China Packaging Symposium Speakers


The following speakers will be presenting on the 2020 ISTA China Packaging Symposium virtual program. Please keep checking back as we continue to make updates.
Study on the Simulation Test Method for Low Pressure Vibration of Transport Package 
Jacky Chen 
Director of research and development/Senior Engineer 
China Packaging Research & Test Center 

Study of the safety of package transportation by controlling the harmful factors of low air pressure and vibration at room temperature.  The transportation simulation test method was used to evaluate the protection performance of logistics package to products.  
Through the research and development of a low-pressure vibration test device combined with the vibration system to simulate the low-pressure environment conditions of plateau transportation or high-altitude transportation in the laboratory, and realize the comprehensive simulation environment test method of low-pressure and vibration double hazard factors simultaneously.  
The low pressure vibration test system can meet the requirements of low pressure vibration test in the ISTA 3A standard, and the low pressure vibration test method is summarized and compiled.  
Conclusion: It provides the feasibility basis for the evaluation of the simulation test of high altitude truck transportation, railway transportation and air transportation. 
 Mainly engages in the study of transport packaging safety testing, packing container quality inspection and standard of transport package test method, package design and simulation of packaged-product cushioning characteristics. Jacky has abundant theoretical knowledge and practical experience in testing transport package and packaging product, monitoring hazard elements in logistics environment and studying transport packaging test method. ISTA CPLP Technologist.
Measurement and Analysis of Vibration Levels for Express Logistics Transportation 

PHD, Senior Engineer 
Shenzhen Polytechnic 

Trunk transportation and terminal distribution are two important parts of express delivery in China. Heavy truck and medium truck are two main vehicles of trunk transportation. Mini van and twowheel electric bicycle are widely used for terminal distribution. Four vehicles mentioned previously and a sedan car were chosen for vibration level measurement and analysis in this paper. The results revealed that vibration levels were significantly higher in the vertical axis, and decreased with the increase of payload, and increased with the increase of speed again. Similar power spectral density peak frequencies were found in a comparison study with previous results in the lowfrequency region (110 Hz), occurred at approximately 2 Hz in the van and sedan car and at 3 to 4 Hz in the truck and at 4 to 5 Hz in the twowheel electric bicycle. Except the twowheel electric bicycle, the second peak frequency occurred at approximately 20 to 30 Hz in the sedan car and at 10 to 20 Hz in the mini van and at 20 to 40 Hz in the heavy truck, which were also similar to the previous studies. Vibration levels of the sedan car were the lowest, and the trunk transportation vehicles (heavy truck, medium truck) were the highest. The terminal distribution vehicles (mini van, twowheel electric bicycle) were somewhere in the middle.
Optimum Scheme of Transport Packaging for Medical Devices 
Danni Hong 
Process Engineer 
Hangzhou Endonom Medtech Co.,Ltd 

Packaging is an important component of product, especially in Aseptic implantation Medical Devices. Once the sterile barrier system fails, the product will not be sold or used any more. There is no way to resell using re-packing. Therefore, before such products come into market, medical device manufacturers must analyze the risk caused by packaging system failure and effectively control the possible risks. Packaging verification process came into being, including transportation test. This practice provides a uniform basis of evaluating, in a laboratory, the ability of shipping units to withstand the distribution environment. Due to the particularity of the products, the optimization scheme of transportation packaging has become an important topic. 
 2009-2011 Zhejiang University of Science & Technology 2011-2014  Hochschule Hannover 2015  ContiTech AG. Mainly responsible for the validation of the cleaning, packaging and sterilization of Aseptic implantable medical devices; compiling, reviewing and maintaining SOPs; training staff, following up the production process; initiating, implementing and closing alterations; optimizing process flow to improve production efficiency. 
The Effect of Aluminum Foil on the Overall Thermal Insulation of a Shipping Package 
Changfeng Ge 
Professor Dr.-Ing. 
Department of Packaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology 
Rochester Institute of Technology 

