The RFID lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Directory of RFID test centers

A directory of more than 25 RFID Test Labs and Centers throughout the United States.
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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Hewlett-Packard, ranked 11th on the 2006 Fortune 500 list of largest American corporations, practices sustainability on a global scale. If you ask Jill Wollam, a packaging engineer and new product planner for HP’s LaserJet supplies, for insights on how a packaging organization can make sustainability actionable, you receive recommendations that any packager — on the Fortune 500 list or not — can immediately apply.
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HP focuses on materials innovation and design for recyclability

Early in February, Hewlett-Packard Company’s Imaging and Printing Supplies business made an announcement that would be the envy of any organization committed to both sustainable practices and a healthy bottom line.
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HP Focuses on Materials Innovation and Design for Recyclability

Early in February, Hewlett-Packard Company's Imaging and Printing Supplies business made an announcement that would be the envy of any organization committed to both sustainable practices and a healthy bottom line.
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IoPP tackles sustainable packaging

About 100 people braved the lake-effect snow of Southwest Michigan January 25 to attend the first meeting of the Institute of Packaging Professionals Sustainable Packaging Task Group.
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IoPP tackles sustainable packaging

About 100 people braved the lake effect snow of Southwest Michigan January 25 to attend the first meeting of the IoPP Sustainable Packaging Task Group.
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Club Stores: Show us the value

Display pallets and promotional packaging—two specialties of co-packers—are gaining steam as merchandising tactics. A third tactic, sustainability, is just getting legs.
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What about RPETG?

Display Pack’s director of sales & marketing Marty Tidball discusses the differences between recycled PET (RPET) and recycled PETG (RPETG), a polyester copolymer that he says is commonly used inn its virgin state in pharmaceutical and medical packaging applications.
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Exhibitor Listing

Company BoothAccess Business Group 517 Adalis Corporation 925 AdProps Packaging, Inc 525 Aldelano Packaging Corporation 612 Algus Packaging Inc.
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Packaging Services Expo

COMPANY BOOTHAccess Business Group 517 Adalis Corporation 925 AdProps Packaging, Inc 525 Aldelano Packaging Corporation 612 Algus Packaging Inc. 818 All About Packaging 1040 Alliance Packaging Group Inc. 930 Altair Engineering, Inc. 619 Assemblies Unlimited, Inc. 718 Avenues to Independence 712 Barak Business Services 829 Caraustar 1026 CL & D Digital 717 Compact Industries 613Container-Quinn Testing Laboratories, Inc. 726Contract Packaging Association 520Contract Packaging Magazine 320Cosmos Contract Packaging 522Elite Staffing 526Eltrex Industries 511Export Corporation 514First Choice Packaging 626Fluoro-Seal 405Frain Industries 505Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. 413Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin 730Hewlett-Packard 917Hope Network Industries 518Illinois Instruments 817Innovative Systems Group 832Inprax Performance Resources 728Institute de Profesionales Mexico 1706International Safe Transit Associaton (ISTA) 501Integrated Project Management Co Inc (IPM) 407J&J Packaging 506The Jel Sert Company 833Jerrell Packaging 811Kings Express 421Lansmont Testing Services 617Lauraville Specialty Products 625Lawrence Paper Co. 926Loeb Equipment & Appraisal Company 520Misco Products Corp 711Mocon, Inc 827MSW Packaging 725Nice-Pak Products 221Opportunities Inc 835Outlook Group Corp 530Packaging Advantage 421Packaging* Science Center 825Packaging Summit 229Packaging Unlimited 918Paket Corporation 929PIRA International 1034Platinum Packaging 621Portion Pac 318Praxis Packaging Solutions 722Premier Packaging Inc 821Proofing Technologies 935Quality Packaging, Inc 529Quick Pak 512Raflatac Inc 1030Retail Package Design 813Robert’s Packaging 729SGS U.S.
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Broadening perspectives

As we begin the new year, Packaging World will begin a new format for this space that will offer a much wider look at packaging issues than ever before.
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Higher frequency of RFID ahead

Experts assess the impact of Gen 2, recent price cuts, and other issues to discern where RFID is heading in 2006 and beyond.
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The John Henry Packaging Group and Nutec Systems enter strategic marketing partnership

The John Henry Packaging Group, a provider of label, carton, insert, and blister packaging, and Nutec Systems, an ink-jet printer distributor specializing in Hewlett Packard thermal ink-jet technology, have formed a strategic marketing partnership that will allow them to offer high-quality, secure, digital online printing technology to help companies protect their products from tampering and their distribution systems from diversion.
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Creating Win-Win Scenarios

