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ISTA EVENTS AND TRAINING



TRAINING WEBINAR: A Valuable Certification Opportunity
Check out these ISTA Certified Packaging Laboraotry Professional (CPLP) Technician and Technologist Workshop Webinars!

ISTA will be offering Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) Technician and Technologist training webinars on July 26th and August 2nd.The CPLP program recognizes the development and excellence in packaging laboratory professionals. CPLP certification is particularly valuable for enhancing the credibility of people involved with ISTA testing and ISTA certified laboratory operations. Larry Dull, ISTA's Lead Instructor and who is also a CPLP-Professional will conduct the workshops. The exam will be available online after the training or in paper format upon request.

 

 

Technician Training Webinar
Wednesday, July 26th
10:30-12:30 Webinar in Session
12:30-1:30 Break
1:30-3:30 Webinar in Session
3:30-4:00 Optional Wrap Up
(all times are EST)

Technologist Training Webinar
Wednesday, August 2nd
1
0:30-12:30 Webinar in Session
12:30-1:30 Break
1:30-3:30 Webinar in Session
3:30-4:00 Optional Wrap Up
(all times are EST)

Registration Fee for each Webinar: Online Material: $495 OR Printed Material: $595

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only ISTA Members may take the CPLP exams and receive CPLP status.
Contact Lisa Bonsignore lisa@ista.org or www.ista.org for more information.

 


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.

 

Innovating Your Innovation
Robby Martin, Sr. Commercializations Manager, Bush Brothers & Co.
Thursday, August 17th, 1:30pm-2:30pm EST

 

Pursuing innovation is at the forefront for many organizations these days. Recent industry news items include organizational changes to better achieve innovation goals. But, with the feelings of discomfort, angst, and even fear many organizations experience with these changes, do we have to get this change right the first time?

Takeaways: Thoughts and lessons learned from a core member of one company’s experience as it learns to embrace change in different ways, and explores products and business pursuits for the future.

Biography: Education: BS in Industrial Engineering Technology. Activities: PMMI Packaging Managers Council; IOPP member; ISTA member.

Registration Fee: ISTA Members - FREE; Non-Members - $55
You must be registered by 11:30am (EST) on August 17th to participate.

 

Over-the-Road Load Shift Investigative Case Study
Eric Joneson, Vice President Marketing, Lansmont Corporation
Thursday, October 19th, 1:30pm-2:30pm EST

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.

Takeaways:
• Effectiveness of playback video with audio, varying playback speeds to provide awareness of vibration variability during transport.
• Effects of normal braking on heavy unit loads.
• Impacts on material handling system due to improperly wrapped unit loads.

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.

Registration Fee: ISTA Members - FREE; Non-Members - $55
You must be registered by 11:30am (EST) on October 19th to participate.

 

The 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
Marshall White, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
Thursday, November 16th, 1:30pm-2:30pm EST

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.

Registration Fee: ISTA Members - FREE; Non-Members - $55
You must be registered by 11:30am (EST) on November 16th to participate.

 

State of Sustainable Packaging
Adam Gendell, Associate Director, Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Thursday, December 14th, 1:30pm-2:30pm EST

 

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.

Registration Fee: ISTA Members - FREE; Non-Members - $55
You must be registered by 11:30am (EST) on December 14th to participate.

 



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Upcoming RPbD Training Programs
for those who are interested in learning how to implement the process in their company. Whether you’re seeking to test the waters, committed to implementing the program, or desiring to obtain a professional certificate, the RPbD training program can help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to build your company’s reputation as an environmentally and socially conscious corporate citizen – and drive profitability.

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 (lisa@ista.org) at ISTA Headquarters for upcoming dates and locations or to request a Training Program to be held at your company.

RPbD Guide Available to ISTA Members and Non Members
The Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) Guide is a step-by-step process management standard for the design, testing, and qualification of responsible packaging that meets industry, consumer, and regulatory expectations. The RPbD Guide is available as a member benefit at no additional cost under a licensing agreement to ISTA members classified as a Business Primary Location. Individual members and university members are not eligible for this benefit. Non-members may purchase the Guide for an annual license fee of $750. Simply visit the ISTA E-Market at www.ista.org.