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Upcoming Educational 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!


Wednesday, May 25th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm EST
A New Look at Simulation Testing to Replicate Packaging and Product Damage in the Field
Alexander J. Hagedorn, Ph.D., Lead Program Manager - Packaging Engineer,
GE - Appliances & Lighting

Common ship testing by procedure and off the shelf equipment in many cases is not enough to replicate damage/hazards found in the field. Understanding the environment is critical to product/packaging success. This presentation will provide examples of creative tests and equipment developed from field data and myth busting.

Takeaways: Attendees will gain insight to the thought process, data collection, design, and qualification of new equipment. Specific examples to include basiloid handling equipment and stair testing.

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55

Biography: Education: Ph.D. Packaging Science, Virginia Tech, M.S. and B.S. Packaging Engineering, Indiana State University. Activities: Member of ISTA and IoPP, Instructional faculty at Indiana State University. Achievements: Started a packaging center of excellence at General Electric, developed a packaging consortium team with outside companies, created state of art test facilities and procedures, Six Sigma certified, CPLP.



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


Wednesday, June 15th, CPLP TECHNICIAN Workshop

Wednesday, June 29th, CPLP TECHNOLOGIST Workshop

Wednesday, October 5, CPLP TECHNICIAN Workshop

Wednesday, October 19, CPLP TECHNOLOGIST Workshop

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

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



Wednesday, July 20th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm EST
Application of a Triboelectric Energy Harvester in Transport Packaging
Greg Batt, Assistant Professor
Clemson University

For centuries the scientific community has been finding ways to harvest energy from naturally occurring phenomena, such as wind and solar radiation. In the last century, tremendous strides in energy harvesting have been made in tandem with the invention of novel energy harvesting devices.

These devices are able to harvest -energy from processes such as magnetism, thermal radiation, and ocean waves. A few of the most prominent and effective methods for energy harvesting are electromagnetic, piezoelectric, thermoelectric, and triboelectric, all of which utilize polymeric materials, ceramics, and various metals.

Clemson University is in the process of using one of these methods to harvest energy from the motion of transportation, store it, and use it to power sensors that will measure the very same distribution environment from which the energy was harvested.

In this presentation, we will explore the use of a triboelectric energy harvester in a packaging application and demonstrate its use in powering a field data recorder.

Takeaways: Learn about the different energy harvester technologies that could work in packaging. Learn about the feasibility of energy harvester use in distribution packaging. Learn about different applications for energy harvesters in packaging.

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55

Biography: Education: PhD in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Packaging Science, BS in Mechanical Engineering. Activities: ISTA Global Board of Directors, Chair of ISTA's Technical Division. Achievements: ISTA Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional.



Wednesday, August 10th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm EST
Being a Packaging Engineer at a Food Manufacturer in this Omni-Channel World
Greg Roskos, Scientist
The J.M. Smucker Company

There was a time when a new product launch was a singular activity, possibly pluralized by flavors and variety. Now it’s a multi-pronged, compound tiered activity with various packaging formats, sizes and configurations. How can we as packaging professionals execute a successful multi-channel launch in this complex world?

Takeaways: Packaging professionals need to have a wider view of the world when going to launch; identify your fronts of engagement, pull your tools from your arsenal, test your armaments, and engage the marketplace!

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55

Biography: Education: B.S. Industrial Technology minor in Packaging, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Activities: Board Member, Cal Poly Packaging Program Advisory Board; Founder & President, Cal Poly Packaging Alumni Association; Certified Packaging Professional, IoPP.



Wednesday, September 7th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm EST
Systems Based Design of Global Supply Chains
Marshall S. (Mark) White, President
White and Company LLC

Evolving consumer expectations are driving changes of the consumer goods supply chains. To meet these demands for low cost, high quality and rapid delivery supply chains have become extended internationally and they have become more fragile. These supply chains are made up of multiple components including layers of packaging and the various equipment used to move, ship, and store the product. Historically, these components are designed by independent design communities with little consideration of how they mechanically interact. This component design process has led to supply chains operating with significant avoidable cost. An alternative, systematic design process, based on an understanding of how the components of supply chains mechanically interact, will be described, with examples. This leads to a collaboration of designers that reduces supply chain operating cost and improves sustainability, reliability and safety.

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55

Biography: Education: B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees - Colorado State University and Virginia Tech. Activities: Member of The Institute of Packaging Professionals, and the American Society of Testing and Materials D-10 Committee on Packaging. In this latter organization, he was co-chair of the pallet Testing Task Group. He has also served as Head of the U.S. Delegation to the International Standards Organization TC-51 Committee on Pallets, and past Chairman of the MHIA, MH1 Committee on Pallets Standards. Achievements: Published widely on the subject of CAD/CAM design of pallets and containers and the dynamic sequence of palletized unit-loads in shipping environments. Recognized by Modern Materials Handling Magazine as one of the Top Ten Materials Handling Professionals for his revolutionary ideas on the “Systems-Based ” alternative to the existing “component based design” of Global supply chains.



Wednesday, October 12th, 1:30pm – 2:30pm EST
Comparative Measurement and Observation from Intermodal Transportation
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.

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.







Save the Date for ISTA's 2017 TransPack Forum
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2017 TransPack Fourm at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts on April 18-21, 2017.


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