The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design (CPULD) has benefited major companies and government agencies for over 40 years by predetermining product protection for consumer and industrial products. If you have experienced excessive damage claims, high packaging costs, or are contemplating the introduction of a new product package, our laboratory's services will be a real benefit to you.

The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design at Virginia Tech has the ability to help with every stage of the packaging and shipping process for almost any industry. We can test and evaluate your current packaging and material handling systems and help guide you through the redesigning process for any part of your system with the focus of sustainability and cost effectiveness.

Our Primary Packaging Lab focuses on researching the components that go into the packaging that touches your product (e.g. bottles, bags, etc).

Our Corrugated Packaging Lab studies secondary packaging that helps store and ship your products (boxes, cushioning products, etc).

And, finally, our Distribution Packaging Lab researches the shipping process; including studying pallets, crates, stretch film and most recently we've begun studying electronic sensors used for tracking shipments.

So, whatever your packaging, shipping, or material handling needs are, our Center has the world renowned faculty, 40 plus years of research knowledge, and an excellent team of researchers ready to solve your problems and save your company time and money!

We are an independent certified ISTA testing laboratory, staffed by highly skilled, certified technicians who perform tests in accordance with ASTM, TAPPI, ISO, ANSI, standards and customized application methods developed in our laboratory for and/or by our clients.