White & Co. Donates Best Load® Software To Virginia Tech Center For Unit Load Design

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Packaging Science students at Virginia Tech have a competitive advantage as they approach a tight labor market, thanks to a major in-kind software donation from White and Company. The company has provided the latest version of Best Load®, packaging optmization software, which leverages packaging data more effectively and allows users to design a pallet, package and unit load.

VT packaging students will have the knowledge and experience to correct product damage and warehouse safety issues before they ever experience them in the workplace,” says Dr. Marshall White.

Packaging Science students at Virginia Tech have a competitive advantage as they approach a tight labor market, thanks to a major in-kind software donation from White and Company.

“We are pleased to offer Virginia Tech Packaging Science students Best Load® , our packaging optimization software, as it will help to prepare the future leaders in the packaging design, logistics, and manufacturing industries with best-in-class technology to prepare them for the opportunities ahead,” said Dr. Marshall White, president of the company and Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech. “White & Co. strives to be on the cutting edge of packaging science using unit load design principles that maximize the relationship between design and performance by researching and modeling the interactions of the pallet, package and unit load material handling and shipping equipment.”

The company has provided the latest version of Best Load®, which leverages packaging data more effectively and allows users to design a pallet, package and unit load. Students can then use Best Load® to manipulate the component designs for optimal performance of the unit load while minimizing raw material used in the design of the package and pallet. Using the software to predict the compression strength, weight, and optimum dimensions of the distribution packaging to pallets, students can also effectively resolve real-world warehouse safety and product damage issues experienced in the supply chain while developing a strong understanding of how the unit load components interact. Working with Best Load® also allows students to focus on managing packaging mass, volume, and cost data for sustainability goals during the packaging design process.

“So much of the science used to calculate the interactions managed by Best Load® are not available in any software program. Students would spend whole semesters in the packaging lab to experience what Best Load® generates in just seconds. It’s truly revolutionary and I’m thrilled to be able to expose the students to these concepts at such an advanced level. VT packaging students will have the knowledge and experience to correct product damage and warehouse safety issues before they ever experience them in the workplace,” says White.

Faculty member Dr. Young Teck Kim believes the gift will give students an edge in their future careers. “Best Load® is professional, industry-level software, delivering results sought after by most all Fortune 500 companies. Job interviewers will be impressed with our students’ ability to use of professional-grade analytical tools to resolve complex logistics issues,” Dr. Kim said.

Laszlo Horvath, director of the university’s Center for Unit Load Design, says such gifts greatly enhance the opportunities for students – both today and in the future. “We are constantly seeking to provide state-of-the-art technology solutions in classrooms and labs, and such tools also help us to recruit future students and can even help positively affect our rankings, The software will be incorporated into our continuing education and professional outreach course offerings to packaging and logistics professionals” he said.

Based in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, the Center for Unit Load Design, tests and develops technologies to optimize material handling efficiency, and focuses on packaging, palletization, material handling and unit load design.

White & Co. was founded in 2007 by Dr. Marshall S. White as an independent packaging research, software development, and consulting firm, focused on delivering 'systems-based' unit load solutions to manufacturers and distributors.

Best Load® packaging optimization services are available exclusively through White and Company. For information on Best Load consulting and research services, visit the web at http://www.whiteandcompany.net or call 540-449-2100.

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