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Advances in structural analysis modeling in PDS V5.7

NOTE: Users will automatically be updated to PDS V5.7 upon login. During the update, your computer might display a message that reads: "SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk." This is a common warning from Windows security; it is safe to run.

Key Features:

  • Improvements in the accuracy and reliability of block-class pallet structural analysis.
  • Block dimensions are now drawn in order of width, length and height in the Pallet Specification and Production Order.
  • User interface bug fixes and enhancements

With v.5.7© , PDS Users will see increased calculation reliability and robustness for unusual and highly customized designs. Relative Safe Load predictions between various styles of bottom deck configurations are now better represented by the calculations.


A comprehensive PDS User’s Guide is built into the software program to help answer questions 24/7 regarding pallet design. It is readily available and accessible from the Opening Window Start Dialog, through the Help menu, and at the bottom left of every window within the design wizard. PDS Users can also search this valuable resource to learn more about pallet design from a variety of topics.

Technical Issues - Contact Us

NWPCA employs a great team of dedicated professionals that can assist with the wide range of technical and other issues related to use of PDS, LoadSync™ and FastenerSync™.  Contact below to answer questions about the product or issues you are encountering, or phone us at: 703-519-6104.

Susan Cheney, PDS and Membership Services Manager
  • Software downloads
  • Changing Computers
  • Lease Renewals, Sales, add-ons
  • Billing, payments

Brad Gething, PhD, Director of Science & Technology Integration
  • Troubleshooting a pallet design with your desired specification

Kevin Richey, Senior Software Engineer
  • Software function issues

Learn more about The Pallet Design System™ of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association by contacting NWPCA Headquarters at 703-519-6104.