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PDS Training Course

A two-day, in-depth training on The Pallet Design System™ software engineering program led by Dr. Brad Gething, NWPCA Director of Science & Technology, and Dr. Laszlo Horvath, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech. The course will start at 8am both days and finish around 5pm. Registration fee ($595) includes light breakfast and lunch on both days. Great training for pallet suppliers and sales professionals, those responsible for pallet purchases, packaging engineers, and pallet specifiers.

12/5/2017 to 12/6/2017
When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
8:00 AM
Where: The Alexandrian Hotel
480 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia  22314
United States
Contact: Brad Gething

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Please contact the Alexandrian Hotel for hotel reservations or by phone: 1-888-236-2427. The NWPCA discounted room rate is $169/night when you identify yourself as with NWPCA before November 14, 2017.  Visit the Alexandrian Hotel website for more information about the hotel.

The hotel is conveniently located five miles from Reagan National Airport and only a short taxi ride. If using Metro, King Street station is two metro stops from the airport.

Course Specific Information

The course will cover the fundamentals to pallet design, and how to use PDS to design both stringer and block pallets, including:
  • The physical properties of wood and how they affect pallet performance, and the influence of different lumber species and grade
  • Fastener specifications
  • Unit load specifications
  • Pallet support and handling conditions
  • Understanding results of a PDS Structural, Durability, and Physical Properties Analysis
  • How design affects the strength, stiffness, and damage resistance of wood pallets
  • Performance of wood pallet designs within unit load handling systems
Attendees will also dive into the latest improvements in PDS v5.3:
  • The influence of connection performance on overall pallet performance
  • Expanded design capabilities for remanufactured pallets
  • An advance quantitative analysis for lateral collapse resistance during transit
  • Customized positioning of individual containers in the unit load specification module