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.
How much Weight can Pallets Safely Hold?
Weight capacities for plastic pallets are typically issued by the manufacturer. Ratings for dynamic, static and racking capacities are set using a combination of mathematical calculations and the results of field and/or lab testing. This post is an overview of load capacity ratings and is part 4 of a 10-post series on plastic pallets 101. (Part 3 addresses plastic pallet materials.)
Dynamic vs Static vs Racking
Plastic pallets will always be rated for dynamic and static loads. Only pallets specifically designed to be used in an unsupported racking system will include a racking capacity. You can expect capacities to vary based on pallet dimensions, materials and design. And, you should also know that ratings are determined using evenly distributed loads.
Capabilities of pallets will vary per system or environmental conditions. For example, freezing conditions can make some pallet materials brittle. Even if your application meets specs, it is always advisable to consult with a pallet professional and perform sample testing before putting a pallet in use.
Want to know more about load capacities for plastic pallets? Drop us a line or post your question in the comments below. Also, see our quick video on Plastic Pallets 101. In just 10 short minutes, we introduce you to even more basics about choosing plastic pallets.
Post by: Mike Cunneen, Director of Sales & Marketing
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