Kevin Howard is the principal consultant for Packnomics, LLC.
Kevin has been a practicing packaging engineer since 1984, after receiving BS and MS degrees in Packaging from Michigan State University and holding internships at IBM, MTS Systems, a research assistantship at the School of Packaging, and teaching Packaging Dynamics for two years during graduate school.
When appropriate, Kevin
enlists other packaging consultants, test labs, and packaging suppliers to attain the best results in the least amount of time possible.
well documented successes and creative problem solving during 17 years as the senior packaging engineer for Hewlett-Packard's
largest product line, inkjet printers, now can be utilized by others interested in exploring opportunities to reduce costs in dramatic ways, oftentimes while simultaneously improving quality.
also works with lawyers as an expert witness.
background in transport packaging has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of how items should be packaged for different distribution systems, how packaging and products should be tested to help assure damage-free shipping and injury-free use by consumers, and a long history of direct field observations have educated him in how products can be mis-handled.
is also available for teaching Design for Distribution short courses.
has taught courses at two universities on distribution packaging and testing.
A customizable course will be focused on how companies can dramatically reduce costs through better packaging design, smarter product design, more effective testing methods, and developing a more refined process to achieve the lowest possible landed costs for products.
Presentsations and Articles
April 2015: Kevin
will be presenting at the ISTA
(International Safe Transit Assoc) Transpack Conference.
This is the best conference inn the world for distribution packaging and testing.
will talk about Replicating Field Damages in the Laboratory.
January 7, 2015, Industry Week Magazine
, "2015 Manufacturing Predictions: 7 Thought Leaders Share Their Predictions," by Patricia Moody, Kevin
provides his thoughts on how packaging and design are evolving.
August 2014: Best Practices for Protecting Electro-Mechanical Products, by Kevin Howard
, . QualityInspection.org operates out of Hong Kong and publishes a very informative newsletter about manufacturing in Asia.
was honored to be requested to write the Professional Perspective column in the February issue of Packaging World magazine
: The Value of Being an Un-packaging Engineer can be read on-line at http://www.packworld.com/value-being-un-packaging-engineer Kevin
has helped many companies improve their product fragility and geometry as a way to reduce packaging, shipping costs, and damages.
You can search www.packworld.com for Kevin Howard
to read several other articles relating to Kevin's initiatives on testing, foam tooling, packaging design, and distribution system assessments.
2012 Presentations by Kevin Howard:
EPS Foam Expo, Indianapolis, March 2012.
was asked to present his
unique approach to cushion design and testing and show several examples of savings reaching into the millions of dollars by his
ISTA Transport Packaging Forum
, April, Orlando, FL: Many companies are finding their largest sales are now in the BRIC countries, and especially China.
wanted to know if their internal package tests were sufficient for products shipped to China.
spent two weeks, traveling through 4 Provinces while following expensive products, from the time they reached the Shanghai airport, through freight terminals, and right to their point of use.
It turns out that ASTM and ISTA standards are NOT sufficient for this environment.
Webinar, September 12, 2012:Kevin
will give a repeat of this presentation on packaging for China in a webinar hosted by ISTA.
Please register at http://www.ista.org/pages/inews/iNewsAugust2012Web.php#webinar
IoPP webinar, September 11, 2012: Kevin
will speak on the connection between packaging sustainability and design choices.
Kevin's thoughts on this topic were first published by Packaging World Magazine
in their February 2012 article "10 Tips for Sustainable Package Design," www.packworld.com (search for Kevin Howard's
name to find this and other articles in Packaging World).
* Green Packaging
, a long time focus of Kevin's!
Please see this May 2009 article in Inbound Logistics Magazine
, featuring Kevin's thoughts:
The following article was published by ISTA after Kevin left Hewlett-Packard.
It provides a synopsis of Kevin's work during his
17 year career there. Please see pages 12-13.
Other presentations made by Kevin Howard