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.