Patent setback or reasonable patent reform?
March 27, 2012
Last week the US Supreme Court rejected a biotech industry patent previously granted to Prometheus Laboratories, a Nestle unit. The Wall Street Journal characterized this as a "setback for medical - test firms". It seems to me that the principles the court applied could also be used to setback many information technology and automation patents, but would this be a setback or just reasonable patent reform?...
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Govenment officials warn of cyber attacks
February 11, 2011
Two days after my post on cyber security and end users' need to take an architected approach to the automation and control systems, the Los Angeles Times reported on how concerned US intelligence officials are about cyber attacks on the US....
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What is wrong with the pharmaceutical pricing model?
December 7, 2008
I was speaking this week with an industry insider about pharmaceutical and health care packaging and the topic of the pricing model for these products came up. I think that there is a fundamental flaw in this supply chain that is affecting healthcare for all of us....
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Does packaging get sufficient respect?
April 22, 2008
Does packaging get the respect that it deserves? Some say no, but the tide seems to be turning. The message at the recent Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum was somewhat mixed. Some quipped that packaging was treated as an afterthought. It wasn't planned for, and wasn't put on the critical path of activities for their company. Yet others had a much more positive message. Perhaps this indicates that packaging is turning a...
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How packaging can compete for workforce development $'s
May 18, 2007
Federal, state and local government agencies can provide significant financial assistance to an industry segment for the updating of skills and technology. Programs such as the Presidents High Growth Job Training Initiative and similar state initiatives target industry clusters that are perceived to offer high growth and stability, often as the result of underlying high-tech. Is packaging getting its share of these dollars? Probably not- but it can. Here are...
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Are validated lines better lines?
April 30, 2007
How effective are pharmaceutical packaging lines? One would certainly think that the amount of time and money that is spent on validating a pharmaceutical packaing line would result in a line that runs better than a line that has not been subjected to all of this additional engineering, operations and quality control rigor. We hear that the validation costs of a line can exceed 2 to 3 times the cost...
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Packaging and Pharamceutical Industries Sharing Experiences
March 29, 2007
The first ever forum on packaging automation in the pharmaceutical industry is underway at this moment in Philadelphia. This sold-out event has brought together the leading pharmaceutical manufacturers with packaging machinery manufacturers, technology suppliers, consultatnts and government to explore packaging issues surrounding drugs, medical devices, biologics and combination devices....
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|About Keith Campbell
|Leaders learn from the past while
looking to the future - and bring both to bear on the here
and now. This is the philosophy that has steered Keith Campbell's
30+ years in manufacturing. It has worked for him in operations,
maintenance, engineering, R&D, education, consulting and
professional organizations--and now he's putting it to work
for you--taking you to the edge of his thoughts on packaging