2015 SPEAKERS - as of December 17, 2014
Below is a preview of the 2015 TransPack Forum Speakers. They are listed in alphabetical order. Keep checking back as we will be adding more speakers very soon.
We're looking forward to a terrific program for 2015!
Virtualization of ISTA Testing
This presentation outlines the approach and methodology of carrying out ISTA tests using simulation technologies . The breakthrough benefits of the technology application and modifying the work process to accommodate the technology are outlines in the presentation. The presentation draws heavily on our experiences with the automotive industry during simulation adaptation and growth phase, and it discusses the challenges and successes of reapplication of this experience into the packaging industry . The ISTA tests are standard test protocols across several product verticals and are essential steps in the work process and this presentation focuses on modeling of all nuances of these standard tests. The high fidelity of the simulation and the application of these results to enable early decision process which makes the proposition very compelling powerful and phenomenal.
Takeaways: The presentation outlines the benefits of performing ISTA tests using simulation technologies to help evaluate secondary and pallet design for transit loads. The use of this technology in the early phases of new package development makes it a design enabler which is more compelling and powerful than use of technology for design evaluation.
Education: Master in Thermal Engineering NIT , Bachelors
in Mechanical Engineering. Achievements: Co Founder and Technology Lead
at Axiom , Publications in the area of use of Modelling and Simulation
for Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer Goods and packaging Verticals.
Evaluation of ASTM D4169
Recently, efforts have been made to update the random vibration profiles located in ASTM D4169. Highlighted will be the changes being proposed to the ASTM standard. The presentation will provide laboratory test results for various packaged products evaluated under the current and proposed ASTM D4169 Truck profiles as well as the ISTA Steel Spring Truck profile.
Takeaways: Results of packaged products evaluated under different vibration techniques; Correlation of proposed and current industry test methods to field studies; Overview and highlights from proposed ASTM truck profiles.
Education: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering from Clemson
University, MS Packaging Science from Clemson University, BS Mechanical
Engineering from University of Massachusetts. Activities: Technical Division
Chair, ISTA. Rack Stability Team Member, ISTA. Achievements: CPLP Professional,
In the Consumer Goods World – What Packaging Engineers Need to Know
E-commerce offers consumers a convenient means to purchase products from all over the world. This distribution system, while offering convenience to consumers, offers challenges to packaged-products and packaging engineers. Join this presentation to learn about the challenges & opportunities that PepsiCo and other CPG companies are facing with E-Commerce.
Biography: Michelle Bryson is a 25 year packaging veteran, working for several major CPG companies: PepsiCo, Kraft Foods and Cadbury Beverages. Michelle has worked with a vast array of packaging materials, including bottles, closures, pouches, cans, labels, shrink film, & corrugated, as well as a variety of filling systems. She ran the Packaging Lab at Pepsi for over 4 years. Recently, Michelle has been supporting Channels Customization, where she has become immersed in E-Commerce. Education: Bachelor of Science in Packaging, Michigan State University, 1989 Graduate. Activities: In her spare time, Michelle enjoys the outdoors cycling or gardening, time with her kids & church family, and sometimes you’ll find her feeding her need for creativity with watercolors or charcoal. Achievements: Michelle is currently studying for her LSS Green Belt, as well as working towards Strategic Leadership Certificate.
Discrepencies, How is our Product Traveling?
BD Diagnostic Systems’ reagent portfolio is largely liquid and prepared plated media for diagnosing infectious diseases. These products are distributed globally, and thus must withstand many transportation modes. Package performance test results and data gathered from international customers, distribution channels and project testing will be presented for both liquid and plated media.
Takeaways: Results from ISTA 1A, 3A and ASTM test methods will be reviewed and contrasted to international customer feedback. Results of personnel interviews, recorded time and temperature data will be presented uncovering some of the disparity between the “envisioned” and “actual” distribution network that BD products experience during shipment.
Biography: Education: Bachelor in Packaging Science.
