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 Expert  716878

Expert in Package Development and Testing

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New Jersey (NJ)
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Expert has over 25 years experience with the development, engineering, and troubleshooting associated with a variety of packages. She has developed and selected materials and components involving rigid plastics, cartons, and flexible packaging. She has designed and prepared specifications and evaluated package integrity. Product areas she has worked with include household chemicals, personal care, health care, medical devices, and snack foods.

medical device packaging material



Expert has evaluated and implemented major cost reductions through the uses of alternate and reduced weight materials for cartons, films, and plastic containers. She instituted a major program of packaging overusage tracking and reduction which helped reduce piece costs in a major bakery. She has published an article on the analysis of overusage and spoken at several meetings and seminars on the topic.

package cost reduction

The evaluation of packaging components and systems in the lab, through distribution channels, at the vendor, and in the manufacturing plant have been a major part of Expert's career with five major companies. She installed a packaging lab in one company and managed and expanded the lab in two others. She is familiar with various types of equipment, from gauges and comparitors up to full pallet compression and vibration testers.

package testing


package testing requirement

As a packaging development engineer, manager, and member of several project teams, Expert has been involved in all facets of bringing a package to market. She has proposed, evaluated, and modified designs, recommended equipment, selected manufacturing processes and materials, and specified and approved the final package. She has handled both primary and secondary packaging in all stages of a project.

packaging development

In addition to setting up testing protocols, Expert has evaluated and modified potential package designs in the upfront design stages. In plastic parts, she has evaluated and recommended changes to designer's conceptions for moldability, online machinability, stress points, and functionality. For cartons and labels, she reviews designs for not only functionality and machinability but for technical aspects of the graphics.

packaging evaluation

Expert has handled the concept, design, development, modeling, sampling, mold production, testing, labeling, line trials, and implementation of plastic bottles for the consumer products industry. Materials she has worked with include HDPE, LDPE, PVC, and PET. She is familiar with both injection and extrusion blow molding and variations on each. In addition to new proprietary molds, she has been successful in troubleshooting and fixing problems with existing molds and in identifying and using stock bottles in order to save time and avoid mold costs. In 1999, Expert was the expert in a Teltech Live Event on Plastic Bottles: Problems and Opportunities

plastic bottle

Having worked with a variety of plastic container types, Expert has been involved in the selection of the best form of plastic container in the concept stage. Types of containers that she has developed or modified include tubs, plastic bottles, trays, bowls and several specialized unique designs. She is familiar with the manufacturing methods of injection molding, injection blow molding, extrusion blow molding, and thermoforming. She has also implemented secondary operations such as RF sealing, where required. Various types of closures, from plastic to coated paper, have been an integral part of these projects.

plastic closure


plastic container

Expert instituted a computerized specification system for L&F products including consistent formats for various packaging materials and components. She has been responsible for implementing and maintaining packaging specification and bill of materials systems and has prepared numerous specification formats and individual package specifications.

packaging specification

A secondary emphasis in Expert's career involves evaluating and implementing the use of recycled paperboard and plastics for packaging components. She has evaluated packages for environmental impact.

environmentally friendly packaging material

Expert has evaluated and implemented barrier films for oxygen, water vapor, flavor, and odor transmission. She has implemented film usage for high speed individually-wrapped packages and unitizing overwraps such as shrink and stretch wraps. She co-authored a Teltech Dossier on Barrier Material Technology.

flexible barrier packaging material


flexible packaging film

Also in an area of secondary emphasis, Expert has evaluated the integrity of medical device packaging for radiation, ethylene oxide, and for hospital autoclaving applications. She has designed and developed packaging involving both sterile bags and trays and re-usable autoclaveable "tool kits" and single item packages.

medical device package integrity


medical device packaging design

The design, development, evaluation, and sourcing for bottle, tube, carton, and other package closures has been a secondary emphasis in Expert's career. This work includes leakage evaluation and troubleshooting for various liquid products.

package closure

Expert keeps abreast of the latest developments through technical society meetings and publications. She has presented at seminars, written technical articles, and given guest lectures at NYU graduate school. She has been quoted in a number of both printed and online publications as an expert resource on current packaging trends.

