Luxe Pack New York 2013 Adds Exhibit Space

LUXE PACK NEW YORK, the premier show for creative packaging, is adding more exhibit space to accommodate additional exhibitors in 2013. More than 150 exhibitors are expected to showcase the foremost innovative packaging in the world for all luxury sectors including cosmetics/fragrance, personal care, food, wine and spirits, fashion/accessories, jewelry/watches and more.  The event will be held May 15– 16, at The Altman Building and Metropolitan Pavilion (135 West 18th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues).

The additional 8,500 sq.-ft. space, called The Gallery, is located on the second floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion. The Gallery will house more exhibitors as well as the Seminar Room.    

“Each year we redesign the show floor plan to keep up with the ever-growing demand from packaging suppliers to participate at LUXE PACK NEW YORK. We are delighted to provide more suppliers with the opportunity to exhibit this year, by opening an additional space, while maintaining our high caliber standards” said Nathalie Grosdidier, executive director, LUXE PACK NEW YORK.

LUXE PACK NEW YORK debuted in 2003 with 40 exhibitors. Its 2012 edition attracted 2,607 top-level visitors and showcased 141 exhibitors.  Idice Monaco, the organizer of LUXE PACK MONACO and LUXE PACK SHANGHAI, is the parent company of LUXE PACK NY, LLC, the organizer of LUXE PACK NEW YORK. Idice is part of INFOPRO COMMUNICATIONS Group.  Founded in 1988, LUXE PACK MONACO is a trade fair for professionals in luxury product packaging, devoted to fragrances-cosmetics, jewelry-watches, gourmet foods, wines and spirits, tobacco products and tableware. Held annually, it has been known for years as the industry’s premier event in this sector, offering diversity and quality in its exhibitors and visitors.

2013 Show Dates

·LUXE PACK SHANGHAI – April 23 – 24 – Shanghai International Convention Center

·LUXE PACK NEW YORK – May 16 – 17 – Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building

·LUXE PACK MONACO – October 23- 25  – Grimaldi Forum, Monaco

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Art of Packaging Award Gala 2013

Pratt Institute Art of Packaging Award Gala,” benefiting the “Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging by Design at Pratt Institute,” will honor Veronique Gabai-Pinsky and the Aramis & Designer Fragrances division of The Estée Lauder Companies for its outstanding commitment to package design, on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at New York’s University Club (Fifth Avenue at 54th Street).  Veronique Gabai Pinsky is the Global Brand President, Aramis & Designer Fragrances, BeautyBank & IdeaBank.  The event will begin with a 6:30 pm cocktail reception and will be followed by an 8 pm dinner. For information on tickets please call 212-925-2507. 

Veronique Gabai-Pinsky, Global Brand President of The Estēe Lauder Companies’ Aramis and Designer Fragrances, BeautyBank and IdeaBank divisions. For Aramis and Designer Fragrances Veronique oversees global businesses for the Aramis, Lab Series Skincare for Men, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries, Donna Karan Cosmetics, Michael Kors Beauty, Kiton, and has recently introduced to the portfolio, Ermenegildo Zegna, Marni and Tory Burch. In addition, Veronique oversees BeautyBank and IdeaBank divisions of The Estēe Lauder Companies. Its mission to identify consumer-centric, opportunities around the world and bringing these concepts and brands to market through sustainable and profitable business models. The latest Brand launched through IdeaBank is Osiao, a Skin Care brand dedicated to Asian skin.

Prior to The Estēe Lauder Companies, Ms. Gabai-Pinsky was executive vice president and general manager for Fine Fragrance, North America, for Symrise and its predecessor, Dragoco. From 1997 to 1998, Ms. Gabai-Pinsky served as vice president of marketing and communication for Guerlain, a division of LVMH. Prior to this, Ms. Gabai-Pinsky spent time as the worldwide director of strategic planning for SELECT Advertising.