Aluminum foil is a heat reflective material for thermal insulation. How to effectively apply Aluminum foil in the thermally insulated container, such as the locations of the foil and the amount of the foil used, is of interest for packaging engineer. Six( 6) configurations of aluminum foil in insulated product packaging were developed in this study.  Under ISTA 7D 48-hour summer profile, data loggers were used to measure the relationship between temperature on the packed product and time for the above six (6) structure.  The results were compared and reported in this presentation. 
Biography: Changfeng Ge is a Professor in Packaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  He received his Doctor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dortmund, Germany, and holds Master and Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tongji University, China. Dr Ge joined RIT in 2005 and has served as the founding director of the APC Center for Packaging Innovation at RIT since 2008. Prior to joining RIT, Dr Ge worked as Senior Engineer in Singapore Institute of Industrial Research. Ge received NASA’s grant to design packaging for critical hardware on Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. He also received federal grant "Save American Treasures" to develop an archival storage and protection system for daguerreotype photographs. He is ASTM D10.13 Chairman and board member of IAPRI. 
Multi-Axis Vibration-Progress Update 

Eric Joneson
Vice President of Technology
Lansmont Corporation 

In 2014, Lansmont performed some research to compare the response of products undergoing both single and multi-degree of freedom (MDOF) vibration inputs. That research clearly demonstrated product responses were more realistic when using MDOF testing inputs. The results of that research were presented at many different ISTA events over the next couple of years. Since that time, MDOF research and testing efforts have continued and this presentation will provide a summary of those activities. 

Biography: Biography: Joneson holds a B.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University and has an extended experience in areas of Transportation Packaging, Supply Chain Dynamics Measurement and Analysis as well as laboratory testing applications. He is also part of the Board of Directors at IAPRI, Global Board of Directors at the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and ISTA Advocate Council Representative and Association Past Chair, ASTM D10, and Random Vibration Task Group Member. Joneson is currently the Vice President of Technology at Lansmont Corporation.
Load  Stability Simulation of Horizontal Accelerations at the Laboratory Versus Real Events 
Alberto Tellechea 
Safe Load Testing Technologies 

Regarding the increasing interest of transport authorities and the science community about the load stability during transportation and its right simulation at laboratory, several studies have been done and published.  
One of the theoretical studies presented at IAPRI 2019, with the title 'Emergency braking and Stability testing, Response Analysis' showed why the horizontal natural frequency of the unit load it is determinant for the response level of the unit load subjected to that acceleration curve.  
In that study was demonstrated that a maximum of 200 ms time jerk duration to get the steady acceleration following by a minimum of 300ms time dwell duration of a trapezoidal pulse it is required to get exactly the same response as produced in a real emergency braking for unit loads of horizontal natural frequency greater than 1.2 Hz. Because It's hard to understand how a test shortest than 1s can simulate the effect of a real braking of the same intensity which can hold several seconds, we have undertaken a new practical study using a real unit load inside a vehicle.  
This unit load has been monitored with high speed cameras and other devices to measure the real deformation and accelerations that this unit load is going to reach during the transportation acceleration events. This deformation has been compared with the deformation produced on the unit load simulating the real acceleration event with different dwell durations in the laboratory using a horizontal stability machine, in order to visualize the low deviation that we obtain from real world versus simulation in the laboratory. 
Biography: Alberto Tellechea is the CEO of Safe Load Testing Technologies, an international supplier of transport simulation solutions for packaging optimization and validation. He is Industrial Engineer by Polytechnic University of Valencia, major in Management and holds an MBA from the School of Industrial Organization of Madrid. Alberto counts with more than 10 years of experience in General Management of companies belonging to several industrial sectors such as machinery, ceramics, plastic engineering and the transfer of industrial fluids. Currently Alberto is member board of EUMOS and collaborates in several working groups of the most important committees in the packaging testing field: IAPRI, ISTA, EUMOS. 
New Plastics Economy-Catalysing Action 
Arnold Wang 
China Plastics Program Manager 
Ellen MacArthur Foundation 

