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April 09, 2014 By: Sandeep Goyal Category: Innovations

 
Chanakya’s analogy: If there is only one wheel in a bullock cart, the cart keeps going in circles. There is movement, but no progress. There is action, but no direction. One wheel alone does not turn.
 
So we alone cannot do everything and you are our other wheel to run this cart called www.PackagingConnections.com We need your involvement and contribution to make this packaging knowledge platform to be more & more resourceful and useful to packaging community.
We will also be at the Interpack 2014 and would be pleased to meet you. We are in Hall 7, Level 2, Booth  E 18
Given below are some links where you can actively contribute and also gain some insights. We are looking forward to your involvement,
 
1.    Visit www.PackagingConnections.com regularly
 
2.    Industry professionals are sharing their love for packaging at our linked group http://goo.gl/4KRE5x
 
3.    Bring your packaging ideas and innovative opportunities to live that might help improve packaging values http://www.packagingconnections.com/node/add/package-day
 
4.    Submit your innovations in just two simple steps http://www.packagingconnections.com/submitinnovations.php
 
5.    Meet us at Interpack 2014 http://goo.gl/aArgLu
 
6.    Share your packaging news with the world http://www.packagingconnections.com/add/news
 
7.    Meet SAVY – always happy to help for all your packaging requirements http://youtu.be/kpYkPNNc_xQ
 
 
 
10. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/pconnections
 
 
Please remember that One wheel alone does not turn and you are our other wheel. Let us support each other to spread packaging knowledge.
 
Enjoy Wonders Of packaging!
 
Sandeep Kumar Goyal
Founder & CEO
www.PackagingConnections.com

Senior Friendly Packaging

March 24, 2014 By: Sandeep Goyal Category: General, Innovations

 

A recent campaign has been conducted by ‘Chemnitz University of Technology’ to understand difficulties faced by senior citizens when it comes to opening various types of packaging.

 

The result of this campaign shows failing strength of elderly people in terms of motor functions and vision, leading to difficulty in opening majority of the packs – cardboard boxes, cartons, plastic bags, flexible pouches and so on

To comprehend it better, our team at Packaging Connections has designed a survey on “senior friendly packaging”.

 

We look forward to your replies to understand the current trends and analysis on how important "senior friendly packaging" is for our (packaging) industry.

Once completed, we will share the results / analysis with the participants

For joining the survey please follow this link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3V38VK2

 

Sandeep Kumar Goyal
Founder & CEO

www.PackagingConnections.com

Outernet of Packaging Innovations at Interpack 2014

March 03, 2014 By: Sandeep Goyal Category: General, Innovations

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Hello!! Friends of Packaging!

Building of "Outernet" for free global Wi-Fi access is in progress by a US company. The idea is to offer free internet access to all people regardless of location. This is the interesting development in this fast developing networked life. In fact what is said that "visibility and activity on social media will be future of businesses in this century".

So as for packaging professionals to be effective, it's also critical that they can access the packaging innovations and news at one place quickly and timely. This is what we are developing at www.Packagingconnections.com. We call it Outernet of Packaging. We would be available at Interpack 2014 and would be glad to take you through this amazing world of packaging innovations.

Please do let us know if you are visiting Interpack and we will be pleased to connect with you,

With kind regards and Enjoy Wonders Of Packaging!

Sandeep Kumar Goyal

Founder & CEO

www.PackagingConnections.com

Ban on #plastic #packaging for food items-mainly snacks and confectionary

January 09, 2014 By: Sandeep Goyal Category: General

 

This recent notification by Himachal Pradesh High Court directing the state government to ban the sale, storage, entry and manufacture of non-essential food items packaged in non-biodegradable material in the state by January 26 will prove havoc for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) segment. The list of food items includes chips, chocolates, biscuits, ‘namkeen’, noodles, Ice Creams and beverages.

