter. “We are already offering high-quality Class 1, 96-bit product now, and we expect to be supplying Generation 2 inlays by the 4th quarter this year,” says Bill Arnold, Omron’s partner business manager.

Wrapade Machine Company, Inc. (Clifton, NJ), has formed a new company, Wrapade Packaging Systems LLC. The firm offers pouch packaging machines for medical devices, strip and pouch packaging machines for tablets and capsules, and pouch packaging machines for powders, liquids, and small parts.

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