Ben VanderPlasGlobal Product Manager
Ben VanderPlas is the Global Product Manager for Sonoco ThermoSafe. He started with the company in 2005 and has had various roles within the organization including engineering, sales, and marketing. In his current role, Ben is responsible for the development and sales of Sonoco ThermoSafe’s pre-qualified solutions. From the Institute of Packaging Professionals he retains a Certified Packaging Professional designation and has recently co-authored a technical supplement to the World Health Organizations Technical Report Series Number 961, for the Qualification of Shipping Containers. Ben has a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State Universities School of Packaging and a Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University.
Certification Program: Life-Cycle Development of Temperature Assurance Packaging (TAP)
The certification program aims to coach participants through the entire life-cycle of developing a Temperature Assurance Package (TAP) including considerations with regards to regulations, transportation/logistics, ambient profiles, operations, and packaging design. Prior to the conference you will be provided access to an online "Fundamentals" course. This self-paced course offers participants a systematic approach to develop a foundational understanding of temperature assurance packaging. This will allow participants to establish a core knowledge level and ensure a thorough understanding during the conference session.
At the conference will build from the knowledge learned during the "Fundamentals" course to transition into the "Professional" course. This day-long session will be conducted by a diverse team of industry experts to guide discussion, provide instruction, and lead interactive activities. The "Professional" course coaches participants through the entire life-cycle of developing a Temperature Assurance Package including considerations for regulations, transportation/logistics, ambient profiles, operations, and packaging design. All participants completing courses will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
"Certified Professionals" will be able to:
· Understand the fundamentals of temperature assurance packaging
· Be capable of evaluating different solutions to determine what best meets the needs of their company
· Guide the implementation of temperature assurance packaging solutions within your organization
· Grasp the key processes, protocols and techniques involved in designing temperature-controlled packaging