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.

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Packaging Fundamentals

Course Description

Packaging Fundamentals is an online course that requires only a high-speed internet connection. The course is not time/place sensitive.

The course is designed for working professionals with busy travel schedules.

Course Overview

Packaging Fundamentals I is the first in a series of three courses that will address the foundations of packaging and the packaging industry.  This course is designed to provide introductory knowledge about

• Packaging form and function

• Technical discussion of packaging materials used in the industry, including raw materials and their conversion       into packages

• Types of packages made from the different materials

• Paper/paperboard/corrugated

• Aluminum and steel

• Glass

• Plastic

• Quality, environmental, and distribution testing methods

• Introduction to printing on packages

• Overview of the packaging industry

• Sustainable packaging

As part of a series, Fundamentals of Packaging I will be followed by two other courses, Fundamentals of Packaging II and III.  Fundamentals of Packaging I is a pre-requisite for either of the other classes offered in this series.


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  • Andrew Hurley