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The Foundations of Packaging is a self-paced, online course that provides an essential introduction to the art, science and business of packaging. Packaging is a complex process that must be seen as part of a greater system, where each activity has an impact on the final package. Factors such as packaging material production, selection and procurement; package design, engineering and manufacturing; package branding, printing and labeling; packaging laws and regulations and packaging distribution all play a critical role in the efficiency of the global supply chain for consumer and industrial goods. These packaging functions impact company departments such as marketing, sales, procurement, legal, distribution, quality control, manufacturing and warehousing. After taking this course, students will possess the thought process required of a successful stakeholder in the packaging industry. LEARN MORE
The paper segment of the global containers and packaging market is the most lucrative, boasting a 40% market share of revenue. From Fortune 500 brands to emerging startups, paperboard is a top-used packaging substrate. It’s no wonder because paperboard has amazing graphics and printing capabilities, a high degree of sustainability, and enhanced usability. As a packaging designer, marketer, converter, or supply chain manager it is beneficial to understand the ins and outs of paperboard in order to produce the best carton possible. This eLearning course will focus on helping you understand the foundations of paperboard packaging from sourcing raw materials to the finished good. This understanding will serve as an important context for your future advancement, on your own and in your company. LEARN MORE
Corrugated board is a highly customizable substrate and the knowledge to use it well can be greatly advantageous for your company in terms of saving waste and money. There are many stock options you can choose from when ordering standard shipping containers, but a box suited specifically to your exact product may need a custom design, and with corrugated you have that option. We’ve made an informative course with easy to digest information that will get you up to speed on corrugated containers. In this course, you will learn both the art and science of corrugated. From learning how corrugated fiberboard is manufactured, to how corrugated containers are designed and produced on packaging machinery, you will get a 360° view of the corrugated industry. LEARN MORE
Glass is a material that is widely used in the alcohol, soda, and food industries due to its perceived quality image, barrier properties, and tactile feel. Glass is the only material that is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity – something no other food and beverage packaging option can claim. This eLearning course teaches you how to source different types of glass packaging. It also covers the manufacturing, sustainability and design of glass containers. LEARN MORE
In this course, we’ll cover the metal packaging industry and outline raw materials and processing. We will detail the different types of metal that are applicable to packaging and go through the process of making cans and closure systems. From an applied perspective, we will cover how consumers perceive metal packaging, where it makes sense in your decision-making strategy, along with real-world case studies of companies moving into or away from metal. As a takeaway, you will gain a stock container selection strategy for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, industrial and chemical metal packaging applications. LEARN MORE
Polymers play a big role in packaging. To be a proficient and well-rounded packaging professional, you need to be comfortable with polymers. When you are working on a project involving plastics, it’s important that you are able to speak this language and bring value to the table concerning polymer selection, polymer processing, and plastic applications in packaging. In this course, you are going to learn about the different types of polymers, their roles, functions, pros and cons of each, and real-world applications. From this, you are going to take away which polymers are suitable for the applications you are working on. LEARN MORE
This course focuses on how machinery is used in the packaging industry to produce high volumes of quality packages. These individual machines can be connected to create a packaging line. You will learn: how to be realistic in selecting a co-packer, how the structural design of a package influences the efficiency of the line, and how you can optimize your package design and machinery to produce the most proficient packaging line. LEARN MORE
This course will overview the different printing methods such as flexography, lithography, gravure, screen printing, and digital printing. You will learn how these processes impact your packaging cost and quality. We will tie in the graphic development workflow including color management strategies, artwork generation, pre-press workflows, plate making and going to print – colors, roll and sheet stock technical specifications, timelines, budgets, and tips & tricks from industry veterans. LEARN MORE
Getting products from the point of manufacture to the customer safely is a serious task. Well designed transport packaging considers many factors: internal packaging equipment, carrier mode, transport strategy, fulfillment, inventory, and environmental factors. This e-learning course will teach you about the various types of carriers and modes of distribution. You will learn the four fundamental categories of hazards and the corresponding tests used to design packaging systems that withstand the forces of distribution. Packaging systems using wood containers, pallets, corrugated containers, and returnables are evaluated. At the end of this course, you will walk away with a complete understanding of the distribution system for both industrial and consumer packaged goods. LEARN MORE
In this course, we map out the major regulatory agencies such as FDA, EPA, USDA, CFR, ASTM, and ISO. Once defined, we break down relevant and applicable laws into cheat sheets for you to have immediate access to when working on projects. By no means is this course a replacement for legal review, but it is the absolute first step in educating yourself on regulations and agencies that impact the product categories you design within. LEARN MORE
Are you looking for ways to make more sustainable decisions in your packaging line? In this course, you’re going to get a solid foundation in sustainable design thinking- the tools and resources you can apply today to make better decisions. We will cover LCA, energy sourcing, design optimization and effective recovering. Consideration of the 3Ps (people, planet and profit) together are absolutely essential in crafting a convincing sustainable strategy. LEARN MORE
In this course, we are going to review design terminology, highlight important design theories, such as typography, color, imagery and materials. We are going to discuss how to best approach a project with your team and leverage iterative development to build winning designs. There is a lot of cover in packaging design, but this is the first step: making sure you have a solid foundation and workflow when starting a project. You will receive Dr. Andrew Hurley’s RFP guides and the design brief template and strategies he’s used to launch over 100 package designs to market. LEARN MORE
Add to your expanding packaging knowledge with these elective courses.
