What do these pallet industry words mean when it comes to your unit load capacity? Lets find out.
A dynamic load refers to the weight that is placed on an object and then put in motion. For example, a pallet rated for a dynamic load of 2000 lbs means you can put up to 2000 lbs. of an evenly distributed product on the pallet. Then the pallet could be placed on a conveyor system or be moved around a warehouse by a forklift.
A static load is defined as a non-varying load; when weight is placed on an object that is kept at rest. An example of a static load would be a set of pallets that are stacked two or three pallets high. If each pallet had 1000 lbs on it, then the bottom pallet would have a grand total of 3000 lbs. A static load rating refers to a pallet's load rating while the pallet is at rest, in this case the bottom pallet of the stack. Since the palletized load is not being subjected to over forces such as forklift forks, or conveyor rollers the static load rating exceeds the dynamic rating.
A racking load is the strength load rating for when a pallet is placed in a racked system. Racking load ratings should be taken as an estimation, as a customer’s warehouse racking system can be very individualized. The racking load rating can be verified by a testing lab that can simulate the conditions that each customer use.
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Post by: Jonathan Haynes, Sales Representative