ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 14, 2017 – NWPCA and CAPE Machinery, a leading Spanish woodworking machinery manufacturer and developer, have entered into a two-year agreement that will provide a seamless integration of the Pallet Design System™ (PDS) software with CAPE’s world-class pallet production machines.

The agreement between the NWPCA and CAPE to integrate PDS software with CAPE’s MACH series Flexible Nailing Lines is part of a new development project, the CAPE 4.0. The new integration will allow CAPE customers to make their first steps to the “Smart Factory”, allowing to design the pallet from the office and send all pallet data to the MACH Line which will make the setup automatically, saving time and possible operators mistakes during the setup process.

“Digitalization is one of the pillars in the 4th Industrial Revolution and PDS is one of the most advanced software’s in our industry. Our worldwide customers deserves to use a tool like PDS integrated with their MACH Lines and see the result of the new technologies applied to their real life,” said Marc Perez, CAPE.

One of the key elements of NWPCA’s strategic mission is the proliferation of the PDS System. “Not only is the PDS System the most effective pallet design system available, it’s world-wide acceptance and use provides a meaningful economic stream to the Association thus enabling NWPCA to itself do more for the industry,” said NWPCA Chair, Shane Thompson.

With the licensing agreement, PDS software will be integrated into CAPE’s automated production process for new, refurbished and retrofitted pallet production machines, with international customers purchasing CAPE machinery receiving a one-year license for PDS. “The global footprint of PDS continues to rapidly expand, and this agreement between NWPCA and CAPE further solidifies PDS’ market leadership position as the industry standard for pallet design,” added NWPCA President and CEO, Brent McClendon.