One question contract packagers have been asking me is, “How can I find out what consumer product goods manufacturers (CPGs) really want from my company, and then deliver it to them in the way that they want?”
Systems such as this 350 milliliter bulk ink supply with a snap-in holder extend 
operating time 8X beyond that of standard 42 m
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Thermal inkjet-- crisp codes in real world plants at affordable costs

HP technology runs in tough environments and delivers system savings from uptime. Simple operation lets line operators handle setups.
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Mining opporunities at a global consumer company

Packaging needs at Hewlett-Packard, as at other consumer goods companies, offer contract packagers opportunities, if they know where to look and how to approach these potential customers.Contract Packaging magazine asked John Hayward, manager of packaging engineering at HP, to discuss where and why the opportunities for contract packaging exist inside HP and at other large-scale consumer goods companies, and how contract packagers can shape winning strategies to gain their business.
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SIDEBAR: Winning CP business at one global products company

How does the scope of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) needs from contract packaging (CP) compare with the general trend for consumer goods companies?
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Print/verify/inspect

PACK EXPO : The Pharmacarton Coding System from Nutec Systems is for high-resolution digital thermal ink-jet printing of variable information on pharmaceutical and medical cartons.
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'Baby boomers': A packaging gold mine?

With more than 75 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964, baby boomers represent not only an enormous market, but also an affluent one, with an estimated $1 trillion in disposable income.
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An update on RFID at HP

Hewlett-Packard is both a provider and user of RFID technology.
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RFID World

The enthusiasm was as high as the attendance at the RFID World 2005 conference sponsored by Shorecliff Communi-cations. Held in early March in Dallas, TX, the conference drew 3000+ to hear key issues like Generation 2 and interoperability addressed by the likes of Wal-Mart, Kimberly-Clark, and Hewlett-Packard.
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Bulldog-Mentality Changeover Tactics (sidebar)

The Importance of Relationships
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Packaging & Design Summit 2005

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FLJune 27-29, 2005www.packaginganddesignsummit.com
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RFID World report

Key issues like Generation 2 and interoperability were addressed at RFID World by Wal-Mart, Kimberly-Clark, Hewlett-Packard, and others.
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Measuring bumps in the road to China

Data collection devices mounted on trucks in China starting in August 2004 are already drawing interest from major U.S. packaged goods companies. Here’s a look at the results and implications of the original China Project.
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RFID one-on-one with Kevin Ashton Part 1

RFID Antenna exclusive: RFID authority Kevin Ashton, co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Auto-ID Center and now vice president of marketing with RFID reader vendor ThingMagic, provides insights and observations in this exclusive interview conducted in December. Part 2 concludes next month.
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Companies

Sonoco is manufacturing self-heating containers at a plant in Wausau, WI. Sun Chemical has formed Sun Chemical Security, a new global business unit that will provide a wide range of products used to print packages that incorporate security measures.
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ROUNDTABLE TOUTS USE OF RECYCLED PAPERBOARD

Companies such as Unilever, Hewlett-Packard, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, and Clif Bar have converted much of their folding carton packaging board to recycled board, according to the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance.
Grad student Kirk Valko dials in a new setting on the extrusion blow molding system that occupies the machinery lab at the MSU S
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Students and industry learn at MSU

The School of Packaging at Michigan State gives its students a thorough overview of the packaging profession while also meeting CPG companies’ ongoing research needs.
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RFID at HP: Update and advice

"You need to make RFID happen,” Hewlett Packard’s manager of packaging engineering John Hayward told those gathered at the Smart Packaging conference in September.
A digital watermark provides a covert authentication method that can be confirme
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Smarter packaging

RFID and security technology, especially authenticating methods, headlined a recent Smart Packaging conference outside Chicago.
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Label print/verification system

PACK EXPO : The LPVS label print/verification system from Nutec integrates the Wolke m600 printing system--equipped with Hewlett-Packard's digital thermal ink-jet printing technology--to print reduced-space symbology (RSS) and 2D datamatrix bar codes on a label transport system.
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Top five value improvements in recycled paperboard

At the 2004 100% Recycled Paperboard Packaging Roundtable in New York City in June, packagers, folding carton converters, and paperboard manufacturers identified the top five value improvements in recycled paperboard during the last decade:
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Experts divulge RFID tips

