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IoPP Quick Poll — July 21 edition
This edition of the IoPP Update's Quick Poll asks: What percentage of the packaging materials for your product(s) are bio resins? Find out how your fellow packaging professionals answered in the next issue of the IoPP Update.
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Elite members — power up at Pack Expo!
Pack Expo, taking place Nov. 2-5 in Chicago, can be exhilarating and grueling for any packaging professional attending North America's largest packaging trade show. Pack Expo attendees also know how tough it is to find a spot to recharge their batteries. IoPP will be hosting the "IoPP Elite VIP Room" at Pack Expo — a private and exclusive area where you can relax, charge your electronics, enjoy a beverage and catch up on some work. But the IoPP Elite VIP Room is available to Elite members ONLY, so if you aren't an Elite member, now is your opportunity to renew/upgrade your membership to the highest level and find respite at Pack Expo this fall! If you're already an Elite member of IoPP, show your membership card at the VIP Room and power up!
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Fundamentals, 5th Edition among new arrivals in IoPP bookstore
IoPP's Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, 5th Edition is now available in the IoPP bookstore. The new edition was updated by nearly 100 subject matter experts, adding chapters on packaging law and sustainability, voluminous updates, new topic discussions and an answer key for the chapter review questions. Also new in the bookstore: the Manufacturing Workforce Development Playbook from Summit Media and Better Packaging, Better World from Instituto de Embalagens.
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IoPP elearning — at your convenience: Individual modules or complete courses
Elearning through IoPP enables you to learn only what you need to know, but when it's convenient in your schedule. Learn either the basics through Fundamentals of Packaging Technology online or how you, as a more seasoned packaging professional, can help create more efficient supply chains, customer operations and sustainable operations through our new Packaging360 Leadership course. Individual lessons require as little as 30 minutes to complete and start as low as $100, minus applicable IoPP member discounts. Click here for details and registration on Fundamentals online. Click here for details and registration on Packaging360 Leadership. Licensing at discount pricing is available for either course. For more information, contact Jim George, Director of Education, at email@example.com.
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||Sustainable Packaging Coalition's SPC Advance, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Will Google Glass play a role in packaging?
Google Glass made its first interpack appearance. No claims were made about readiness for implementation, but process supplier AZO and technology supplier Beckhoff were able to demonstrate the concept of how these glasses could be used for production monitoring and as an HMI to interact with the manufacturing process.
Technology and market drivers in plastic barrier packaging
By Don Rosato
Food and beverage packaging together comprise 55 percent of the $550 billion value of packaging in the global marketplace. The food industry has seen great advances in the packaging sector since its inception in the late 19th century, with most active and intelligent innovations occurring during the past century. These advances have led to improved food quality and safety. While some innovations have stemmed from unexpected sources, most have been driven by changing consumer preferences.
Congress considering bill to ban BPA from food packaging
The Boston Globe
Legislation has been introduced by Democrats in both chambers of Congress to ban Bisephenol-A (BPA) from food packaging. BPA creates what is known as EA or estrogenic activity in the body, which occurs when chemicals mimic the behavior of naturally occurring estrogen. Studies have shown that fetal, infant and juvenile mammals have been shown to be especially sensitive to the low doses of these reactive chemicals.
Smarter packaging options in healthcare
July 3 was a banner day for smarter pharmaceutical and medical packaging when two patents were published that leverage technology to improve patient compliance and consumer safety. One was for a Smart Label container and the other for an RFID-enabled prescription bottle or vial.
Mueller Martini: Package printing for the food industry
Since even the slightest migration of inks can turn into a major disaster, package printers have to satisfy the high expectations of food producers. The VSOP variable web printing press from Muller Martini lets printers meet these demands.
Lighter rum: Bacardi cuts its packaging weight by 90 percent
Food Production Daily
The spirits brand is raising a toast to sustainability with lighter packing and recyclable bottles. Bacardi Limited is working to increase its sustainability profile by pouring its rums and premixed cocktails into lightweight, recyclable bottles.
European researchers work to develop biodegradable dairy packaging
Since May 2014, The Technological Institute of Plastic in Valencia, Spain, has been coordinating research by seven companies and technological centers to develop new materials to manufacture biodegradable packages for dairy products. The project is called BIOBOTTLE, and its aim is to create multilayer and monolayer plastic bottles as well as bags to package dairy products, which in Europe are not required to be separated from the organic waste at the end of their lifespan.
Straw-based food packaging can 'meet or beat' plastic prices
Food Production Daily
UK company ValueForm, which has created food packs made from straw, says it wants to lead a change in supermarket and food retail packaging.
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