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MSU's medical packaging course offered online

Michigan State University’s venerable Medical Packaging course is presented virtually. It should be a big help to a wide variety of healthcare packaging professionals.
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Hall of fame is enhanced

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association has announced that Pat Helm, Mark Jacobson, Dwight Schmidt, James E. Scott, and Dennis Young will be inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame.
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Abbott implements more than 40 sustainable packaging initiatives

Abbott continues to make progress toward meeting its goal of a 5% reduction in the amount of packaging used in its key products by 2013.
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Global packaging research collaboration

The column takes a different direction this month, as it looks at how our packaging research and academic institutions coordinate and collaborate on food and beverage packaging research.
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Economic adulteration for a new era

Call me a regulatory geek if you must, but I enjoy mulling the different varieties of adulteration. Today we mull two in particular.
Susan Selke, interim director of the MSU School of Packaging. Photo by Kurt Stepnitz
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MSU to establish Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability

 $400,000 from The Coca-Cola Co. will help create think tank center.
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Anti-counterfeit strategy needs interdisciplinary approach

To develop and implement successful anti-counterfeit strategies, you need more than good technology.
Brad Shorr
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Lighter Side of Packaging: An Uplifting Experience

Thanks to all of you who shared your stories in a recent survey. It turns out the packaging world is even quirkier than we thought.
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MSU Forum set for January 27

Packaging Executives Forum II will be held at Michigan State University's Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.
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Delay printing, see savings

A variable method of printing and labeling just before shipping is emerging. Known as Last Moment of Differentiation, it could curb costs and segment brand owners’ offerings.
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Reusable transport packaging comes of age

Rising packaging material and supply-chain costs, environmental pressures, and government regulations make reusable transport packaging an attractive and profitable option.
Packaging Educators Meeting:  Between 30 and 40 educators meet to discuss the development of a packaging educators forum.
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Education in the Spotlight at Pack Expo Intl.

FROM PACK EXPO 2008: Education and educators were in the spotlight at Pack Expo Intl. on Sunday with a series of press events and meetings.
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Five join Hall of Fame

Induction for Goodman, Lowery, Allen, Miyares, Nord, and Schueneman set for Pack Expo Intl.
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Sustainability news & events

Noteworthy Items Gleaned from World News
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A strategy to combat economic food fraud

The growth of counterfeit food products is having a profoundly negative impact on society.
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Experts analyze medical device packaging market

Global packaging standards, 11607 packaging compliance, accelerated aging, package failure analyses, and tips for working with consultants were among the key discussion points at the recent MD&M (Medical Design & Manufacturing) West Conference.
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Many sources of advice on enhancing supplier reliability

Food packagers always face challenges, of course.
A reusable plastic containers (RPC) with the affixed RFID tag (mounted behind the orange label).
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RPC RFID field trial

RFID shows encouraging use with reusable plastic containers as field trial for produce begins.
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RPC RFID field trials

The largest and most widely-supported industry field test of RFID technology on reusable transport packaging is underway, sponsored by the Reusable Pallet & Container Coalition (www.rpcc.us).
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U.S. packaging student winners tour Italy

In June, eight U.S. packaging students visited Pharmintech 2007 (www.pharmintech.com) and
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RFID test centers

It became apparent some years ago that RFID implementation efforts could be aided by facilities where companies could conduct RFID tests, perhaps under real-world type conditions. Thus was born the RFID Labs or Test Centers that have since sprung up throughout the country, a sampler list of which appears below. A more complete, updated version of more than 15 test labs is available online (see www.packworld.com/view-23573). If we have missed any, please e-mail me at lingle@packworld.com and we’ll update the online version.
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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MSU's school of packaging awarded new instruments

A digital burst tester, universal material crush tester, and an internal bond tester were awarded to Michigan State University’s (MSU) School of Packaging from the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (www.careersincorrugated.org).
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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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RFID variables tested

During Pack Expo 2006, Robert Clarke, Ph.D., of Michigan State University's School of Packaging (www.packaging.msu.edu, or e-mail clarker@msu.edu), presented original research that looked at a number of variables that affect RFID performance in the real world.
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Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum taking shape

Packaging thought leaders from Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Schering-Plough will be among the presenters at the Pharmaceutical Packaging Forum 2007, to be held next March 29 at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia.
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Pack Expo 2006 generates B2B connections