In fall 2008, Ms Gabai-Pinsky was recognized as one of the top 10 “Women in Luxury” by Time Style & Design magazine.  She was recognized as Achiever of the Year 2009 by CEW.  In addition, this past December 2010, The Cristal Festival honored her with the Cristal of Honor award at the 10th annual gala in Crans Montana, Switzerland for her noteworthy career achievements and contributions in advertising to the prestige fragrance industry. Ms Gabai-Pinsky is also on the Board of Directors for Free Arts NYC. An organization which provides under-served children and families educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.

Previous recipients of the prestigious “Art of Packaging Award” include Avon, Bath & Body Works, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Coty, Inc., Coty Prestige, Dior Beauty, Estée Lauder, Lancôme, P&G Prestige, Proctor & Gamble, Ralph Lauren Fragrances and Shiseido.

The “Art of Packaging Award” is presented each year to a fragrance company that has excelled in the art form.  It benefits the “Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging by Design at Pratt Institute,” which was founded in 1989.

“The Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging by Design at Pratt Institute” is the only scholarship in the world available to college students looking to pursue careers in cosmetics and package design. Each year, the scholarship is supported by the cosmetics industry at the “Art of Packaging Award Gala,” an event that attracts the top-tier of New York City’s multi-billion dollar cosmetics industry.

At Pratt, Rosen teaches a course on cosmetic and fragrance packaging design, which is the only one of its kind in the world.  The program — Communications and Package Design — is ranked as one of the top graduate graphic design programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report and collegecrunch.org.

Rosen’s unique package design course has attracted over 300 national and international students to Pratt from Argentina, Canada, Ecuador, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Uruguay, as well as from across the United States.

Scholarship funds have been awarded to approximately 100 of these students, many of whom have gone on to become Creative directors and executives of companies and branding agencies worldwide, including Siegel+Gale, Landor & Associates, Ogilvy & Mather, Gensler, Women’s Wear Daily, and Godiva Chocolatier, Inc. They have also worked for such esteemed clients as L’Oréal, NARS Cosmetics, Juicy Couture, Swarovski Crystal, Bourjois Paris Cosmetics, Shiseido, UBS, Public Art Fund, PBS, and Samsung; and have been recognized with FiFi, One Club, Bond No. 9 Fragrance, and Society for Environmental Graphic Design awards.

Rosen is an internationally acclaimed designer; a Pratt trustee emeritus and alumnus; and is head of Marc Rosen Associates, New York. Rosen is a seven-time FiFi award winner— the fragrance industry’s equivalent of the Academy Award. His designs are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fashion and Textiles in Paris. 

Rosen conceived and authored Glamour Icons: Perfume Bottle Design (Antique Collectors’ Club, 2011), a stunning book that recognizes and celebrates perfume bottle design as an art form. The book is the first of its kind to celebrate the most iconic perfume bottles throughout history, and provide an insider’s look at this unique brand of artistry including highlights of the design process from the original sketches through completion. Proceeds from the book benefit the Marc Rosen Scholarship and Education Fund for Packaging by Design. 

For over 20 years, Rosen has designed packaging for such famous “beauty” manufacturers and fashion names as Elizabeth Arden, Avon, Bath & Body Works, Princess Marcella Borghese, Burberry, Chloé, Oscar De la Renta, Perry Ellis, Fendi, Halston, Karl Lagerfeld, Estée Lauder, Revlon, Nina Ricci, Sanofi, and Victoria’s Secret. Prior to establishing his own firm in 1989, Rosen was senior vice president of corporate design and communications for Elizabeth Arden Worldwide.

Pratt’s master’s degree program in package design comprises a broad-based curriculum that focuses on the decision-making process for new product/package development and features courses in packaging design, brand development, visual communications, digital technology, marketing, and structural packaging. The final stage of the program is the thesis, which provides knowledge of the problem-solving process through directed research and, over the succeeding two semesters, gives students the opportunity to develop an extensive and innovative project. The Graduate Communications and Package Design Department is chaired by Jeff Bellantoni and is part of the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design.

About The Estée Lauder Companies:
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company’s products are sold in over 150 countries and territories under the following brand names: Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, M•A•C, Bobbi Brown, Tommy Hilfiger, Kiton, La Mer, Donna Karan, Aveda, Jo Malone, Bumble and bumble, Darphin, Michael Kors, American Beauty, Flirt!, GoodSkin Labs, Grassroots Research Labs, Tom Ford, Coach, Ojon, Smashbox, Ermenegildo Zegna, AERIN Beauty and Osiao.

About Pratt Institute:
One of the world’s most prestigious independent colleges, Pratt Institute offers 4,700 students from around the world a diverse community that enables them to focus their talent and passion into meaningful expression and to build creative knowledge and expertise that can be shared and applied across disciplines. The Institute offers undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture, art and design, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences, many of which are consistently ranked among the best in the country. Pratt’s faculty and alumni are among the most renowned artists, designers, and scholars in their fields and the Institute has established a global reputation for academic excellence built on its 125-year legacy of innovation. Pratt’s location in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn and in Manhattan on West 14th Street provides students with unparalleled training facilities and access to business, community, and industry in one of the world’s creative epicenters. 

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AIMCAL Publishes Fifth Edition of Its Metallizing Technical Reference

The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) recently released the 5th edition of the AIMCAL Metallizing Technical Reference.  Published in mid-2012, the 5th edition is the product of an extensive review and careful updating by AIMCAL’s Vacuum Web Committee.

The updated reference contains 229 pages and adds content about testing results for aluminum thickness versus optical density, advanced substrates, and deposition developments. There are 16 sections including Test Methods and Procedures; Useful Relationships for Metallized Films; Contamination, Web Cleaning, Planarization, and Heat Stabilization; and Non-aluminum Deposition Materials and Techniques. The complete Table of Contents is listed below.

AIMCAL members may download a PDF version of the book for free in the Members Only section of the AIMCAL website or purchase a print edition for $59. Nonmembers may order the book for $99 plus shipping (on the AIMCAL home page, click on the Technical References tab and select from the dropdown menu). The AIMCAL Metallizing Technical Reference also is sold as part of the AIMCAL Metal Adhesion Test Kit, which is priced at $139.

Metallizing Technical Reference, 5th Edition, Table of Contents

Section 1: Test Methods and Procedures

Section 2: Electrical, Optical, and Metal Thickness Relationships

Addendum – Paper: Basic Principles of Thin Film Barrier Coatings

Section 4: Useful Relationships for Metallized Films

Section 5: Metal Evaporation and Heated Boat Data

Section 6: Aluminum Wire Chemistry, Temper, and Oxidation

Section 7: Surface Treatment of Webs for Aluminum Vapor Deposition

Section 8:  Substrate Materials for Metallization

Section 9:  Substrate Manufacturing Technologies

Section 10:  Contamination, Web Cleaning, Planarization, and Heat Stabilization

Section 11:  Winding in Vacuum

Section 12:  Converting Metallized Films

Section 13: Pattern Metallization

Section 14: Non-aluminum Deposition Materials and Techniques

Section 15: Water in Vacuum

Section 16:  Troubleshooting Vacuum Metallizing

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Avery Dennison Adds Distinctive Wood Label Facestocks to its Wine Portfolio

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials today announced the addition of two unique facestocks to its broad wine portfolio, Fasson Cherry Wood and Fasson Birch Wood. The two facestocks are part of a selection of five new substrates that were introduced at the 2013 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium being held in Sacramento, Calif.

“With new brands entering the market every day, vintners are competing for customers’ attention at the shelf,” said Matt Rompala, business development manager–Wine & Spirits, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials. “Having visually defining labels, such as Cherry Wood and Birch Wood, can help differentiate at shelf, creating a powerful brand presence.”

