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Beginning October 23, 2006 - 3M is moving to a new packaging documentation system called IPM.

13 October 2006

3M Package Engineering is rolling out a new documentation system for packaging specifications, standards and reference documents. IPM (Integrated Packaging Management) is a proprietary 3M application that provides a one-stop shop for all packaging documentation and data.

Important Facts

  • Current users of packaging specifications and standards may begin to see changes in the appearance and formatting of documents beginning October 23, 2006.
  • The manner in which you receive packaging documents will not change.
  • Roll-out of IPM will occur over several months, so changes will occur over time as documents are revised or created new in IPM.
  • Questions regarding the content of the documents should be directed to the Package Engineer listed on the document(s) provided to you.

Corporate General Specifications will incur a name change as part of the move to IPM.

  • Corporate General Specifications will become Reference Documents.
  • To view the new documents on the Supplier Direct web, go to the "Packaging Shipping & Receiving" page and select General Packaging Documentation.

Please note:  Some Reference Documents may have been updated at time of migration into IPM. Review the change record within each Reference Document for the most up-to-date information.

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