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Award winner Sara Bellini

Winner of the Design Innovation in Plastics Award

A personal bag hook has won the Design Innovation in Plastics Award, a competition co-organised by IOM3 and the Worshipful Company of Horners.

UK Packaging Summit and Starpack Award

The UK Packaging Summit and Starpack Awards 2008 combine a cutting edge event with the traditional Starpack Awards and Annual Packaging Dinner.

Materials Literature Review Prize winner

This year’s Materials Literature Review Prize has been awarded to Yi Zhang, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge.

Edinburgh Academy hosts SMART.mat workshop

Edinburgh Academy hosted a SMART.mat, the ‘smart’ technology group within the Materials KTN, workshop in late June.
Biometric laser scanner

Biometric fingerprints for anti-counterfeiting

Packaging Professional magazine
ProteXXion, launched by Bayer Technology Services in Germany, is a security and tracking device that uses the biometric fingerprints of individual surfaces to counter fraud in items ranging from packaging to passports. ProteXXion encompasses project management, installation and servicing of the laser surface authentication (LSA) technology invented at Imperial College London, UK. Laser surface authentification combined with RFID tracking device tags could provide an all-encompassing anti-fraud solution. Trials have been conducted on pharmaceutical and tobacco packaging using static scannes on production lines that move up to four metres per second.