Packaging Resource Center: Show Coverage: Dimensions.06 Takes Texas


Packaging and distribution professionals head south for the largest annual conference on transport packaging.

The destination point for distribution and packaging professionals this spring is San Antonio, TX. The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) once again join forces to host Dimensions.06, which this year takes place April 18–21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Antonio. The program will feature a variety of presentations, workshops, and case studies covering transportation packaging concerns such as materials, globalization, testing, and RFID technology.

ISTA will be offering an instructional workshop course on the day before the forum, April 17, for ISTA members wishing to gain certified packaging laboratory professional (CPLP) status. The certification exam will take place on the morning of April 18.

The program jumps into high gear on the second day of the show, April 19, when the forum’s lineup of presentations begins. David Leinberger, senior packaging engineer, Xerox Corp. (Stamford, CT), launches into a sea of container temperature-control issues by sharing the results from a one-year study of ocean container temperature and humidity conditions for shipments among Asia, Europe, and North America. Following Leinberger’s “Temperature and Humidity in Ocean Containers” presentation will be Gary Robinson’s address, “Globalization of the Packaging Supply Chain.” Robinson, manager of package engineering at Home Depot (Atlanta, GA), will discuss the challenges packaging specialists face in the global marketplace, like developing structural solutions as well as creatively enhancing designs to communicate a brand’s message to the consumer.

Dwight Schmidt, president, Fibre Box Association (Elk Grove Village, IL), will present his assessment of “How Corrugated Transport Packaging Meets Today’s Dynamic Supply Chain Needs,” on the morning of April 20. He will highlight how advancements in recycling, RFID technology, and recyclable water protection alternatives are improving the corrugated industry. Later that morning, in “RFID—An Exciting Challenge to Packaging Science,” Danish Technological Institute director Jens-Christian Sorenson will describe the research his institute is doing at a supply-chain simulation and RFID test center in cooperation with Paul Singh, a professor at Michigan State University.

On the final day of the show, Sam Sheppard Fidler, head of logistics and distribution at Pira International (Leatherhead, Surrey, UK), will share three plastic bottle case studies demonstrating the value of virtual testing technology using computational modeling of package performance. In addition, Randy Rabenhorst, a partner at True North Associates, will present a review of how the MADE Study Data will impact cushion design, material selection, and product testing.

For more information about this year’s forum, including the complete conference schedule and registration instructions, go to To learn more about the two organizations hosting the event, visit and


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