In a new plastics economy, plastic never becomes waste or pollution. The Global Commitment draws a line in the sand in the fight against plastic waste and pollution. The Plastics Pact brings together all key stakeholders at the national or regional level to implement solutions towards a circular economy for plastics. Each initiative has a concrete set of ambitious local targets. In the global transportation market we have seen many innovations, from delivery model and product format to packaging design, etc, to reduce the use of plastic packaging under the principle of circular economy. The presentation will introduce the new trend and some of the best practices and cases. 
Biography: Arnold Wang is responsible for the plastics program for Ellen MacArthur Foundation in China. Prior to this, he was the deputy secretary general of China Plastics Reuse and Recycling Association. Arnold holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Xiamen University and an MBA degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management of Arizona State University. Before joining the association, he held several positions in the marketing and product management function in international companies, includingRohm and Haas, Borouge, Specialty Tapes Company and the garbage collection system company: Envac. 
Do More With Less: One-Stop High Performance Solutions for Courier Packaging 
Li Xiangxiang 

Customer/Application development engineer 
ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Research & Development Co. Ltd 

With the rapid growth of e-commerce, courier packaging is playing an increasingly more important role in people’s daily life. The value chain stakeholders are desiring the innovative courier packaging that can provide safe and secure packaging to protect their products, in order to be more tamper-resistant during transportation, as well as use less packaging material and achieve the “source reduction” required by the Green Supply Chain.  
Based on its high performance Polyethylene products (Exceed™ XP, Exceed™ and Enable™), ExxonMobil Chemical has developed the solution portfolio for courier packaging, including downgauged courier bag and high tenacity stretch wrap. These two solutions can effectively improve the mechanical properties vs. the market reference films, and lower the risk of product damage throughout the logistic process of storage and delivery, meanwhile provide the opportunities to downgauge, so as to meet the purpose of reducing unit packaging cost and sustainable development, making “do more with less” possible. 
Biography: Graduated from East China University of Science and Technology with a master degree of chemical engineering. Joined ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Research&Development Co. Ltd as Customer/Application development engineer in 2018. Assumed the role of new solutions development and key account technical support for both primary and secondary packaging. Major customers include Yili Dairy, Tsingtao Brewery and Haier etc. 
Japan's Packaging Industry Development Status and Experience 
Fu Yu 
Assistant Researcher 
Transportation International Cooperation Affairs Center, Ministry of Transport 

Introduce Japan's concept, definition and classification of packaging, and the status of the packaging industry in the Japanese economy. The development of the Japanese packaging industry, the existing scale and output value. The Japanese government's administrative management of the packaging industry and related laws and regulations; Current policy guidelines; market access threshold, and the size of enterprises and personnel across the country. 
The development of standards and norms in the Japanese packaging industry and participation in international standards; the "7 principles of regular packaging" concept implemented in the packaging field; the decision-making process of packaging design; the practice of improving packaging efficiency. 
The current status of new machinery, new materials, new technologies, etc. in the Japanese packaging industry; measures for informatization and the construction of the Internet of Things; human resources and talent development in the packaging industry; the industry's concerns and future development directions. 
Introduction of private groups and leading companies in the Japanese packaging industry. A summary of Japan’s development experience, compared with our country’s and international standards; practices and ideas worth learning from. 
Biography: Assistant researcher, graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University, currently studying for a Ph.D. in management engineering at Zhengzhou University. Joined the Beijing Transportation Development Committee in 2010, and entered the Science Research Institute of the Ministry of Transport in 2012. Now he is a researcher of the Transportation International Cooperation Affairs Center. Author of "United States Transportation Development Trends and Policy Choices in 2045" and "China Water Transport History" in foreign cooperation, has long been engaged in domestic and foreign transportation policy comparison, transportation frontier technology research, international logistics supply chain analysis and other work.
Improving Random Vibration Testing with Non-Gaussian Control for Package Industry

Ryan Becker
International Sales Engineer
Vibration Research

Traditional random tests, using a Gaussian distribution, have not satisfactorily tested products in a realistic manner because the Gaussian distribution method fails to incorporate the large peak accelerations, which cause product failure. The key to bringing those large peak accelerations into the random vibration test is to use a non-Gaussian kurtosis control method. We will compare these two different methods in a real end-use vibration environment.

