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Packaging Digest, Fall 2016

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Rising Star speaks packaging, engineering and 4 languages A trio of Rising Stars in packaging graduated from Rutgers University May 15 with B.S. degrees in Applied Sciences Engineering with a concentration in Packaging Engineering. We profle one of them here: Janina Pirela. Tell us what sparked your interest in packaging? Pirela: I was always good at math and science, but engineering didn't become an interest of mine until late in high school. I started college in Industrial Engineering, but my freshman year I was one of many who were captivated by the packaging engineering lecture given to all engineers starting at Rutgers. My dad was also a huge influence; he has been an engineer in packaging for years. In addition to engineering, I am very interested in traveling and learning new languages. I was born in Venezuela; I am fuent in Spanish and profcient in French and Portuguese. Why did you choose Rutgers? Pirela: I chose Rutgers because it has a great engineering reputation, was close to home and has a large, diverse community of students. Looking back, I feel like it was fate that I chose Rutgers. Had I gone to school somewhere else, I probably would not have found packaging engineering. Rutgers has also opened doors to amazing internship/co-op opportunities because of its location in the East Coast packaging hub. What's been your most benefcial course? Pirela: Tat has defnitely been Packaging CAD, where we focused on using SolidWorks to design new packages and create physical samples of new packaging design ideas. I could creatively come up with ideas while also keeping the engineering and manufacturing aspects in mind, and use simulations to test how a package will react to diferent stresses. What's been your biggest surprise? Pirela: Te most surprising thing that I've learned is that there is a small handful of companies that own most of the brands we know. At frst I thought that this would be limiting, but now I think that it is benefcial to anyone who enjoys working on various types of packaging and industries. Most companies ofer employees opportunities to move around within departments and encourage them to change positions and learn new skills. It's surprising that packaging has been the major in which I can perfectly combine my interests for engineering, design and business seamlessly. See http://pdlinks.com/Pirela to read more. Rutgers packaging engineer Janina Pirela (middle) with classmates Ann Cierpial (left) and Erica Wysocki. ad index 50 TRENDS // fall 2016 www.PackagingDigest.com rising star Company Name Page number Company Name Page number Advantage Puck .............................. 8 www.AdvantagePuck.com All Packaging Machinery .............. 36 www.allpackagingmachinery.com Allied Electronics, Inc. .................... 2 www.thinkallied.com Beardow Adams ........................... 46 www.BeardowAdams.com Bosch GmbH ................................. 11 www.boschpackaging.com Cascades Sonoco ........................... 3 www.cascades-sonoco.com Chain Tail Co., Ltd. ........................ 13 www.chaintail.com Cognex Corp. .................................. 9 www.cognex.com DAK Americas ............................... 16 www.dakamericas.com Enercon......................................... 28 www.enerconind.com/sealing Flex-O-Glass Inc. .......................... 34 www.flexoglass.com FP International ............................ 26 www.gopropakr.com/PD0416 Global Vision Inc. .......................... 41 www.globalvisioninc.com Hapa AG ........................................ 44 www.hapa.ch HLP Klearfold ................................ 37 www.hlpklearfold.com IMA North America Inc. ................. 35 www.ima.it KHK USA Inc.................................. 33 www.khkgears.us KHS AG .......................................... 45 www.khs.com Kliklok-Woodman ........................... 1 www.kliklokwoodman.com Koch Packaging Systems ............. 29 www.kochpackaging.com Mack Brooks ................................. 39 www.ice-x-usa.com Medical Packaging Inc.................. 47 www.medpak.com Messe Dusseldorf NA ................... 30 www.mdna.com Placon ........................................... 38 www.placon.com PMMI (PHEX) ................................. 43 www.pharmaexpo.com Power Engineers Inc ..................... 52 www.powereng.com R&D/Leverage ............................... 10 www.rdleverage.com Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. 14 www.rollprint.com Schubert Packaging Systems ..20-21 schubertpackaging.com Sealed Air Corp. .............................. 5 www.sealedairprotects.com Shurtape Technologies ................. 23 www.shursealsecure.com Sidel Corp ..................................... 32 www.sidel.com Simplimatic Automation ............... 42 www.Simplimatic.com STA, LLC ........................................ 25 www.sta-tapes.com Transparent Container Co. ............ 15 www.transparentcontainer.com Valco Melton ................................... 7 www.valcomelton.com Viva IML Tubes .............................. 51 viva-healthcare.com Xante ............................................ 17 www.xante.com

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