Internet of Things: New Technologies
New technologies are creating opportunities for packaging to be more than just product protection. Packaging can now be part of The Internet of Things, a primary vehicle for gaining deep customer insight and creating new user experiences. What if your packaging artwork came alive when viewed with a smartphone (augmented reality)? What if you could print unique graphics on every package(digital print)? What if your package could be tracked through distribution, and was the key enabler for understanding customer usage of your product? All three of these are possible. Learn how HP is making packaging part of the Internet of Things, and creating new user experiences and new revenue opportunities.
Biography: Education: Ph.D., Michigan State University. Activities: ISTA Global Board Chair. Achievements: Chair of HP's Packaging Board.
and Manual Material Handling
This presentation provides an introduction to Ergonomics and Manual Material Handling. As members of ISTA and the packaging community, we are in a unique position to help improve ergonomics as it relates to handling products, packages, and unit loads.
Takeaways: A better understanding of how to recognize high-risk manual material handling work tasks and choose effective options for reducing their physical demands, increasing general safety and health aspects of work environments, and increasing productivity.
Biography: B.S in Packaging from Michigan State University. Activities: Member of International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), and Material Handling Industry (MHI).
Cost Reduction is Supported by Choosing the
This presentation aims to present why a smart re-design of an existing packaging solution needs to be matched with the right choice of test method(s) to achieve a successful implementation where the ultimate goals of both field performance and cost reduction is fulfilled within an optimal time frame.
Takeaways: If we truly look at the packaging as a system consisting of a product and different packaging components it is easier to match creative re-design ideas with appropriate test methods. This will contribute to the reduction of development time and cost and guarantee a successful implementation of a cost take-out project.
Education: BS in Packaging Technology, (Technical
College, Budapest), Specialized degree Logistics Management, (Technical
to the Re-configuration
Many of the major retailers today must sell through both retail outlets and online channels to remain competitive and relevant. This change in the delivery process is transforming retail supply chains from a unitized bulk storage operation to a single package environment. However, in the current transition state, retailers are challenged with managing the balance between cost and performance. The task of package design and test requirements becomes more challenging when products are established in a “Brick and Mortar” retail business, and begin to rapidly gain sales in the online environment.
Takeaways: Understand the difficulty of designing universal packaging and to explore options for finding the appropriate balance between the right “retail” package and the right “E-Commerce” package. Explain different ways, data, testing and research can help strike the right balance for the design approach.
Biography: Education: B.S. Packaging - Michigan State University, MBA University of North Carolina Wilmington. Activities: Member ISTA; IoPP Southeastern Chapter, Featured Speaker, Competition Judge, Member at Large, IoPP Transport Packaging Technical Committee. Achievements: GE Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award, Six Sigma Black Belt, US Patent Award, 2011 New York Times Feature Article, 2013 CEO Award for Management - The Home Depot.
All Your Smart Eggs in One Basket:
AIn the past, IBM packaging engineers were dispersed throughout various organizations, each representing different segments within the company, with very little interaction with one another. As a result, we had a splintered strategy for packaging and distribution, most of our best practices were not widely adopted, customers were confused by very different packaging solutions for similar products, and the proverbial wheel was reinvented over and over again.
To create a cohesive strategy and to begin sharing and implementing best practices across the corporation, IBM's Integrated Supply Chain created a cross-brand packaging engineering Center of Competency (CoC), which united all engineers under a single leadership team. This Award Winning CoC created an environment that fostered a philosophy that encouraged knowledge sharing, skills development, innovation, recording of results, and accountability. The results yielded significant cost reductions, environmental improvements, increases in quality, and best of all: improvements in the skills of each engineer so he/she could adjust to new challenges that come with an ever-changing global supply chain.
Takeaways: The benefits of consolidating the packaging subject matter experts; challenges and methods to promote integration and information sharing and engagement for a global engineering team; examples of goals and measurements; methods to promote your team's accomplishments.
Biography: Education: B.S. and M.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University. Activities: IoPP, ISTA. Achievements: 2013 IBM Outstanding Technical Achievements Award, 2011 North American Supply Chain Excellence Award for Green Supply Chain, Black Engineer of the Year Award: Modern Day Technology Leader, Ameristar Award Winner.
