Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design Announces Pallet Design and Unit Load Design Short Courses

The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design at Virginia Tech has announced two upcoming short courses. Offered May 1-3, 2018 is the Unit Load Design short course, “How to Design Pallets Differently.”  A second short course, Wood Pallet Design and Performance, is subtitled “Pallet Design in the 21st Century.” It will be held August 21-23, 2018. These courses will be of interest to wood pallet suppliers and sales professionals, professionals responsible for pallet purchases, packaging engineers, material handling equipment decision-makers and pallet specifiers.

 

Unit Load Design

Date: May 1-3, 2018

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.

 

Wood Pallet Design and Performance

Date: August 21-23, 2018

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

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.

 

Registration and Lodging Information

Registration: Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development at (540) 231-5182

Website:  http://unitload.vt.edu/

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