Forum Program




 
 
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SUNDAY, MAY 12th
7:30am – 8:00amCPLP Training Breakfast
Location: Spruce 2
8:00am – 12:30pmCertified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) TECHNICIAN Training (additional fee)
Location: Spruce 2
12:30pm – 1:00pmCPLP Training Lunch
Location: Spruce 2
1:00pm – 5:30pmCertified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) TECHNOLOGIST Training (additional fee)
Location: Spruce 2
  
MONDAY, MAY 13th
7:30am – 8:00amCPLP Training Breakfast
Location: Spruce 2
7:30am – 8:00amRPbD Training Breakfast
Location: Maple 3
8:00am – NoonCertified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) Training EXAMS
Location: Spruce 2
8:00am – NoonResponsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) Training (additional fee)
Location: Maple 3
Noon – 1:00pmRPbD Training Lunch
Location: Maple 3
12:30pm – 2:00pmISTA Certification Council Meeting (Open)
Location: Maple 5
1:00pm – 3:00pmResponsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) EXAMS
1:00pm – 3:00pmISTA North American Division Board Meeting (Board members only)
Location: Maple 4
1:00pm – 6:00pmISTA Advocate Research & Value Delivery Program Meeting (Advocates only)
Location: Spruce 4
2:15pm – 3:45pmISTA Testing Council Meeting (Open)
Location: Maple 5
4:00pm – 5:30pmISTA Technical Division Board Meeting (Board members only)
Location: Maple 5
 
 
Noon – 7:00pmISTA Forum Attendee Check-In
Location: Adams Registration Desk A
5:30pm – 7:00pmISTA Forum Social Mixer
Stop by the ISTA Forum Registration area, have a drink on us and network with friends.

One complimentary drink ticket and cash bar provided.
Location: Adams Registration Foyer
  
TUESDAY, MAY 14th
 
 Tuesday AM is a plenary session for all ISTA Forum attendees.
Location: Adams A
 
7:30am – 8:30amISTA Forum Attendee Check-In
Location: Adams Registration Desk A
8:00am – 8:30amNetworking Breakfast
Location: Adams Lobby
8:30am – 9:15amWelcome and Opening Remarks
Location: Adams A
9:15am – 10:00amKeynote Speaker: Eye in the Sky: The New Frontier of an IoT and Blockchain Enabled Supply Chain Bill Green, IBM Systems Group - Supply Chain Engineering
10:00am – 10:15amNetworking Morning Break
Location: Adams Lobby
10:15am – 10:45amMulti-Axis Vibration Profiles for Pharmaceutical Shipping Studies Tagore Somers and Jeffrey Chida, Eli Lilly and Company
10:45am – 11:15amThe Economy's Impacts on Freight Movements Todd Tranausky, FTR | Transportation Intelligence
11:15am – 11:45amWhen Are We Going To Get There? Robby Martin, Bush Brothers & Co.
11:45am – NoonISTA Technical Update Eric Hiser, ISTA
Noon – 1:30pmNetworking Lunch
Location: Adams D
 Tuesday PM sessions at either event are open to all ISTA Forum attendees.
 
 Location: Adams ALocation: Maple 3-5
1:30pm – 2:00pmRetail Supply Channels for CPGs In India: An Evaluation of Handling, Storage & Transportation in the Distribution Environment Jay Singh, Cal Poly State University, San Luis ObispoGlass Quality and "The First Mile" Paul Harber, Parenteral Supply Chain, LLC                                                                                                                                                                             
2:00pm – 2:30pmTransport Modes, Storage, and Handling Methods Involved in the Distribution of Consumer Packaged Goods in China Changfeng Ge, RIT - Packaging Science ProgramMerck's Experiences Developing and Using Ambient Shipping Temperature Profiles Sean McCudden, Merck
2:30pm – 3:00pmOne Dimensional Computer Simulation of Over-the-Road Truck Floor Movement Patrick McDavid, Michigan State University School of PackagingReusable Passive Thermal Packaging System: Best Practice Guideline Bryan Cardis, Eli Lilly and Company
3:00pm – 3:30pmNetworking Afternoon Snack and Beverage Break
Location: Adams Lobby
 Location: Adams ALocation: Maple 3-5
3:30pm – 4:00pmComplex Results Optimized by Packaging Simplification Rich Lindgren, ChainaylticsLatest Updates on International Standardization Activities and Service Design Studies on Temperature Controlled Products Jongkyoung Kim, Korea Conformity Laboratories and Soojung Yang, NLogis Co., LTD
4:00pm – 4:30pmAutomating End of Line Packaging for the Supply Chain James Chrzan, PMMI Media GroupDevelopment of a Laboratory Mechanical Durability Test for Reusable Parcel Thermal Packaging Systems Bill Mayer, Pelican Biothermal
4:30pm – 5:00pmUtilizing Virtual Reality to Implement Package Design and Improve Consistency Clint Smith, Pregis LLCApplication of Quantitative Risk Assessment in the Qualification of Passive Shippers Bernard McGarvey, Eli Lilly Engineering Fellow (Retired)
5:30pm – 8:00pmISTA Forum "Rockin' the Rockies" Dinner Reception
Location: Adams Terrace
  
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15th
 Wednesday AM and PM sessions at either event are open to all ISTA Forum attendees.
 
