2015 SPEAKERS - as of November 25th, 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!
Ryan Crandall, Becton Dickinsons Kevin Howard, Packnomics LLC
Matt Daum, Hewlett-Packard Company Eric Joneson, Lansmont Corporation
Kyle Dunno, Clemson University Budy Notohardjono, IBM Corp.
Susie Elkins, Millwood Incorporated Sam Sheppard Fidler, Smithers Pira
Ildiko Farkas, NEFAB Paul Singh, FAA; Packaging Forensics Association; Janet McLaughlin, FAA
Greg Fornasiero, The Home Depot  
Bill Green, IBM Luther "Chip" Stone, The Hershey Company
John Hayward, Hewlett Packard Masahiro Takagi, eXcearch Corporation
Stephen Henning, Hewlett-Packard Company Omar Torres, Stryker
Laszlo Horvath, Virginia Tech - Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design Yongquan 'Joe' Zhou, FedEx TechConnect

Distribution Discrepancies, How Is Our Product Traveling?
Ryan Crandall,
Packaging Engineer
Becton Dickinson

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

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The Internet of Things: New Technologies that Make Your Packaging Come Alive
Matt Daum,
Global Packaging Manager, InkJet Supplies
Hewlett-Packard Company

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.

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Laboratory Evaluation of ASTM D4169 (Current and Proposed) and ISTA Vibration Profiles
Kyle Dunno,
Research Associate
Clemson University

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.

Biography: B.S. Packaging Science - Clemson University; M.S. Packaging Science - Clemson University; Ph.D. Food Technology - Clemson University. Activities: Member of ISTA, NIPHLE, IFT. Achievements: ISTA CPLP Professional.

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Ergonomics and Manual Material Handling
Susie Elkins,
Senior Packaging Engineer
Millwood Incorporated

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).

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How Cost Reduction is Supported by Choosing the Right Testing Method
Ildiko Farkas,
Global Technical Coordinator

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.

Biography: to come.

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Adapting to the Re-configuration of the Retail Supply Chain
Greg Fornasiero,
Sr. Manager Packaging
The Home Depot

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.

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Putting All Your Smart Eggs in One Basket: Benefits of Creating a Packaging Center of Competency
Bill Green,
Senior Technical Staff Member - Packaging Technology

Abstract to come.

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.

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An Analytical Approach to Determine Dynamic Tall Load Stability
John Hayward,
Mgr, Enterprise Package Engineering
Hewlett Packard

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.

Takeaways: 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.
2. Consideration for the use of analytics to determine stability to enhance throughput in configuration centers.
3. Consideration for a unique specification for tall electronic cabinetry.

Biography: Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech. Activities: ISTA, IoPP - Gulf Coast Chapter President
Achievements: Recently initiated a Package Technology track with the University of Houston, the first of three courses going on line this year.

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Long Term Corrugated Container Compression Performance
Stephen Henning,
Senior Packaging Engineer
Hewlett-Packard Company

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.

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The New Era of Pallet Design: The Effect of Packaging Size, Stiffness and Number of Layers on the Load Carrying Capacity of the Pallet
Laszlo Horvath,
Assistant Professor of Practice / Director
Virginia Tech - Center for Packaging and Unit Load 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.

Takeaways: - Increasing the size of corrugated boxes significantly increases load bridging.
- Increasing the stiffness of corrugated board significantly increases load bridging.
- Using more layers in a unit load increases load bridging.
- The load bridging phenomena has different effect on pallets with different stiffness characteristics.
- Efficient and sustainable pallet design methodology needs to incorporate the effect of packaging and unit load stabilizers.

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.

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Case Study: Matching Field Failures to Lab Failures
Kevin Howard,
Packnomics LLC

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.

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Case Study: Environmental Measurement and Laboratory Testing Using Both Single and Multi-Axis Measurement Inputs
Eric Joneson,
Vice President of Technology
Lansmont Corporation

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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Dynamic Analysis of Forklift and Pallet Jack Handling
Budy Notohardjono,
Ph.D. PE, STSM, Senior Technical Staff Member
IBM Corp, Shock and Vibration Laboratory

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.

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Challenges and Opportunities for Packaging in the Multi-Channel World
Sam Sheppard Fidler,
Distribution and Product Testing Operations Director
Smithers Pira

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: to come.

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Development of a Single Air Parcel Shipment Test
Federal Aviation Administration, Washington DC, USA

Paul Singh, Hazardous Material Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration; President, Packaging Forensics Association
Janet McLaughlin, Federal Aviation Administration

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.

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Altitude on Random: Why Run Altitude Testing on a Vibration Table?
Luther "Chip" Stone,
Engineer, Materials Testing, Packaging
The Hershey Company

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.

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Can We Infer the Stress Level of Distribution Environment from Publicly Available Statistical Data?
Masahiro Takagi,
Founder & CEO; Japan National Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 122/SC 3, eXcearch Corporation

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.

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Shelf Life Adoptions - Energy-Aging Graph
Omar Torres,
Packaging Engineer P.E.

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.

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Method and Procedure to Design the Shipping Container for Small Parcel Express Environment
Yongquan 'Joe' Zhou,
Project Engineer
FedEx TechConnect

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.

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