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Crate Design and Performance

Crate Design and Performance, March 5th-7th, 2024

This will be a 2.5-day, in-person course and will inform attendees about the advanced principles of crate design, how to conduct material audits, the basics of packaging and crate design as well as how they work in material handling systems. They will learn about the interactions between material handling equipment and crates as well as how to go about diagnosing and solving material handling problems.

Crate Design, Short Course

Crate Design, Short Course


Who should attend:

  • Crate Designers
  • Crate Sales Professionals
  • Crate Purchasers
  • Crate Engineers

Topics covered in this short course:

  • Learn how to design cost-efficient crates
  • Learn the fundamentals of crate design and performance, including both new and re-manufactured crates.
  • Learn how to use software to design crates
  • Learn how to specify fasteners for crates
  • Learn the principles of load bridging of crates on pallets and how to use it to reduce costs








Dr. Laszlo Horvath

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design

In 2010, Dr. Horvath received his Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from NC State. He is one of the few packaging professionals who have received the "ISTA CPLP – Professional Level" certification. He is the chair of the ASTM D1185 working group, a U.S. delegate of TC 51, and a voting member of ANSI MH1 and MH 10 committees.

Dan Hindman

Dan Hindman

Dr. Daniel Hindman

Associate Professor of Wood Engineering
Virginia Tech

Daniel Hindman serves as an associate professor in the Sustainable Biomaterials department where his research program focuses on the efficient use of low-carbon, biological-based materials for construction. Dr. Hindman's research philosophy revolves around three principles related to wood materials: structure, safety, and sustainability. Dr. Hindman is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Forest Products Society, and the National Frame Building Association. Dr. Hindman holds a Professional Engineering license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


There are two types of tickets for this short course, detailed below. All attendees will participate in 2.5 days of lectures, laboratory tours, and coursework. They will be served breakfast, be given lunch breaks, and have multiple daily snack breaks. All participants will receive a certificate of completion within two weeks of successfully finishing the course:

  • General Attendee (Public): $1,456.00
  • CPULD Member: $728.00

Time & Location:

This course is being held March 5th-7th, 2024. It will consist of 2.5 days of lectures, assignments, and laboratory tours. All of these activities will be at the Brooks Forest Products Center, just off Virginia Tech campus near the Corporate Research Center, in Blacksburg, VA.

This course is being held:

  • Tuesday, March 5th, 2023: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 6th, 2023: 8:00am- 5:00pm
  • Thursday, March 7th, 2023: 8:00am-12:00pm

Brooks Forest Products Center
Virginia Tech, MC 0503
1650 Research Center Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061



Course Content Information:
Laszlo Horvath, Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
Phone: (540) 231-7673

General CPULD Information:
Angie Riegel, Secretary
Phone: (540) 231-7107

Registration Questions:
Erich Sawyer, Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development
CPE Enrollment Coordinator, Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development

Or Registration Questions via phone: (540) 231-4084





The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design works with the Courtyard by Marriott to make sure there are rooms available at the discounted rate of $123.00 per night for anyone attending this short course. 

Click here to register for a room at the discounted rate of $123.00 per night for short-course attendees!

The Courtyard by Marriott is located less than two miles from the Brooks Center building, where our short courses are held, and it offers many amenities including an indoor pool, exercise room, business area with free WIFI, and a delicious cafe on the premises. They also offer a shuttle service to and from the hotel that short course attendees have found helpful in the past. Please let them know upon check-in if you will need this shuttle service.

Please contact John Hale,, or Marriott directly at 540-552-5222, or register online using the direct linkfor your hotel room at the Courtyard by Marriott. If you call, be sure to mention the short course you're in Blacksburg to attend in order to receive the discounted rate on your hotel room! 

Hilton Garden Inn Blacksburg



The closest airport is the Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA), which is approximately 35 miles from Blacksburg, VA.

There are multiple car rental agencies as well as cab services located at the airport to transport visitors to Blackburg, VA.


The other nearby airports used by short course attendees are: