Published Works

Systems Based Unit Load Design

  • NEW! White, M., J. Yoo and J.R. Loferski. April 5, 2012. Modeling Compression Stress Distributions at the Interface Between Pallet Decks and Distribution Packaging. Proceedings of the 2012 International Safe Transit Association Packaging Forum, April 2-6, Orlando, Florida. (Read summary at right or view presentation)
  • Hamner, P., and M. White. 2007. A systems-based approach to unit load performance and efficiency. MHIA - On the Mhove. Vol 8/Issue 2 pp. 12-13
  • Han, Jonkoo, M. White, and P. Hamner. 2007. Development of a finite element model of pallet deformation and compressive stresses on packaging within pallet loads. Journal of Applied Packaging Research. Vol 1/No.3 - March
  • Hamner, P., J. Han, and M. White. 2007 Virginia Tech study maps stress distributions on pallets during use. Pallet Enterprise magazine. May 2007
  • Sin D-S, M. White, J-K Han. 2007. Optimizing Pallet Sizes within the Global Supply Chain: Connecting Northeast Asia and North America. MHIA - On the Mhove. Vol 8/Issue 1 pp.8-9
  • Hamner, P. and M. White. 2006. The next big idea: a case for systematic vs. component unit load design. Pallet Enterprise magazine. May 2006
  • M. White, and P. Hamner. 2005. Pallets Move The World: The Case For Developing System-Based Designs for Unit Loads. Forest Products Journal 55(3)
  • Hamner, P., and M. White. 2005. How to design around a unit load. Pallet Enterprise magazine. November 2005
  • White, M. and P. Hamner. ISO may demystify the application of RFID technology to pallets. Pallet Enterprise magazine. August 2005

Pallet/Wood Manufacturing Related

  • Hamner, P., M. White, J. Han, and R. Rupert. 2007. The effect of splicing method on the flexural performance of pallet deckboards and stringers. Forest Products Journal (in review)
  • Hamner, P. and M. White. 2007. Virginia Tech study compares methods for splicing pallet parts. Pallet Enterprise magazine. February 2007
  • Hamner, P., M. White, and P. Araman. 2006. The frequency and level of sweep in mixed hardwood saw logs in the eastern United States. Forest Products Journal 57(9)
  • Hamner, P., M. White, and P. Araman. 2006. The effect of curve sawing two-sided cants from small diameter hardwood sawlogs on lumber and pallet part yields. Forest Products Journal 56(10)
  • Hamner, P. and M. White. 2006. Is recycled plastic lumber a viable alternative for Pallets. Pallet Enterprise magazine. November 2006
  • Hamner, P., and M. White. 2006. Virginia Tech study shows potential for finger jointing pallet parts. Pallet Enterprise magazine. February 2006
  • Mitchell, H., M. White, P. Araman, and P. Hamner. 2005. Hardwood pallet cant quality and pallet part yields. Forest Products Journal 55(12).
  • Hamner, P., M. White, and P. Araman. 2005. Analysis shows curved sawing small hardwood logs increases yield of side boards. Pallet Enterprise Magazine. May 2005

Other

Insect Infestation and Wood
  • Chen, Z., M. White, and W.H. Robinson. 2006a Preliminary Evaluation of Vacuum to Control Wood-boring Insects in Raw Wood Packaging Materials. Forest products Journal 56(7/8):21-25
Mold and Wood
  • Hamner, P. and M. White. 2004. Prevention and control of mold and mildew on pallets. National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA). Pallet Central magazine. April 2004

Featured Article:


NEW! Modeling Compression Stress Distributions at the Interface Between Pallet Decks and Distribution Packaging

By Marshall S. White, Jiyoun Yoo and Joseph R. Loferski

compression stress

Understanding the mechanical interactions between two primary components of the unit load portion of finished goods supply chains - pallets and packaging - is a key step towards supply chain cost reduction and workplace safety improvement. Designing a unit load without considering physical and mechanical interactions between those two components can result in an unsafe workplace environment and increased supply chain operating costs due to product damage, avoidable packaging costs, packaging disposal costs, and waste of natural resources.

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