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Pallet Design System Short Course
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Pallet Design System Short Course

8/21/2018 to 8/23/2018
When: August 21-23, 2018
Where: Brooks Forest Product Center
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA  24061

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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.


  • Learn how pallet design and selection affects materials handling costs.
  • Learn the fundamentals of stringer class pallet design and performance, including both new and re-manufactured wood pallets.
  • Learn the fundamentals of block class pallet design and performance.
  • Learn how to use PDS to design stringer class pallets. Topics include: The effects of pallet design and selection on materials handling costs, fundamentals of new and re-manufactured stringer class pallet design, designing block class pallets, and designing stringer and block class pallets using PDS.

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About the instructors:

Brad Gething became a member of the NWPCA staff in July 2013, and now serves as Director of Science and Technology Integration. Brad’s possessive role includes participation in various standards bodies, promotion of research and development, and support on other technical issues related to the wood packaging industry. Before becoming a member of the NWPCA team, Brad worked at Penn State University as a post-doctoral scholar. He 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 University of West Hungary in 2007. He also received a Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from North Carolina State University in 2010. He 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. Dr. Horvath is one of the 50 ISTA Certified CPLP professionals, a member of various ASTM, ANSI, and ISTA committees, and he is part of the US delegation to the ISO TC51 Committee. He is also on the MH1 Committee on Pallet & Container Standards.