Biography: Ryan Becker is an international sales engineer for Vibration Research, a U.S. company headquartered in Jenison, Michigan.  A University of Wisconsin graduate, Ryan brings a strong technology background with over a decade of test and measurement experience to his role. Focused on hands-on support, his passion for engineering extends to solving customer requirements with real-world solutions.
New and Improved…ISTA Testing

Eric Hiser
Vice President of Standards & Certification

ISTA continues to deliver on its vision of being the leading resource for improving our world through transport packaging globally.  As part of that vision, ISTA, in partnership with Specright, has transformed the way package testing is performed with a new online test planning and reporting platform.  Learn how ISTA’s PackSight is creating efficiencies and visibility for stakeholders across the supply chain by enabling test users to select, collect and analyze autogenerated test reports.

Biography: Manages the ISTA Technical Division including all technical activities, development and maintenance of ISTA Procedures and Projects, and ISTA Certification programs for labs, packaged-products and people.
Standardization and Service Design-based Research on Temperature-Controlled Product Packaging

Jongkyoung Kim
Principal Researcher
Korea Conformity Laboratories

Cold chain, or temperature controlled supply chain, has been one of the hottest topics in logistics industry due to increased consumer's demand on fresh, safe and secured fresh product delivery, especially after Covid-19 pandemic. This presentation will discuss cold chain packaging market and technology, technology & service innovation, and latest standardization activities in ISO Technical Committee 122 (Packaging) Working Group 16 on temperature-controlled product packaging forcusing on e-commerce and last mile delivery.

  • Utilization and incorporation of ISTA Thermal standards (Standard 20, Test Standard 7E and Thermal Lane Data Package) into ISO standards. 
  • Service design concepts and researches on precisely controlled coldchain technology (super-chilled product packaging).

Biography: Ph.D. Packaging from Michigan State University. Asia-Pacific Division Chair, ISTA. Convenor of ISO TC122 (Packaging) WG16(Temperature-controlled Product Packaging). Project Leader of ISO TC122 (Packaging) SC4 (Packaging and the Environment) WG3 (Reuse) and TC122 WG13 (Returnable Transport System), Expert in TC122, 104 (Container), 51 (Pallet) & 34 (Food Products). Vice-president of Korea Packaging Professionals.
Top Load Equivalency Study

Patrick M. McDavid
Michigan State University School of Packaging

There are currently multiple ISTA approved methods of testing which can simulate the static compression strength of a box. In this study, the equivalency factor between the Apply & Release Test and the Apply and Hold Test is being evaluated. The current factor is 1.4. This means that the value used for the hour long Apply & Hold method can be multiplied by 1.4 in order to equal the required peak load of the faster Apply & Release Test. In previous testing, the value of 1.4 was shown to be too low and may not accurately equate the two test methods. This project will further evaluate the current factor and determine what kind of adjustments may be needed.

Takeaways: The study will be key in providing a more accurate method of testing compression equivalency. By subjecting boxes & shippers to more accurate testing, it can be ensured that they do not fail during transit.

Biography: Bachelor of Science, Packaging, 1997, Michigan State University; Master of Science, Supply Chain Management, 2008, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL.; MBA, 2010, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL.; Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Packaging, Michigan State University.  Activities: 18 years of distribution packaging and dynamics experience.  Instructor at The Michigan State University School of Packaging. Chair of the ISTA Technical Division Board.  ASTM D10 Committee Member. Achievements: Lifetime CPP.  CPLP Professional. Crawford Fellowship Award Winner.
ISTA Distribution Environment Data Collection Program

Brian O’Banion
Vice President of Research & Education

This presentation will be a re-introduction of the ISTA Distribution Environment Data Collection Program, which was presented at the ISTA China 2019 program.  This iteration will include summary results from India and an update on our efforts in the European Union, along with an outreach effort to researchers that may be interested in helping us with data collection in China, Japan and Mexico.

