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Short Courses and Workshops

The following list of short courses and workshop covering diverse area of packaging organized by the faculty of Packaging Systems and Design at Virginia Tech are available.

 

Wood Pallet Design and Performance Short Course

March 13-14, 2013, Blacksburg, VA

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 remanufactured wood pallets
  • Learn the fundamentals of block class pallet design and performance
  • Learn how to use Best Load® to design stringer class pallets

Topics include: effect of pallet design and selection on materials handling costs; fundamentals of new and remanufactured stringer class pallet design; designing block class pallets; designing stringer class pallets using Best Load®

Instructor: Marshall S. White (Professor Emeritus and CEO of White and Company), Laszlo Horvath (Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design, Assistant Professor of Practice)

Cost: 

  • $500 members of Center for Unit Load Design
  • $800 members of ISTA/MHIA/Pallet Profile Subscribers
  • $900 Non-members

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

Registration Deadline: February 22, 2013 (Late registration +$50)

 

For information on registration contact Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development at (540) 231-5182.

For information on the Short Courses and lodging, contact Angela Riegel (540) 231-7107 or visit our website at www.unitload.vt.edu/

 

Unit LoadDesign Short Course

May 21-23, 2013, Blacksburg, VA

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

Objectives:

  • Lower unitization cost
  • Reduce product damage
  • Identify opportunities in warehouse audits
  • Increase material handling rates
  • Understand the perspective of packaging engineers, pallet suppliers, and equipment designers
  • Lear unit load design: the systems based optimization procedures that will improve customer service and increase your competitiveness

Topics include: Princpiles of unit load design; Unit load material handling audit; Packaging design; Pallet design; Material handling systems; Interactions between material handling equipment, packaging , and pallets; Diagnosing and solving material handling problems; stringer class pallet design using Best Load®; Laboratory tour

Instructor: Marshall S. White (Professor Emeritus and CEO of White and Company), Laszlo Horvath (Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design, Assistant Professor of Practice)

Cost: 

  • $500 members of Center for Unit Load Design
  • $800 members of ISTA/MHIA/Pallet Profile Subscribers
  • $900 Non-members

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

Registration Deadline: April 20, 2013 (Late registration +$50)

 

For information on registration contact Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development at (540) 231-5182.

For information on the Short Courses and lodging, contact Angela Riegel (540) 231-7107 or visit our website at www.unitload.vt.edu/

 


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