EskoArtwork Makes Donation to Michigan State
EskoArtwork, in acknowledgement of its generous donation to Michigan State University's School of Packaging (SoP), announced it has received recognition into The Frank S. Kedzie Society, one of the university's most prestigious donor recognition groups.
Named for the eighth president of MSU, the Kedzie Society is given to individuals, corporations, or foundations that bestow a significant donation to the school.
During the summer of 2011, EskoArtwork donated 30 seats of ArtiosCAD, Visualizer, and Studio. A long-time supporter of MSU, this most recent gift of state-of-the-art package development and design software complements an earlier donation of ArtiosCAD software to accompany a Kongsberg digital finishing table the school owned.
EskoArtwork was publicly recognized for its donation during an MSU Consumer Packaged Goods Packaging Design Seminar, held on Oct. 13. Dr. Frank Fear, Sr. Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which houses the School of Packaging, and Dr. Doug Estry, Associate Provost, presented a cut crystal memento to Susie Stitzel, EskoArtwork Solution Manager. Stitzel also took part in the day's seminar program featuring experts from the CPG industry.
"EskoArtwork is honored to receive this award, which celebrates our commitment to both Michigan State University as well as our commitment to education within the packaging industry," said Stitzel. "We see this as a win-win for all parties involved. MSU students benefit from using the most advanced packaging design and production software available, industry benefits by having tomorrow's workforce skilled in using the leading and up-to-date technology on the market, and EskoArtwork benefits from having future industry personnel familiar with the assets of our software."
"The gift software is central to an expanding emphasis on Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) package design, as well as supporting the School of Packaging's focus on transportation packaging and sustainability," says Young. "This semester (fall 2011) we have used this capability in a joint collaboration project between a class of packaging students and a class of Studio Design students, demonstrating the cooperation between structural and graphics design to achieve planned objectives."
Beyond the classroom
Installed in a University Microcomputer Lab in the Packaging Building, EskoArtwork technology is also used in additional classes as well as offering support for research projects both within and outside the School of Packaging. Students in a class on medical packaging, for example, which focuses on special requirements for packaging pharmaceuticals and medical devices, used ArtiosCAD and the Kongsberg table to support research on how a particular medical package worked. Requiring a carton that would fit a plastic tray to be accurately produced and designed, students used ArtiosCAD to design the project and the Kongsberg table to cut a sample.
EskoArtwork technology functions as a resource for SoP's research programs, which cuts a swath in a broad number of areas relating to packaging, including bio-based polymers, nanocomposites, radio frequency identification, automotive packaging, pharmaceutical packaging and packaging and solutions for food quality and safety
The School of Packaging's Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability will also make use of the donation. One of the challenges facing the Center, which aims to be a global leader in research and outreach related to packaging innovation and sustainable systems, is exploring which specific principles should be considered when designing new, sustainable packages. ArtiosCAD, Studio and the Kongsberg table will support the efforts of those involved in examining this issue.
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