Analytical Approach to Determine
Determination of tall load stability has historically been through the use of a tip test while the product is on a pallet. With most tip-overs occurring when the product is moved by pallet jack or forklift, this is not a realistic test. This presentation addresses the dynamic forces experienced during handling, permitting the analytical determination of tall rack/product stability without the need for testing.
1. Consideration that there may be a better way to determine tall load
stability when mounted on a foam shock pallet than using the tilt test.
Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia
Tech. Activities: ISTA, IoPP - Gulf Coast Chapter President
Term Corrugated Container
Corrugated boxes with identical ECT and/or BCT can provide remarkably different long term compression performance, which is not well addressed by typical end user specification practices. An examination of critical properties of corrugated board and its component papers provides insights for increasing useful box life.
This presentation will examine issues associated with current end user specification methods, identify key factors which accelerate loss of box compression strength, and propose new approaches for improving long term box compression performance. More relevant specifications should result in lower cost and reduced environmental impact.
Biography: Education: B.S. Packaging Engineering, Michigan State University. Activities: TAPPI. HP Packaging Management Council. Achievements: Multiple Presentations to Internal HP Packaging Conferences; Delivered Seminar on Packaging Trends to China (Taiwan) Packaging Society; SPHE Design Award, Electronics Packaging Category; Presentations on Expanded Polystyrene Myths and Facts to US Senate Staff, Society of the Plastics Industry, WestPak; Testing Presentations to SPHE and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
New Era of Pallet Design:
During the design of pallets, it is a common practice to assume that the load is continuously distributed on the top of the pallet. However, in reality packages on the top of the pallet experience different levels of bridging depending on their physical characteristics. This bridging phenomena significantly increases the load carrying capacity of the pallet and it is unaccounted for in current design methodologies leading to overdesign and reduced sustainability.
The presentation will cover the results of the latest research on load bridging within the unit load focusing on how the size of corrugated boxes, stiffness of corrugated board and number of layers in a unit load influences the load carrying capacity of the pallets with different stiffness characteristics.
- Increasing the size of corrugated boxes significantly increases load
Biography: Education: Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from North Carolina State University, MS. in Engineering. Management and MS. in Timber Engineering from University of West Hungary. Activities: Member IoPP and Faculty Advisory of IoPP at Virginia Tech, Member of the Forest Product Society, Voting Member of US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC51, ANSI MH1, ANSI MH10, and ASTM D10. Achievements: SWST George Marra Award for Excellent Writing and Research 2013.
Study: Matching Field Failures to Lab Failures
When companies have consistent product failures in distribution, they may attempt to use traditional damage boundary testing to define bare product fragility, or perhaps increase free fall drop heights on packaged products, believing that higher drops must have caused the problem since the initial laboratory qualification levels appear to have been inadequate. This presentation will show why these traditional approaches failed and how the issue was resolved.
Takeaways: Damage boundary testing works, but not always as expected. Increasing drop heights often finds the weakest link of a product design, but not always. This presentation will show how one product needed a different approach due to its unique characteristics. The audience will gain valuable insights as to the importance of replicating field failures in the lab, and how one must remain open minded on ways to achieve that damage. The results are different than anything I recall seeing at any previous conference.
Biography: Education: B.S. and M.S. degrees in Packaging, Michigan State University. Activities: ISTA, ASTM and IoPP. Achievements: Saving tens of millions of dollars for my employers; Four patents for packaging designs and foam recycling; AmeriStar winner; E-chievement award presented on National Public Radio.
