When we got into the used plastic pallet business, we had no idea how much scrap we would get.
Scrap are plastic pallets that have major damage including:
Michigan State University Packaging Alumni Association hosts a wonderful gathering during Pack Expo. Faculty, alumni and students all join to celebrate the School of Packaging.
The reunion allows professors, interns and industry professionals to support the School of Packaging scholarships for future students of the program.
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Post by: Kent Longardner, Technical Sales Manager
Plastic pallets are available in just about any custom color you want. They're more than just a prettier pallet. Find out how and why color is used.
Color improves Workflow Efficiency and More
The reasons for using uniquely-colored pallets are almost as varied as the colors themselves. Here are some of the top reasons for using custom color plastic pallets:
Black Plastic Pallets are Most Popular
The majority of plastic pallets will be either black or gray simply because they cost less to make. These pallets are manufactured with a blend of post-industrial recycled HDPE or PP materials. Both are low cost, yet very durable. However, the recycled materials used in manufacturing will always be a blend of various colors. To achieve a consistent color, colorant needs to be added. Black and gray are the most cost-effective options.
Blue Plastic Pallets are FDA Approved
Blue plastic pallets are the second most common color. Blue is used to identify that a pallet is FDA Approved for direct food contact. These pallets are more expensive than a black or gray plastic pallet because they are made from 100% virgin material. Recycled material cannot be used in an FDA Approved plastic pallet.
Red, Green and Yellow Pallets Cost More
Custom colors including red, green and yellow will cost more. Like the FDA pallet, higher prices for custom color pallets include the added costs of virgin material and expertly-matched colorant. These colors are also more difficult to find, especially in smaller quantities. Most manufacturers will only make custom color plastic pallets with a full truckload minimum order. Custom color plastic pallets in less than truckload quantities (LTL) are available from some manufacturers that stock them (if you know where to look).
Even though custom colors may initially cost more, increased efficiencies and reduced pallet loss may actually prove to be a cost-effective solution for your distribution system. An experienced pallet professional can help you make color decisions.
Do you have a question or a unique way of using color plastic pallets in your system? Tell us in the comments below.
Post by: Mike Simon, Midwestern Sales Executive
Switching to kiln-dried pine can be an easy fix for hardwood pallet mold problems. The not-so-easy part is making sure the pine supports handling requirements with the same strength and durability.
A customer identified a mold problem using hardwood pallets.
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