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ISTA regards Education and Networking as cornerstone activities and considering today's economic challenges, knowledge is more important than ever. ISTA offers many educational opportunities to help you stay current with relevant industry issues and keep up-to-date on the newest innovations and best practices in transport packaging. We are committed to providing quality educational events that will deliver direct benefits to you and your company.


ISTA’s Educational Webinar Series features the top rated speakers from our most recent TransPack Forum. The webinars include useful ideas and information that are a great way for you and your team to stay abreast of the best practices and current issues in the responsible transport packaging industry. As a member benefit to ISTA members, these webinars are free of charge. Non-members are welcome to participate for a $55 fee per webinar. The presentations are not available to the attendees after the webinar but are available for purchase in ISTA’s Technical Library. Take advantage of learning from our TransPack Forum speakers and register today!


Thursday, November 13th, 11:00-Noon EST
WEBINAR: How to Design an Efficient Unit Load By Considering the Stiffness of the Pallet

Laszlo Horvath, Virginia Tech, Assistant Professor of Practice and Director of Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
During the design of unit loads, it is a common practice to use a component based design methodology rather than using the interaction between the elements of the unit load to reduce the overall spend. In the last ten years, the stiffness of pallets continuously decreased due to cost saving initiatives. However, the effect of the reduced pallet stiffness was not considered during the design of corrugated packages carried by the pallet.

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55


Laszlo Horvath 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.


Wednesday, December 10th, 11:00-Noon EST
WEBINAR: Wobble – Experiments in Stability Testing

Luther "Chip" Stone, CPLP, CPP, The Hershey Company Engineer, Materials Testing, Packaging
After Ralph Rupert’s presentation at the 2011 Transport Packaging Forum, we began experimenting with ways to test and measure unit load stability using an inclined impact tester. Here are several approaches we tried, and what we like and dislike about them. Takeaway: Hopefully you’ll take away ideas you can try in your lab. Better yet, maybe this presentation will spark new ideas, or new ways to use and interpret the results. Even better, maybe your ideas will make their way to ISTA’s Load Stability Workgroup which would help them develop a useable test.

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55


Luther "Chip" Stone Biography: Education: AST in Electronics and Computer Technology. Course work in Industrial Arts at Millersville University. Activities: ISTA and IoPP member., Member of ISTA Testing Council & Global Education Committee, Treasurer of IoPP Central Penn Chapter. Achievements: ISTA CPLP Professional, IoPP Lifetime CPP.



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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