Study: Environmental Measurement and
Vehicle vibration input is generated from complex motions that are directly related to road roughness. That motion can be described in terms of “degrees of freedom.” In nature there are six degrees of freedom; three translational and three rotational. Uneven road surfaces cause multiple, uneven inputs to the vehicle suspension and the resulting motion (response) of cargo bed is correspondingly complex. This presentation will highlight studies where measurements (with instrumentation) and recordings (with video equipment) were made of both the vehicle suspension input dynamics, and the responses of cargo that was being transported in the bed of a truck. The presentation will also highlight subsequent testing that was performed on a multi degree of freedom vibration test system, using both single and multi-axis control inputs. Comparisons of the test items’ responses to both single and multi-axis inputs will be shown and discussed.
Biography: Education: B.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University. Activities: ISTA Global Board of Directors and Past Chair, ASTM D10, US Random Vibration Expert for ISO-TC122-SC3-WG7, Editor International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology (IJAPT), International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI). Achievements: ISTA CPLP Professional, numerous technical presentations, publications and training sessions, Transportation packaging expert witness.
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Analysis of Forklift and Pallet Jack Handling
This paper discusses the stability analysis of a product while it is being handled by a forklift or pallet jack. The stability criterion is defined as the product not tipping over during relocation. There are several parameters affecting the stability of the product including its weight, width, depth and location of the center of gravity. When the product is handled by a forklift or pallet jack it is bolted onto a pallet. In this situation, the pallet width, height, bottom deck strength and friction coefficient between the forklift fork and the pallet influence the stability. Additionally, the forklift’s speed, turning radius, and deceleration all affect the stability of the product.
Finite element modeling is an analytical method that can be used to evaluate the dynamic stability of a product during manual or mechanical handling. Specifically, an explicit finite element model will be solved which allows for the highly nonlinear transient dynamics that are found in complex, real world problems. This analysis method will allow the observation of the initial product dynamics, the fracture of the pallet bottom deck and then the subsequent tip-over interactions of all the bodies. This explicit method will allow the consideration of all the previously stated variables in a dynamic simulation, not possible with simple static, implicit models. The objective of the finite element modeling is to evaluate all the parameters and to provide guidelines on the maximum speed, minimum radius of curvature, and safe turning speed of a forklift when transporting a product via forklift or pallet jack.
Biography: to come.
of Customized Package Performance Test Protocol for Sears Distribution
A relatively new LCD TV manufacturer with their headquarters in South China is working with Sears to warehouse and distribute their product for the US market. Sears commonly uses their KCD (Kenmore-Craftsman-Diehard) Protective Packaging Performance Specification to test and verify the adequacy of protective packaging for Sears Holding Corporation (SHC) warehoused merchandise. The KCD Specification simulates the worst case product handling through the SHC distribution channel. This project is focused on the portion of the distribution from production in China to warehousing in the US, with the primary objective of providing clamp truck handling related guidelines that could be used in practice by SHC. Using the KCD Specification as a guideline, the new product packaging (pallet loads) was tested.
Biography: Dr. Saha enjoys research and teaching in the areas of packaging design, material analysis and food/pharmaceutical package interaction. He has been involved in major research studies that were funded by USDA, DOT, FAA, FBA, ISTA, PMA and other private industries. Lead research aide, in the Center for Distribution Packaging Research, for coordinating projects funded by Wal Mart, DOT/FAA, FBA and USDA, with various private industry collaborations. Coordinated research studies with other graduate students, presentations at various conferences and meetings, and published papers. Teaching lectures and laboratory in senior packaging courses on food, distribution, and fundamentals of packaging. He has published over 20 peer reviewed journal articles in journals such as Packaging Technology and Science, Journal of Testing and Evaluation (ASTM), Journal of Applied Packaging Research, Journal of Packaging Technology and Science and Journal of Food Science and Technology.
and Opportunities for Packaging
This presentation will provide insight in to the latest trends in European retail, looking at the rapid growth of ‘discounters’ and how this is changing the retailer landscape. In addition the presentation will provide a view on the growth of e-commerce, running in parallel to the discounter trend. The presenter will discuss how suppliers are facing potentially conflicting and divergent demands from retail and e-tail (the challenges and dilemmas), as well as some of the key opportunities for packaging, retail and the supply chain.