The excitement in radio-frequency identification is electrifying. That was evident at yet another packed room at an RFID gathering, this one a session held August 24 during the Atlanta, GA-based Petroleum Packaging Council’s fall meeting in Chicago.
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See Hewlett-Packard technology in action at Pack Expo

Be sure to visit the H-P OEM partners at PACK EXPO International. They'll beat McCormick Place to demonstrate how H-P Thermal Ink Jet Technology canprovide exciting solutions for your package coding needs.
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IoPP gets down to business

New initiatives on many fronts help the IoPP write a dynamic new chapter in continuing packaging education.
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Experts divulge RFID tips

The excitement in radio-frequency identification is electrifying. That was evident at yet another packed room at an RFID gathering, this one a session held August 24 during the Atlanta, GA-based Petroleum Packaging Council’s fall meeting in Chicago.
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TAPPI end-user roundtable to link with Pack Expo

The End-User Committee of the Technical Assn. of the Paper and Pulp Industry will interface with corrugated paperboard people in Chicago for Pack Expo, Nov. 7 to 11, via a Virtual Classroom connection.
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RFID tags becoming easier to read

On the other hand, return on investment for packagers will remain invisible for the near term. Now Wal-Mart softens stance on deadlines.
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RFID tags becoming easier to read

On the other hand, return on investment for packagers will remain invisible for the near term. Now Wal-Mart softens stance on deadlines.
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Smart Packaging conference around the corner

The latest in intelligent and smart packaging systems, solutions, and applications will be unveiled at Smart Packaging 2004, set for September 8-9 at the Rosemont Conference Center, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.
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RFID tags becoming easier to read

On the other hand, return on investment for packagers will remain invisible for near term. Now Wal-Mart softens stance on deadlines.
Dr. Richard Berkof, speaker and organizer of the Eastern Equipment Committee Seminar, represented the Stevens Institute of Techn
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Integrated automation: 2004 EEC Seminar message

At the Annual Eastern Equipment Committee Seminar, a first-time attendee walked away with the message that packaging automation is becoming more and more integrated. What’s that mean exactly?
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RFID white paper cover.
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RFID for consumer/retail supply chains

This downloadable white paper on radio-frequency identification includes information on Wal-Mart, the "Cold Chain," and other initiatives.
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Packagers emphasize environment and economics

Packaging professionals from Estée Lauder/Aveda, Hewlett-Packard, and Bacardi Bottling describe how their companies view packaging that is environmentally sustainable.
New packaging director Jay Singh, Ph.D., continues a strong packaging heritage at the university that emphasizes student involve
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Smooth changeover at Cal Poly

Renowned for its engineering curriculum, California Polytechnic State University changes packaging directors, yet maintains the momentum of its program.
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Security needs in a digital age

With each passing year, marking and coding technology used in the packaging field has grown more digital in nature. What that means fundamentally is replacing a physical object—metal or rubber type, a printing plate, a printing matte—with a print "head" or "engine" or "cartridge" that responds to computer-driven software to imprint whatever message is called for.
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P&G opens P-O-P center

A new pack center operated by Sonoco has opened in Euskirchen, Germany, to pack point-of-purchase displays for Procter & Gamble’s European babycare division.
Inside the packaging lab at SJSU, packaging program director Herbert Schueneman poses next to 
a vibration tester.
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SJSU engineers a new course

San José State University gains a new packaging program director, receives package engineering accreditation, and earns national recognition for its program.
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Q&A: Leadership has its rewards for Adolph Gottscho

During Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003, the Packaging Education Forum honored 100-year-old machinery manufacturer Adolph Gottscho, Inc., as its Packaging Leader of the Year, 2003-2004 (see p. 11). During a recent visit by PW to Gottscho’s Union, NJ, facility, company chairman and president Eva Gottscho shared some of her Hall-of-Fame insights.
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HP Digital Package Printing Conference and Exhibition

The HP Digital Package Printing Conference and Exhibition is a two-day symposium and exhibit sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Specialty Printing Systems.
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Packagers react to cradle-to-cradle design

Packagers express interest in cradle-to-cradle design. In July, an initial meeting will be held to see if a cross-industry cradle-to-cradle packaging workgroup should be organized.
Kodak yellow is a strong visual brand identifier for the individual multipacks it sells to club stores (left) and in creating di
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Effective packaging for club stores

New materials, new configurations, and new graphics are all available to companies who want to sell into club stores.
Alison Kent, corporate packaging manager, Hewlett-Packard
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The packaging department of the future

