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Our students are conducting state-of-the-art research projects to optimize the efficiency, cost and sustainability of the distribution packaging sector.

Student studying sensor data for research project



CPULD’s research areas are driven by the needs of the packaging industry and society. Our research team focuses on a wide range of projects, including:

  • Developing of new ways to optimize distribution packaging systems and unit loads by using  physical interactions between components
  • Quantifying and improving the sustainability of distribution packages through the development of life cycle inventories and conducting life cycle analysis
  • Conducting feasibility studies and supply chain analyses using the latest technology in smart and connected packaging
  • Conducting market studies of the distribution packaging sector

Most projects are conducted through our Industrial Affiliate Membership Program; however, Sponsored Research projects are also available for more individualized research.

In addition to current research projects, CPULD maintains an extensive research database that includes articles on subjects such as: the performance of driven fasteners and observations of the damage frequency and severity levels occurring in pallets. Our pallet data, in particular, is vital to researchers developing reliability-based models of pallets, containers, and other such related structures.

Diagram showing all areas of CPULD research.


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