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The National Institute of Packaging, Handling, & Logistics Engineers (NIPHLE) is an assemblage of professionals whose interests in the complex and diverse practice of distribution and logistics is a common bond. The Institute was constituted on August 8, 1956 in Washington, D.C. with the objective of improving communication between practitioners in these related areas of endeavor. The degree to which success has been achieved is measured in the growth and diversity of membership which has resulted.


 On August  8, 1956, the National Institute of Packaging, Handling & Logistics Engineers (NIPHLE) was formed in Washington, D.C., whose objective was to improve communications between the US Military and Industry.  

An interested group of dedicated packaging, logistics, distribution and engineering professionals  carried the banner for NIPHLE for the past 50 years.


Recently, there has been a genuine interest for NIPHLE participation  from  University researchers, High Tech Small Business, Material Science Subject Matter Experts and traditional companies with a focus new technology solutions to broaden support for the Warfighter and to improve the packaging, handling and logistics methods for the US Military.  


NIPHLE has grown from a handful of individuals, with a traditional focus upon logistics and material handling to today's explosive demands for innovation without incurring additional costs. 


So, come join NIPHLE as we enter into a very exiciting period of rapid growth and innovation to better protect the Warfighter.  We invite you to meet the demands for evolving US Military requirements for better,  cheaper, safer, more secure,   and,  sometimes lighter loads -  to  protect  the Warfighter. 



Photos from recent Annual Training Events include Picatinny Arsenal and Baltimore, Maryland. 

$5000 Donation to SMGA
Defense Secretary Paul Peters
2017 NIPHLE Conference
DLA Members in attendance.
The 2017 NIPHLE Event Team
Ira Smith, CEO, Action Pak
Community Hope for Veterans
John Schmuff, PhD


The Present and the Future for Packaging, Material Handling, Logistics & Engineering.

Oct 23, 2017

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan - U.S. Marines and Master Labor Contractors with the Logistics Department Fuels Division observe the Aircraft Direct Fueling System (ADFS) during the first hot refuel utilizing the new system at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 19, 2017. The ADFS allows the aircraft to rotate crew, take on cargo or Marines and keep its engines running while accepting fuel. This training marked the first refueling evolution at the new hot refueling pit designed to distribute fuel to Type-4 aircraft such as the KC-130J Hercules, MV-22 Osprey and MH-60 helicopter. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Donato Maffin) 

Picatinny Arsenal
Picatinny Arsenal

Site of the 2017 NIPHLE Annual Training Event.

Seizure of Counterfeit Drugs
Seizure of Counterfeit Drugs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (March 29, 2012) The Criminal Investigative Division at Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, displays examples of seized evidences of synthetic drugs as part of an awareness campaign and training against its usage. Spice and other designer drugs are falsely marketed by manufacturers in commercial-like packaging.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released)

3-D Printing by the USMC
3-D Printing by the USMC

Jul 14, 2017 MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, Nc. - Sgt. Kenneth R. Storvick, a squad leader with the Logistics Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, watches a three-dimensional printer create his design during the 3-D Printing Training Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Raven Wings
Raven Wings

As seen through a night-vision device, Army Spc. Derek Opthof winds up to throw an RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle during exercise Panther Storm at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 27, 2017. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee

3D Printer for USMC
3D Printer for USMC

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The 3-D printer from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment prints pack clips at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 6, 2017. 2/8 is the first infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps to utilize a 3-D printer to ensure battalion readiness in the event of equipment malfunctions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ashley McLaughlin)

Package  Tracking
Package Tracking

Electronic Sensors are the next step.

Suspect Counterfeit Packaging
Suspect Counterfeit Packaging

A Present and Future Threat to the Warfighter.

Tobyhanna Army Depot
Tobyhanna Army Depot

Site of the 2018 NIPHLE Annual Event (May 8-10, 2018)

Warehouse Drones
Warehouse Drones

Now a reality for Some.



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At the close of the most recent NIPHLE 2017 Training Event, a few of the members decided that a fresh look for the organization was necessary to bring in new members and enhance the really great work that has been done over the years.  A small group from Industry and Government are actively working to incorporate a BLOG, a NIPHLE Linkedin Account , an updated FACEBOOK page and  TWITTER Feed for the  benefit of current and new membership.  

You can reach the following persons to provide input for the BLOG,  LINKEDIN,  FACEBOOK or the TWITTER Accounts.

  • LinkedIn - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle