Larry Dull


Greensboro, NC, United States



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Packaging Knowledge Group, LLC


Lawrence (Larry) Dull is a graduate Packaging Engineer (B.S. and M.S.) of Michigan State University. He has held positions with Eastman Kodak Company, Calgon Corporation (subsidiary of Merck and Company Inc.) and Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. (formerly Novartis, Ciba and Ciba-Geigy). He is currently President of Packaging Technology Associates Inc. and a founding partner of Packaging Knowledge Group, LLC. He is active in a number of several industry and professional associations including ISTA (International Safe Transit Association), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), MSUPAA (Michigan State University School of Packaging Alumni Association) and IoPP (Institute of Packaging Professionals). He holds six U.S. patents in the field of packaging and has delivered numerous presentations and written numerous articles on packaging, packaging development and package testing and is an Honorary Professor at Hunan University of Technology in China. Larry is a past Chairman of the Packaging Task Group of RISE, past Chairman of the Chemical Packaging Committee of IoPP, past Chairman of IoPP, current board member and Vice President-Operations of ISTA, current board member and Treasurer of the MSUPAA and current member of the MSU School of Packaging Industry Advisory Council.

Recent Blog Entries

  • New Tool From ISTA

    Unsure about how to approach and properly document your sustainable packaging development project? The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) has just released to its members a recommended standard practice titled Responsible Packaging by Design. This guideline is meant to be used as a tool by the practicing packaging engineer looking for guidance in designing and evaluating responsible (sustainable) packaging and contains recommended procedures, thought processes and templates. It discusses and illustrates the various steps involved in the journey to responsible packaging.

    Posted January 2, 2013


  • LCA's

    One of the most important steps in performing a LCA is establishing the system boundaries. The person performing the LCA (or more likely the person paying for the LCA) must decide where to set the boundaries. In other words, what to leave in and what to exclude. These decisions may be made with a view toward expediency, cost, time or availability of data. When reading a LCA, I am always interested in where the system boundaries were placed in order to put the data and conclusions presented in the proper context.

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