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Upcoming Educational Webinars and Online Workshop Webinars
ISTA is 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. Certification Opportunity: Check out upcoming CPLP Technician and Technologist online workshops below!


ISTA Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP)
Technician and Technologist Levels

Wednesday, October 5th - CPLP Technician Workshop Webinar
Wednesday, October 19th - CPLP Technologist Workshop Webinar

The Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (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.

The online workshop webinars will be conducted by Larry Dull, ISTA's Lead Instructor and who is also a CPLP-Professional. The exam will be available online after the workshop or in paper format upon request. IMPORTANT NOTE: Only ISTA Members may take the CPLP exams and receive CPLP status.


Workshop Webinar Format for each session:
10:30-12:30 Session
12:30-1:30 Break
1:30-3:30 Session
3:30-4:00 Optional Wrap Up
(all times are EST)

Registration Fee:
Online Material: $495
Printed Material: $595


ISTA 3A – Performance Testing For Single Parcel Delivery Systems

Tuesday, October 11th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Single parcel delivery (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.) has long been a popular method for distributing goods globally. The emergence of ecommerce has only served to amplify its importance and highlight the need for properly testing packaged-products for prior to shipment. The Performance Testing For Single Parcel Delivery Systems Workshop 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. The online workshop webinar will be conducted by Eric Hiser, ISTA's Vice President - Technical.

Registration Fee:
ISTA Members: $55
Non-Members: $95

You must be registered by 11:30am (EST) on October 11th to participate.


Comparative Measurement and Observation from Intermodal Transportation

Wednesday, October 12th, 1:30pm – 2:00pm EST
Eric Joneson, Vice President, Marketing


This presentation will highlight interesting results generated during a recent intermodal transportation measurement study. The presentation will provide comparative ride quality metrics between the top and bottom berth locations, as well as comparisons to over-the-road transport. Infrared video captured from within the containers during transport will demonstrate some of the key product responses to various inputs experienced in route.

Takeaways: There are different vibration characteristics when comparing the top and bottom intermodal berth locations. There are also differences between intermodal and over-the-road vibration inputs. Presentation of those vibration summary characteristics along with directly related video from within those containers will provide an improved understanding of those differences.

Registration Fee:
ISTA Members: FREE
Non-Members: $55

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.

You must be registered by 11:30am (EST) on October 12th to participate.




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ISTA is an Official PACK EXPO International Partner
ISTA will be in Booth N-4523
ISTA is a proud Partner of PACK EXPO International – the main event for processing and packaging in 2016. Participating in the Partner Program allows us to be on-site, in Booth N-4523, promoting and supporting our members.

ISTA invites members to register for free. For your free registration, select register below. Enter comp code 81H64 during the registration process and the registration fee will be waived prior to your checkout.*

Why Attend PACK EXPO International?
See More, Learn More, Benefit More.
With so much innovation on the PACK EXPO International show floor and 40+ vertical markets represented on-site, ISTA members are sure to find the solutions, connections and insights needed to stay competitive.

Seeing processing and packaging machinery in action helps you understand how it will fit into your line. It’s
the first step in turning abstract production goals into reality.

Find out what technologies your competitors may be using and how you can gain an edge. Attend free
education sessions right on the show floor such as the Innovation Stage.

Where are the trends headed in your industry, and in processing and packaging overall? When you see
2,300+ exhibitors under one roof, those trends become clear.

PACK EXPO International is the only show where you can investigate technologies being used by other
vertical industries, which leads to more “eureka” moments and more innovative applications of technology to
solve your production challenges.

For building strong business relationships and getting ideas from processing and packaging professionals,
nothing beats the face-to-face interaction you can have at PACK EXPO International, where over 45,000 of
your professional peers will gather.


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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 ( 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