FAQ: PDS Design Help

Where Can I Get Help With Pallet Design?

NWPCA provides a few ways for PDS training and pallet design education below.

Pallet Design Help 24/7

A comprehensive PDS User’s Guide (English) is built into the software program to help answer questions 24/7 regarding pallet design. It is readily available and accessible from the Opening Window Start Dialog, through the Help menu, and at the bottom left of every window within the design wizard. PDS Users can also use this valuable resource to learn more about pallet design on a variety of topics.

Training Courses

Below are recordings of past webinars on using PDS. If you are a PDS User and interested in seeing another topic covered in a webinar, please contact Dr. Brad Gething, NWPCA, Vice President, Science & Technology.

PDS Basics: Lumber (begins at 4:20 mark)
Session will provide a background on lumber and how it can affect pallet performance. Properties such as species, grade and moisture content will also be raised. Presented on December 15 by Brad Gething, PhD, NWPCA

PDS Basics: Fasteners
Session will provide a background on the different types of fasteners, their characteristics, and how these different factors affect the performance of pallet connections. Presented on November 17, 2020 by Laszlo Horvath, PhD, Director of CPULD

PDS Basics: Block Pallets
Session for beginners or those needing a refresher. This session expands on the “PDS 101” webinar by focusing on block pallet design. Presented on October 13, 2020, by Brad Gething, PhD, Vice President, Science & Technology.

PDS 101: The Basics (begins at 3:55 mark)
This session is for beginners or for those needing a refresher. We’ll show you the ins and outs of using of the software so that you are more confident in using PDS to design a pallet. Presented on April 2, 2020, by Brad Gething, PhD, Vice President, Science & Technology.

Most Common FAQs (begins at 4:40 mark)
Session will lead you through the most common questions received, and include some “How tos” and other features. Presented on April 9, 2020, by Brad Gething, PhD, Vice President, Science & Technology.

Unit Load Primer: An Introduction to PDS 6.1
Session will provide an overview of unit load design. Hear a brief introduction to the newest software tool, the research that went into this mile-stone achievement, and hear some case studies on how it may be used for your customers. Presented on April 16, 2020, by Kristin DeLack, PE, Structural Engineer; Laszlo Horvath, Director of CPULD

Designing Unit Loads for Corrugated Boxes
Session will provide an overview of corrugated box information, which will be used as a stepping stone towards full unit load design. Session will also demystify corrugated boxes and enable you to become more confident when discussing boxes with your customers and stakeholders. Presented on April 23, 2020, by Kristin DeLack, PE, Structural Engineer; Laszlo Horvath, Director of CPULD.

Design and Analysis of Unit Loads of Boxes
Session will show you how to design unit loads of corrugated boxes, and how to make a difference for your customers with holistic system-level design. We will do at least one hands-on tutorial to perform a case study. Presented on April 30, 2020, by Kristin DeLack, PE, PDS Structural Engineer

NWPCA & the Packaging School

NWPCA has partnered with the Independent Packaging Association (AICC), and the Packaging School to provide on-demand training. An initial catalog of four courses, both in English and Spanish, is available that covers unit load design and corrugated boxes. AICC is renowned for its world-class online training system. Their courses on corrugated board will give you a terrific foundation that you can build upon for custom pallet and unit load designs. NWPCA members only have free access to the Packaging School (NWPCA Member login-required here to sign-up with AICC).

Still need design assistance? Please contact Dr. Brad Gething, NWPCA Vice President, Science & Technology, or submit a support ticket for assistance.