The Sonoco Institute

The Sonoco Institute was created to exploit the synergies that exist between the graphic communications and packaging science departments. It is the only university program in the country with this one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary approach to packaging as a core competency.

Consulting

Audit and Needs Assessment

An audit is a cost-effective way to have an unbiased third-party assess your production and offer new ideas to streamline your process. Audits can serve as a good "checkup" of your entire workflow and range from a complete in-plant review to specific departmental evaluations depending on your needs and goals.

General Topics May Include:

  • Poor or missing procedures

  • Workflow inefficiencies

  • Poor communication between areas/departments

  • General needs assessment of overall process and workflow

  • Quality Control: Improving print quality, color accuracy, and/or consistency

A thorough audit will be done on-site depending on the need and complexity of the issues. In-plant audits can be negotiated as part of an overall training/consulting program. Simple audits can be conducted via phone interview or conference call if an in-plant audit is not possible or necessary.

For details and pricing for these services please call or email:

Bobby Congdon: rcongdo@clemson.edu 864-650-2762

Consulting

Do you need a full training program or just ideas to correct a nagging production issue?

Depending on your needs (often determined by the audit) this service can provide suggestions for a single isolated issue facing one department to a broad spectrum of challenges within your entire plant. Depending on the concern, a problem may be resolved with a few procedural changes or it may require a training guideline for an entire production crew or department. If a specific problem is found, we can work with you to implement the upgrades to correct the issue.

For details and pricing for these services please call or email:

Bobby Congdon: rcongdo@clemson.edu 864-650-2762

In-Plant Training

The best ROI for many companies is often to bring Clemson University's Sonoco Institute professionals directly to YOU!

We can provide a mix of hands-on or lecture based skill training for most areas of your plant. Furthermore, training is flexible, on your equipment, and designed to meet the needs of multiple shifts and various production schedules. The best part is we can customize the training to your particular situation.  We STRONGLY SUGGEST including follow-up "reinforcement" and ongoing instruction as part of your compete training package. This will keep bad habits from "creeping back" and give new hires a chance to get up to speed.  We can also offer advanced training in flexography and color management as skill levels increase.   

For details and pricing for these services please call or email:

Bobby Congdon: rcongdo@clemson.edu 864-650-2762

Training Reinforcement

Don't lose the momentum! Follow-up training reinforces skills and fosters lasting success from your training dollars.

Often after the initial application of training, retention can diminish over just a few months, allowing bad habits to return.  Also employee turnover can reduce efficiency.  A periodic "training maintenance" or "reinforcement" program can ensure your initial training investment is maximized over the long term. 

As part of long term training success, we STRONGLY SUGGEST including follow-up "reinforcement" as part of your training package. This will ensure newly learned skills stay sharp, workflow procedures are followed and best practice are preserved.  Likewise, such maintenance provides new hires with a chance to get up-to-speed with co-workers. 

As skill levels increase so can the follow-up training. We offer both introductory and advanced skills training in flexography and color management both on-site and locally on our Clemson University campus. 

For details and pricing for these services please call or email:

Bobby Congdon: rcongdo@clemson.edu 864-650-2762