Industry and the Packaging Science Program

The Packaging Science Program at Clemson could not exist without the support of the industry it serves. Industry provides Clemson with advice and guidance, funding, donations of equipment and services, research and student projects, and visiting lecturers and researchers. The Packaging Science program offers industry trained students, research and innovation, testing and development services, and faculty consultation.

The Partners in Packaging Program

Clemson’s Packaging Science Program has established a special program through which companies can provide support to the Program at a significant level through a multi-year commitment valued at $350,000- $500,000 made up from a combination of:

- Pledge of unrestricted funds
- Equipment related to a market area of interest to the company
- Lecturer(s) every semester or year to enhance courses
- Faculty travel/study grants
- Graduate fellowships
- Domestic/international co-ops

Packaging Partners Packaging Partners

Clemson's Packaging Facilities are available on an hourly/daily basis to support industry’s needs for testing and development:

- DuPont "Miracles of Science" Laboratory: cast and blown film-making, solvent-, water- and 100% solids-coating and laminating, pouch-making, extrusion blow molding, thermoform-fill-seal, shelf life studies

- DuPont Analytical Laboratory: physical testing, thermal analysis, heat-sealing, microscopy, IR

- Cryovac® Flavour MarkTM Retort Laboratory: food preparation, pouch-fill and seal, lid sealing, multi-process- capable lab-scale and commercial-size retorts in an approved food preparation environment

- Sonoco Package Testing and Materials Evaluation Laboratory: ISTA-certified transport testing, cushion testing, clamp truck simulation

- Permeation Laboratory: oxygen and water vapor permeation of flat films and packages

- Harris A. Smith Active Food Packaging Laboratory: active and antimicrobial package development and evaluation, Class II biohazard approved

- Food Packaging Analytical Laboratory: food quality, package integrity, chromatography

- Senory Lab: sensory evaluation of packaged food before and after shelf life studies

CEFPACK: The Clemson University Center for Flexible Packaging offers testing and development services to support the flexible packaging industry through a membership organization.

External Advisory Committee
Clemson's Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences Department also has an External Advisory Committee, which meets twice a year. Each major discipline in the department is represented by board members on the committee. There is broad-based industry representation for packaging science, including: Materials; Converters; CPG's; Retailer; Publisher; Consultants; Senior Levels (director and above).

Senior "Capstone" Course in Packaging Science Undergraduate Program
The course requires students to develop a systematic method for developing a complete packaging system, including the conception, design, prototyping, testing, costing and specifying. This industry-sponsored, team-based project involves a great deal of organization and planning, as well as oral and written communication skills. At least 8 sponsored projects are needed each year.

Some past capstone course projects include:
- Improved packaging for chest freezers
- Packaging system for retail market entry - deli chicken salad
- Club store packaging system for BBQ sauce
- Packaging system for remote dispensing of dog treats
- New dispensing system for hospital liquid soap and sanitizer
- Packaging system for frozen medical implants
- Packaging system for institutional retorted food pouches

Please contact Dr. Bob Kimmel (kimmel@clemson.edu) to propose a project or for any other information about our work with and for the Packaging Industry.