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute delivers 45,741 buyer attendees, up 553 from the 2004 show.
Edward Bauer
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Honoring the 2006 Hall of Fame inductees

Four outstanding packaging professionals will be inducted into the 2006 Packaging Hall of Fame™ during ceremonies at the Hyatt McCormick Hotel immediately after the close of Pack Expo International 2006 on Tuesday, October 31.Packaging Hall of Fame nominees are reviewed and inductees selected by a commission made up of representatives from various sectors of the packaging community. Tickets for the induction ceremony are available for $50 and can be purchased at www.pmmi.org/tickets.asp.
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Consumer packaging expectations rising

Laura Bix, PhD., is an assistant professor at Michigan State University’s School of Packaging. Her appointment dictates teaching, outreach, and research in medical packaging.
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UNIVERSAL DESIGN, PART IIA toolbox for testing human utility in packagingBy Javier de la Fuente, Audrey Whaling, and Laura BixA demographic tidal wave is set to befall consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) and package designers.
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Universal design conference

You can learn more about universal design at the conference “The Universal Package: Designing Packaging for Everyone.”
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Universal Design, Part II

A toolbox for testing human utility in packaging...
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The Packaging Summit Conference 2006

Where packaging’s leaders come together™
Jim MacLaren will discuss packaging usability from the perspective of a consumer who has physical limitations.
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Packaging's usability obstacles take center stage

Universal Design conference to explore how physical limitations impact packaging use, drawing from consumer, packager, vendor, and academic perspectives.
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Agenda at-a-glance

TUESDAY, MAY 16RECASTING THE ROLE OF PACKAGING INNOVATION8:45 a.m. Packaging’s New Role Raises its Standing in the Value ChainJim Peters, Director of Education, IoPP9:25 a.m.
Roland S. Boreham, Jr., former CEO and chairman of Baldor Electric Co., passed away on February 5.
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In memorium

James Winthrop Goff, PhD, developer of the Michigan State University School of Packaging, passed away on January 6.
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RFID challenges

Larstan Business Reports, Potomac, MD, held an executive roundtable in Chicago in December. The panel of RFID analysts and solutions providers was moderated by John Persinos, Larstan editorial director.
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RFID meeting of the minds roundtable

Experts discuss the perils and the promise of RFID.
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Build sales through universal design

In 1985, Ron Mace, an internationally renowned architect, product designer, and educator, coined the term “universal design” (UD).
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Conference to explore universal design and packaging

Universal design principles and guidelines, and their application in packaging, will be discussed at the conference “The Universal Package: Designing Packaging for Everyone.”
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Emphasizing value, from design through to package disposal (sidebar)

The experts
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Emphasizing value, from design through to package disposal

Winning strategies will focus on the needs of retailers and the consumer as both shopper and product user. Co-packers will play a bigger role in the value equation.
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Studying distribution conditions in India

Research continues in the Far East to test real-world transportation conditions and the associated packaging implications.
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What is missing in packaging education

Learning how packaging is produced—the machinery side of the equation—is painfully lacking in packaging education.
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Studying distribution conditions in India

Research continues in the Far East to test real-world transportation conditions and the associated packaging implications.
ISU's IPRDC manager Alex Hagedorn and packaging department head Dr. Marion Schafer provide the 'coaching' needed by tomorrow's p
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ISU gains big assists from industry

Indiana State University is tapping packaging resources through its new R&D Center.
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ASTM forms RFID Task Group

New group to develop performance standards for RFID tags.
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RFID talent pool needs filling

If the challenges of radio-frequency implementation weren’t daunting enough, it seems that companies are also facing a shortage of RFID expertise, according to a new survey.
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MSU assesses readability problems

As research at Michigan State University shows, frequency, distances and angles, type of tag, location and orientation, influences of moisture and metals, and pallet patterns all play a part in readability.
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RFID talent pool needs filling

A new study shows that 80% of companies see a shortage of RFID talent to implement, service, and support the technology, a concern shared by Kimberly-Clark.
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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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How package engineers can help medical device development

Jan Gates, an engineer with medical device maker Guidant Corp., presented the following insights last month at MD&M West.
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MSU TO HOST CAREER FAIR

Michigan State University’s School of Packaging will host Career Fair 2005 on January 25-26. More than 300 packaging majors attended Career Fair 2004, seeking either internships or full-time jobs.
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Packaging Innovations for Food & Beverage: When Innovative Packaging Imitates Life

