ISTA EVENTS AND TRAINING
We are pleased to announce the following educational webinars. Join in and learn about the latest industry trends and solutions. These webinars are a great way for you and your team to stay connected to best practices and current issues.
3A – Performance Testing For Single Parcel Delivery Systems
Single parcel delivery (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.) has long been a popular method for distributing goods globally. The emergence of e-Commerce has only served to amplify its importance and highlight the need for properly testing packaged-products prior to shipment. The Performance Testing For Single Parcel Delivery Systems training webinar will explore the importance of pre-shipment testing and walk attendees through conducting the ISTA 3A test procedure step-by-step. Other topics that will be covered include parcel carrier networks, the history behind ISTA 3A, the elements it includes, and what these elements simulate. Learn how to bring the single parcel delivery system into a controlled lab environment by signing up today! Training will be conducted by Eric Hiser, ISTA's Vice President - Technical.
Investigative Case Study
A major brand owner was receiving feedback from their distribution facilities of abnormally high amounts of “dumped” loads upon arrival from their production facility. Dumped loads meant unit loads that completely tipped over during transport. This presentation will highlight some of the interesting investigative work that was initiated to determine whether abnormal dynamics were occurring during transport between the production facility and two specific distributors.
Biography: B.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University. Activities: ISTA Global Board of Directors - Past Chair; ISTA Technical Division Board Director; 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, Distribution measurement and analysis expert.
Effect of a Non-Chemical Phytosanitary
Treatment on the Packaging Integrity of Unitized Products to Prevent
the International Spread of Invasive Plant and Animal Species
In a global economy international product shipments have been a source of spreading invasive animal and plant species. The impact of these “invasives” are economic as well as a decline in human health and environmental quality. When international shipments of product are quarantined, the primary method of phytosanitary treatment is fumigation with methyl bromide. The pre-shipment and quarantine treatment of internationally shipped product is the second largest use of this fumigant in the US. Under international agreement the use of this ozone depleting and dangerous chemical is to terminate when an effective alternative treatment is identified. One targeted invasive, is the Mediterranean snail that has been detected in imported unit loads of packaged ceramic and marble tiles. The USDA Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service supported research at Virginia Tech to evaluate the use of steam and vacuum to heat sanitize the unitized and packaged tiles that were inoculated with this invasive snail species. The effect of steam and vacuum, using a 56 C for 30 minute treatment cycle, on snail morbidity and the properties of the tile, corrugated sleeves, shrink wrap, and gum labels was evaluated. The entire 775 kg unit load of tiles can be treated in about 50 minutes. Snail morbidity was 100%. By using a chamber design and vacuum, to control condensation and increase the speed of the treatment cycle, the physical and mechanical properties of the tile, paper and plastic packaging were not significantly altered by the treatment. The results indicate that this heat based treatment method can effectively sanitize certain packaged commodities that can tolerate temperatures in the 55 to 65 C.
Takeaway: Replacing an ozone depleting chemical with an environmentally benign and treatment to prevent the spread of invasive plant and animal species during global product shipment.
Biography: Education: BS in Packaging from Michigan State University. Activities: Vice-Chairman for ASTM subcommittee D10.25 on Palletizing and Unitizing of Loads, member of IoPP's Transport Packaging Committee, contributor to ISTA testing protocols for unitized goods.
of Sustainable Packaging
When it comes to packaging sustainability, what matters most? There is no shortage of important issues, but prioritization is constantly shifting and evolving. This presentation gives an overview of the most current understanding of packaging sustainability considerations, including industry trends, regulatory happenings, and ways to contextualize and articulate the sustainability story of packaging.
Biography: Adam Gendell is the Associate Director of GreenBlue’s flagship project, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.. Adam‘s work with the packaging value chain touches on goal-setting, design considerations, and stakeholder engagement. Adam has developed and delivered training seminars for hundreds of packaging professionals, including the Coalition’s Fall conference SPC Advance. Since joining GreenBlue in 2010 he has brought together stakeholder groups to lead work on topics ranging from life-cycle-oriented design to substantiation data for FTC-compliant recyclability claims. Most recently, Adam spearheaded a collaboration between packaging trade associations, recycling-focused NGOs, and government agencies to conduct a robust nationwide study on consumer access to recycling systems.He coordinates several Industry Leadership Committees and is a frequent speaker and writer on sustainability topics. In 2013 Adam served on the PAC NEXT Leadership Council.
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Upcoming RPbD Training Programs
Dates and locations for upcoming RPbD Training Programs are being planned. The format for the program includes a full day in-person session followed by a half day web meeting. Contact Lisa Bonsignore (firstname.lastname@example.org) at ISTA Headquarters for upcoming dates and locations or to request a Training Program to be held at your company.
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