Now in its third edition, the Handbook of Package Engineering is still considered the standard industry reference on packaging materials and engineering. This text is a useful source of information for anyone involved in packaging. Designed as a refresher on packaging fundamentals, this complete guide also provides information on recent changes in the materials and structures of packaging. It reviews the essentials of production - packaging operations, line layout, and the machines that are required in order to perform basic packaging functions. It introduces the increasing web of laws and regulations controlling virtually all packaged products.

    Chapter 1 Elements of Packaging
    Fields of Packaging
    State of the Art
    The Newest Challenge
    The Packaging Function
    Preparation for a Packaging Career
    The Packaging Professional
    Successful Package Design
    Handbook Structure
    1. Chapter 2 Paper and Paperboard
    The Structure of Wood
    Making Pulp
    Processing Pulp
    Papermaking Machines
    Type of Paper
    Types of Paperboard
    Chapter 3 Films and Foils
    Film Production Methods
    Common Packaging Films and Uses
    Speciality Films
    Metal Foils
    Chapter 4 Coating and Lamination of Flexible Materials
    Coating Techniques
    Coating Materials
    Chapter 5 Bags, Sacks, and Pouches
    Advantages and Disadvantages
    Types of Paper Bags
    Design Considerations
    Types of Plastic Bags
    Filling Methods
    Types of Pouches
    Pouch Applications
    Chapter 6 Folding Cartons and Set-up Boxes
    Advantages and Disadvantages
    The Materials
    Folding Carton Design
    Carton Manufacture
    Carton Filling
    Printing Methods
    Set-up Boxes
    Chapter 7 Fibre Tubes, Cans, and Drums
    Composite Cans and Tubes
    Fibre Drums
    Chapter 8 Plastics
    General Background
    General Chemistry
    General Properties and Testing
    Plastic Properties
    Plastic Additives
    Selected Plastics for Packaging
    Plastic Processes
    Plastic Drums
    Coatings and Coextrusion
    Chapter 9 Glassware
    Advantages and Disadvantages
    Chemistry of Glass
    Mechanical Properties of Glass
    Design Considerations
    Tubing Products
    Chapter 10 Metal Containers
    Advantages and Disadvantages
    Can Materials
    Can Manufacturing
    Types of Cans
    Aluminum Trays
    Collapsible Tubes
    Steel Drums and Pails
    Chapter 11 Pressurized Packaging
    Advantages and Disadvantages
    Principles of Operation
    Selection Criteria
    Filling Processes
    Pumps and Sprayers
    Chapter 12 Labeling and Decorating
    Label Materials
    Label Storage
    Types of Labels
    Printing/Decorating Processes
    Label Design
    Label Costs
    Chapter 13 Caps and Seals
    Screw Caps
    Lug Caps
    Dispensing Caps
    Special Functions
    Rubber Closure
    Inner Seals
    Container Seals
    Chapter 14 Corrugate Fiberwood
    Box Construction
    Board Construction
    Design Considerations
    Closing and Sealing
    Chapter 15 Wood Containers
    History and Statistics
    Characteristics of Wood
    Advantages and Disadvantages
    Selection Criteria
    Nailed Boxes
    Wirebound Boxes and Crates
    Pallet Containers
    Chapter 16 Cushioning
    Required Data
    Cushioning Materials
    Selecting a Cushioning Method
    Chapter 17 Machinery Selection and Specification
    General Considerations
    The Systems Approach
    Selection of Equipment
    Line Layout
    The Machine Manufacturer
    Type of Machines
    Machine Ordering and Scheduling
    Chapter 18 Preshipment Testing
    Testing Equipment
    Distribution Testing
    Chapter 19 Quality Control
    Quality Control
    Incoming Material
    Chapter 20 Laws and Regulations
    Basic Legal Procedure
    Packaging Regulations
    Government Packaging
    Other Laws and Regulations
    Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights
    Chapter 21 Packaging and the Environment
    The Current Situation
    Recycling of Packaging
    Source Reduction
    Packaging Reuse
    Biodegradable Packaging
    Certification Programs
    Foreign Packaging Waste Regulations

    Joseph F. Hanlon
    A Rutgers University graduate in chemistry, Joseph F. Hanlon had a distinguished career in packaging, beginning at White Laboratories where he started a packaging department in 1935. He went on to work for Johnson & Johnson, where he also established a packaging department and then held packaging positions at both American Cyanamid and Hoffman-LaRoche. After 10 years at Hoffman-LaRoche, he spent another decade consulting in the legal aspects of packaging.
    The Handbook of Package Engineering, which was first published in 1973, quickly became the basic reference text for packaging professionals and students. He revised the book for a second edition in 1983 and was at work on the third edition at the time of his death in 1996. He was elected to the Packaging Education Forum's Packaging Hall of Fame later that year for his contributions to the packaging profession.
    Robert J. Kelsey
    Bob Kelsey holds a degree in food technology, a co-major in bacteriology and minors in both chemistry and process engineering from the University of Massachusetts, a certificate in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Navy, and certificates for courses in electronic engineering from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
    Early in his career, he served as engineering editor of Food Engineering. At Modern Packaging magazine, he was successively engineering editor, editor-in-chief, and executive editor. He helped establish the Center for Packaging Science and Engineering at Rutgers University, where he has served as an adjunct professor of Packaging Law and Regulation. Since 1973, he has been president of Kelsey Corp., a consulting engineering firm specializing in structural packaging design and machine systems engineering.
    In 1990 he was elected to the Packaging Education Forum's Packaging Hall of Fame. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Packaging Professionals, a Lifetime Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and belongs to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' Machine Vision and Robotics International Divisions, and the American Society for Testing Materials Committees F-2 and D-10 for flexible and corrugated packaging. He is a long-time member of IoPP's Eastern Equipment Committee.
    Hallie E. Forcinio
    Hallie Forcinio has worked as a freelance journalist since January 1993. A specialist in packaging topics and technology issues, she writes regularly for Pharmaceutical Technology and BrandMarketing. She also is a contributor to Automatic ID News, Managing Automation and Packaging Technology & Engineering magazines. Her communications career includes 10 years as an editor on Food & Drug Packaging.
    She is a member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals, the International Packaging Press Organisation, the Interational Association of Business Communicators and the American Society of Business Press Editors. She has been listed in Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who's Who in the Media and Communications and Who's Who of American Women.
    An award-winning journalist, her publications experience began in college on the campus newspaper. She is a cum laude graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, a liberal arts school in Berea, Ohio.


    Joseph F Hanlon, Robert J. Kelsey