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Kevin J. Howard

Technical Recruitment Consultant

Protech Group Pty Ltd

HQ Phone: +61 1800 477 683

Email: k***@***.au

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Protech Group Pty Ltd

3466 Pacific Highway

Springwood, Queensland 4127


Company Description

Protech was established in 2006 with a goal to provide technically specialised, customer-focused workforce solutions. Throughout our history, we have consistently challenged the status quo in order to deliver value to our clients. By striving to innovate ... more

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Employment History

Partner and Operational Support Manager

Hewlett-Packard Company


Packnomics LLC


Bachelor of Science degree

Michigan State University

Master of Science degree

Michigan State University

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But there is room for improvement in most cases, says Kevin Howard, founder of Packnomics, a Vancouver, Wash.-based packaging consultancy, who believes that standard design philosophy and test methods drive excess materials in packaging.

"Engineers design packaging to protect the merchandise for an internal lab test that is supposed to represent the hazards of distribution," he explains. "But the tests are excessive, and they don't effectively replicate what occurs during transportation."
At Palo Alto, Calif.-based technology company HP, for example, where Howard formerly worked as a packaging specialist, printers were dropped 26 times in a test lab. If the printer was still viable upon opening, the packaging was approved and sent to production. "These products were clearly overpackaged, taking more drops and from greater heights than would occur in distribution," he says.
"A company can modify a product by as few as three or four millimeters and be able to fit 20 percent more units on a pallet-which can add up to millions of dollars in cost reductions," says Howard.
"There is no good reason to use PVC plastics," says Howard.
Most people incorrectly conclude that paper-based products are always more environmentally friendly than plastic, which is not always true, says Howard. He cites the example of slip-sheets, the pallet-sized sheets used to support unitized loads during shipment. Though many companies have replaced plastic slip-sheets with corrugated paper ones in an attempt to go green, it is not a foolproof switch.
The corrugated or fiber slip-sheets need to be made of 100-percent virgin fiber (as opposed to containing recycled content) and must be laminated together with a non-water-based adhesive in order to withstand transit. "That's why paper slip-sheets cannot be recycled. But plastic slip-sheets are made from recycled content-mostly old milk jugs-and can be recycled again or sold back to plastic slip-sheet manufacturers for reuse," Howard explains.

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