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Plastics lab opens at RIT

The Integrated Plastics Center, a 1걄 sq’ center with $800ꯠ worth of new equipment, has opened at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Maria Rubino, assistant professor of packaging science, and Fritz Yambach, associate professor of packaging, inspect a water-vap
Maria Rubino, assistant professor of packaging science, and Fritz Yambach, associate professor of packaging, inspect a water-vap

To be used by RIT’s undergraduate packaging science program, the IPC is designed for multidisciplinary, applied-research projects. Students and instructors will use the lab to develop cost-effective packaging, and research partnerships are being sought.

Maria Rubino, assistant professor of packaging science, says the goal of the research is to “maximize packaging systems” by avoiding excessive or inadequate packaging and by extending product shelf life. The IPC is targeting food, pharmaceutical, automotive, and

plastic recycling projects.

Rubino developed the IPC with the help of Elizabeth Carle and Seung Kim, assistant professors of mechanical engineering technology in the College of Applied Science and Technology, what RIT calls its “college of innovation.” For more details, contact RIT’s Dept. of Packaging Sciences at 585/475-2278. —AO

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