CONTINUING EDUCATION

We are pleased to offer educational programs that specialize in training the employees of our target industries. We offer various short courses: these are classes that last 2-3 full days and focus on pallet, container, and unit load design.

These courses are taught by educational professionals with close ties to the industry. Courses also include tours of our state of the art laboratories, which are here on-site. Courses are held on the beautiful Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA. We are always in the process of developing special programs to fit specific educational needs. Contact Us to find out more!

Membership in the Center offers discounted registration costs for many of these short courses – even up to 50% off the cost of the course! Learn more about becoming a member and take advantage of these great discounts by clicking the button on the right!

To the right are downloadable brochures containing all the info you will need to know regarding both of the upcoming Center short courses.

Unit Load Design and Performance

COURSE INFORMATION
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
AGENDA
TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING
REGISTRATION
CONTACTS
How to Use Unit Load Design Differently!

Date: August 13th-15th, 2019. Schedule subject to change.

Registration: Check back closer to short course date for registration info!

Location: Brooks Forest Product Center, Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 24061

Who should attend: Packaging, pallet, and material handling equipment suppliers, as well as the users of these components.

Objectives:

  • Learn about a new service that you can offer to your customers.
  • Learn to reduce your customer’s product damage.
  • Identify opportunities for savings in warehouse audits.
  • Increase material handling rates.
  • Understand the perspective of packaging engineers and equipment designers.
  • Learn Unit Load Design: a systems based optimization procedure that will improve
    customer service and increase your competitiveness.

Topics include: Principles of unit load design, unit load material handling audits, packaging design, pallet design, material handling systems, interactions between material handling equipment, packaging, and pallets, diagnosing and solving material handling problems, and also enjoy a tour of a working laboratory.

Marshall S. White

CEO and Industry Consultant
White & Co.
mswhite@whiteandcompany.net

Dr. Marshall “Mark” White has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Wood Science & Forest Products at Virginia Tech since 1975. Originally from New Jersey, Dr. White received degrees from Colorado State University and Virginia Tech. Dr. White is the former director of the William H. Sardo Jr. Pallet & Container Research Laboratory and the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design. His research and extension programs through the pallet lab and the unit load design lab focused on unit load materials handling efficiency.

As a result of his research expertise, Dr. White has written many national and international standards for pallets and containers. He was head of the US delegation to the International Organization of Standardization (IS) TC51 Committee on International Pallet Standards and chaired the American Society of Engineers MH1 Committee on Pallet & Container Standards.

In his new role as CEO of White & CO., Dr. White’s consulting specialty will be in packaging and pallet design solutions that optimize supply chain performance. Mark enjoys vacationing on New Jersey beaches and raising Newfoundlands.

 

Laszlo Horvath
Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
lhorvat@vt.edu

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 the University of West Hungary in 2007. He also received a Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from North Carolina State University in 2010.

Dr. Horvath 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. He is the member of the American Society of Engineers and is on the MH1 Committee on Pallet & Container Standards.

Day 1

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Introduction
  • Principles of Unit Load Design
  • Unit Load Material Handling Audit

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Basics of Packaging Design
    – Corrugated Boxes
    – Drums, Pails
    – Bags, IBC
    – Load Stabilization
Day 2

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • Basics of Packaging Design, Continued
    – Corrugated Boxes
    – Drums, Pails
    – Bags, IBC
    – Load Stabilization

9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Basics of Material Handling Systems
    – Industrial Trucks
    – Conveyors, Rack Systems, Automated Warehouses
    – Shipping Systems

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Basics of Pallet Design
    – Terminology
    – Materials
    – Recycled/Remanufactured Pallets
    – Best Load® Software
    – Fasteners

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Tour of Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design and Pallet Laboratories
Day 3

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Interactions between Material Handling Equipment, Packaging, and Pallets

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Field Audit Demonstration and Case Studies

Accommodations:

Reduced Rate: Check back as it gets closer for information regarding a reserved block of rooms at one of our local hotels. You will need to reserve your room early to take advantage of the course discount!

