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Virginia Tech’s Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design has an Active Spring

March 15, 2013 – Virginia Tech’s Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design (CPULD) has had an active spring so far. In March, the CPULD director Dr. Laszlo Horvath presented at multiple industry meetings.

Horvath spoke at the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, NC March 5. At the event, he talked to representatives of plastic and packaging manufacturers about the latest developments at the CPULD. During Horvath’s presentation, Danville companies were introduced a new research area where natural fibers are used to reinforce plastics for various packaging applications. The new concept will influence the way pallets are designed and used. His presentation can be watched at the following link:

Horvath spoke again at the annual Industrial Truck Association (ITA) spring meeting March 12 in D.C. At this year’s meeting, Dr. Horvath addressed the General Engineering Committee, a committee of engineers who develop forklifts and other modes of unit load handling devices. The committee gained insight into the world of pallets, with which they often come into contact. Horvath discussed the newest trends in pallet design and the latest research at Virginia Tech’s CPULD. He also introduced the Physical Internet Initiative which will have a great influence on the way how materials will be handled in the future.

Both events provided great opportunities for the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design and Virginia Tech to be involved with the latest developments in the packaging and material handling industries.



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