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Packaging Courses

The Packaging Department at CBU offers the following UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE courses:

UNDERGRADUATE

PKG 101. INTRODUCTION TO PACKAGING
Introduction to various areas of packaging industry, including distribution packaging, medical device packaging, food packaging; materials, including plastic and paper; and skills, including business, science/engineering, and graphic design. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; one credit

PKG 202. PACKAGING LABORATORY
Packaged-product test specifications from various organizations including ISTA, ASTM and TAPPI. Pre-shipment tests; drop, vibration and compression. Temperature/humidity and altitude chambers. Corrugated cardboard tests; Mullen and ECT tests; ISTA CPLP Technician Exam. One credit lecture, one credit laboratory. One semester; two credits

PKG 315. PACKAGING MATERIALS
Overview of packaging materials; corrugated fiberboard and boxes; polymeric materials; hands-on experiments. Two-credit lecture, one-credit lab. One semester; three credits

PKG 319. PRINCIPLES OF PACKAGING
Overview of the historical development of packaging, the system of packaging science, along with information about economic importance, social implications and packaging as a profession. Study of the functions of packaging and materials, container types, processes, technology and equipment employed to protect goods during handling, shipping and storage. Introduction of package development process, packaging testing and evaluation methods, standards, and equipment. Brief review of governmental regulations affecting packaging. (Same as ChE 320 and ME 320) Prerequisites: MATH 131 and CHEM 113 or 115. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits

PKG 321. HEALTHCARE PACKAGING
Introduction to the basics of materials used for healthcare packaging including materials selection. The steps used for packaging design and development and use of suitable conversion process from raw materials to packages. The considerations used for aseptic packaging and added sterilization process, if needed. Storage and distribution of final products to customers with codes imprinted on products for quick identification of source details. Finally, the most important steps of scope, planning, preparation, and for receiving of FDA validation. Same as CH E and ME 321) Prerequisites: MATH 117 or (MATH 107 & 110) and CHEM 113 or 115. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits

PKG 411. PRINCIPLES OF PACKAGING DEVELOPMENT
Review common packaging materials, packaging forms, and special packaging techniques for certain product commodities. Overview current practices and state of the art of packaging design from concept to prototype. Learn to use ArtiosCAD, and other computer drafting and modeling software create virtual package design. Utilize hand tools, Artios sample cutting table, thermal former machine to create prototype package. Prepare packaging specifications and design documentation for procurement and manufacturing. Discuss impacts of packaging design on manufacturing/fabrication cost, packaging operations, end use, and environment. Make aware of packaging related laws and regulations, and be sensitive to copyright and intellectual property protection. (Same as CH E and ME 411.) Prerequisite: CH E/ME/PKG 319. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits

PKG 489. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION
All BSEM Packaging Concentration students must pass one of the following certifications: ISTA CPLP Technician or IoPP CPIT. One semester; zero credit

PKG 490. PACKAGING PROJECT
Individual project related to packaging. Reports are presented in both oral and written form. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. One semester; two credits

PKG 495. PACKAGING INTERNSHIP
Students are placed in packaging related facilities under the supervision of qualified packaging professionals. Tasks completed as part of the internship must be approved by an authorized work supervisor. Credit is granted upon faculty approval of periodic review reports and a final summary report describing the work performed. Minimum time 200 hours. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of the department. One semester; three credits

GRADUATE

ENGM 640. PRINCIPLES OF PACKAGING
Packaging materials, container types, processes, technology, and equipment. Packaging development process, testing and evaluation methods, standards, and equipment. Government regulations. Special projects. Three credits

ENGM 642. SUSTAINABILITY
Sustainability criteria and sustainable packaging. Steps to sustainable packaging. Design for optimizing materials and energy. Real-life design and material innovations. Life cycle assessment, examples and carbon footprints. Current state of implementations of sustainable packaging. Special projects. Three credits

ENGM 643. HEALTHCARE PACKAGING
Introduction to the basics of materials used for healthcare packaging including materials selection. The steps used for packaging design and development and use of suitable conversion process from raw materials to packages. The considerations used for aseptic packaging and added sterilization process, if needed. Storage and distribution of final products to customers with codes imprinted on products for quick identification of source details. Finally the most important steps of scope, planning, preparation, and for receiving of FDA validation. Three credits

ENGM 644. TRANSPORT PACKAGING
Transport packaging related organizations, test protocols, and testing equipment. Distribution hazards including shock, vibration, compression, and temperature/humidity. Shipping container design. Interior packaging design. Unit load design. Packaging performance testing. ISTA laboratory, package, and professional certifications. Three credits

ENGM 645. PRINCIPLES OF PACKAGING DEVELOPMENT
Review common packaging materials, packaging forms, and special packaging techniques for certain product commodities. Overview current practices and state of the art of packaging design from concept to prototype. Learn to use ArtiosCAD, and other computer drafting and modeling software create virtual package design. Utilize hand tools, Artios sample cutting table, thermal former machine to create prototype package. Prepare packaging specifications and design documentation for procurement and manufacturing. Discuss impacts of packaging design on manufacturing/fabrication cost, packaging operations, end use, and environment. Make aware of packaging related laws and regulations, and be sensitive to copyright and intellectual property protection. Three credits