Are the cold temperatures harming your plastic pallets?
As we grind through one of the coldest winters in decades, keep in mind that plastic pallets feel the cold too. In fact, because of the cold, plastic pallets are more vulnerable to damage and far less pliable.
We’ve come up with some cold weather problems and solutions to help protect your plastic pallets during the cold winter days.
When plastic is colder than normal or freezes, it becomes less impact resistant or more brittle. Simply put, it loses its elasticity. When it loses its elasticity, forklift tines don’t bounce off the blocks, they puncture the blocks. When the fork tines puncture the blocks, the block breaks and the pallet is compromised.
Remind your fork lift drivers to be extra careful when unloading plastic pallet unit loads on cold days.
Another cold weather side effect is prevalent if and when you are assembling two piece plastic pallets. Some “nestable” plastic pallets come with "snap-on" runners to make the pallets rackable and stackable. Generally, these runners have snaps that attach the runners or bottoms to the pallet. The freezing temperatures make these snaps brittle and prone to breakage.
Prior to assembly, try to warm up the runners or bottoms by making sure they are in a warm part of your facility. The locking system will remain pliable and the bottom runners should snap on with ease.
Post by: Mike Cunneen, Director of Sales and Marketing