Avery Dennison continually expands its wine portfolio to meet the needs of narrow-web converters and brand owners. The additions of the Cherry Wood and Birch Wood facestocks address the market demand for all-natural, rustic appearing quality textures.

In addition to the new wood facestocks, the other substrates added to the wine portfolio—Fasson 60# Uncoated Litho Wet-Strength 100% post-consumer waste (PCW), Fasson 50# Uncoated Litho Wet-Strength 100% PCW and Fasson 60# Royal White Wet-Strength—address market demand for white, paper-faced items. Plus, the Uncoated Litho Wet-Strength 100% PCW facestocks are ideal selections for brands focused on sustainability.

Each of the new facestocks, except for Cherry Wood, is paired with the Fasson AT20N all-temperature adhesive and a recyclable liner made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Fasson Cherry Wood is coupled with the Fasson S692N general-purpose adhesive and PET liner. All facestocks are available with alternative adhesives or liners upon request.

Swatch books and more information about the wine labeling materials portfolio from Avery Dennison are available at 1-800-944-8511.

About Avery Dennison
Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) is a global leader in labeling and packaging materials and solutions. The company’s applications and technologies are an integral part of products used in every major market and industry. With operations in more than 50 countries and 30,000 employees worldwide, Avery Dennison serves customers with insights and innovations that help make brands more inspiring and the world more intelligent. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, the company reported sales from continuing operations of $6 billion in 2011.

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Transcend Coffee relaunches in biodegradable pouches






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Transcend coffee 322Transcend Coffee, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has switched its retail coffee packaging to new biodegradable stand-up pouches manufactured in North America. The special biodegradable material will degrade in backyard composts, aerobic and anaerobic landfills, rivers, lakes and oceans. The 12-oz pouches are resealable, shelf-stable and contain a one-way valve to provide the same level of protection and freshness as more typical coffee packaging.

 

Transcend Coffee partnered with Hamilton Ontario’s TekPak Solutions, which has the biodegradable film produced in the U.S. and the pouches constructed in Canada. Case Western University in Cleveland conducted a five-year study on this product to test claims of biodegradability as well as possible side effects to delicate plants and insects and found no harm even at high doses 50 times normal. The film does not depend on water, heat, sunlight or oxygen to degrade. It only reacts with the ever-present microbes in soil or water, making it even more degradable than other products labeled as biodegradable. For this reason, TekPak calls the product “Omnidegradable.”

 

The European Union’s Committee on Sustainable Plastics commissioned a study on sustainable films and called this particular product “the only viable solution available today.”

 

“We’re happy to make the move to a more sustainable bag,” says Poul Mark, founder of Transcend Coffee. “We want to be good stewards of the environment and support Canadian business. This bag delivers on both fronts.”

 

Most other sealable coffee packaging is plastic with a foil lining that makes it impossible to recycle or compost and is often manufactured in Asia. 

 

Transcend Taste Index on the pouch front

 

The new packaging has several other features designed to make consumers’ coffee brewing experience more convenient and enjoyable. The stand-up coffee pouch also has a zipper reseal to keep coffee fresher and color-coded labels to differentiate filter coffee from espresso and decaffeinated beans. The front panel label printed with product copy and graphics features the new Transcend Taste Index, which plots the level of acidity, body and complexity of the coffee in the pouch. The idea is to help coffee drinkers discover what attributes they like best in their beans so they can better choose coffees they will enjoy in the future.

 

The 12-oz pouches retail for $16 to $20 depending on the variety, according to James Schutz, Transcend Coffee’s director of marketing. The company rotates between eight to 12 varieties throughout the year, Schutz tells Packaging Digest, adding that the cost of the new bio-pouches are very close to that of the previous foil laminate pouches.

 

Transcend Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster, online retailer, and coffee educator operating three cafés in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Varieties include Santa Lucio certified organic, La Encantadora and Michiti.

 

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Icon Pod 500Icon Packaging sets out to transform the traditional wine box with its patented wine carrier that transforms into a fully functional and branded wine rack. Icon will be unveiling its latest designs at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, CA, on January 30th and 31st.

