Packaging Innovations and Research Centre

KTU Centre of Packing Innovations and Research – the only one specialized centre for packing research in Lithuania, which helps companies understand and implement requirements for package conformity, perform necessary research, prepare conformity declaration for packages that are placed on the market.

Applying principles of interdisciplinarity and advanced approach to life-cycle, Lithuanian industrial companies are offered a complex package of scientific research and services, including all life-cycle of packings: from selection of environmentally friendly raw materials (materials), package design, preparation for press and press processes, engineering of packing processes, to management of safe packages which became waste and recycling solutions.

 
 
 
 

PITC offers the services to business and research partners:

  • Strategic development, policy development and legal regulation of packing industry
  • Packing processes and technologies
  • Automation of packing processes, especially for products, which have characteristics not favourable for automated packing
  • Development of specialized non-standard packing equipment
  • Environmentally friendly packages: materials and creation of sustainable life-cycle
  • Digital technologies for designing and production of packages
  • Training for employees on issues of eco-design of packages

Centre of Packing Innovations and Research has almost five decades of experience in research, creation and installation of automated packing machinery, mainly used in food industry (milk, meat, etc.). A distinctive feature of the competence of PITC is orientation towards practical results of research. Creation of prototypes, their production, comprehensive tests and improvement has always been integral part of creation of new equipment, which allowed creating of new equipment, which complies fully with formal requirements applied by both, industry and various regulations. One of the goals of reorganization in 2014 was expansion of the centre’s activities, integrating specialists from various University’s scientific fields, particularly, chemistry, mechanics, electronics, IT and offering potential customers a fuller package of services. Recently issues related to legal regulation, sustainable development and environmental impact of packages or packing become more and more significant for the centre’s activities. A study of implementation of Directive 94/62/EC of European Community on Packages and Packaging Waste was prepared on the basis of expert knowledge collected at the centre, commissioned by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania. Centre provides consultations on these issues to representatives of business and authorities.

Beginning of the history of Centre of Packing Innovations and Research (PITC) – 1968, when Laboratory of Research and Designing of Packing Machines was established at former Kaunas Polytechnic Institute.

Laboratory, which employed more than 120 engineers and scientists, soon became well-known research centre, because it created new type of automated packing machines “form-fill-seal”. These machines integrate and automatically perform a few different production operations: produce a package, fill it with product and seal it, which ensures a highly productive work in comparison to traditional packing technologies.

Laboratory created more than 100 packing machines and equipment for various use, produced prototypes, prepared and transferred to specialized production companies (for example, AB FASA, www.fasa.eu) packages of their technical and technological documentation. Approximately 15 machines have been produced in serial production. Total number of machines and equipment created and produced at PITC exceeds 3000.

Development of packing machines and equipment at the Centre has always been based on scientific research performed therein: 16 of its employees were awarded doctor degree, 2 – habilitated doctor degree, technical solutions were defended by more than 200 patents and author’s certificates.

Laboratory faced many challenges in the period from 1990 due to the problems, experienced by its production partners during their transition to economic activities based on principles of open and free market.

In 2004 laboratory was reorganized of Centre of Packing Research at Kaunas University of Technology, mainly oriented towards project activities; number of its employees is determined by demands of projects that are implemented.

On January 2014 Centre of Packing Research was reorganized to Centre of Packing Innovations and Research, aiming to focus more on sustainable development and innovations, based on interdisciplinary approach and broad integration of activities of specialists and scientists of chemistry, mechanics, electronics, IT, management (logistics) and environmental protection.

Head of department – assoc. prof. dr. Visvaldas Varžinskas
Studentų g. 54–209
tel. 8 (37) 323 887
e-mail visvaldas.varzinskas@ktu.lt
Administrator – Ingrida Medelienė
Studentų g. 54–202
tel. 8 612 10430
e-mail ingrida.medeliene@ktu.lt
Junior researcher – assoc. prof. dr. Alis Lebedys
Studentų g. 54–203
tel. 8 611 10815
e-mail alis.lebedys@ktu.lt
Jaunesnysis mokslo darbuotojas – dr. Eugenijus Milčius
Studentų g. 54–203
tel. 8 698 24727
e-mail eugenijus.milcius@ktu.lt
Junior researcher – dr. Kostas Bendoraitis
Studentų g. 54–203
tel. 8 652 31006
e-mail kostas.bendoraitis@ktu.lt
Project specialist – Ieva Kazulytė
Studentų g. 54–203

tel. 8 675 54179
e-mail ieva.kazulyte@ktu.lt


 

 

Head of department assoc. prof. dr. Visvaldas Varžinskas
Studentų g. 54, LT-51424 Kaunas
Tel. +370 37 323887

packaging.ktu.edu
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