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“There’s a real sense of accomplishment and pride in working towards a goal. The different people one encounters when working on different committees become an accessible list of people to call when in need of opinions for your company.” – Dave Carlson

Dave Carlson’s career has spanned 56 years… and counting. His incredibly rich professional history is as diverse as it is long, covering a multitude of corrugated specialties including factory building and supervision; machinery relocation and installation; plant management; technical services on corrugators, starch adhesive systems, and converting machinery; corrugated testing protocols; Statistical Process Control (SPC); quality management systems; ISO 9000; ECT and box compression theory; containerboard properties; freight regulations; hazardous materials packaging; and more.

Carlson’s technical accomplishments are wide-ranging as well. He has written guidelines used by TAPPI, the Fibre Box Association, and the Uniform Code Council for direct printing of bar codes on corrugated. He was also instrumental in developing TAPPI’s SPC video training series and has taught TAPPI’s SPC education course. In addition, from 1997 through 2019, Carlson was on the Editorial Board of TAPPI Journal (TJ), marshalling the peer review of new corrugated-area research.

Is there any particular review that has impacted you? Please tell us about your experience.

The Standard reviews that impacted me most are the ones I served on as Working Group Chair (WGC). As WGC, the involvement in a review depends on the number of items participants want to change and on how the test method is written. Whether it’s a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) / ISO TC 6 Committee or a Standard-Specific Interest Group (SSIG), resolving conflicting desires and helping participants reach a consensus (that all are happy with), is important and rewarding. Twenty years ago, I was part of a group focused on revising TAPPI’s Standards Guidelines when TAPPI acquired management of the TAG to ISO TC6 Committee. It was important to develop methods that meet the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) protocols. That task was challenging, as well as rewarding.

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