 

Icon has developed and patented this and other designs around the concept of secondary use packaging. “No longer is it merely about using green materials, but now it’s also important to put a secondary use or function into packaging design. This is the next stage in packaging evolution,” as Icon Packaging founder Jason Ivey points out.

 

Each wine rack can be customized with a winery’s branding, and because it serves a secondary function, the branding lives on in customers’ homes and offices.

 

Icon has received numerous design awards for this package and has developed dozens of versions based on the needs of its customers. There’s even a version for food products like coffee and hot sauce.

 

“We’re overwhelmed by the interest and inquiries that we’ve received,” says Ivey, “and we look forward to expanding our line in future. In the meantime, there’s an entire wine industry that we plan to service.”

 

Icon Packaging owns all of the equipment necessary to produce quantities from a single wine rack to a 50,000 piece order, and all Icon Wine Racks are designed and built in Southern California.

 

Available in formats to hold single to 12 bottles and can be customized, too.

 

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Best in class: WestPack 2013 seminars






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Westpack Conf 72dpiIn today’s fast-moving business environment, success often means getting ahead of the competition and staying there. Not an easy task, considering the pace of technological advances.

Here’s some help. In addition to ideas showcased by the exhibitors, WestPack 2013 also offers tips and best practices from experts through its many educational programs.

 

WestPack Seminars

Give us two days and we’ll give you more than a dozen experts to talk about six of the hottest topics in packaging. This year’s WestPack seminar program assembles multiple presentations for each one-hour-and-45-minute session-17 presentations in all. Held in Room 211A on the second floor, the seminars will give you an opportunity to connect directly with industry leaders and hear timely talks on the top issues, trends and technologies affecting the future of packaging. Not only does the modular format accommodate your busy schedule, it also lets you choose just the sessions of interest to you. 

The cost for each of the six interactive learning forums is $275, with discounts for signing up for multiple sessions. Register at www.packagingdigest.com/WP2013register.

 

1. Sustainability and Materials
Tues., Feb. 12; 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Take an in-depth look at the latest sustainable packaging solutions and learn how sustainability can be achieved through packaging design, material use, logistical planning and execution. Understand the roles of cost, consumer perception and the supplier in driving sustainable packaging.
“Green innovation to enable sustainable growth” by Jason Pelz, vp, environment, Tetra Pak Inc.
“Delivering value not waste to consumers: How sustainable design can reshape the role of packaging” by Jason Foster, founder/CEO, Replenish (see Q&A with Foster on p.8).
“Examining the latest development and innovations in bioplastics derived from plant protein” by David Grewell, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University (co-authors: James Schrader, Ph.D., assistant scientist III, Iowa State University, and Jeff Cooper, engineering manager, R&D/Leverage).

 

2. Smart Packaging
Tues., Feb. 12; 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Packaging can do more than simply contain a product. Explore how smart packaging can improve functionality, from enhancing product freshness to engaging the consumer.
“Innovation packaging in fresh-cut: A win-win case” by Brian Zomorodi, svp technology and quality, Ready Pac Foods Inc.
“Magic Moments: Packaging innovation and how to drive the consumer’s passion for products” by Robert Croft, partner, and Martin Short, partner, Swerve Inc.
“Case study: Taking an inside look at Microsoft’s smart packaging efforts and shared best practices” by David Dunham, packaging program manager, Microsoft.

 

3. Innovations in Labeling and Decorating
Tues., Feb. 12; 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Brands and packagers today have more choices in decorating and labeling options to delight their customers. Discover new trends in decorating across global markets and learn how new technologies in labeling are helping brands and packagers grab attention on a crowded shelf.
“The challenges of seasonal packaging design: Meeting consumer needs from research to concept” by Mark Miller, creative director, creativewerks llc.
“Mixed messages: Innovation in metal beverage labeling technology for expanded printing capabilities” by Jay Billings, director of innovation and marketing, Ball Corp.
“Idea to mold: New laser process capability for structural brand development and mold manufacturing” by Adam Nelson, laser business manager, and Jason Husk, director of business development, R&D/Leverage.

