Ever wonder what “FM Approved” stands for? It is an abbreviation for Factory Mutual Approved.
The Factory Mutual Approvals Division determines the safety and reliability of equipment, materials or services utilized in hazardous locations in the United States and elsewhere.
According to the FM Global Group’s website, FM Approval for a plastic pallet means it has met the classification of pallets and other material handling products as equivalent to wood.
Once a plastic pallet manufacturer has received an FM Approval under Class Number 4996, it means that they have met the requirements that qualify the pallet as an FM Approved pallet.
The Pallet Design System (PDS) is essential when designing custom wood pallets.
Certain wood pallet manufacturers who lease the PDS software can use this powerful tool to help their customers reduce both costs and product damage. PDS also helps increase handling safety throughout the entire unit load system.
Often overlooked, the pallet is a very important part of the global economy. PDS is the tool used to design and evaluate this key component of the economy.
You may remember Nelson Company was honored with the NWPCA’s 50 year membership award last year. This year, Nelson’s own David Caltrider, John Clarke and Rich Reiher all attended the 2014 NWPCA Annual Leadership Conference. This year was the largest ever attendance in the history of these conferences!
New pallet manufacturers, recyclers, pallet pooling companies, lumber providers, equipment providers, universities and end users from companies such as Costco and DuPont gathered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from March 1-3, 2014 for the conference. Companies from the US, South America, Mexico, Canada and Europe were in attendance.
The conference was packed with two days of seminars, workshops and networking opportunities. We asked Rich for his top takeaways from this year’s conference. Here is what he had to say…
I had four main takeaways from this year’s conference.
Save the date! Next year’s NWPCA Annual Leadership Conference will be held in Tucson, Arizona from March 11-13, 2015.
We want to hear from you! What was your favorite part of the 2014 NWPCA Annual Leadership Conference? Let us know by commenting below.
Post by: Rich Reiher, Vice President
The ISTA TransPack Forum heads back to Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Orlando, Florida. From April 22-25, 2014 the forum offers the opportunity to learn from world-leading experts through exhibits and speakers.
Last year, Nelson’s own John Clarke was one of the speakers at the conference. This year John and other members of the Nelson Technical Center will be in attendance to soak up the sun and latest ideas of responsible transport packaging and the physical distribution of products.
We asked John what he was looking forward to the most at the 2014 ISTA TransPack Forum.
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