Virtually no two departments will be alike, says a group of experts. And some say it also depends on a company’s strategic direction.
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IOPP 2002 AmeriStar Awards

Packaging World highlights the Best of Show winner, the 3M Integrity winner, and the 35 AmeriStar winners of The Institute of Packaging Professionals (Naperville, IL) 2002 AmeriStar Awards.
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IOPP 2002 AmeriStar Awards (Continued 3)

Terro Outdoor Ant KillerBest of Category: Outdoor & Gardening Senoret Chemical Co.'s Terro Outdoor Ant Killer is the first application of the stand-up, ShakerPAK dispensing pouch with handles.
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High-resolution printer

Anser Printers (Claremont, CA) introduces the HP Series 600 printers that use the latest Hewlett-Packard print technology that is said to offer affordable, high resolution (600x300) printing for box coding applications.
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Packagers share green thoughts

An exclusive Packworld.com survey reveals packagers’ thoughts and advice about environmentally friendly packaging.
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Making your packaging company a cult brand

What do Jack Daniels Whiskey and packaging have in common? Both are price-sensitive commodities with distinctive characteristics operating in highly competitive markets. But, how many packaging companies command such customer devotion that price is not a major consideration?
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Phone conference focuses on vendor consolidation

Eastman Kodak has saved “double-digit” percentages on corrugated costs since it consolidated its suppliers from 14 to two serving the headquarters Rochester, NY, production facilities.
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Blister displays ink cartridges

Simi Valley, CA-based Hitachi Koki Imaging Solutions (HiKIS) repackaged its Dataproducts Inkjet product line from conventional paperboard cartons to carded blister packs that clearly show the cartridges inside. Additionally, color coding on the blister card differentiates the various brands.
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Will motion controllers replace PLCs? (sidebar)

Methodology
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Appointments, promotions

SIG Combibloc Inc. (Columbus, OH): Terry V. Derrico, president, CEO. Gulf States Paper Corp. (Tuscaloosa, AL): Michael E.
Chalone Vineyard wine uses Regale's InPart3; non-scuffing partition system, which is in production now.
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Molded pulp protective packaging breakthrough

REPORTING FROM PACK EXPO: Chalone Vineyard wine bottles will be the first to use Regale’s new protective packaging technology, which reduces costs by 80% and reduces lead time by 90%, according to the supplier. Libbey Glass and Hewlett Packard are currently testing the packaging.
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HP cushions for B2C sales

Hewlett-Packard Corp., Palo Alto, CA, is using a new grade of Arcel® moldable foam from Nova Chemicals (Pittsburgh, PA) for protective cushioning for LaserJet™ Model 4050 printers distributed worldwide.
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E-commerce seminar analysis

Packagers, material suppliers and other firms addressed ‘Packaging for e-commerce direct-to-consumers’ at a June conference. Here’s an analysis from one of the conference's panel moderators.
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Texas Instruments saves $8 million going 'green'

Through a combination of source reduction, recycling and converting to reusable containers, Texas Instruments has saved $8 million/year in its transport packaging.
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Supplier news: Achievements

The Anderson School at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA), in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard Co. (Palo Alto, CA) has created the UCLA Award for Excellence in Supply Chain Management.
Ben Miyares, V.P. Industry Relations, PMMI
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Solutions 99 conference focuses on emerging technologies

Solutions 99 is the educational conference that will be part of Pack Expo Las Vegas, Oct. 18 to 20. Three mornings of seminars feature the latest topics in packaging. Pre-registration deadlines for the conference and for the show are Sept. 27.
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Supplier news: Achievements

CCL Custom Mfg.'s (Rosemont, IL) Memphis plant has been awarded Level 2 Certification by Hewlett-Packard for exceptional performance of its quality system.
One way Unilever made its redesigned lotion packaging more suitable for global markets was to eliminate sizes typical in America
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Packaging for a global marketplace

As today's marketplace becomes increasingly global, how does that affect the way products are packaged? The strategies adopted by these firms provide some useful clues.
This load (left) in 3Com?s Santa Clara, CA, warehouse, symbolizes everything that 3Com wants to change: the load is too tall and
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3Com 'networks' packaging knowledge

Maker of computer networking gear forms a Global Packaging Initiatives Team to create global packaging standards. This "best practices" blueprint aims to cut costs and unify 3Com's packaging worldwide.
To attract and keep talent like Herman Poon, vice president of business development, bottled water startup Natural Glacial Water
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Creative compensation keeps packaging people