 

4. 3D Printing Solutions
for Packaging
Wed., Feb. 13; 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Now more affordable, 3D printers are becoming increasingly accessible to packaging developers. Learn how to capitalize on the technology’s full potential and see how the latest in 3D printing technology is being used in packaging design and development, or used to create the package itself.
“Are you in or out: Examining 3D printing, rendering and prototyping solutions to achieve efficiency and cost savings in the design/development process” by John McComb, program manager, structural packaging, Campbell Soup Co.
“Client case study: Real world perspective on integrating prototyping into the design process” by Jim Warner, global managing design director, Kaleidoscope.
“Leverage 3D printing for packaging solutions” by Bruce Bradshaw, director of U.S. marketing, Stratasys.

 

5. Robotics in Packaging
Wed., Feb. 13; 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
New robotics technologies prove a key tool to help U.S. packagers enhance product output, improve quality and even reduce costs. Gain insights into the various ways American companies are incorporating and managing robots into their packaging operations.
“Practical uses of robotics in packaging” by Richard Bahr, president/CEO, MGS Machine Corp.
“New robotics technologies and implications for U.S. competitiveness in end of line and palletizing” by Walter Langosch, global business development, ESS Technologies Inc.

 

6. Traceability and Serialization
Wed., Feb. 13; 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Track-and-trace has become an important tool to ensure product security, quality and safety. Learn about the technologies available to achieve your package traceability goals.
“Food traceability today: Going beyond compliance to superior quality and customer loyalty” by Jonathan Hawes, Sr., director of U.S. and Canada sales, YottaMark.
“Developing an enterprise serialization plan” by John DiPalo, COO, Acsis Inc.
“Lessons learned from over 16 projects in life sciences involving serialization, traceability and electronic pedigree (e-pedigree)” by Bill Fletcher, managing director, Pharma Logic Solutions.

Keynote Presentations

 

Two keynote speeches each day of the show-given at the Presentation Theater stage located in the front of Hall E-will show you the big picture of manufacturing.

 

Tues., Feb. 12
11:00 a.m.: “Innovation; a Futurist’s View of Manufacturing” by Thomas Frey, innovation editor, The Futurist Magazine, senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute and author of “Communicating with the Future.”

12:15 p.m.: “Defining the Digital Device Revolution: A Panel Discussion with MD+DI’s Manufacturers of the Year” moderated by Heather Thompson, editor-in-chief, MD+DI, with panelists Jim Moon, chief technology officer, Sotera Wireless; Dan Blake, chief product strategy officer, Airstrip; and Todd Thompson, vp, corporate development, Proteus Digital Health.

 

Wed., Feb. 13
11:00 a.m.: “Building Innovative Products, Brands and Organizations” by Kevin Ashton, inventor of the Internet of Things, creator of the WeMo home automation platform, former executive director at the MIT and co-founder/CEO of leading clean tech start-up Zensi.

1:00 p.m.: “How The Exponential Age Will Revolutionize Medicine” by Daniel Kraft, MD, executive director, FutureMed; medicine track chair, Singularity University; founder/CEO, IntelliMedicine; and inventor of the MarrowMiner.

Thurs., Feb. 14

11:00 a.m.: “Convergence of Medical and Consumer Technology” by Bill Betten, technology director, UBM TechInsights.

12:15 p.m.: “California Manu¬fac¬turing and Exports Forecast” by Kevin Klowden, managing economist, Milken Institute.