packaging technology

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Yonkers, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  Stamford, Connecticut;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;  and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Often requested
with this expert:

Packaging Design, Development, and Testing
Package Engineering, Products Liability-Foods,...
Food Packaging, Retail Products Packaging, Foodservice...
Food Packaging Technology

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1977   M.S.   Packaging Science & Industrial Engineering   Rutgers University  
1973   B.E.   Mechanical Engineering   College of the City of New York  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1993 to






1988 to 1993


Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer)


Senior Manager of Package Development


1986 to 1988


Lehn & Fink (Sterling Drug)


Manager of Packaging


1980 to 1986


Drake Bakeries (Borden)


Manager of Packaging & Merchandising


1978 to 1980


Howmedica (Pfizer)


Chief Packaging Engineer


1973 to 1978


Johnson & Johnson


Packaging Engineer


Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club, the Society of Plastics Engineers, Women in Packaging and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She is a Certified Packaging Professional and is Vice-Chair of the IOPP Packaging Consultants Council.

Professional Appointments

Expert has been the New Jersey Chapter Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary of the Packaging Institute USA (now IOPP). In 1997, as part of a U.S. government foreign aid project, she presented seminars to CEOs of newly privatized companies in the former Soviet Union on packaging in a free market world economy. She was the Program Chairperson for the Tamper Evident Packaging Seminar in Chicago, 1984. She was a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association & Food Marketing Institute Joint Task Force on Performance Standards in 1987 that developed voluntary industry guidelines for dry grocery shipping containers. She has participated as a judge in several national packaging contests, including the DCAT (Drug, Chemical & Allied Trade) Annual Packaging Competition in 1998. Expert is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Packaging Technology and Engineering Magazine.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Brand Packaging Magazine  
 - Wiley Encyclopedia of Packaging Technology [John Wiley & Sons]  
 - Envipack--The National Conference on Packaging and the Environment  
 - Journal of Packaging Technology  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • FDA Expert needed to review packaging validation testing and provide assistance with FDA communications.
  • Packaging design expert for consulting on design issues.
  • Expert in package engineering for consulting on evaluation of company packaging and possible cost savings.
  • Expert in plastic resins for consulting on packaging materials for a pharmaceutical product containing a high concentration of a solvent.
  • Expert in Package Cost Reduction to review cost saving options.
  • Expert in cosmetic packaging engineer for consulting on skin care packaging design and development.
  • Expert in designing and developing a prototype for a new bottle.
  • Expert in liquid packaging engineering for consulting on industrial & household liquid packaging design.
  • Industrial packaging expert for consulting on packaging for a brand new product.
  • Expert in medical device packaging for consulting on medical device pouch integrity.
  • Expert in polyethylene for consulting on designing a bag to hold liquid hummingbird food.
  • Expert in packaging for consulting on a design for medical devise.
  • Expert in furniture manufacturing for consulting on redesign of current standards for packaging.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Rowley v. DEVCO (US District Court, Baltimore, MD).
  • Expert in packaging engineer for consulting on packaging review and testimony - Buffalo, NY.
  • Stretch wrap packaging expert for consulting on using stretch wrap for aluminum extrusion returns to manufacturer.
  • Expert in child resistant chemical closures for consulting on failure analysis on child resistant closures Failure/Regulatory Compliance/Examination Testing.
  • Marble material handling expert for consulting on material handling of marble.
  • Expert in consumer product plastic bottle design/ spray mechanism on P&G Febreze bottle design litigation.
  • Expert expert services for consulting on Packaging Inspection.
  • Food packaging expert for consulting on mouse found in bagged food product.
  • Packaging design engineer expert for consulting on Patent Infringement Litigation - shipping container construction and design.
  • Expert in packaging structural integrity for consulting on propriety of packaging cases of water that toppled causing personal injury.
  • Plastic container expert witness for consulting on appropriate thickness and design of plastic containers container wood stripping liquids.
  • Packaging expert for consulting on litigation involving exploding plastic bottle containing automotive product.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of the following plastic bottles and closures, tubes, cartons, thermoform, injection, and other molders, labels, folding cartons, corrugated cases and displays, films and papers, packaging components and supplies.


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