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2018 PDS Training Course
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A two-day, in-depth training on The Pallet Design System™ software engineering program led by Dr. Brad Gething, NWPCA Director of Science & Technology. Great training for pallet suppliers and sales professionals, those responsible for pallet purchases, packaging engineers, and pallet specifiers.

11/28/2018 to 11/29/2018
When: 9:00 AM
Where: NWPCA Office
1421 Prince Street
Suite 340
Alexandria, Virginia  22314
United States
Contact: Brad Gething

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Old Town Alexandria is a short taxi ride or two metro stops (King Street Metro) south of Reagan National Airport (DCA). There are many hotels in the area within walking distance to NWPCA, including: Embassy Suites Alexandria Old Town, Hilton Alexandria Old Town, Hilton Garden Inn Alexandria Old Town, Hampton Inn Alexandria Old Town, and The Lorien.


The NWPCA office 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 v5.6:
  • 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