January 19-20, 2005Radisson Hotel Miami, FLwww.marcusevansbb.com/packaginginnovations
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Michigan State University (sidebar)

Michigan State UniversityPackaging classes started: 1952Packaging undergrads currently enrolled: 550Distinction: More than 6000 alumni since school’s inceptionWeb site: www.packaging.msu.eduContact: Sara RischPhone: 517/355-9580Email: sjrisch@msu.eduSee the story that goes with this sidebar: Students and Industry learn at MSU
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.
Clemson students check for pouch leaks on this integrity tester.
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Clemson links students to 'real-world' packaging

Co-ops with packaging companies, on-site materials research, and ongoing communication with faculty and business professionals help Clemson packaging students ‘hit the ground running.’
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New director at MSU seeks greater visibility for School of Packaging

Sara Risch, the newly appointed director of Michigan State University’s School of Packaging, talks about her background and her goals for MSU in 2005.
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Flexible Packaging Conference includes hard-hitting keynotes, panelists

The Flexible Packaging Conference scheduled for March 14-16 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL, will include top-flight keynote speakers to analyze the ongoing shift from rigid to flexible packaging.
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Wal-Mart VP to address RFIDfresh seminar

Michigan State University will present “RFIDfresh, Meeting Retailer Requirements and Challenges in the Perishables Packaging Supply Chain,” Sept. 21-22 at the Monterey, CA, Marriott Hotel.
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The Universal Package: designing packaging for everyone

The Michigan State University School of Packaging has organized a conference on The Universal Package.
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RFID and other coming events

Below you will find a short list of what’s ahead for June conferences, symposiums, and trade shows.
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Packaging with universal appeal (sidebar)

Upcoming conference
Duracell's EasyTab package, where the package serves as a tool for placing the battery into a hearing aid, is a good example of
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Packaging with universal appeal

Packaging designers around the world are beginning to incorporate the principles of universal design into their mix. Ease of handling by any and all is the key driver.
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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PEF makes final distribution

The Packaging Education Forum announced that as part of its final distribution of funds to support packaging education, it is distributing $400ꯠ in assets to packaging programs at six universities.
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PEF makes final distribution

The Packaging Education Forum announced that as part of its final distribution of funds to support packaging education, it is distributing $400ꯠ in assets to packaging programs at six universities.
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Michigan State hosts career fair

The School of Packaging at Michigan State University will host Career Fair ’04, January 27 and 28 at its Kellogg Banquet and Conference Center. The two-day event provides an opportunity for employers to meet and screen MSU packaging majors.
Inside the packaging lab at SJSU, packaging program director Herbert Schueneman poses next to 
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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: The San Jose State of packaging education

Herb Schueneman, CPP, is Packaging Program Director at San Jose State University. A 1969 graduate of the Michigan State University School of Packaging, Schueneman has been a member of the California school’s faculty since 1985.
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Machine vision system donated to MSU

Michigan State University’s School of Packaging has received an In-Sight® 1000 vision sensor donated by Cognex for use in the school’s packaging curriculum.
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More from San Jose State University

PW continues our Question and Answer session with Herb Schueneman, packaging program director at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.
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More from San Jose State University

PW continues our Question and Answer session with Herb Schueneman, packaging program director at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.
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PSI shares expertise at MSU Safe Shipments Seminar

In a seminar entitled “Package Design and Testing for Safe Shipments,” sponsored by the School of Packaging at Michigan State University, seven industry experts were chosen by MSU to share their real-world knowledge of the critical issues affecting the packaging and distribution of active or volatile products.
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Cognex donates machine vision system

Cognex has donated a machine vision sensor to Michigan State University as part of the “Cognex on Campus” grant program. The University’s School of Packaging will use the equipment in its packaging curriculum.
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MSU, Clemson offer seminars

Michigan State University and Clemson University announce packaging seminars scheduled for this autumn...
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MSU plans perishables seminar

The School of Packaging of Michigan State University is offering a seminar entitled, “Packaging & Distribution of Perishables,” July 14 - 15 at the Monterey Marriott Hotel in Monterey, CA.
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MSU HOSTS CAREER FAIR