8:00am – 8:30amNetworking Breakfast
Location: Adams Lobby
 Location: Adams ALocation: Maple 3-5
8:30am – 9:00amDynamic Highlights of Comprehensive Intermodal Distribution Measurement Study Eric Joneson, LansmontISC Modeling and Simulation—A Shipper’s Perspective Jason Marlin, Eli Lilly & Co.
9:00am – 9:30amEffect of Stretch Wrap Parameters on the Transmissibility of Unitized Loads Excited by Random Vibration Kyle Dunno, RIT - Packaging Science ProgramSimulation and Imaging for Thermal Packaging Design Scott Morris, University of Illinois
9:30am – 10:00amThe Intersection of Packaging and Technology Matthew Wright, SpecrightHow the Virtual Cold Chain Can Help to Reduce Risk of Temperature Excursions Stefan Braun, SmartCAE
10:00am – 10:15amNetworking Morning Break
Location: Adams Lobby
 Location: Adams ALocation: Maple 3-5
10:15am – 10:45amLessons Learned About Supply Chain Operational Safety from Accidents Involving Unit Loads During Shipping and Handling Marshall White Virginia TechOptimizing the Approach to Thermal Modeling to Manage Costs and Time Scott Dyvig and Mahmudul Hasan, Lifoam Industries
10:45am – 11:15amBusiness Case: Stretch Film Optimization for a Manufacturer of Beer Using Testing Technologies for Load Unit Stability Carlos Mora and Manuel Garcia Romeu, Safe Load Testing TechnologiesModeling of Refrigerated Sea Containers Iman Mirzaee, Cold Chain Technologies, Inc.
11:15am – 11:45amAmazon's Latest Device Package Innovation
Gary Dong, Amazon/Lab126
Thermal Modeling Panel Discussion
11:45am – NoonISTA Research Update Brian O’Banion, ISTA
Noon – 1:15pmNetworking Lunch
Location: Colorado A
 Location: Adams ALocation: Maple 3-5
1:15pm – 1:45pmNetworking Trivia!
Interactive Session: Qualification Best Practices 
Anthony (TJ) Rizzo, Cold Chain Technologies, Inc.
 
  • OQ Best Practice Technical Paper Presentation and Peer Review 
 
1:45pm – 2:15pmThinking Outside the 'Test' Box: Evolved Testing Strategies for an Evolving World of Transport Travis Norton and Anthony Theriault, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc.
2:15pm – 2:45pmPolyethylene Packaging Repurposed as Value-Added e-Commerce Consumer Packaging Monika Kleczek, NOVA Chemicals
2:45pm – 3:15pmNetworking Afternoon Snack and Beverage Break
Location: Adams Lobby
 Location: Adams ALocation: Maple 3-5
3:15pm – 3:30pmAwards: CPLP, RPbD & Dave R. LeButt3:15pm – 4:15pm
Interactive Session: TR39 Refresh Presentation & Discussion
Paul Harber, Parenteral Supply Chain, LLC
 
  • TR39 Refresh Presentation and Discussion

4:15pm – 5:00pm
Overview of the ISTA Guidance document "Using the QT Min/Max) Method to Develop and Compare Operational Thermal Test Profiles".
Bernard McGarvey, Retired (Lilly Engineering Fellow)
 
  • This session will cover the main components of the above guidance document, addressing the need for an OQ profile to have adequate overall thermal challenge as well as the appropriate dips and spikes. The FAQs included with the document will be discussed as well as several accompanying documents that will be made available with this guidance.
3:30pm – 4:00pmLessons Learned from Multi-Axis Vehicle Vibration Recording and Analysis Greg Cocchiola, Clemson University and Amin Joodaky, Purdue University
4:00pm – 4:30pmThe Effect of Pallet Stiffness on the Compression Strength of Asymmetrically Loaded Boxes Chandler Quesenberry, Virginia Tech
4:30pm – 5:00pmEffect of Packaged Product Size and Weight on Drop Heights in the Small Parcel Shipping Environment Amy Helenek and Theresa Klingshirn, RIT - Packaging Science Program
5:00pm – 7:30pmISTA Forum Exhibitor Reception
Location: Adams B-D
  
THURSDAY, MAY 16th
 Thursday AM is a plenary session for all ISTA Forum attendees.
Location: Adams A
 
8:00am – 8:30amNetworking Breakfast
Location: Adams Lobby
8:30am – 8:45amVideo Highlights
Location: Adams A
8:45am – 9:15amFoods, Pharmaceuticals, & Detergents... Oh MY!! Peter Apostoluk, Millipore Sigma and Jonathan Quinn, NOVA Chemicals
9:15am – 9:45amComparison Of Rotational Movement Measurement Techniques Ricky Speck, Michigan State University School of Packaging
9:45am – 10:00amNetworking Morning Break
Location: Adams Lobby
10:00am – 10:30amSustainability Goals and Root Cause Analysis to Minimize Impacts From High Drop Heights in Shipping and Handling Cosan Unuvar, Meyer Corporation
10:30am – 11:00amEvaluation of the Load Distribution of Corrugated Containers Utilizing Pressure Mat Technology Ralph Rupert, Millwood, Inc.
11:00am – 11:30amProcess Driven Organizations: Why Distribution Qualification Must be Process Driven, Not People Driven Lauren La Spina, Adept Packaging
11:30am – NoonDefining Packaging Performance through Transportation Testing Francis Olajide, Jr. and Wes Hobson, Dow Chemical Company
Noon – 12:15pmWrap-Up and Open Discussion
12:15 – 12:45pmISTA Membership Meeting
Location: Adams A
1:30pm – 5:00pmISTA Global Board Meeting (Board members only)
Location: Maple 5
7:00pm – 9:00pmISTA Global Board Dinner (Board members only)
Location: Maple 5
 
FRIDAY, MAY 17th
8:30am – NoonISTA Global Board Meeting (Board members only)
Location: Maple 5