Research/Testing:


  FCA Sets High Standard for Customer-Centered Innovation In Packaging - From its design and testing lab to its practice of locating close to customers and offering facilities designed to service custom packaging needs, FCA has established a solid reputation for customer service and innovation, particularly for OEM companies across the country.  (7/1/2013)

  Center for Unit Load Design Taps New Director - Virgina Tech''s Center for Unit Load Design taps new director, looks to launch a bigger packaging program.   (10/1/2011)

  Keys to Understanding Pallet Performance – Strength, Stiffness and Durability - Measuring Pallet Performance: Unit load expert, Ralph Rupert, identifies the keys to understanding pallet performance including strength, stiffness and durability.  (7/1/2011)

  Material Use and Production Changes in the U.S. Wood Pallet and Container Industry: 1992 to 2006 - Pallet Study: Researchers Phil Araman and Bob Bush analyze lumber and production changes in the pallet manufacturing industry.  (6/1/2009)

  Virginia Tech Studies Pallet Stress: Mapping Technology Identifies Best Location for Tags, Design Improvements - The Center for Unit Load Design has begun preliminary testing of pressure sensitive films to map stress levels on pallets. Researchers might be able to find the best place to locate radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to prevent damage during transit.   (5/1/2007)

  Virginia Tech Study Compares Methods for Splicing Pallet Parts - Based on the results of a pilot study, Virginia Tech embarked on a larger study to fully examine the strength and stiffness of hardwood pallet parts assembled using both finger jointing and metal connector plate splicing technologies.  (2/1/2007)

  Mark White to Enter Second Career: A Potentially Positive Change for the Pallet Industry - Mark White: Pallet industry’s leading researcher to retire from higher education and begin new career as private consultant; Mark White was an instrumental leader of the pallet industry as a professor and researcher at Virginia Tech.  (11/1/2006)