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The bi-weekly, email newsletter with the information you need   December 19, 2011 • Vol. 9, Issue 25
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IoPP webinar focused on implementing an effective serialization/UDI program
IoPP's next webinar, The A to Z Cookbook of Implementing an Effective Serialization/UDI Program, presented by Kimberly Riley, CPP, Senior Packaging Engineering Project Manager, Covidien, is taking place online January 19, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST. In this presentation, Riley, a key member of the packaging team at one of the largest healthcare product companies in the U.S., will provide need-to-knows and best practices establishing a serialization program in pharmaceutical and medical device packaging as part of an overall brand-protection strategy. Riley's career has centered in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices, previously working for companies such as Shire Pharmaceuticals, Baxter Healthcare and Boston. Registration is FREE to IoPP members, $99 for non-members.
For details and registration, click here

IoPP Chicago Chapter donates to Dreams for Kids program
A big thank you to the Chicago Chapter, which donated $250 at its December 13 meeting to Dreams for Kids (www.dreamsforkids.com), a Chicago-based organization that empowers at-risk and disabled youth through programs and activities. Members were asked to bring an unwrapped toy to the meeting as well, and nearly 100 toys were collected and sent to Dreams For Kids, according to Marty Zei, chapter president. Beyond that, a few members of the Chicago Chapter contributed private donations to Dreams for Kids as well. Thank you for getting into the holiday spirit and supporting a worthy cause!


IoPP announces its 2012 AmeriStar Awards Competition Call for Entries
AmeriStar showcases the most innovative packages of the year. If your package went beyond brand-owner expectations, increased product sales, boosted brand image, resulted in cost savings, showed an innovative way to protect product, addressed current environmental concerns - then you need to enter now! New for 2012: A new category dedicated to Private Label brands and a new award honoring best structural and graphic design. Entry deadline is February 3rd. 
For entry details and submission information, click here
Contact Carole Schiller, e-mail cschiller@iopp.org

Packaging Machinery: Basics course dates announced for 2012  
If you're either a recent college graduate new to packaging, who hasn't worked with packaging machinery, or a packaging professional who needs a quick primer or refresher on machinery, IoPP's "Packaging Machinery: Basics" course is designed for you. The course requires just 2.5 days of your time, and it's taught by a veteran, certified instructor. "Packaging Machinery: Basics" will be offered March 26-28, 2012 and October 8-10, 2012. The course is held in the Chicago area at Frain Industries, in a facility where you can observe demonstrations on real machines
For "Packaging Machinery:Basics" schedule and registration, click here

HealthPack focused on medical device packaging
This annual conference - taking place March 6-8, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico - helps medical device packaging professionals generate ideas and solutions to create efficient, innovative packaging. HealthPack includes a full conference agenda combined with table-top exhibits providing opportunities for attendees to focus on key industry issues while addressing individual needs with leading suppliers and service vendors. Welcome reception, breakfasts, luncheons, meetings and breaks encourage ongoing networking among attendees, speakers and exhibitors. HealthPack is sponsored the IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee. IoPP members get a $100 discount when they register! E-mail Mary Von Qualen at mvonqualen@healthpack.net for discount code.
For more information and registration, click here

Do you ship large rack products?  
The Rack Transport Stability Team (RTST), working under the auspices of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), has released a standard practice for pictorial markings for the handling of goods. A series of six pictorial symbols for labeling large information technology rack products has been developed by RTST and incorporated into Standard D5445 by ASTM International Committee D10.11. The standard my be purchased from ASTM and the symbols used to encourage safer handling practices for transport.
For more information, click here

Fundamentals of Packaging Technology text book now available in Spanish  
NEW! Spanish version of Fundamentals of Packaging Technology - Nociones fundamentales sobre Tecnologia del Packaging - is now available.
To order Nociones Fundamentales, visit www.clubespanoldelpackaging.org

Accelerate Your Packaging Projects at WestPack
Visit WestPack, February 14-16, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, the comprehensive resource for packaging professionals. WestPack offers the ideal opportunity to meet face-to-face with leading suppliers, experience the newest technologies and equipment, and compare solutions side-by-side… all in one convenient location. See the latest in containers, contract services, custom automation technology, machinery and machinery components, materials, robotics, software, and more. Visit the special focus areas: Contract Packaging; Heath and Beauty Packaging, Supply Chain; and Pharmaceutical, Medical, and Nutraceutical Packaging. WestPack is supported by the IoPP.
For details and registration, click here

Upcoming events

January 12
Minnesota Chapter Winter Social, Chanhassen, MN.
Click here for more information. Contact: Laurice Wade, e-mail willow88@goldengate.net.

January 17
Central Ohio Chapter January Tour: Priority Designs, Columbus, OH.
Click here for more information. Contact: E-Mail Info_coc_iopp@yahoo.com.

January 19
IoPP Webinar: The A to Z Cookbook of Implementing an Effective Serialization/UDI Program, Online.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jim George, e-mail jimg@iopp.org.

January 23-25
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, Semester 1, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

January 25-27
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, Semester 2, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

February 8
Minnesota Chapter Dinner: Sustainability Issues Today, Golden Valley, MN.
Click here for more information. Contact: Laurice Wade, e-mail willow88@goldengate.net.

February 14-16
WestPack, Anaheim, CA.
Click here for more information. Contact: e-mail packaginginfo@ubm.com.

February 21
Central Indiana Chapter Joint Meeting with American Society for Quality, Indianapolis, IN.
Click here for more information. Contact: E-Mail wefunk@gmail.com.

February 20-22
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, Semester 3, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.

February 22-24
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, Semester 4, Orlando, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Barbara Dykes, e-mail bdykes@iopp.org.


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