Ingersoll Rand 
Intermediate level
Advanced level

Finding the hidden waste

Understanding the hidden cost of poor packaging


Practitioner Presentation
Wednesday, Oct. 11 Location Code
2:30pm-3:30pm Hynes Center, Level 3, Room 302 WS/43



Learn how to create flow throughout the supply chain, pushing the envelope of operational excellence through facilitation of innovative techniques related to packaging, transit, storage and delivery of material.


Objectives of this session will include the identification of waste associated with disposable packaging and how returnable packaging can support lean strategies and reduce costs. Gain insights into understanding the hidden cost of poor packaging and hear about several case studies to illustrate various wastes identified, solutions deployed and benefits gained.


Ingersoll Rand advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Its people and its family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand is a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results.

Presenter: Barbara Ledbury

Barbara Ledbury is a packaging engineer in the global logistics department of Ingersoll Rand. Her experience in returnable packaging in manufacturing environments includes General Motors and Harley Davidson. She imparts experience and learnings from over 20 years of managing returnable packaging, supply chain, logistics, and material operations to cross-functional change management teams that she leads both within and outside of Ingersoll Rand. Ledbury is a graduate of the packaging science program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University.