Biography: Education BSc (Hons) Chemistry and Physics, Diploma in Packaging, Activities: Member of UK Institute of Packaging, ISTA Member, Immediate Past-Chair ISTA Europe Board, Vice-Chair ISTA Global Board.
Truck Vibration Characterization of Various Loading Equipment and Conditions
Many studies have been done to characterize the vibration of a trailer during transit. These studies form the basis for many industry standard package tests. In reality, many packages do not rest directly on the trailer during transit. For example, freight can be stacked onto other freight, onto decking beams, or decking tables. Through extensive related field data gathering, this study attempts to understand how the vibration conditions of a wider range of common loading conditions may change package designs and testing.
Biography: Education: PhD, Packaging Science; Activities: Dr. Jay Singh enjoys an international reputation for research and consulting related to package design, distribution environment measurement and simulation, material and package testing, product package compatibility validation, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) applications for packaging. Amongst his several academic and professional honors are: Outstanding Professor of Industrial Technology award by the National Association of Industrial Technology, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Packaging Research and Division 1 Chair of Committee D10.18 of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM); Achievements: Jay has consulted with over 100 companies on various packaging research projects in the last 11 years. He has published over 75 peer reviewed articles in such journals as Packaging Technology and Science, Journal of Testing and Evaluation (ASTM), HAZMAT Packager & Shipper, Journal of ASTM International, Journal of Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Journal of Applied Packaging Research and Journal of Environmental Engineering and contributed numerous articles to several trade journals.
of a Single Air Parcel Shipment Test
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing the ICAO Technical Instructions for Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods, and is proposing a new regulation for the testing of packages under normal conditions of transport. This study done in conjunction with Cal Poly State University Packaging Program reviewed the existing test methods used to characterize normal conditions of transport. The review showed that the existing vibration test method conducted at “single frequency and constant acceleration” is not representative of the vibration conditions that occur. The package testing industry for the past three decades has therefore shifted from the use of single frequency sinusoidal tests to “random vibration test methods”.
Therefore new data was collected and updated based on research done by Cal Poly State University and Michigan State University (funded by FAA) to measure and quantify this multi-mode shipping environment. The study used the operations involved with the time spent by the package in each of the logistical networks to determine a “single profile” or “test” that would represent the average and normal expected levels for each hazard element, and would serve as the basis of minimum level of performance testing.
Biography: Education: Ph.D., (Ag. Engg) MS, (Packaging), BS (Honors - Mech Engg). Activities: ASTM, IAPRI, ASSE, ASME, ISTA, IOPP, NIPHLE, ISO, WFLO. Achievements: Military Packaging Hall of Fame, ASTM Award of Merit, Fellow IOPP and ASTM.
on Random: Why Run Altitude
What is altitude testing? What is altitude simulation? Is there a difference? Why not run separate altitude and vibration tests? What are the standards? How is it done? Do I need to do it? Here are answers to these questions along with a couple of case studies.
Takeaways: Learn whether you need to consider “Altitude on Random” testing. Learn when you need to and what you need to perform it.
Biography: Education: Education: AST in Electronics and Computer Technology. Course work in Industrial Arts at Millersville University. 22 years OJT. Activities: ISTA and IoPP member. Member of ISTA Testing Council & Global Education Committee, Treasurer, Central Penn Chapter of IoPP. Achievements: ISTA CPLP, Professional Level. IoPP CPP, Lifetime.
We Infer the Stress Level of Distribution
Packaging engineers are always concerned about whether the test severity (or assurance level) they are using is the right choice for their packages to be shipped to countries/regions where no distribution environment data are available. In order to obtain insights which may eventually be utilized for helping those packaging engineers decide on their test severity, Japan National Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 122/SC 3 came up with a question and decided to study its feasibility. The question was, "Can we infer the stress level of distribution environment on countries/regions (where no distribution environment data are available) from publicly available general statistical data (such as The Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum) and measured acceleration data of other countries/regions reported to industry-accepted conferences/journals (such as ISTA Forum, IAPRI and Packaging Technology and Science), then utilize them to determine test severity?" This presentation will discuss the applicability of this approach.