ISTA’s mission to empower the people and organizations affecting packaging to minimize product damage throughout distribution and optimize resource usage through effective package design continues to be greatly influenced by packaged-product performance testing.  As part of our strategic plan to deliver on this mission, ISTA has developed a “Distribution Environment Data Collection Program” with the primary goal of expanding our distribution environment data resources.  

ISTA will use the “Distribution Environment Data Collection Program” to expand our distribution environment data resources.  This data will then be leveraged to improve current testing protocols, add new testing protocols, and create a world-class data repository that can be leveraged by ISTA, and its members, to better model distribution locally, nationally, and internationally.

Through both directly-funded research and industry collaboration, we will obtain atmospheric, vibration, storage and handling data that meets our established data collection standards for five prioritized global distribution routes.  Summary results from our data collection efforts in India will be presented, along with an update on our current efforts in the European Union.    

This data will then be developed and implemented into ISTA test procedures as deemed appropriate by the ISTA Testing Council and Technical Division Board.

This approach will yield data that can then be segmented to model global distribution routes.  It is also intended to serve as a starting point and not an end goal.  We would like to identify and encourage researchers that may be interested in partnering with us as we collect data in other countries, such as China, Japan and Mexico.  We are also interested in working with members of the community who own data for routes outside of these identified target areas and have interest in sharing and building the ISTA data repository.  This will ultimately serve to improve testing and package design globally.

Biography: Brian holds a Master of Administrative Science degree from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Brian has nearly 20 years of trade association management experience addressing packaging industry issues in a wide variety of areas, including technical, environmental, health, safety, RFID, competing materials, and sustainability. He also has notable experience within the global food and beverage packaging technologies space. As ISTAs Vice President of Research & Education, Brian plays a critical role in establishing and executing the associations long-range strategy and vision for research programs and education services.
"Burst Line" Problem and Its Solution in the Transportation Process of Packaging Box

Hao Xiaoxiu
Professor, PhD, Senior Engineer
Tianjin Vocational Institute

With the rapid development of the express delivery industry, the demand for corrugated cardboard is growing much more. In order to save resources and reduce production costs, the raw materials partly come from recycled waste paper pulp. After the cardboard die-cutting and indentation, the problem of "burst line" frequently appeared, and the enterprise suffered a certain economic loss. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), calcium silicate/cationic starch, and mid-temperature amylase modified corn starch were used to coat the paperboard to improve the physical properties. It provided a new idea for solving the " burst line " problem of corrugated box manufacturers.

Biography: 2020 National "Double High Plan" packaging engineering technology professional group leader. In 2018, she won the second prize of the National Teaching Achievement Award (ranked first). In 2020, she won the National Packaging Commission's Special Award for Teaching Achievement (ranked first). The course "Packaging Material Performance Testing and Selection" she hosted won the 2010 National Excellent Course, and which won the National Shared Course in 2013. In 2018, she participated in the National Vocational Education Packaging Technology and Design Professional Teaching Resource Library which passed the acceptance of the Ministry of Education (ranked second). She has published more than 60 papers and obtained 22 patents. Her main research direction is packaging and printing materials.
Detecting Shocks During Road Transport

Vincent Rouillard
Professor and Chair - Mechanical Engineering
Victoria University

A major shortcoming in the current practice for analyzing and simulating road vehicle vibrations is the reliable detection and characterization of shocks or transients imbedded within random vibrations. Reliable detection is important as shocks can be an important contributor to product damage during transport. While shocks that are large relative to the underlying vibrations can be easily detected using methods such as the crest-factor, the detection of smaller shocks is more challenging.  A shock detection approach based on Machine Learning has recently been proposed but its application is complicated by the necessity to first establish the dynamic characteristics of the vehicle.  

