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CPULD News, Fall 2020

Image 1 Yu Yang attaching sensors to a forklift

Image 1 Yu Yang attaching sensors to a forklift

FEATURE

Investigation into the effects of various factors on the vibration levels experienced by unit loads under forklift handling conditions

- Research project by Yu Yang Huang

Forklifts play an important role in the global distribution of packaged products. They are commonly used to move and lift materials and products throughout the supply chain and offer load capacities from a few thousand pounds up to 180,000 pounds. Forklifts are one of the most common types of material handling equipment used in warehouses and distribution centers. Forklifts experience vibration during operation. Vibration is a mechanical phenomenon that is very common in transport vehicles and affects every packaged product during the handling and transportation process. Forklifts experience different vibration levels under different conditions, such as speed, road conditions, and unit load weight. The vibration produced is not a smooth, oscillatory motion; it is a shaped mix of various frequencies and amplitudes, and it is constantly changing.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

alina mejias rojas

alina mejias rojas

After interning for a semester with CPULD, Alina was hooked on being a Hokie. She said that her interest in packaging was sparked during her internship. “After being exposed to packaging science, I was interested in learning more about it due to the fact that it is the third-largest industry in the world and it is a field that I had never been exposed to back in Costa Rica. The Virginia Tech graduate program focused on packaging efficiency, packaging distribution throughout the supply chain, and sustainable packaging — all of which captured my attention. By fall 2017, I had started my graduate program.”

 

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

FasTrack Update

FasTrack Update

Investigation into the impacts and damages sustained by pallets during physical distribution

Master’s student Jorge Masís is looking into the damages that pallets sustain during their trips through the distribution supply chain and how closely these damages match those created during our accelerated pallet durability testing called FasTrack. Jorge’s research will be used to help update the FasTrack simulation to accurately predict and mirror what a pallet will actually experience in a 21st century supply chain. 

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Victoria Dashevsky Student Spotlight Article

Victoria Dashevsky Student Spotlight Article

Victoria is a senior from Alphretta, Georgia, and will graduate in spring 2021. She says she went to a very typical high school that had an amazing choir program that she was very lucky to be a part of. She also told us that she chose to come to Virginia Tech “because I was looking for an out-of-state school and fell in love with the Hokie spirit when I came to visit.” Victoria is a packaging systems and design major and has added a minor in psychology because she has “always been amazed at how humans feel and wanted to take classes to learn more.”

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