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HealthPack 2016 will be held March 15-17 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans.
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Medical device packaging takes center stage at HealthPack

HealthPack 2015 focused on exclusive survey and package design. Meanwhile, HealthPack 2016 venue is established.
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Total Compensation in 2014
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Earnings, satisfaction rise, reveals 2015 Salary Survey

Average earnings jump 3.54% in 2014 compared with the previous year. Compensation increases for 74% of respondents, with an average bump of 3.7%.
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Packaging machinery OEMs, it’s time to think apprenticeships

Though usually we address various aspects of packaging machinery building, programming, networking, and optimizing in this space, there’s another key issue facing anyone who has an interest in automation, and typically it’s referred to as “the skills gap.” Solutions to this looming crisis are beginning to take shape, and no one knows more about them than On The Edge blogger Keith Campbell. Here’s his latest.
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Cal Poly program attracts tech startup

Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business has teamed upwith Specright LLC, a packaging specification management startup based in Irvine, CA., to offer part-time work year round to Cal Poly packaging students.
Bobby Grajewski, President of Edison Nation Medical, talks about helping entrepreneurs bring medical innovations to commercializ
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Safer healthcare via medical innovation

Bobby Grajewski, President of Edison Nation Medical, talks about helping entrepreneurs bring medical innovations to commercialization, including the role of packaging.
R&D veteran Blake Hutzley, technical advisor, Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association (B&CMA),
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What's the secret to innovation?

One big-brand R&D veteran told a PACK EXPO audience the secret, in the form of his Three Cs. But first, he related a personal tale of all-too-common R&D woe to an empathetic group of nodding heads...
DePuy Synthes, Stryker, Medtronic speakers highlight HealthPack 2015
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DePuy Synthes, Stryker, Medtronic speakers highlight HealthPack 2015

Topics to be covered March 3-5, in Virginia Beach will include technology for manufacturing innovation, package design, sealing process validation, and a local operating nurse panel.
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Broader skill sets: the new face of the packaging professional?

Mike Marcinkowski, a packaging engineer at Gillette, explained in a recent IoPP webinar how the company reduced the packaging structures for its Venus brand of women’s razors from nine to two.
Dan Balan
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Is it time for a socratic examination of packaging?

The Greek philosopher known for his wit and wisdom, Socrates came to fame by asking questions.
Jim Butschli, Healthcare Packaging Editor
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Time to reevaluate education with an eye on return on investment

For every one occupation requiring a masters degree or higher, there are two professional jobs requiring a university degree. But there are seven jobs—good ones, too—requiring a one-year certificate or two-year degree.

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