The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation has signed a new agreement with the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) for its enhanced Pallet Design System (PDS). PDS is a powerful software tool that allows pallet companies to optimize wood pallet design for specific applications.
The agreement gives TIMCON exclusive rights to market PDS to pallet manufacturers in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire (Southern Ireland). TIMCON will offer the new PDS at a discount as a benefit to its members. Version 5.2 of the system will be released this autumn.
NWPCA is already working on the next version through recently announced expanded research partnership with Virginia Tech’s Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design (CPULD) and Department of Sustainable Biomaterials.
NWPCA has committed approximately US$200,000 in the Virginia Tech projects, as part of a $1 million investment in advancing the unit load capabilities of PDS in 2016 and 2017. The focus points of the developments are, specifically:
- State-of-the-art research on interactions and stresses between the pallet and supported containers (corrugated boxes, pails, drums, shipping sacks) at all phases of unit load handling, storage, and transport
- Development of advanced structural analysis models of entire unit load system (pallet, supported containers and load stabilizers)
- Hiring additional structural and software engineers to complement NWPCA’s existing team of engineers and researchers
“TIMCON’s relationship with organizations such as NWPCA allows us to give our membership access to the very latest international developments in the wooden packaging and pallet sector,” states TIMCON President John Dye. “The renewal of our agreement on PDS with NWPCA is an excellent example of this, giving them, at a substantial discount, access to the leading and most-used pallet design software in the world. ”
“With PDS, pallet manufacturers and recyclers in the UK will be better equipped to provide their customers with pallets that utilize timber efficiently, while also ensuring the safe and effective transportation of their goods.”
For more information on TIMCON, please visit www.timcon.org.
For more information on PDS, visit www.palletcentral.com.