 

A division bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice VK Sharma last Thursday directed the government to ensure edible oils and fats are not sold in plastic bottles and pouches, but rather packed in tin containers. The ban excludes drinking water, both packed and mineral

 

In its January 10 order, court had said — “We are not in any manner issuing directions that such items are banned because that is not within the purview of the court but if we follow the Himachal Pradesh Non-Biodegradable (Control) Act of 1995, the least we can do is to direct that these harmful items should be sold only in bio-degradable packing.” It said such packing might increase cost of products, “but it would be worth paying that extra money to protect environment and health of the children”.

Major stakeholders affected by this ban are preparing to move the Supreme Court but in the meantime it will be an uphill task for the state government to implement the orders. When asked RK Aggarwal, Vice President (North Zone) of The All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association (AIPMA) whether in fact going the bio-degradable way is in fact the future, he replied by saying that a ban is not a solution. He added, “For a common man, the term bio-degradability has a lot of ambiguity around it. Authorities need to first define the specifications of bio-degradability. Moreover, at present commercial availability of bio-degradable resins is not available in the country.”

KP Mohandas, secretary general of IBMA, said the court order is clearly against the interest of consumers, industry and trade. “We have been consulting the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) about introducing bio-degradable packaging. The director told us clearly that no such technology is available in the country for biodegradable packaging of mass food products such as biscuits. We are very disappointed with the order,” he said.

This ban might also imply then that brands need to have separate packaging for products that are retailed in the state of Himachal Pradesh, which is not a viable case. The state government is waiting to receive court orders and directives after which the ban will be implemented. “I believe regulating this ban will be an uphill task. Moreover, it might also affect tourism in the state to a certain extent. Instead of banning items, the government should really be working at fine-tuning the collection and sorting of post-consumer waste,” said Aggarwal.

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Now being packaging professionals our concern is why it’s always plastics that is targeted and blamed for all environment hazards that happen?? Isn’t it better if govt comes up with guidelines and better procedures to collect waste and further recycles it? There are associations, NGOs who make beautiful products out of recycled plastics, laminates and waste – why not promote these and support the industry.

 

Secondly if they are banning plastics for snack foods, what options do they have for industry – should be simply ban these products since alone neither paper nor metal packaging is a solutions for these products

 

Hope this information helps you in some of your decisions, we do look forward to your inputs and discussions here,

Thank you,

Chhavi Aggarwal

Another great year and 2013 achievements for PackagingConnections

December 31, 2013 By: Sandeep Goyal Category: General, Innovations

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NONE OF US IS AS SMART AS ALL OF US. JAPANESE PROVERB

 2013 was one of the busiest years at PackagingConnections, the year was Full of Action. The team undertook a wide spectrum of projects. These projects involved different level of expertise. Some of the feathers added to our cap in 2013.

 

IDEAS AND OPPORTUNITIES 2013: Huge Success with 150+ Packaging Innovation across three major sectors (FMCG, Healthcare & Pharma and Cosmetics. With live samples and discussion only on Innovations the event was witnessed by many stalwarts of packaging. Company from different sectors participated and took back great ideas to fill their project pipeline. To see more

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Centre-gravity-Packaging-Innovations-case-1588847.S.236154632?trk=groups_search_item_list-0-b-cmr&goback=%2Egna_1588847

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Ideas-Opportunities-2013-My-experience-1588847.S.259381414?trk=groups_search_item_list-0-b-ttl&goback=%2Egna_1588847%2Egde_1588847_member_236154632%2Egna_1588847

GLOBAL PROJECTS: PackagingConnections this year managed its one of the biggest global project. The project was on assessing process capabilities of different vendors for the user companies. Project management involved different teams across continents. The key highlights were, understanding customer requirements and adapting to different work styles, cultures, ways of working and teams instantly. http://www.packagingconnections.com/consultancy.htm

NEW CLIENTS: Packaging Connections this year added new MNC’s in its clientele base. The key projects were delivered on packaging insights, cost saving and optimization, medical device designing for self- injection, low migration labels for ophthalmic formulations