The School of Packaging at Michigan State University hosts its Career Fair 2003 January 15 - 16 at the East Lansing, MI, school’s Kellogg Banquet and Conference Center.
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.
Shown here is a virtual Torengos container being tested under top-load conditions by computer-aided engineering specialists as p
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Technology to take us forward

What are today’s leading thinkers and practitioners in the packaging field saying about packaging technology of the future?
Richard C. Botsch
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Hall of Fame welcomes five in 2002

Among the gala events associated with Pack Expo International 2002 is the induction of this year’s new members in the Packaging Hall of Fame.
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New exhibitors give Pack Expo a fresh look (sidebar)

Eastman Kodak named Packaging Leader of the Year
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Packaging experts come together

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Eastman Kodak named leader of the year

Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, NY, was selected as the Packaging Leader of the Year, 2002 - 2003, by the Packaging Education Forum.
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Kraft a big believer in packaging

Part of the Worldpak 2002 conference program held June 23-28 at Michigan State University’s School of Packaging was a presentation by Glenview, IL-based Kraft Foods.
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PEF names Eastman Kodak Packaging Leader of the Year

The Packaging Education Forum (PEF) awards Eastman Kodak Co. as its Packaging Leader of the Year 2002-2003.
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Can IoPP strengthen its chapters?

Some say local chapters are the lifeblood of the Institute of Packaging Professionals, but they’ve been ignored. Will this change?
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MSU presents 'The Age of Packaging'

This month, the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, MI, opened “The Age of Packaging,” an exploration of the history, evolution, and innovations of packaging containers.
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MSU to sponsor career fair, conference

Manufacturers looking to hire packaging professionals for full-time or internship positions will be able to meet hundreds of packaging majors at Career Fair 2002. Hosted by Michigan State University’s School of Packaging, the fair is scheduled January 10-11 at the school’s Kellogg Banquet and Conference Center in East Lansing, MI.
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PEF announces four inductees

Four career packaging professionals will be inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame by the Packaging Education Forum during its annual Leadership Awards ceremonies Monday, September 10, at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The event will occur during Pack Expo Las Vegas, Sept. 10-12 at the Sands Exposition & Convention Center.
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Educational Events

Cal Poly will host Poly Pack 2001 May 9, 10, and 11 in San Luis Obispo, CA. The student-run symposium focuses on new technologies in packaging, while also allowing business representatives to meet and recruit prospective employees.
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Where packaging meets logistics, Nordic style

Edited copies of presentations at a Danish symposium are bound into a 106-page volume that largely examines transit packaging and how it fits into a company’s logistics plan.
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Education warms up this winter

San José State University (San José, CA), Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) and Clemson University (Clemson, SC) are all offering special programs through their respective schools of packaging this winter.
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'Plastics Packaging' molds students, professionals

With the World Wide Web, packaging students and professionals can quickly glean information. Thus, there seems to be little need for a book on the basics of plastics packaging, especially a 432-page tome whose only color printing appears on its hard cover (shown at right).
Ethan Allen's Thomas Lowery said package consistency posed a challenge for the company as it began selling furnishings on its We
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E-commerce builds momentum by the bay

Before a larger-than-anticipated audience in San Francisco, representatives from packagers Ethan Allen and Reflect.com address packaging for e-commerce direct-to-consumers.
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E-commerce builds momentum by the bay (sidebar)

E-commerce, take two
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E-commerce packaging conference Sept. 26-27

Michigan State University is capitalizing on the success of its June conference with another Packaging for e-commerce direct-to-consumers program scheduled September 26 and 27 in East Lansing, MI.
Label copy (left) reflects the personalized packaging for products sold by Web marketer Reflect.com. An order of customized sham
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Beauty in the 'mouse' of the beholder

San Francisco-based reflect.com allows cyber shoppers to select closures and container graphics for custom beauty products sold exclusively on its Web site. The unusual concept requires a packaging and shipping strategy to handle individual orders.
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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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Addressing e-commerce

Executives from packaged goods manufacturers, logistics companies and packaging suppliers will address the topic Packaging for e-commerce direct-to-consumers June 8 and 9 in San Francisco.
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Program to present packaging for e-commerce

Executives from packaged goods manufacturers, logistics companies and packaging suppliers will address the topic "Packaging for e-commerce direct-to-consumers" June 8 and 9 at the Renaissance Stanford Court in San Francisco.
Creative Packaging Corp. accepts the McKesson Supplier Certification Award: (from left) Tom Wilcox, Wade Utsunomiya, Jerry Somme
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Achievements

