Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL (Minneapolis, Minn.), a leading package, product and material testing laboratory, has been elected chairman of the ASTM Committee D-10 on Packaging.
The American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) created the D-10 on Packaging Committee in 1914 to discuss the revision and development of regulated packaging standards.
“I am thrilled to be chairman of the D-10 committee,” said Nolan. “By being actively involved in the development of packaging standardization, I am in a position to offer the best knowledge and quality of service to DDL’s package testing customers.”
As chairman, Nolan will be responsible for leading the twice yearly committee meetings that involve attending various technical sessions over a two day period. During the meetings, the committee is charged with the following tasks:
- Defining materials and processes for acceptable package and product delivery.
- Generating closely related shipping systems design criteria.
- Developing material handling standards related to distribution, including measurement of the packaging environment.
- Assessing the suitability of packaging related standards.
- Establishing standards on reuse, recycling and disposal of materials related to packaging.
“The development of packaging standards is a lengthy process,” said Nolan. “The committee has much to discuss about terminology, practices, test methods, specifications, guides and classifications.”