• UK Packaging Summit and Starpack Award

    IOM3
    The UK Packaging Summit and Starpack Awards 2008 combine a cutting edge event with the traditional Starpack Awards and Annual Packaging Dinner.
  • Plasma-coated stent

    3D plasma coating technique prevents stents from clogging

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the University of Ulster, UK, have developed a 3D plasma coating technique to prevent stents from developing neointima, where thick muscle tissue grows over the surface, leading to the blood vessel narrowing again. Thin films of carbon, ceramics and platinum are coated using the new method to prevent clogging.
  • Diet coke can

    Keeping drink cans cooler for longer

    Packaging Professional magazine
    A Nanoskin insulation technology made from a metallised polymer film of one micron-thick vacuum cells could keep food or drinks cooler for longer.
  • Biometric laser scanner

    Biometric fingerprints for anti-counterfeiting

    Packaging Professional magazine
    ProteXXion, launched by Bayer Technology Services in Germany, is a security and tracking device that uses the biometric fingerprints of individual surfaces to counter fraud in items ranging from packaging to passports. ProteXXion encompasses project management, installation and servicing of the laser surface authentication (LSA) technology invented at Imperial College London, UK. Laser surface authentification combined with RFID tracking device tags could provide an all-encompassing anti-fraud solution. Trials have been conducted on pharmaceutical and tobacco packaging using static scannes on production lines that move up to four metres per second.
  • Polystyrene nanosphere dyes

    Polystyrene nanospheres replace toxic dyes to produce structural colours

    Materials World magazine
    With increasing concerns about the use of traditional dyes on the environment, materials that use polysytene nanospheres rather than toxic dyes to produce colour have been the subject of research by scientists at the University of Southampton, UK. The sphere size controls the wavelength which light is reflected and scattered from the film, offering new possibilities for structural colours. The materials have already attracted the interest of Unilever, Kodak, Merck and Degussa for applications ranging from packaging to automotives.
  • Starpack 2007 – A star-studded evening for packaging technologists

    IOM3
    Packaging designers and technologists came together for the 2007 Starpack Awards Ceremony, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.
  • Copper alloy moulds

    Copper increases efficiency in injection moulding

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Replacing traditional steel moulds with those made from copper alloys could make injection moulding of plastic packaging more productive, according to research led by UK-based Copperplas International Ltd. Project Aimtech aims to reduce cycle time and improve finish quality to increase competiveness with the rapidly developing Chinese supply chain. Copper alloy moulds are five to six times more thermally conductive than steel for injecting molten plastic at high pressure.
  • Natural fibre-based packaging

    Nanoclays modified with crustacean shells

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Scientists at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, have modified nanoclays with molecules from the shells of crustaceans and dispensed them in natural polymers, such as starch, to create natural fibre-based packaging a viable alternative to petroleum based-polymers. The research is part of the four-year European Sustainpack project bringing together packaging research associations, academia and industry from 13 European countries. The scheme, which is due to end in 2008, aims to encourage widespread use of biopolymers, paper and board for packaging.
  • Copper alloy moulds

    Copper increases efficiency in injection moulding

    Materials World magazine
    Replacing traditional steel moulds with those made from copper alloys could make injection moulding of plastic packaging more productive, according to research led by UK-based Copperplas International Ltd. Project Aimtech aims to reduce cycle time and improve finish quality to increase competiveness with the rapidly developing Chinese supply chain. Copper alloy moulds are five to six times more thermally conductive than steel for injecting molten plastic at high pressure.
  • Packet nutritional label

    Informative packaging helps consumers understand nutrition?

    Packaging Professional magazine
    UK Retailers have developed conflicting voluntary front-of-pack nutritional labelling systems that they claim enable customers to make healthier food choices more quickly. Organisations such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA), with Sainsbury's and Waitrose, support colour-coded signposting, while manufacturers such as Danone and Kellogg's have joined forces with Tesco and Morrisons, to promote the Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) label scheme. An independent Project Management Panel (PMP) intends to review research results and adopt the most effective system.

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