When a manufacturer makes the decision to spend the time and money to make a new tool, they generally have a commitment from one or more customers to buy large quantities of that specific pallet in order to justify the investment. However, sometimes a manufacturer will have identified a need in the market for a certain pallet size or design. This need or void in the market often gives the manufacturer the confidence needed to invest in a new mold.
The volume requirement to justify a new tool will vary, depending on the style, size and weight of the potential pallet. Keeping this in mind, the “ball park” requirement is usually more than 25,000 – 30,000 pallets per year.
There are also situations where, regardless of significant volume, it still makes sense for an end user to have a new tool made. For example …
- A custom design that solves a product damage issue and eliminates long term damage costs.
- A design that eliminates the need for reduces the packaging costs associated with the unit load.
What if you are looking for a custom size plastic pallet and your needs don’t fit any of the criteria above? There is still an option for you. Existing plastic pallets can be cut down to match your size requirement. With the large number of current plastic pallet sizes and styles, there is usually a pallet that can be cut down to fit your needs or at the very least, get the size close.
What size pallet do you need? If you think it might be a custom size, leave a comment below. We can help you find the right solution for you need.
Post by: Mike Simon, Midwestern Sales Executive