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Food Packaging and Preserving Methods / KOICHI MATSUMOTO, SUMIJU PLATEC Co., Ltd. / SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Ltd.
Issued on 2000-3rd
Heading: Converting and Food Packaging Technology
Title: #1 Food Packaging and Preserving Methods
Author / Company:KOICHI MATSUMOTO, SUMIJU PLATEC Co., Ltd./SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Ltd.
In the last publication, I defined converting as a general term for the action of producing new values by newly processing on the rolls that are wound thin substrates which are plastic film, sheet, paper, metal foil (including aluminum foil), cloth, etc.ﾓ The processing here includes coating, metalizing, surface treatment, dipping, printing, laminating, winding and slitting, which converter companies are good at. Functional materials made through such processing can be seen as packaging for food and medical supplies at supermarkets and drug stores, for instance.
In this series, focusing on specific Japanese products and contents, I would like to proceed to how packages should be designed from the viewpoint of products, required properties, and processing and manufacturing methods of materials in use, with respect to the type of content, food forms, packaging and container forms, and functionality. In Japan, which is to a large degree not self-sufficient in food, large quantities of food processed in foreign countries are imported. As a matter of course, many of them have already been packaged before importing. I consider it useful for overseas readers to know the present state of Japanese food packaging techniques.
I would like to continue this series as it is easy to understand, and as it is close not only to beginners involved in food production and packaging but also to converter engineers, providing new discoveries in and knowledge of food packaging. First, the basic knowledge of food packaging and food preserving methods are covered.
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