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Our Institute has avalable a number of reference works published by itself, and these are -

A Handbook of Packaging Technology (full text book) - see below

An Introduction to Packaging Graphics (booklet form)- see foot of page


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"A Handbook of Packaging Technology".  

This text book is brimful of most useful packaging information and is produced by the Institute - as such it comprises a most valuable information source for the African packaging industry.  It is highly recommended for all company libraries.

The Handbook is revised from time to time (normally annually) , and is the prescribed text book for those students studying with the Institute.  It is also recommended and used by other educational institutions for those students studying other packaging courses.

(Our diploma course follows an identical syllabus to those chapters listed below but of course also includes additionally a 5 month practical assignment component, to test the application of the knowledge being gained).

Copies of this Handbook may be purchased through any one of our regional offices, or from our National Education Officer - click HERE for contact information.

The current price of the Handbook (2014), EXCLUDING  postage and packing (or courier delivery), is R1083.00 VAT inclusive. For packaging and postage within the Republic of South Africa (the latter by post office counter to counter overnight courier service) the buyer can add R75-00 VAT inclusive.  A rate can be obtained and quoted for destinations outside the Republic.

 PLEASE ALLOW 7 WORKING DAYS FOR DELIVERY AS THE INSTITUTE WILL ONLY DESPATCH THE BOOK UPON VERIFICATION OF THE BANK OF A DEPOSIT, AND NOT ON THE BASIS OF A PROOF OF PAYMENT SUPPLIED BY THE PURCHASER.  THIS HAS UNFORTUNATELY BECOME NECESSARY DUE TO FALSIFIED PAYMENT CONFIRMATIONS.

The institute attempts to review this work of reference annually so as to keep it as up to date as possible.  In the past this process has involved the willing voluntary contribution by a number of reviewers who are experts in their field, and who are prepared to perform this task on a voluntary basis. 

Should you be qualified to, and perhaps interested in assisting in the review of this text book, kindly make initial contact with our National Education Officer at education@ipsa.org.za

  RECOMMENDATION:

We pride ourselves on our Handbook, and quote below a comment from Pierre Pienaar-

"I certainly support the course having being intimately involved over a number of years.  IPSA's "A Handbook of Packaging Technology" is well researched, technically sound and contains up to date information relevant to those in the industry and those coming into the industry.

The layout of the book makes it easy to reference information and it is certainly the best,  complete and thorough packaging handbook that I have come across in 25 years of being in the industry. You guys can be proud of it. I have heard a number of packaging gurus refer to it here in Australia".


Pierre has a Master of Science degree (Packaging Engineering / Technology) from Brunel University, UK. He has been National President of the South African Institute of Packaging, a director of the Packaging Council of Southern Africa and a representative on the board of the World Packaging Organisation. He has lectured in the technology and science of packaging at various institutions for the past 15 years and is currently a tutor for the correspondence course being offered through the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), namely the  Diploma in Packaging IoP UK.

Pierre is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging (and its current chairman) and is an Honorary Life member of Institute of Packaging South Africa. He has his own packaging consulting business, PackTech Solutions Pty Ltd and has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and food packaging industries.

 TEXT BOOK CONTENT

The EIGHT (8) main section content headings are –

• Business Aspects of Packaging
• Package Planning
• Packaging Practices
• Product Handling and Packaging
• Packaging Materials
• Graphics in Packaging
• Food Packaging
• Special Applications

 The seventy (70) specific chapter headings (excluding addenda and annexures) are -

 SECTION 1 : BUSINESS ASPECTS OF PACKAGING

1   Management Principles and Practices
2   The management reporting system
3   Successful marketing
4   Packaging: A marketing tool
5   Economics of packaging

SECTION 2 : PACKAGE PLANNING

6   Introduction to Packaging
7   Fundamentals of Packaging as a corporate activity
8   Product assessment
9   Package production and handling
10 Marketing

SECTION 3 : PACKAGING PRACTICES

11 Protection 1 : Cushioning
12 Protection 2 : Permeability and gas barrier
13 Protection 3 : Other environmental hazards
14 Package testing
15 Specifications and quality control
16 Packaging and the Law**
17 Packaging and the environment

(** with appendices on the recently introduced (2010) food packaging legislation).

SECTION 4 : PRODUCT HANDLING AND PACKAGING

18 Materials Handling
19 Materials handling practice
20 Distribution Packaging
21 Materials handling equipment
22 P ackaging Machinery

SECTION 5 : PACKAGING MATERIALS

23 Paper and board
24 Paper board packaging
25 Adhesives and labelling
26 Corrugated board
27 Plastic materials
28 Flexible packaging
29 Glass packaging
30 Metals 1 : Tinplate
31 Metals 2 : Aluminium
32 Closures

SECTION 6 : GRAPHICS (chapters 33 to 35 in colour, 36 and 37 to follow in colour)

33 Packaging design principles
34 The design brief
35 From concept to print
36 Illustrations and photography
37 Reproduction and colour
38 Bar Coding : Print and packaging information
39 An introduction to print processes
40 Letterpress
41 Flexographic Printing
42 Lithographic printing
43 Rotogravure printing
44 Screen printing
45 Transfer pad printing
46 Hot foil stamping
47 Heat shrink & stretch film labelling, ink jet printing
48 Printing inks
49 Printing substrates
50 Print characteristics and process choice
51 Digital printing

SECTION 7 : FOOD PACKAGING

52 The composition of food
53 Food spoilage
54 Food processing
55 Grain products
56 Savoury snack foods
57 Beverages
58 Sugar, chocolate and confectionery
59 Milk and dairy products
60 Poultry and eggs
61 Fruit and vegetables
62 Fish
63 Meat and meat products
64 Food packaging control

SECTION 8 : SPECIAL APPLICATIONS

65 Pharmaceutical packaging : 1
66 Pharmaceutical packaging : 2
67 Cosmetics and toiletries packaging
68 Industrial and chemical packaging
69 Industrial packaging : Flexible
70 Industrial packaging : Rigid

Addendums and Annexures (amongst others):

Food Packaging Legislation - The South African Landscape and a Synopis of Legislation relating to the Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs
The Management of Packaging Waste in Africa
Problem analysis and problem solving
General Bibliography
Glossary of Terms

 

BOOKLET : "An IntroductionTo Packaging Graphics"

 This most informative booklet contains the latest iinformation on graphics in packaging, and is published in full colour as befits the subject matter.

 The booklet is available from the Institute at a cost of R100-00 per copy including VAT, plus postage and packaging (add R15-00 VAT incl) if sent by ordinary surface mail = Total cost R115-00.  (Cost per courier will be supplied on request).

 It comprises approximately 40 pages in full colour under the 5 chapter headings -

Design principles

The Design brief

From Concept to Print

Illlustrations and Photography

Colour  and Reproduction

 

To order, email education@ipsa.org.za