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COVID 19 - Updates


Messege from the Director, Dr. Laszlo Horvath.

Please visit this page for updates on how things are changing here at CPULD due to the current issues surrounding COVID-19 and the social distancing that is needed from all of us to help #flattenthecurve… We are confident that by working together we can all be part of bringing the pandemic to a stop!


Until that time, CPULD will be participating in all protective measures requested or required by Virginia Tech and by local, state, and federal governments. This includes increasing the sanitation measures in and around our buildings, allowing our faculty and staff to work from home whenever possible, and unfortunately, this includes the possibility of fully shutting down for a short time in the near future.


The safety of our students and staff is our utmost priority; thus, though all changes and updates, you can trust that we, here at CPULD, are still adhering to strict safety standards:

  • We are observing social distancing and limiting contact between technicians.

  • All technicians wear gloves and masks at all times.

  • We are disinfecting regularly touched surfaces every morning.

  • We have closed the lab to outside visitors.

  • We have implemented new policies regarding accepting incoming deliveries.

  • We are communicating with current clients using video calls.

If you would like to learn more about our availability, please contact me, Laszlo Horvath ( or 540-204-5277) and check back here for regular updates!


Thank you,

Dr. Laszlo Horvath
Associate Professor and Director of CPULD


March 16, 2020 - CPULD Update #1: All faculty and staff have been given the option of working from home. While we’re hopeful that most operations will continue to run smoothly, please be patient because, as with any change, while getting used to a new normal, delays may happen. Feel free to email or call any of us directly with questions; we are all committed to serving the needs of our students and customers and are happy to communicate any answers we have with you.

March 23, 2020 - CPULD Update #2: The Wood Pallet Design and Performance short course that was going to be held April 29th-30th, 2020 has been postponed until the fall of 2020. Please check the Continuing Education page of our website for updates when it’s been rescheduled.

March 31, 2020 - CPULD Update #3: The Distribution Packaging Lab is still running, but with very minimal staff. This limits the number and types of pallet and packaging tests we are able to conduct. Please contact us if you have a testing project that you believe may require minimal human labor involvement, and we will let you know if we are able to take on your project at this time. Reduced staff operations will last until at least June 1st and may change at any time to full closure. Please still feel free to contact us with any questions you may have! 

April 1, 2020 - CPULD Update #4: The Corrugated Materials Lab is closed until at least June 1st. Current projects will be completed as quickly as possible and final reports sent out. No new deliveries will be accepted and no new projects will be scheduled until at least June 1st, 2020. Please download this COVID-19 Update Letter for more info specifically for Corrugated Materials Lab customers.

April 10, 2020 - CPULD Update #5: Our Amazon APASS lab received an “essential operation” status from the university thus we are here to help with you Amazon or ISTA certifications.

We have implemented some new health and safety policies to make sure that our staff and students are safe. We are disinfecting commonly touched surfaces each day, our students wear masks and gloves during testing, and we are limiting close contact between technicians. We have also implemented new policies related to accepting shipments in order to limit contact during deliveries.

In addition, we cannot have any external visitors or clients on site. However, we can record the test using our tablets or set up a video call to show the testing live. Please contact Laszlo Horvath ( to schedule testing or if you have questions about our current capabilities!

May 4, 2020 - CPULD Update #6: Our Distribution Packaging Lab is fully open (although it is operating with reduced staff). However, the IKEA lab is closed until further notice. But, because packaging and pallet companies are an essential part of the supply chain, we have been allowed to stay open in order to support them and to make sure that all packages are shipped damage free. We are still able to help with pallet design evaluation, ISTA, NMFC, and Amazon certification, and unit load stability, among other tests. If you would like to schedule tests or learn more about our availability, please contact Laszlo Horvath at or (540) 204-5277.

June 1, 2020 - CPULD Update #7 – We are now resuming testing operations in CPULD’s Corrugated Materials Testing Lab (including IKEA testing). We will have a limited operations this week and expand to normal capacity next week (6/8/20).

We understand the urgency that some of you may have to get your tests conducted and we will try to expedite them as much as possible. As usual, please let Eduardo Molina ( know in advance when you will be shipping samples so that we can plan ahead accordingly.

June 15, 2020 - CPULD Update #8 – We are now open and conducting testing operations in all of CPULD’s labs. We understand the urgency that some of you may have to get your tests conducted after such a long break, and we will try to expedite them as much as possible. Please contact Dr. Laszlo Horvath with any questions you have about your testing projects.