Innovation Briefs Theater
Your show badge is all you need to be able to sit in on any of the free Innovations Briefs Theater presentations. These short, targeted talks-conveniently located right on the show floor-are designed to be easy in and out. Two theaters will be set up: Theater 1 will be in Hall E in Booth 637 and Theater 2 will be in Hall C in Booth 3541.
Among the 28 topics are these related to packaging and manufacturing:

 

Tues., Feb. 12

Theater 1-Hall E, Booth 637
1:30 – 1:55 p.m.: “Health Care Innovation Using Engineering Simulation” by Ansys Inc.
Theater 2-Hall C, Booth 3541
11:00 – 11:25 a.m.: “Save Your Factory with Robotic Automation” by Fanuc Robotics America Corp.
11:30 – 11:55 a.m.: “3D Additive Printing from Digital to Physical” by Source Graphics.
1:00 – 1:25 p.m.: “Drug Delivery to the Eye” by Cal Poly University.

 

Wed., Feb. 13
Theater 1-Hall E, Booth 637
11:30 – 11:55 a.m.: “Highly Permeable Porous Microbial Barrier Films for Medical Device Packaging” by Porex Corp.
Theater 2-Hall C, Booth 3541
11:30 – 11:55 a.m.: “ReisPAD: Innovation of a Touch Screen Robotic Controller” by Reis Robotics USA Inc.

 

Thurs., Feb. 14:

Theater 2-Hall C, Booth 3541
11:30 – 11:55 a.m.: “Time to Think About Packaging” by Flexpak.
1:00 – 1:25 p.m.: “Thermoforming in the Packaging Industry using 3D Printing” by Stratasys.

Advanced Manufacturing Seminars

 

The co-located Pacific Design & Manufacturing event will produce its own seminar program. Eight sessions are organized around three key themes: Designing a Modern Factory Floor; Rapid Manufacturing; and Lean Manufacturing.

The sessions will be held on the second floor in Room 211B. Here are select presentations that may be of interest to packaging engineers (visit www.packagingdigest.com/AdvMfgSeminars2013 to see the entire program):

 

Tues., Feb. 12
1:00 – 2:45 p.m.: “Robotics: Designing the factory floor of tomorrow.” Automation advancements will continue in today’s plants. How do you determine what level of automation is needed? What are the tradeoffs between cost, productivity and efficiency? 

3:15 – 5:00 p.m.: “Networking, wired and wireless: Communicating both internally and externally.” To enable a seamless manufacturing flow, you need to talk to your machines, and your machines need to talk to each other. Vision/communication is key to a successful manufacturing process.
Wed., Feb. 13

10:00 – 11:45 a.m.: “Motors and motion control, including pneumatics and hydraulics.” Any good manufacturing expert will tell you that a motor isn’t a motor isn’t a motor. Choosing what’s best for your factory is generally a make or break decision. This seminar will also clear up the misconceptions around the proper use of pneumatics and hydraulics.

1:00 – 2:45 p.m.: “Introduction to Rapid Manufacturing: 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping.” The advent of 3D printing/additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping has drastically changed the design and manufacturing landscape by enabling companies to prototype and produce faster and cheaper. Many factors go into considering whether or not adopting such new technology fits with a company’s objectives. 

3:15 – 5:00 p.m.: “Rapid Manufacturing: Current Use, Economic Feasibility and Future Implications.” How has the use of 3D printing/additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping helped improve speed and efficiency for companies that have implemented such technology? A look at a real life case study example will help determine the implications on the manufacturing floor of adopting these technologies.







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Coke recycling binKeep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation today announced a call for applications for the 2013 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program, a program designed to expand and support recycling in communities across America. The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is funded through a $300,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company.

 

Since 2010, more than 29,000 recycling bins have been distributed through the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program. Three-hundred organizations have received bin grants and 4.3 million people have been reached through this program.

 

“Providing much-needed public space recycling infrastructure is a key component of a holistic approach to increasing the nation’s recycling rates,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “The Coca-Cola Company’s commitment to providing more local organizations with such a significant number of recycling bins is truly refreshing. We applaud them for being such a steadfast supporter of our recycling programs.”

 

“We are pleased to support Keep America Beautiful and look forward to the continued community impact of this initiative,” said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “Studies have shown that recycling bins placed in convenient locations significantly improve the amount of material recycled. Through this program, thousands of bins will be placed where people live, work and play.”

 

Grant applications will be available online through March 4, 2013. The bin grant program will include college and university focused grants as well as the traditional public space recycling bin grants. All interested parties can visit here to apply.

 

Eligible recipients for the public space grant include government agencies, civic organizations, schools and nonprofit groups. All colleges and universities will be eligible for the college-specific grant. Successful applicants will be notified by Keep America Beautiful in April 2013 to offer guidance, confirm their needs and solidify bin selection. Suppliers will deliver bins directly to the recipients throughout the summer.

 

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KelloggKellogg’s Gary Piwko, Director of Remarketing and Returns Management of Kellogg Company will be speaking at Sustainability in Packaging 2013 on Building More Value: Improved Packaging and Process Performance throughout the Product Lifecycle. Gary has worked for Kellogg Company since 1985 and has been involved with unsaleables management since 1995. Leading into this year’s conference, Gary shared with us why he thinks that the topic of ‘unsaleables’ is key for all packaging and sustainability professionals to get up-to-speed on and much more:

 

2013 will be the first time we address the topic of ‘unsaleables’ at the Sustainability in Packaging Conference. Why do you think packaging and sustainability professionals should become more familiar with this issue?
“Unsaleables” are product that is shipped to our customers but then cannot be sold because of damage, expiration or discontinuation. Favorable unsaleables performance is a byproduct of successful packaging sustainability. If unsaleables performance digresses, it may mean the packaging sustainability initiative was not effective.

At Kellogg, we put a strong focus on reducing waste, including waste from unsaleables. We conduct more than 100 week-long audits annually at customers’ warehouses and retail stores throughout North America. We also work with the U.S. military in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The audits provide data and measure performance relating to unsaleables, which gives us direction on where improvements are needed across Kellogg and our retail customer supply chains. We then collaborate with retailers to reduce this waste and improve efficiencies.

 

Over the past 10 years, we have decreased unsaleables by nearly 50 percent in many of our businesses, resulting in about 20 million fewer packages of food wasted annually.

 

What are the 3 key packaging innovations that reverse logistics professionals would like to see in the CPG industry?
1. Packaging professionals being more engaged with the reverse logistics discipline
2. Be more engaged with the supply chain. Can the supply chain execute your design consistently?
3. Increase shelf life where appropriate and focus more on material handling and shipping.

 

What are you looking forward to hear at Sustainability in Packaging 2013?
I’m looking forward to hearing how packaging professionals are taking a holistic, cradle to grave approach in designing and evaluating their packaging designs. As a first time attendee at this conference, I’m also looking forward to meeting a number of new contacts throughout the industry.

 

More about Gary Piwko

 

PiwkoGary’s presentation at Sustainability in Packaging 2013 – taking place in the opening session on Maintaining the Value of Packaging – will cover how to evaluate packaging holistically throughout a product’s value chain using Reverse Logistics; understanding unsaleables and how they complicate partnership negotiations; show examples of packaging solutions that cause unsaleables problems; and explain how Reverse Logistics is important as a program to evaluate sustainability of packaging and processes. After this highly insightful presentation you’ll be able to answer the question: ‘How do I make this systems view a core competency to drive change throughout my organization?’

 

Gary is a past co-chair of the GMA/FMI Joint Industry Unsaleables Leadership Team. He has been a member of the Leadership Team since 1998. Kellogg Company won a GMA Unsaleables Innovation Award in 2005 acknowledging the results of their unsaleables management system. Kellogg Company also won GMA/FMI unsaleables collaboration award and a Supermarket News Unsaleables Leadership Award in 2011.
Gary is a current member of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance which is led by the Grocery Manufacturers of America, Food Marketing Institute and National Restaurant Association and member companies.

 

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