Takeaways: A strategy to determine test severity (or assurance level) for evaluating performance of your packages to be shipped to countries/regions where no distribution environment data are available.
Biography: Education: B.E. in Communication Engineering, Tokai University (Japan). Activities: ISTA Technical Board. ISTA Asia Pacific Division Board. Member of Japan Packaging Institute. Member of the Society of Packaging Science & Technology Japan. Member of ASTM International D10 Packaging. Expert member of ISO/TC122/SC3/WG7.
Life Adoptions - Energy-Aging Graph
Once you have a Packaging System validated and a change comes, you would like to make an assessment to verify that the already validated Packaging System is good for the new product after the change. You will need to demonstrate that the Packaging System is good, not just today but through the range of the Shelf Life. If performance of the Packaging System design needs to be challenged because the resulting product is the worst case, then you need to challenge the Packaging System design at the non-aged and aged condition. You cannot use a previous performance tests (non-aged and aged) as evidence to declare the Shelf Life of a new product. But Shelf Life can be adopted for a new product which is covered under the worst case scenario. This all details are easily explained with a graphical figure that is exposed over an Energy-Aging graph.
Takeaways: Attendees of this section will have a tool to make right decisions about the required validations activities when a Packaging System or product is changed. The tool, which is a graphical representation, can be used to align working peers on the required test while helping the organization to have a robust validation.
Biography: Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - University of Puerto Rico. Activities: Professional College of Engineers and Land Surveyors of Puerto Rico , CPLP Technologist.
Containment Force: Load Compression,
Containment force readings using a pull plate or similar tool are treated as a single force when in reality they are a combination of the compressive force (AKA wrapping force) and the stiffness (AKA stretch resistance) of the wrapped film on the load. Compression and stiffness each contribute to load stability but in different ways. Their contributions are dependent on the inherent vulnerability of the load to different failure modes. This study is a look at the roles of compression and stiffness as isolated variables and the balance required to stabilize a variety of loads with different stabilization requirements.
Takeaways: What forces comprise “Containment Force” and how are they balanced during a pull plate test. - How to better understand a load’s inherent stability / failure vulnerability and the changing contribution requirements of compression and stiffness.
Biography: Education: BS in Packaging, Michigan State University, School of Packaging. Activities: Member of ISTA, Member of ASTM Subcommittee D10 on Packaging, Member of IoPP's Transport Packaging Committee.
and Procedure to Design the Shipping
Today, the vibration with top-load test using a vibration tester provides a realistic simulation to test and evaluate the compression performance of the shipping container in the lab. However, the process for designers to design the container has never been investigated. The purpose of this study is to fill the above gap and research and develop a logical, quantitative and practical method and procedure to design a shipping container with required compression strength for vehicle stacking in small parcel express environment. Design examples based on the established method and procedure will be presented, and lab test results of these designs will be compared and discussed.
Takeaways: A logical, quantitative and practical method and procedure to design a shipping container with required compression strength for vehicle stacking in small parcel express environment.
Biography: Education: B.S. degree in Packaging Engineering, and Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wuxi Institute of Light Industry (now Jiangnan University) in China. Master’s degree in Packaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Ph.D. coursework in Computational Engineering from Mississippi State University. Activities: Member of ISTA Testing Council, ASTM D10 and F2 technical committees, IoPP Transport Packaging Committee. Chaired ISTA Project 3B vibration task group. Participated IoPP MADE study. Achievements: IoPP Certified Packaging Professional – CPP Lifetime. Gave presentations at ISTA/IoPP Dimensions, ISTA International Transit Packaging Symposium in Asia, IoPP TransPack, and several other conferences. Authored and published papers in Packaging Technology & Engineering, Packaging Digest and other publications. Served as a reviewer for Fundamentals of Packaging Technology-5th Edition, International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, Journal of Applied Packaging Research, Journal of Testing and Evaluation/ ASTM. Was a judge of IoPP AmeriStar Packaging Competition from 1997 to 2001.