This will be a 2.5-day, in-person course and will inform attendees about the advanced principles of crate design, how to conduct material audits, the basics of packaging and crate design as well as how they work in material handling systems. They will learn about the interactions between material handling equipment and crates as well as how to go about diagnosing and solving material handling problems.


Tuesday, March 5, 2024: 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2024: 8:00am- 5:00pm
Thursday, March 7, 2024 : 8:00am-12:00pm


Dr. Laszlo Horvath, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
In 2010, Dr. Horvath received his Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from NC State. He is one of the few packaging professionals who have received the "ISTA CPLP – Professional Level" certification. He is the chair of the ASTM D1185 working group, a U.S. delegate of TC 51, and a voting member of ANSI MH1 and MH 10 committees.

Dr. Daniel Hindman, Associate Professor of Wood Engineering
Virginia Tech
Daniel Hindman serves as an associate professor in the Sustainable Biomaterials department where his research program focuses on the efficient use of low-carbon, biological-based materials for construction. Dr. Hindman's research philosophy revolves around three principles related to wood materials: structure, safety, and sustainability. Dr. Hindman is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Forest Products Society, and the National Frame Building Association. Dr. Hindman holds a Professional Engineering license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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