To attract good packaging people, companies must pay top wages without leaving behind existing packaging employees. Alternative compensation practices can also help.by David Newcorn, Senior Editor
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Employee retention through TLC (sidebar)

On the trail of a Ph.D.
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Packaging World's experts

The following list of packaging professionals, human resources officers, recruiters and industry observers are the people who made possible our special report on The Staffing Struggle.
Like Hewlett-Packard, whose jobs web site is shown here, more and more firms are relying on the Internet to attract people to pa
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How to find the best new hires in packaging

In today's tight labor market, companies are implementing a variety of strategies-some new, some tried and true-to attract the best talent to their packaging functions.
Downsizing of packaging departments in the past few years is creating a shortage of packaging professionals ?with a good history
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Packagers struggle with staffing

Manufacturers in virtually every industry-including food, beverage, pharmaceutical and even electronics-report that it's getting harder and harder to find and keep good packaging people.
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Packaging World's experts

The following list of packaging professionals, human resources officers, recruiters and industry observers are the people who made possible our special report on The Staffing Struggle.
Hewlett-Packard?s tape drives are placed in a clamshell-style suspension package (above), which is then placed into an outer box
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High-tech manufacturers retool protective packaging

Tektronix and Hewlett-Packard adopt suspension packaging that helps them keep pace with rapid product introductions.
3M?s Global Packaging Initiative Task Force hopes that its newly implemented Global Shipping Container Labeling Standards will b
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Shipper strategies for a global marketplace

How do packagers handle shippers that must be suitable for markets around the world? 3M says standardize on labels, while Hewlett-Packard likes packaging postponement.
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Controls on center stage

The National Industrial Automation(TM) show and conference is one of four trade shows that make up next month's mammoth National Manufacturing Week (March 16 to 19).
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HP picks PE foam for 'green' packs

At Hewlett-Packard's Boise, ID, disk and tape drive manufacturing plant, management sought an alternative to polyurethane foam packaging, which is taxed by European governments because it is so rarely recycled.
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WestPack draws from far and wide

Featuring four specialty pavilions, including a brand new Materials Handling Pavilion, WestPack '97 unfolds at the Anaheim Convention Center September 23 to 25.
HP?s delicate printhead replacement assembly is immobilized beneath the flexible urethane film that?s spot-glued at the edges to
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Retention pack cuts costs for HP

At Hewlett-Packard's Roseville, CA, parts distribution facility, a relatively new form of protective packaging has slashed packaging material costs by half, warehouse space requirements by two-thirds and packaging assembly time by 75%.
One day soon packagers may be able to download information (top) on the shipping conditions a package might experience on this c
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Distribution packaging by the numbers

Using real-world shock and vibration data to design your pack can speed development, prevent damage and economize on materials. Collecting such data isn't easy, but now new ideas for sharing the burden-with the help of the Internet-are taking root in the
When designing graphics for boxes, packaging engineers at Hewlett-Packard?s 92 worldwide manufacturing plants can download origi
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Hewlett-Packard widens its packaging net

HP uses a mix of Internet and intranet technology to communicate with suppliers and distribute packaging information to HP packaging people worldwide.
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Slaying the technology beast

Packaging engineers must grapple with increasingly complex packaging technologies while simultaneously mastering the science of line efficiency to squeeze out costs in an ultra-competitive future.
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture

Packaging research and development managers will need to expand their view beyond the four walls of the corporate fortress. That means paying closer attention to the economics of R&D decisions, and understanding the company's international role.
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Slaying the technology beast (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
Athree-dimensional solid-body CAD model of an end cap is created by mathematically reversing out the geometry of the CAD model
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HP puts packaging parts on fast track

A rapid prototyping process for developing EPS foam end caps helps Hewlett-Packard meet ongoing new model introductions for its popular DeskJet printers. Moving from initial CAD drawing to final molded parts can be done in four days.
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Hewlett-Packard wins injunctions against counterfeiters

Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, CA, announced Sept. 11 that its law suits against two distributors and sellers of counterfeit HP LaserJet printer toner cartridges have resulted in permanent injunctions prohibiting these companies from selling refilled toner cartridges as new HP products.
H-P engineers worked closely together with the maker of the wrapping machine to perfect gussetting tools that help ensure a comp
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Cartridge pack wins award by shrinking

Redesigned package for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet ink-jet print cartridge has only one fewer component than its predecessor, but it's trimmed 35% of the weight.