FBA's Technical Committee is the largest and most active association committee. It includes representatives from fourteen member companies, with seven alternate representatives and more than 100 member company representatives receiving information copies of their ongoing work.
The FBA Technical Committee stays abreast of industry developments and regulations, and addresses all technical aspects to corrugated container manufacture, shipment and usage. This includes design and development of relevant projects, trials, and studies, as well as production and publication of associated technical literature, brochures, and documents. The Committee also works with regulatory and legislative agencies, promoting corrugated container usage and cooperating on development and dissemination of mutually beneficial packaging requirements.
The FBA Technical Committee is intended to be the action group for technical issues in the corrugated industry.
FBA members look to the association and the committee for answers to questions in a variety of technical areas. The committee responds to inquiries on hazardous materials, test methods, standards development and certification requirements.
The Technical Committee actively participates with a wide variety of organizations including the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) section of the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the Chemical Packaging Committee of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute (PMMI), American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM), International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), and the American National Standards Institute's Material Handling Committee (ANSI MH10).
Current activities include:
- Work with PMMI to update four jointly published Voluntary Guidelines that will become ANSI registered “Technical Reports"
- Work with PHMSA to transition the HazMat packaging basis weight tolerance from an “association” authorization to an individual FBA member authorization
- Participation on ASTM packaging committees to get language favorable to the corrugated industry in their packaging standards
- Provide significant input to the GPI Edition X GCMI Color Guide
- Provide guidance to the NMFTA on their revision of how their "numbered Package" certification system will work
- Work with PHMSA to change the current ± 5% Competent Authority component basis weight verbiage into a ± 10% allowance and incorporate the new allowance into the actual HazMat regulations. This action will more realistically apply to present containerboard production and will make the change permanent, eliminating future paperwork efforts by the corrugated industry to renew the CA every three years. The formal "Comment" to loosen the component basis weight tolerance was submitted to PHMSA in mid-December, 2012. As of early August, 2013, PHMSA has not issued a Rulemaking decision.
Click here to see the document submitted to PHMSA in support of changing the component
basis weight tolerance.
- Ongoing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) revisions and postings to the member side of FBA's website
Have a Technical Question?
FBA is here to help! Members of Fibre Box Association (FBA) receive exclusive access to FBA's Technical FAQ section. The Technical FAQ section is a collection of answers, researched and written by FBA's technical experts, to a variety of technical questions relating to the corrugated industry.
Click here to find frequently asked technical questions – or ask a new question!