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Plastic Pallets Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides a comprehensive list of plastic pallet manufacturers and suppliers. Use our website to review and source top plastic pallet manufacturers with roll over ads and detailed product descriptions. Find plastic pallet companies that can design, engineer, and manufacture plastic pallets to your companies specifications. Then contact the plastic pallet companies through our quick and easy request for quote form. Website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information is provided for each company. Access customer reviews and keep up to date with product new articles. Whether you are looking for manufacturers of cargo plastic pallets, plastic pallets on wheels, drum pallets, or customized plastic pallets of every type, this is the resource for you.

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TMF Corporation manufactures the Protech 4048 heavy duty plastic pallet. With inventory on hand, we quickly deliver both the standard and the FM Approved Protech 4048. Features include: blue, black & gray color options, one-piece high density polyethylene structural foam construction, thick legs for impact protection, four-way entry, FDA approved materials and a cleanable, flow through design.
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Robinson Industries reduces operational costs and worker injuries through providing superior-quality plastic pallets. We sell pallets in a variety of sizes and styles. Robinson Industries is ready and able to meet diverse industry needs. Our customers' needs come first by offering custom plastic pallets in order to better-fit unique applications. Contact us today!
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J.H. Nunn manufactures plastic pallets, along with a diversity of other products & services. Our affordable pallets are lightweight yet strong & durable. They serve warehouse, produce & food processing, paper industry, electronics, aerospace and other applications. We`ve been in business since 1978.
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Since 1996, Vantage Plastics has been the thermoforming specialists. We are your one stop location for any and all plastic pallet requirements. Our capabilities allow us to provide plastic products to a number of industries including the automotive, food processing, agricultural, recreational and more. We provide standard services as well as custom abilities for your specific need.
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The manufacturing of rotationally molded polyethylene pallets takes place at JECO Plastic Products. If one of our standard plastic pallets doesn`t meet your needs, custom plastic printing pallets and plastic racking pallets can be made. Our pallet offerings-food, logistics pallets for AS/RS systems.
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Plastic pallets are platforms used for the storage and transportation of products. The words "plastic pallets" and "plastic skids" are interchangeable; they are both platforms that are used to store and transport materials. Warehouses, factories, shipping companies and many other kinds of companies make use of pallets and skids.

Historically, wood has been the primary skid and pallet construction material, but wooden skids are susceptible to splintering, breaking, becoming contaminated by pathogens like E. Coli, catching fire and a host of other problems. Most wooden skids don't see more than two years of service before they become unusable. Plastic is an excellent pallet construction material for all of the reasons that wood is not. Plastic pallets can be stackable, rackable and nestable, which helps companies make the most effective use of their storage and shipping spaces. Shipping pallets can be designed to accommodate American markets, and export pallets can be designed to meet the standards of international markets (the Euro pallet is one prominent example). Custom pallets can be designed to meet unusual storage or shipping needs. Drum pallets, many of which are spill containment pallets, keep drums of hazardous or messy chemicals safe and prevent them from causing environmental degradation or threatening workspace safety. The characteristic that most sets plastic pallets apart from wooden pallets is that their service life can be up to 5 times as long as the average wooden pallet; used plastic pallets can remain in use without showing signs of significant wear or degradation for as long as ten years. Once a plastic pallet does reach the end of its usable life, it can be recycled and reprocessed into a new pallet or another plastic product.

All pallets, wooden, plastic or otherwise, must be able to bear a load without breaking, slipping or shifting at any time during storage or transport. They must also be accessible by a forklift, hi-low or other variety of jack for movement within warehouses or for loading and offloading during shipping. Wooden pallets are at an immediate disadvantage in both regards compared to plastic pallets. Because of variability in strength among boards in a given pallet, load weight distribution can be uneven. Also, because almost every variety of wooden pallet can only be accessed by forklift or pallet jack from two directions, they can be difficult to reach in areas where space is tight or limited. Most plastic pallets are accessible from all sides, and some can even be lifted at their angles. This is possible because many plastic pallets are designed with an array of nine feet or legs spaced about their corners, sides and middle. Because of the sturdiness of the plastic material, if the load weight is appropriate for the pallet, there will be no give or shifting in the material. Plastic pallets have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than wood; a plastic pallet that is much lighter than a wooden pallet is likely to feature a higher load weight capacity than the wooden pallet.

In addition to their properties of strength and durability, plastic pallets' chemical composition gives them distinct advantages in a range of applications. The agricultural, food service, beverage, pharmaceutical and all other industries involved in the production and shipment of products for human consumption must all comply with strict shipping conditions standards. The United States Food and Drug Administration regulates consumer product handling procedures, and consumer studies groups like the National Consumers League conduct surveys of pallets in circulation and tests them for contamination. In a NCL survey of wooden pallets in a perishable products shipment, 10% were contaminated with E. Coli and Listeria, while only 1.4% of plastic pallets were contaminated. Plastic pallets are non-porous, resistant to inhospitable temperatures and unlikely to become habitats for harmful organisms. They are also more easily cleaned. Outside of consumer products contexts, plastic pallets are often suitable for the storage and shipment of hazardous industrial chemicals. High-density polyethylene, the plastic material from which most plastic pallets are fabricated, will not corrode or degrade when exposed to chemicals like acetone and calcium sulfate. Plastic pallets can even be designed to act as containment basins that catch spills or leaks from drum loads. These containment pallets protect workers from exposure to hazardous chemicals and prevent environmental degradation.

