Gain foresight on science and technology
with the PTIS Technical Innovation Portal
Science and technology make innovation work. They answer multiple challenges—cost, brand differentiation, consumer convenience, distribution channels, sustainability and more.
But it is harder to harness technical resources today—especially the world-class advances that drive breakthrough changes. There’s just too much data outside your organization, and you even if you have considerable internal science and technology resources, your own pipeline of ideas and data gets choked.
The PTIS Technology Innovation Portal helps you find science and technology that gives you results. We become your resource to identify potential game-changing developments, as we mine industry and university research.
How does the Portal help you?
- You can focus all your science and technology needs into one manageable place. The Portal’s scope extends from initial technology strategy development to incubation and start up—and all the points in between.
- You gain immediate insight on packaging trends, directions and developments
- You save up-front cost in initiating technology searches because PTIS already has resources in place.
- You tap into an existing platform that is wider than the base you could create on your own. And that includes sustainable technologies.
- You get PTIS resources that won’t be squeezed by internal demands
- You focus on your business objectives and then move directly to those technologies that provide more ownership and leadership for your organization
We at PTIS continually update our proprietary database to encompass major technologies. Among our areas of focus:
- High performance material technology High barrier and high structural performance materials continue to maximize protection provided by the material and minimize weight. Our insights include new advances in foam processes.
- Renewably sourced material technology Insights on renewably sourced feedstocks for workhorse polymers such as polyolefins. Data also tracks improved functional performance for other renewably sourced materials such as modified cellulosics, modified starches, polyhydroxyalkanoates and proteins.
- Nanotechnology Applications to improve material properties, such as barrier. Other applications include nanostructures to effect hydrophobicity, and nanotechnology-based markers and sensors foe authentication and smart materials.
- Green science design How to build in efficiency, eliminating waste, eliminating potentially harmful materials, reducing the use of depletable resources and using renewable materials and renewable energy sources.
- Virtual, universal design and 3D stereolithography Technologies to model design, form, function, process and use; rapid 3D prototyping with high resolution and functional materials. Incorporating universal design principles to ensure accessibility by all intended users.
- Authentication and biosensing technologies New paths to ensure authenticity and guard against adulteration
- Mobile enabled interactive technology Knowledge includes information on decoding of 2D codes, as well as wireless electronic interactions including the printable technologies for on package interactions.
- Printable electronics Insights on developments in light displays, power, electronic signal transmission (RFID), and technologies to take advantage of remote power such as wifi and inductive coupling.
- Digital printing and mass customization Software developments, ink jet developments, toner developments, substrate developments
- End of life technologies including advances in biodegradability Information on composting infrastructure, recycling technologies, recycling sorting technologies, post consumer recycle content, and energy recovery technologies.
- Packaging process technology Data on state of the art equipment advances for high-speed, efficient, low waste processes; processes utilizing new renewably source materials, and processes using foaming and other means to reduce weight and maximize performance.
- Modeling and Simulation Provide new cost and resource savings and enhances speed to market across all packaging value chain activities
The PTIS Technical Innovation Portal taps into that database “right now.” We find the technologies that compliment your packaging program and business strategy. Depending on our consulting agreement, we may even research seemingly unrelated technologies to give you the widest horizon in meeting a challenge.
The Technical Innovation Portal is a feature of PTIS consulting services.
If you contract for a project that needs a broad technical network, you and your PTIS team leverage the Technical Information Portal’s insights to help deliver the solution to your challenges.
Have PTIS do a specific technology search for you. Lay out your parameters, and we will search our database for the technologies that can meet your needs.
PTIS resource team members that manage the Technical Innovation Portal are:
Mike Richmond, Ph.D., PTIS PrincipalMike Richmond is a strategic business and technical leader with 25 years of experience. He co-founded PTIS in 2000, building on experience with Kellogg, Kraft, and Michigan State University. At Kellogg, Mike developed and started up departments including Technology Discovery and Global Packaging Innovation. Mike was instrumental in developing and implementing strategic plans and programs nationally and globally for both Kraft and Kellogg. He led the research and development component of strategic sourcing at both companies, resulting in millions of dollars in savings.
In addition to strong vendor knowledge, Mike has brought new consumer and trade focus to the development of superior solutions to packaging problems globally. He also has is an expert in benchmarking and best practices. Mike has completed executive business programs at both Harvard and Thunderbird and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Alliance Foods.
Ross Lee, Ph.D., PTIS Senior Associates
Ross Lee is an experienced technology leader with over 36 years experience with the DuPont company (retired July 2009) spanning a wide variety of technology, product and new business developments including films, resins and innovative packaging systems. In his most recent position, Ross was responsible for bringing new technology to packaging through open innovation and was instrumental in developing DuPont’s alliances with Plantic and Scanbuy. Ross was a recipient of DuPont’s 2008 Sustainability Excellence award. He holds over 20 patents and publications. Ross is currently an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University where he teaches green science, industrial chemistry and engineering entrepreneurship. He has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of RochesterTodd Bukowski, PTIS Associate
Todd is a packaging professional with more than 15 years of packaging experience in foods and pharmaceuticals. He has worked in both R&D and operations capacities. His experience includes packaging development at Kraft Foods, M&M/Mars, and Tap Pharmaceuticals.
At PTIS, Todd has worked on technology search, package development process improvement workflows, packaging development strategy projects. He has been instrumental in many PTIS sustainability initiatives. He also tracks consumer, channel, sustainability, and technology trends. Todd was a lead presenter at the Future of Packaging 2007 – 2017 and Future of Sustainable Packaging 2008-2018 programs. Todd is also an instructor for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Essentials of Sustainable Packaging course. He holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.
PTIS also utilizes its Expert Network with more than 2,000 years of experience across packaging and technology to provide the best results for reliable and implementable solutions for your organization.