E- LEARNING was an another attempt to bridge the gap in packaging knowledge. The course started with a simple basic tutorial on Modified Atmosphere Packaging http://www.packagingconnections.com/elearning.htm

E – BOOKS : The concept of “Learn, Un-Learn and Re-Learn” holds true for packaging as well. To understand challenging packaging concepts we presented our first e-book on “Pharmaceutical Packaging Innovations” as kindle edition.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GYJTXRC

NETWORK GROWTH: Our members on Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in has grown to many folds during 2013. We started with few hundreds during year start and now we have 26000+ likers on our FB page.
https://www.facebook.com/packagingconnection?ref=hl

LinkedIn member base has increased to 5000+ http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Packaging-Connections-1588847?home=&gid=1588847&trk=anet_ug_hm&goback=%2Egna_1588847

 

Wish you Happy, Healthy, Wealthy New Year

Enjoy Wonders Of Packaging!

Sandeep Kumar Goyal
Founder & CEO
www.PackagingConnections.com

Indian Retail Market and Packaging 2013 and Tesco

December 18, 2013 By: Sandeep Goyal Category: General, Innovations

Its interesting to see how Indian Retail market is changing and growing. Tesco is now going to be new entrant in India as it looks like. It was in the newspapers all over today. Its a good thing to happen as Indian consumers would have access to better quality products through better packaging. I feel that success of all these chains depend heavily on quick packaging solutions. So Indian packaging industry needs to gear up for small run but high quality packaging solutions. It says that retail market is worth$500 billion, this means even if we take 5% as packaging cost then its about $25 billion packaging market. So good news for packaging community.

So Indian packaging industry need to be not only quick but also innovative and we at www.PackagingConnections.com are always trying to show the packaging innovations from across the globe. let us see how Tesco now changes the packaging scenario in India, good luck to them and welcome to India.

e-Book Pharmaceutical Packaging Innovations on Kindle by PackagingConnections

November 29, 2013 By: Sandeep Goyal Category: Books, General, Innovations

Ladies and Gentleman!

Things are changing all the time, we are learning so many things and also need to unlearn and then suddenly we realize that we need to Relearn. Same things happens in packaging too, There are so many packaging concepts which are changing all the time and new concepts are coming. We presented them at Ideas and Opportunities 2013. Some of those have now been published as an e-Book on Kindle titled Pharmaceutical Packaging Innovations. You can directly buy and download the book from Amazon Kindle store.

Link to buy for Kindle Edition: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GYJTXRC

In case you do not have the Kindle, Anybody can read Kindle books even without a Kindle device with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones and tablets. 

I hope you will like the book and use them in your project pipeline. The contributors to this e-Book presentation are:

Amita Venkatesh Vallesha, Associate: Scientific Affairs & Consultancy

Chhavi Aggarwal, Associate: Research & Business Consulting

Bhaskar Ch, Technology Advisor e-business

Sonu Sheoran, Associate Research & Technology

Ashok Kumar, Programme Manager: KPO

 

Hope you will enjoy this collection and presentation, please do send us your comments at info@packagingconnections.com

 

Enjoy Wonders Of Packaging!

 

Sandeep Goyal

Founder & CEO

www.PackagingConnections.com

 

 

Low migration labels for Plastic Containers

November 16, 2013 By: Sandeep Goyal Category: General, Innovations

Not only the active ingredients of pharmaceuticals are tested prior to their approval, but government authorities also impose stringent requirements on packaging and labeling. In the case of primary

containers made of plastics, it must be ensured that their components do not contaminate or impair the effectiveness of the drugs. Schreiner MediPharm has the know-how to develop pharmaceutical labels consisting of harmless, low-migration materials.