 

Cost
$400 per attendee whose company is a member of Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
$700 per attendee whose company is a ISTA/MHI/Pallet Profile Subscriber/Best Load or Best Pallet Licensee
$800 per attendee with no affiliations.

Registration fee includes all course materials, CEU certificate, daily continental breakfasts, lunch, and refreshment breaks.

Early Registration Deadline: Usually one month before short course (after deadline add $50)

Contact Erich Sawyer with Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development at (540) 231-4084 with any registration questions or concerns.

Content Specific Information:
Laszlo Horvath, Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
Phone: (540) 231-7673
Email: lhorvat@vt.edu

General Information:
Angie Riegel, Secretary
Phone: (540) 231-7107
Email: ariegel@vt.edu

Registration:
Erich Sawyer, Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development
Andrew Alston, Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development

Or via phone: (540) 231-4084

Wood Pallet Design and Performance

COURSE INFORMATION
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
AGENDA
TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING
REGISTRATION
CONTACTS
Wood Pallet Design in the 21st Century!

Date: May 7th-9th, 2019. Schedule subject to change.

Registration: Check back closer to the short course date for registration info.

Location: Brooks Forest Product Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Who Should Attend: Wood pallet suppliers and sales professionals, professionals responsible for pallet purchases, packaging engineers and pallet specifiers.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Brad A. Gething
Director of Science and Technology Integration
National Wood Pallet and Container Association.
bgething@palletcentral.com

Brad Gething became a member of the NWPCA staff in July 2013, taking on the role of Technical and PDS Manager. Brads role includes participation in various standards bodies, promotion of research and development, and support on other technical issues related to the wood packaging industry. He also serves as a point of contact for PDS design support.

Before becoming a member of the NWPCA team, Brad worked at Penn State University as a post-doctoral scholar, researching issues relating to the phytosanitation of wood packaging and ISPM 15. Brad earned a MS and PhD degree in Materials from Penn State University, and a BS degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University.

Laszlo Horvath
Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
lhorvat@vt.edu

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 the University of West Hungary in 2007. He also received a Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from North Carolina State University in 2010.

Dr. Horvath 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.

He is the member of the American Society of Engineers and is on the MH1 Committee on Pallet & Container Standards.

Day 1

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Introduction
  • The effect of pallet design and selection on materials handling costs

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Tour of the laboratories of the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
Day 2

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • Effect of wood on pallet performance

10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • The fundamentals of new and remanufactured stringer class pallet design, including pallet part grades and fastener specifications

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Practice session designing stringer class pallets using PDS

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • The fundamentals of block class pallet design
Day 3

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • Practice session designing block class pallets using PDS

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Case Studies

Accommodations:

Reduced Rate: As it gets closer to the course, we reserve blocks of rooms at discounted rates for our course attendees at one of the local hotels. Check back regularly to learn these rates and reserve your room early to take advantage of the course discount!

 

Cost
$445 per registrant for 1-3 course registrants from the same company.
$395 per registrant for 4-8 course registrants from the same company.
$345 per registrant for 9 or more course registrants from the same company.

Registration fee includes all course materials, CEU certificate, daily continental breakfasts, lunch, and refreshment breaks.

Early Registration Deadline: Check back for exact date – but usually about one month before the short course (after the deadline add $50 to each of the above rates)

Contact Erich Sawyer with Virginia Tech’s Outreach Program Development at (540) 231-4084 with any registration questions or concerns!

Content Specific Information:
Laszlo Horvath, Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
Phone: (540) 231-7673
Email: lhorvat@vt.edu

General Information:
Angie Riegel
Phone: (540) 231-7107
Email: ariegel@vt.edu

Registration:
Erich Sawyer, Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development
Phone: (540) 231-4084
Email: erichs1@vt.edu