Talking about torque : measuring pack accessibility - a review

YOXALL, Alaster and ROWSON, J. (2015). Talking about torque : measuring pack accessibility - a review. Packaging Technology and Science, 28 (1), 1-14.

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Vacuum lug closures are a simple, reliable and low-cost packaging option used for the protection and promotion of jams, pickles and sauces. Several surveys and anecdotal evidence suggest that packaging of this type can be notoriously difficult to open. Given the difficulty that packaging of this type may pose, there has been significant academic research in understanding the difficulties associated with accessing packaging of this type. In response to the qualitative data gathered in these surveys, research teams have attempted to quantify the forces that users can apply. What emerges from the approaches taken is a complex picture. Researchers do make comparisons with previous work, but numbers of people tested, materials used, diameter and posture differ between research groups as does the information and style of the dissemination of results. Future packaging research experimental design should be more thorough and consistent in the sampling and presentation of data to facilitate repeatability and validity and enable the data gathered to form a larger data set. Further, to create usable 'design limits' for manufacturers and designers to reduce the variability within the data set, more focused measurements should be taken on distinct user groups such as a specific female decile and subgroup, i.e. small-handed women between 70 and 80. Working with distinct populations would enable the likelihood of design changes to packaging to be readily compared and assessed.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
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Page Range: 1-14
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2015 10:50
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:31

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