Low-Migration Labels for Plastic Containers
Always a Step Ahead

Beside glass containers, the pharmaceutical industry today increasingly uses packaging made of plastics. But especially in the case of soft plastic materials, such as those used for infusion bags or eye dropper bottles, there is a risk of migration. Therefore, Schreiner MediPharm, in collaboration

with a renowned, independent test institute, has performed a study and is working on the qualification of low migration adhesives, film materials and inks. Based on the findings gained, targeted label solutions for plastic containers that do not influence the barrier function of the packaging are created.

The use of low-migration labels increases the probability of obtaining approval by the relevant pharmaceutical authority without any problems and can shorten the lengthy approval process to some extent.

Water vapour permeation testing of food packaging at Campden BRI, Research and Technology Organisation

October 16, 2013 By: Sandeep Goyal Category: General, Innovations

Based in the UK, Campden BRI provide the food and drinks industry worldwide with the research, technical and advisory services essential to ensure product quality and safety, process efficiency and innovation.

The research centre is a continuous source of knowledge for industry, meeting frequently with its thirteen member interest groups and associated industrial working parties.  Contract research and development is also carried out on behalf of UK government departments, levy boards, industrial consortia and the European Union. 

At Campden’s R&D facilities in Gloucestershire there are three fully equipped food processing halls, product and process development areas, a state-of-the-art sensory analysis suite, and extensive research and analytical laboratories.

As part of their research for the food and drinks industry, Campden BRI offer package testing for clients who are looking at reducing packaging costs whilst maintaining packaging performance.  They were recently asked to assess whether the additional ethylene vinyl alcohol layer (EVOH) was benefitting the moisture barrier properties of board pots.  In order to determine the moisture barrier levels of the pots, the water transmission rate was measured using a permeation analyser.  They tested the pots with the ethylene vinyl alcohol layer and then without this layer.  In this instance, the water vapour transmission rates (WVTR) weren’t adversely affected by removing the EVOH – so the layer wasn’t adding any significant benefit to the moisture barrier quality of the pots.

Campden BRI used the Systech 7001 Water Vapour Permeation Analyser to test the WVTR of the board pots.  For reliable water vapour analysis, this permeation analyser offers a quick response and consistently accurate measurements, with precision temperature and humidity flow control and a P2O5 sensor for absolute moisture.

Lynerric Potter, Senior Research Officer at Campden BRI says, “Water vapour and oxygen transmission are just two of the tests we offer, using a suite of instrumental analysis systems which we can also use to assess physical properties, such as tensile strength and internal pressure resistance, leak detection and seal integrity. Instruments like the Permeation Analyser are an important part of our tool-kit.”

At Campden BRI laboratory testing facilities they also use the 8001 oxygen permeation analyser and Gaspace Advance headspace gas analyser from Systech Illinois.

 

For more information on Systech Illinois’ product range either visit www.systechillinois.com or contact us on +44 1844 216838 (EMEA) +1 815 344 6212 (N. & S. America and Canada).

Packaging Knowledge through e-Learning

September 14, 2013 By: Sandeep Goyal Category: Books, General, Innovations

Packaging Knowledge through e-Learning

Ladies and Gentleman!

Every day, we are faced with many challenges of creating something new to bridge the gap in packaging knowledge. Sharing packaging knowledge is still not done so efficiently. With the help of our readers, we continue attempting newer ways to bridge this gap. Packaging Knowledge through eLearning is another such attempt. It’s the beta version and I am sure you will be delighted to go through it. It starts with a simple basic tutorial. Our first topic is MAP: Modified Atmosphere Packaging. The course content has been prepared by the knowledge team of PackagingConnections.

 It’s a simple tutorial with an aim to deliver top quality in a short period. Existing members can use their current login details to go through it and those who are not registered, they can register in simple 2 steps. The link is given below. Please do send us your feedback so that we can take it to next level.

Click here: http://www.packagingconnections.com/elearning.htm

Thank you and with this, I would say Enjoy Wonders Of Packaging Knowledge

 Sandeep Goyal
Founder & CEO

www.PackagingConnections.com.