The environmental impact of widespread plastic pallet production compared to that of wooden pallet production is unclear. Wooden pallets are resource intensive, and the market for them requires an immense supply of wood to meet demand. Because wood pallets' life spans are so limited, new wood for pallet manufacturers must constantly be harvested. Plastic pallets, however, are derivatives of petrochemicals. The extraction, processing and development of petrochemicals and their derivative products are immensely resource-intensive operations. They contribute to environmental degradation on a global scale and fuel political instability worldwide. Pallets are used by all industries all over the world for shipping and storage. If wooden pallets were phased out, plastic pallets would most likely replace them, increasing the demand for raw plastic, refined petrochemicals and crude oil in the process. Plastic pallets can, however, be reused and recycled, which are not features of wooden pallets. Ongoing development of plastic technologies and recycling of used plastic pallets may mitigate the environmental impact of plastic pallet production, but the businesses that make use of plastic pallets are ultimately responsible for maximizing their service lives and properly recycling them when they are no longer usable.
Plastic Multi-Trip Pallet
ProTech Plastic Pallet
Durable Flat Top Nine Leg Pallets
Plastic Multi-Trip Pallet - TMF Corporation
ProTech Plastic Pallet - TMF Corporation
Durable Flat Top Nine Leg Pallets - TMF Corporation
Double sided plastic pallets
USDA/FDA Approved Plastic Pallet
Plastic Automotive Pallet
Double sided plastic pallets - Gorilla Pallets
USDA/FDA Approved Plastic Pallet - Litco International, Inc.
Plastic Automotive Pallet - Litco International, Inc.



Plastic Pallet Types

  • Custom pallets are designed to accommodate special requirements of size, handling and storage.
  • Drum pallets are specifically designed to transport or store a number of drums, typically either two or four, as a result of circular recessed grooves molded into the top of the pallet.
  • Euro pallets also called E or EU pallets, are the standard type of block pallet used in Europe.
  • Export pallets are used to ship products overseas and are usually made of wood.
  • Nestable are defined by their ability to be tightly stacked upon one another when empty.
  • Pallets are usually wooden platforms on which products are placed and wrapped for transportation and storage.
  • Plastic crate pallets have walls or a basket to better stabilize and contain products.
  • Plastic racking pallets can be held on pallet racks for storage.
  • Plastic shipping pallets are used to stack and transport products or materials.
  • Plastic skids are pallets with wheels for easier movement.
  • Rackable pallets can be edge supported for indefinite periods of time on either the width or the length side.
  • Recycled pallets can refer to two different aspects of plastic pallets: one being that plastics pallets can be easily recycled since they are very durable and two being that plastic pallets can be made from recycled plastic materials. 
  • Shipping pallets are platforms used in packaging on which goods are placed for transportation.
  • Spill containment pallets or spill pallets for short, are pallets that ensure materials and wastes will be contained to the pallet if they leak, drip or spill from the primary container, such as a drum or IBC tote.
  • Stackable pallets are pallets with closed bottom decks that are designed to be placed one on top of another when fully loaded.
  • Used plastic pallets have been used to ship or store a product but are still in working condition.



Plastic Pallet Terms

Automatic Palletizers - Assemble products on pallets by themselves or with little assistance; often part of a larger shipping system.
 
Bag Palletizers - Devices with gripping modifications specifically designed to arrange bags on pallets for shipping and/or movement; may be in-line or robotic.

Blue Palletizers - A pallet with its sides painted blue, indicating it is owned by the rental company CHEP.
 
Captive Pallet
- A pallet which stays within a facility and is not exchanged, traded or delivered off-site.
 
Corrugated Plastic - A product typically extruded from polypropylene that has been fluted in a way that is similar to corrugated board and is waterproof, durable, resistant to chemicals, available in a variety of transparent and translucent colors and has a good strength to weight ratio.
 
Deck - The side of the pallet that faces upward or downward.
 
Eight-way Pallet - A pallet that permits forklift entry on all four sides, as well as diagonally at each corner.
 
Fork Entry - The entry place for forks to move the pallet, usually between decks or under the top deck.

Four-way Pallet - A pallet that permits forklift entry into all four sides.
 
Hygienic - Promoting health; sanitary.
 
Manual Palletizers - Speed the stacking goods onto a pallet and aid with layer organization.
 
Nesting - The capability of containers of different sizes to be placed one inside another.

Non-reversible Pallet - A pallet that cannot be used when turned upside down, either because it has no boards or have a limited number of bottom boards.
 
One-way Pallet - An expendable pallet made of low-quality materials intended to be shipped once and then disposed of.

Orange Pallet - A pallet with its sides painted orange, indicating it is part of the Canadian Pallet Council pallet pool.

Racked Across Deckboards - The maximum load carrying capacity and deflection of a pallet where, at the ends of the deckboards, the rack frame sustains the pallet.
 
Racked Across Stringers - The maximum carrying capacity of a pallet where, only at the ends of the stringers or stringer boards, the rack frame sustains the pallet.

Reversible Pallet - A pallet that has deck boards spaced identically on top and bottom, permitting the pallet to be reversed.
 
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) - A device that ranges in size from small enough to be inserted into a label on a package to a paperback book that is attached to an object and transmits data to a receiver; able to hold more data than barcodes, does not require line-of-sight to transfer data and is highly effective in harsh environments.
 
Rotationally molded plastic (http://www.iqsdirectory.com/rotational-molding/) - Common form of production for plastic pallets because of the resulting strength, seamlessness and availability of custom designs.
 
Skid - A pallet that has not bottom boards (also known as a "single-deck pallet).

Slave Pallet - A panel used to support the base of a palletized load in rack-storage facilities.
 
Stringers - Boards located between the bottom and top deck boards of a pallet.

Two-way Pallet - A pallet that permits forklift entry in the two opposite pallet ends only.
 
Unit Load - The collecting of goods to be moved or shipped onto a pallet.

White Pallet - Pallets not painted or marked to indicate their ownership.




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