The first and only 100% online academic program that will enable you to develop the professional skill set you need to be successful in the automotive packaging field.
We’ve collaborated with subject matter experts and state-of-the-art facilities so you’ll understand the unique roles of Tier 1s, OEMs, and packaging suppliers.
Diecutting can be compared to a cookie cutter. While the basic process is similar—both use sharp, shaped blades to cut a material against an anvil—die cutting is naturally more involved. In machining, die cutting serves as a preliminary forming technique prior to finishing and/or decoration. Several diecutting tools may function in a sequence to create a series of cuts that deliver the desired shape.
To accomplish diecutting for these different types of materials and different diecut designs, different types of diecutting technology have emerged to effectively and economically convert different products for various applications. As this industry continues to evolve, we must follow suit, and this course is the perfect place to begin that journey!
The average grocery store has 39,500 products and the average super center has 120,000. How can you disrupt the shelf and stand out from the rest? The answer is knowing and utilizing human factors, also known as ergonomics. No matter our culture, our language, our color, or our gender – human factors are the psychological and sociological ways that we are all hard wired. How we perceive. How we think. How we’re attracted. How we act. LEARN MORE
This is a university-structured course centered around using Solidworks to develop packaging systems. The objective of this course is to bring practice and application to the fundamentals tools of Solidworks, within the context of packaging. Access to Solidworks software is not included in this course – students are expected to have an active license to the software. LEARN MORE
Often times packaging projects do not move along as we plan. Sometimes projects even fail completely. Many projects that fail do so because of poor project management strategy or lack of strategy altogether. The benefits of project management serve everyone involved in the packaging development process: the manager who oversees the project, the client who anxiously awaits the completed project, and the production team that get the project up and running. Project management isn’t rocket science, yet it often gets dressed up that way. In reality, project management is just a set of tools – a roadmap if you will, that enables managers to guide a project from point A to point B in a way that demonstrates efficiency, cost-savings and plain ‘ol ingenuity. We live in a world where change, and the rate of change, is constantly increasing. In order to survive and prosper, organizations need to continually modify their products and services. And packaging projects are the means by which innovations are delivered. LEARN MORE
Contrary to popular stereotypes, the cannabis industry is comprised of highly educated professionals specializing in accounting, advocacy, agriculture, compliance, customer service, sales, technology, packaging, and more. With medical cannabis now legal in more than half of the U.S. and recreational cannabis use legal in ten states (and counting), cannabis companies are scrambling to fill a rush of new jobs in the industry — an estimated 340,000 of them nationwide by 2020. This course will discuss the types of products being derived from cannabis sativa, from the traditional flower to processed products. We’ll talk about methods of packaging as well as suppliers and stakeholders in the packaging industry that work with cannabis brands. This is important, as there are many supply chain and transport obstacles to overcome for emerging cannabis brands and suppliers in this developing Consumer Packaged Goods category. LEARN MORE
Pressure sensitive labels play an essential role in the packaging value chain – they enable your brand to stand out among the competition on the shelf and convey vital, sometimes lifesaving information. How much do you really know about the innovative technology that goes into developing these labels? By taking Pressure Sensitive Labels 101, you will learn first-hand the essentials of the world’s leading label type. Developed and taught by UPM Raflatac’s world-renowned experts, the Pressure Sensitive Labels 101 course includes an overview of the global pressure sensitive labels market, decoration technologies and market share, label construction, press converting, end use application, performance testing and so much more. Once you complete the course at your own pace, you will be equipped with the expertise and recognition to grow your business through operational efficiency, brand impact and sales.
This course on liquid filling covers the basics to the latest in technology, volumetric filling, level filling, carbonated beverage filling, and more.
We partner with Plastic Technologies, Inc. (Holland, OH) to help packaging and plastics professionals enhance their polyethylene terephthalate (PET) knowledge via an innovative, online educational platform.
Developed by Sonoco ThermoSafe’s ISC-Labs in partnership with The Packaging School, Dr. R. Andrew Hurley, Assistant Professor of Packaging Science at Clemson University, and an advisory panel of pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, logistics providers, and industry experts.