A new, proposed method relies on the combination of three elements:
  1. The band-passed filtered response vibration signal;  
  2. The impulse response function of the band-pass filtered response vibration and  
  3. The cross-correlation function of the above.  The latter is then scanned for large correlation values that are used as an indicator as to the presence of shock in the signal.  The added benefit of this technique is that not only the presence and amplitude of the shock is yielded but, also, the shape of the shock signal itself.  These are then used to compute the distribution of shock amplitudes as well as the statistical distribution of time between shocks.  Because the frequency content of shocks produced by road vehicles can be influenced by the shape of the road surface aberration, the technique can be applied for various frequency bands each representing a vibration mode for the vehicle.  This is a significant benefit of this multi-mode shock detection technique that will enable the interaction between realistic shock signals and the product to be investigated numerically or physically by means of laboratory systems capable of reproducing shock-on-random vibrations.
E-Commence Packaging Test Solutions 
Bill Noonan 
Manager of the Test Systems Group/President 
L.A.B. Equipment Inc, USA/Spectral Dynamics GmbH 

 Many Methods and Paths exist. How do I find the Right Solution for my Organization and Product? 
As the global pandemic has changed our lives in 2020, globally the consumer is decreasing the amount of contact purchasing that had typically occurred in the past. More and more the consumer is seeking an E-Commerce purchasing solution. How does a manufacturer or distributor ensure that the desired product arrives to the consumer in acceptable condition? Our transport modes and distribution channels are complicated. Successfully navigating the available options is a challenging endeavor. 
Biography: Bill Noonan is the Manager of the Test Systems Group of Spectral Dynamics of San Jose CA, of which L.A.B. Equipment is a major portion of. L.A.B Equipment, Inc. is the World Leader in the design, marketing and production of Package and Product Testing Equipment. L.A.B. Equipment Inc. has been a leader in this technology since 1933. Bill received a BSEE from Marquette University in Milwaukee WI, and obtained an MBA in 1996. Upon receiving his BSEE, he spent the next 5 years in Newport RI, USA working for a Navy research lab. He was a project Engineer involved in the development, deployment and operation of submarine tracking ranges and acoustic arrays for test and noise measurement in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. After many years on the Board in various roles, Bill was the first “vendor” appointed President of the ISTA (International Safe Transit Association). The ISTA is a leading force in the education and advancement of Packaging methods, and logistic systems for product distribution throughout the world. Currently, Bill is the company representative on the ISTA Advocacy Board. As Spectral Dynamics, is an investor/shareholder of Techlab Systems (TLS), S.L. of Lezo Spain. TLS , Bill is the currently the Board appointee. TLS manufactures paper and paperboard quality and inspection equipment as well as owns the Metrotec Brand. He currently heads up the sales effort for Test Systems Group and spends a great deal of his time servicing the International market. When he is not travelling, we enjoys spending time with his family and friends in Chicago and his new Grand-twins in Houston. 
Packaging for the Next Normal  
John O´Connell 
Global Packaging Director 
SGS US Testing 

The COVID-19 pandemic and shifting consumer expectations are reshaping the packaging requirements. When the world emerges from the pandemic and the economic crisis, the shift in product delivery requirements demand changes in packaging design to accommodate the new channel, legislative and consumer expectations. 
Packaging design must look beyond the basic measures of cost and performance. In the Next Normal, these three requirements must also be addressed: 
  1. A strong sustainability story 
  2. Hygiene and consumer-safety considerations 
  3. Design for e-commerce, direct-to-consumer and omni-channel  
The shift in design needs can help packaging industry grow by enabling their customers to refresh their packaging with innovative designs. Companies must incorporate the following into their packaging designs to stay ahead of the competition; 
  1. Sustainability  
  2. Hygiene  
  3. E-commerce ready 
  4. Changing consumer preferences 
  5. Increasing cost pressures 
  6. Digitization of packaging 
The winners will innovate and address the needs of the online channel, sustainability, and hygiene, as well as the basics: cost and performance. If done correctly, these design challenges will drive substantial growth and happy customers. 
Biography: Leads the SGS Packaging initiative to become the premier and largest globally synchronized packaging testing network.  BS and MS in Packaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.  
Over 30 years of experience in Packaging Engineering and Global Packaging Leadership.