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Pallet Design System Short Course

 Export to Your Calendar 4/23/2019 to 4/25/2019
When: April 23-25, 2019
Where: Brooks Forest Product Center
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA  24061

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Wood Pallet Design and Performance Short Course

NWPCA has teamed up again with Virginia Tech to present this short course on pallet design. This course is for wood pallet suppliers and sales professionals, professionals responsible for pallet purchases, packaging engineers and pallet specifiers.

Registration Fee

$445 for 1-3 registrants from one company, $395 for 4-8 registrants, $345 for 9 or more registrants. Early registration ends on March 20th, 2019. After then, add $50 to each rate. The registration fee includes all course materials, CEU certificate, daily continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks. 

About the Course
This intensive three-day short course will teach techniques that pallet designers can use to save money when designing pallets by considering the interactions between all of the components of the material handling system. The course will use state-of-the-art pallet design software - Pallet Design Systemâ„¢ - to better demonstrate the steps that go into the pallet design process. You will also be taken on a tour of a working, state of the art, pallet testing laboratory! 

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About the Instructors

Brad Gething became a member of the NWPCA staff in July 2013, taking on the role of Technical and PDS Manager. Brads role includes participation in various standards bodies, promotion of research and development, and support on other technical issues related to the wood packaging industry. He also serves as a point of contact for PDS design support. Before becoming a member of the NWPCA team, Brad worked at Penn State University as a post-doctoral scholar, researching issues relating to the phytosanitation of wood packaging and ISPM 15. Brad earned a MS and PhD degree in Materials from Penn State University, and a BS degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University

Laszlo Horvath is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech. He received an MS in Wood Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of West Hungary in 2007. He also received a Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from North Carolina State University in 2010. Dr. Horvath is currently the Director of the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design. He is teaching package engineering and pallet design to both undergraduate and graduate students. His research areas include the analysis of interactions between the components of unit loads and the development of bio-based and sustainable packaging materials. He is the member of the American Society of Engineers and is on the MH1 Committee on Pallet & Container Standards.