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The bi-weekly, email newsletter with the information you need   January 9, 2012 • Vol. 10, Issue 1
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IoPP announces Board of Directors for 2012
IoPP is pleased to announce the 2012 Board of Directors, as elected by the IoPP general membership. The new board will serve from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
For 2012 Board of Directors, click here

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, Consultant, N2View/Watermark, is taking place online January 19, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST. In this presentation, Riley 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

Plastic Tote Drop Impact Study available in IoPP's Journal of Packaging
Pre-shipment tests are well established for packages distributed from manufacturers to distribution centers. Healthcare products are often distributed in plastic totes from distribution centers to retail stores. Often products are damaged due to impact during transit. Plastic Tote Drop Impact Study - written by Siripong Malasri, Robert Moats, John Archer, Paul Shiue, Ray Brown, and Larry Rutledge, Healthcare Packaging Consortium, Christian Brothers University - shows that impact acceleration can be reduced significantly by using bubble wrap at the bottom of the tote. The study also indicates that providing air pillows at the top of the tote to limit the product bouncing reduces maximum impact acceleration and impact accelerations after the initial impact.

Click here to download paper


2012 AmeriStar Awards Competition entry deadline right around the corner!
Have you entered your best packages into the AmeriStar Awards Competition? 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! 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 upon registration! 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 16
Western New York Chapter Meeting, Rochester, NY.
Click here for more information.

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 24
Steel City Chapter Meeting & Tour: PCA Corrugate Plant, Pittsburgh, PA.
Click here for more information.

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

January 26
Southeastern Chapter Event: "Think Outside the Dots," College Park, GA.
Click here for more information.

January 30
Fox Valley Chapter 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Winter Social Event, Greenville, WI.
Click here for more information. Contact: Brenda Halama, e-mail brenda.halama@styreneproducts.com.

January 31
IoPP Webinar: Food Safety and Packaging: The Hazard, Recalls and New Strategies, Online.
Click here for more information. Contact: Jim George, e-mail jimg@iopp.org.

February 7
Chicago Chapter Tour of Team Services and dinner at Ki's Steak and Seafood, Carol Stream, IL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Marty Zei, e-mail president@ioppchi.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 8-10
IoPP Chemical Packaging Committee Meeting, Sarasota, FL.
Click here for more information. Contact: Carole Schiller, e-mail cschiller@iopp.org.

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

February 16
New England Chapter Event: Wine Technology Seminar, Boston, MA.
Click here for more information. Contact: Eric Cunningham, e-mail nechili@yahoo.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.

February 23
Virginia/Carolinas Chapter Online Seminar Series
Click here for more information. Contact: Kevin White, e-mail kevinwhite227@gmail.com.


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