Petroleum Packaging Council (Chicago, IL) will fund university scholarships to junior and senior packaging science students at Clemson University, Michigan State University and California Polytechnic State University.
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Packaging economics' pendulum swinging back

Not long after listening to (at least part of) President Clinton’s State of the Union address and my own governor’s State of the State speech in January, I was reminded just how pervasive is the role of economics.
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1999 inductees into the PEF Hall of Fame

Newly elected to the Packaging Education Forum's Packaging Hall of Fame are three inductees selected from 20 candidates submitted earlier this year.
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New pack saves money for Oral-B

Gary Bentrim, manufacturing engineer for Oral-B's Iowa City, IA, manufacturing plant, disclosed that its new clamshell pack for the CrossAction(TM) toothbrush is more than a technological marvel (see Packaging World, Feb.
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Employee retention through TLC (sidebar)

On the trail of a Ph.D.
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Kraft keeps recruiting pipeline flowing

Recruiting of new packaging people-high-quality, skilled personnel-is an increasingly difficult job these days, thanks to the low unemployment rates that have spurred this economy.
At Kraft Foods? Tarrytown, NY, development laboratories, co-op students work side-by-side with experienced professionals like Ri
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Career fairs: How some companies 'precruit'

Many companies look for packaging professionals at schools with packaging curricula, and some successful companies begin the process before students even graduate.
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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A short course on plastics technology

A new book promises to explain plastics packaging technology to scientists, engineers, even college graduates who begin new jobs and need a quick tutorial.
Dr. Ramani Narayan demonstrates a bag made with soy-based, compostable film
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Breakdown breakthrough?

Compostable films made with soy proteins are now technically viable according to new research from Michigan State University. Next up: overcoming scale and cost hurdles.
At the dedication at Michigan State, the following are shown (left to right) around the new cutting table: Dr. Harold Hughes, MS
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MSU to demonstrate CAD/CAM package design

After a major fundraising campaign, Michigan State University's School of Packaging dedicated its completely new computer-aided-design and manufacturing system Feb.
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Readers write back

Recent Packaging World stories-on outsourcing, reader salaries, increased USDA/FDA scrutiny, and Arizona Beverages' uniquely shaped 'can'-spur readers to comment.
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Michigan State plans Packaging Career Fair

The School of Packaging at Michigan State University, East Lansing, is holding its annual Career Fair, Tuesday, Feb. 24. This 10th annual event will bring together employers and students from 9 a.m.
In measuring impregnated film samples for antioxidant migration, vitamin E (known as ATP, incorporated into Film I) remained in
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Not just for breakfast anymore

Films created with additive vitamin E offer protection at least equal to that of BHT-impregnated films, according to a Michigan State University study.
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Only leaders need apply

In the year 2000, say Packaging World sources, the key ingredient in a director of packaging will be dynamic leadership skills. The candidate had better be a people person, too, and be able to wear a number of interdisciplinary hats.
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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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R&D managers urged to see the global picture (sidebar)

Educational and training resources
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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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Pack Expo Plus: Seminars, conferences and allied shows

High-tech packaging solutions, new resin technologies, healthcare packaging, and better sealing technologies are just a few of the areas covered in conferences and seminars during Pack Expo week.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
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PEF honors Coca-Cola

Coke is it!
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MSU announces doctoral program in packaging

Michigan State University's School of Packaging in East Lansing has announced plans to offer the world's first doctoral program in packaging beginning this fall.
I  ndividually protected and wrapped 		window and door units are now shipped on company trucks standing on end like books. The v
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Pella's 'bookshelf' loads reduce materials and damage

To reduce materials and improve product protection, window-maker Pella moved to transparent stretch-wrapped packs that dramatically cut costs.
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Scholarship update

The Chicago-based Petroleum Packaging Council is funding a new scholarship for a Michigan State University junior and senior student electing to major in MSU's School of Packaging.
Nature?s Way uses both mouth seals and shrink bands on all of its bottles (above), whether OTC drugs or not. The company?s blist
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Drug makers worry over new FDA rules

Packaging costs could skyrocket for makers of drugs in two-piece capsules-if new FDA rules mandate sealing. All drug makers show concern over capsule identification and potential tamper-evident pack changes.