I am currently a senior at Clemson University pursuing a B.S. in Packaging Science with a concentration in Engineering.
For my senior design project, my group was required to design the distribution packaging for large retort pouches that hold about 3Kg of product. These pouches are intended for the replacement of the large #10 size food can in the food service industry.
Due to the composition of the pouches, which included cast polypropylene (CPP), they did not perform well in cold conditions. These pouches could not sustain a drop from a significant height. One of the major challenges was developing a corrugated container that could hold four of these pouches and protect them adequately for drops of significant height. I was able to design a cushioning and insert system that more than doubled the critical drop height of the package.