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IoPP Quick Poll — August 18 Edition
This edition of the IoPP Update's Quick Poll asks: "During the past 12 months, have you increased or reduced the number of total package structures for your products?"
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Bioresin packaging or not?
IoPP's Quick Poll from our last Update asked: "What percentage of packaging materials for your product(s) is bioresins?" 83% of those who answered said they didn't use bioresins at all; 10% of those who answered said 13% of their packaging materials are bioresin-based; and 3% said they use bioresins for all of their packaging.
Packaging stalwart and staunch IoPP supporter Al McKinlay passes away
Alfred H. McKinlay, P.E., CPP, Fellow, passed away peacefully at his home in Pattersonville, New York, on August 6. Mr. McKinlay was a devoted IoPP member, joining the Institute in 1964. He was a Certified Packaging Professional, a member of IoPP's College of Fellows and an Honorary Lifetime member. Mr. McKinlay attended Woestina High School and later received a bachelor's of science degree from Union College where a scholarship has been created in his name. After graduating from Union College he worked for Alco Products for three years and then was employed as an Industrial Engineer for General Electric in Schenectady, New York, for 27 years. He was self-employed as a packaging and handling consultant from 1981 to 2011. He was also Chairman of the ASTM Packaging Committee for eight years where he ran large annual conferences for packaging related business for more than 20 years. Al taught two- to three-day seminars across the country for over 25 years and ASTM established the Alfred H. McKinlay Honorary Award to be given to an outstanding packaging professional each year.
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IoPP donates text books for new University of Houston Packaging Technology program
In support of a newly established packaging technology program at the University of Houston (UH) College of Technology, members of IoPP in Texas have donated 15 copies of Fundamentals of Packaging Technology for use in the program. Books will available to students taking the introductory course.
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Power up at Pack Expo! For IoPP Elite Members only!
Pack Expo, taking place Nov. 2-5, 2014 at McCormick Place 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 secluded spot to recharge their batteries — physically and electronically! IoPP will be hosting the IoPP Elite Member VIP Lounge at Pack Expo, a private and exclusive area where you can relax, charge your electronics, enjoy a beverage and catch up on some work. The IoPP Elite VIP Lounge will be located in Room S-106A at McCormick Place. But the VIP Lounge is available to IoPP Elite members ONLY, so if you aren't already an Elite member, now is your opportunity to renew/upgrade your membership to the highest level and find respite at Pack Expo this fall!
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Aug. 19 IoPP standard webinar on packaging optimization — you're invited!
IoPP's next quarterly standard webinar will be at 1 p.m. CST Aug. 19. All IoPP members are encouraged to attend as a benefit of your membership. The topic is package optimization, which is top-of-mind for anyone looking to squeeze as much cost as possible out of their packaging operations and make also their brands, and the company bottom line, more profitable. We will have a large audience, so don't be left behind — register today, and come prepared with your questions!
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Make better packaging decisions — gain a working knowledge of machinery
Your package development team tweaks the shoulder slope on a bottle. Or, the team "finalizes" a package design and gets it to operations, only to make additional subsequent changes. These and other packaging scenarios all have implications for how well your package functions on the production line. IoPP's Packaging Machinery: Basics seminar provides introductory working knowledge to navigate these challenges successfully. It’s coming up Oct. 6-8 at Frain Industries, which for nearly 10 years has provided IoPP with its conference center and access to its expansive shop floor for hands-on learning for this seminar.
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New online short course through IoPP helps prepare you for career advancement
If you haven't taken a look yet, IoPP has an insightful new online short course called Packaging360 Leadership that is an ideal resource if you are preparing to interview for a supervisory position or looking at other career advancement. Packaging360 teaches how packaging meshes with overall business objectives and arms you, as a packaging professional, with numerous critical insights to help you make better packaging decisions that impact not only your brand's success, but also the company bottom line.
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WorldStar Packaging Awards 2015 open for entries
WPO (World Packaging Organization) announced that the entries for WorldStar Packaging Awards 2015 will be open from July 1 to Oct. 10, 2014. Considered the most important global packaging award, the WorldStar is based on the judges' consensus that a pack is superior in its own right and better in its class, in execution, or innovation by comparison. The judges consider the following criteria: protection and preservation of contents; ease of handling, filling, opening and closing; adequacy of information; sales appeal; graphic design; quality of production; economy of material and cost reduction; environment; ingenuity of construction; and adaption to local conditions (production, materials, market).
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Food and beverage packaging in the clear
Transparent packaging is at the top of the wish list for food and beverage companies that sell their products in bottles or jars, particularly those wishing to convey attributes like freshness, close-to-homemade flavor and premium quality.
"A trend that we're seeing is a lot more transparency in packaging design to cue freshness [and] allow the consumers to see more of the product," says Lisa Baer, senior director of market innovation at Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions, a division of Havi Global Solutions, Downers Grove, Ill.
Emerging food-packaging barrier applications to watch
By Don Rosato
Barrier developments in food packaging are expected to greatly help reduce food waste to better feed a growing world population. Approximately 1.3 billion tons — or one-third of the food produced around the world each year — is lost or wasted on its way from the farm to the fork. With limited natural resources, it is more effective to reduce food losses than to increase global food production. Let's take a look at some examples of emerging plastic barrier-packaging applications.
Packaging to brand marketers and consumers: Can you hear me now?
The philosophical "if a tree falls in the forest..." question notwithstanding, sound can be very subjective. When your baby cries at night, you want to hear it. When someone else's baby cries on an airplane, no one wants to hear it.
But when it comes to packaging, an audible snap, crackle, click or pop generally contributes positively to the overall user experience.
Drink up, then eat the glass — the trend for edible food packaging and tableware
New technologies are being used to make edible packaging for food and drink. It could reduce what we send to landfill, but will it taste any good?
Picture the scene. You're at a party, drinking a cocktail. Once you've sipped, you eat the glass. Sounds a little on the wild side, but this is the image Loliware wants us to play in our heads.
CTI launches light-changing packaging inks
Food Production Daily
Chromatic Technologies has launched a line of photochromic inks, suitable for food and beverage packaging, which change when exposed to sunlight.
What containers will post the fastest growth in pharmaceuticals?
Demand for pharmaceutical packaging products in the U.S. will increase 4.9 percent annually to $22.1 billion in 2018.
Primary containers will make up two-thirds of the total, with the remainder generated by closures, secondary containers, labels and other packaging accessories.
Equipment suppliers scrambling to meet snack food manufacturers' needs
Product differentiation often means a change in packaging, and that can be particularly challenging for snack-food manufacturers trying to strike a balance between throughput demands and optimal flexibility. Inventure Foods is a case in point. "Gentler product handling, faster changeovers and efficient sanitation by design" are factors that temper the need for higher throughput, suggested Brian Foster, former senior vice president of operations at the Phoenix-based company.
4 key questions about 2 sustainable packaging paths
Eco-efficiency or circular economy model? Both strategies have merit. Which choice is right for you?
At the Sustainability in Packaging event sponsored by Smithers Pira in March 2014, several conference sessions ended with a debate about preferable end of life treatment — such as the recovery of flexible packaging, the issue of marine debris and more.
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