Nearly every consumer and industrial item you interacted with today took a ride on a pallet. Let that sink in for a minute.
Your morning coffee. That phone in your pocket. Those new tires on your car. Even the pulleys and electronics that took you safely up to the seventh floor in the office elevator. All of it. There's a chance I'm not telling you anything new. But, have you ever asked why one company chooses wooden pallets and why another chooses plastic pallets?
This post is part 7 of a 10-post series on plastic pallets 101. (Part 6 examines plastic pallet destinations and handling.)
So you've been asked to buy plastic pallets. And, after looking at 200+ options, you're lost. How are you ever going to narrow down your choices? Well, any good pallet pro will ask this important question, “where’s the pallet going and how?”
It's a great question for eliminating plastic pallets that won't work. Just know there will probably be more to answer. This post is part 6 of a 10-post series on plastic pallets 101. (Part 5 explains common plastic pallet sizes.)
The standard pallet size in North America is 48x40 and has been for decades. I detailed uses for the 48x40 along with nearly 40 other pallet dimensions in my previous post, Industry Standard Pallet Sizes: A Complete List.
As a follow-up, I am specifically shining a light on plastic pallets and six (6) sizes commonly sold in the US. This post is part 5 of a 10-post series on plastic pallets 101. (Part 4 explains capacity ratings.)
Look at any plastic pallet spec sheet and you’ll see capacity ratings detailing how much weight the pallet can handle. These numbers are important to safety so let’s examine them now.
Wondering about the material used for manufacturing plastic pallets?
You may want to flip that question around and ask, what plastic material does my pallet application need? That's because plastic pallets can be made from a variety (and blends) of different materials to support specific environments.
Plastic pallets are built to support a wide variety of functions and environments. Each function typically relies on a specific design style to safely and efficiently get the job done.
Use the guide below to dive into an overview of styles and the duties they carry out.
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