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Augmented reality offers enormous untapped potential for brands to revolutionize their packaging and the way they connect and engage with the consumers of today. Packaging is powerful and in this short course, you’ll be exposed to more than 20 AR examples on the shelf right now. You’ll also be introduced to our Packaging AR Development storyboard where we’ll walk you through how to develop your own packaging AR experience. Finally, you get a snapshot of how you can leverage AR in ways that attract and retain shopper attention – and deepen the relationship between your brand – your product – and your consumer through packaging. LEARN MORE
In 2017, The Packaging School visited LUXE PACK NEW YORK, the only premier luxury packaging tradeshow in the U.S. dedicated to creative packaging.
LUXE PACK NEW YORK is restricted to industry professionals, but we were given exclusive permission to create this video collection where you will hear from subject matter experts in the beauty, fashion & accessories, personal care, wine & spirits, gourmet food, consumer goods markets and more.
The Packaging School in partnership with BMW and Clemson’s Distribution Testing Lab brings you this overview of the required ISTA, ASTM, and DIN ship-tests for BMW’s new protocol. Instructed by Dr. Gregory Batt, Director of the Sonoco Transport Package Testing Laboratory. LEARN MORE
A partnership between The Packaging School and the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT).
Every organization in the beverage industry needs to have trained personnel with the knowledge of beverage fundamentals, industry best practices, technical standards and current technology. As the premier technical beverage industry society, ISBT is in the unique position to offer you the very best in professional development and training solutions.
The ISBT Beverage Institute® is designed to provide an important resource for the global community of beverage professionals. The sessions, given by experienced beverage professionals, provide overviews as well as in-depth discussions on key topics in the art and science of beverage production.
Public Price: $399
ISBT Member Price: $299
No doubt, this topic is a critical one for the beverage industry. Cleaning and sanitizing fountain beverage systems has always been a necessity, but maybe not a priority. And the consequences for not following proper sanitation protocols affect not only beverage quality and taste, but also the health of the consumer. Our course will give you information about sanitizing solutions, beverage dispenser cleaning, ice container cleaning, flushing syrup lines—all the current processes you need to keep your beverage systems clean.
As the premier technical beverage industry society, ISBT is in the unique position to offer you the very best in professional development and training solutions. The knowledge you gain from this course will immediately help you establish best practices for your fountain beverage equipment.
ISBT Member Price: $79
Every organization in the beverage industry needs to have trained personnel with the knowledge of beverage fundamentals, industry best practices, technical guidelines, and current technology. As the premier technical beverage industry society, ISBT® is in the unique position to offer you the very best in professional development and training solutions.
In order to supply beverages, we must have ingredients. Without them, a beverage cannot exist. There are different types of beverages, and, naturally, these different types have different ingredients. This Beverage Ingredients course offers a deep dive into understanding the principles of the chemistry, manufacturing, quality guidelines, and applications of the most common ingredients in beverages we consume.
Modules are for individual sale or bundled together.
Public Price: $90/module | ISBT Member Price: $70/module
Public Price: $900/bundle| ISBT Member Price: $800/bundle
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Argon, Nitrogen, and Oxygen—gases in the air surrounding us—are colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating. And used in a wide variety of markets and applications within the food and beverage industry. We’ve created this course to give you an understanding of their history, properties, purity requirements, hazards, safety precautions, and more. You’ll be given equipment maintenance recommendations and get a look at ISBT’s Beverage Grade Nitrogen Quality Guideline.
As the premier technical beverage industry society, ISBT is in the unique position to offer you the very best in professional development and training solutions. You’ll walk away from this course with knowledge you can begin using today.
Public Price: $99
ISBT Member Price: $79
If you work in the field of microbiology, these topics will be old hat. But for those of us who are relying strictly on high school biology, we might need a refresher. And this course is just that. An overview of the broad topic of microbiology and how it plays into the food and beverage industry. Microbiology is the study of small living things called microbes or microorganisms—things so small they must be viewed with a microscope. Just don’t let their size fool you. They can be either extremely beneficial or extremely detrimental to the beverage making process.
Besides an overview, we’ll cover the various types of microbes including yeasts, molds, and bacteria. We’ll learn which ones are of concern to beverages and foods and the available microbial control strategies to combat their growth or spread. Anyone training as a member of an HACCP team, starting in a new position with microbiology and food safety responsibilities, or needing a prerequisite for more advanced training down the road will benefit from this course.
Public Price: $99
ISBT Member Price: $79
Meeting specifications for water is an essential process for beverages. If you are responsible for, or need to understand beverage water or wastewater treatment, then this is your course. This course will help you to understand the criteria to select the optimal process for your application. The course provides specific details on the water supply chain and key technologies used to treat and pretreat water.
Public Price: $599
ISBT Member Price: $499
Sweeteners are one of the most important ingredients in a beverage. And they can also be the most controversial ingredient in a beverage. In this course, you’ll learn the technology and uses of HFCS, Sucrose, Stevia, and High Potency Sweeteners.
Limited Time Price: $240