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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.
Plastic Multi-Trip Pallet - TMF Corporation
ProTech Plastic Pallet - TMF Corporation
Durable Flat Top Nine Leg Pallets - TMF Corporation
Double sided plastic pallets - Gorilla Pallets
USDA/FDA Approved Plastic Pallet - Litco International, Inc.
Plastic Automotive Pallet - Litco International, Inc.
- Devices with gripping modifications specifically designed to arrange bags on pallets for shipping and/or movement; may be in-line or robotic.
- A pallet with its sides painted blue, indicating it is owned by the rental company CHEP.
- A pallet which stays within a facility and is not exchanged, traded or delivered off-site.
- 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.
- The side of the pallet that faces upward or downward.
- A pallet that permits forklift entry on all four sides, as well as diagonally at each corner.
- The entry place for forks to move the pallet, usually between decks or under the top deck.
- A pallet that permits forklift entry into all four sides.
- Promoting health; sanitary.
- Speed the stacking goods onto a pallet and aid with layer organization.
- The capability of containers of different sizes to be placed one inside another.
- A pallet that cannot be used when turned upside down, either because it has no boards or have a limited number of bottom boards.
- An expendable pallet made of low-quality materials intended to be shipped once and then disposed of.
- A pallet with its sides painted orange, indicating it is part of the Canadian Pallet Council pallet pool.
- The maximum load carrying capacity and deflection of a pallet where, at the ends of the deckboards, the rack frame sustains the pallet.
- The maximum carrying capacity of a pallet where, only at the ends of the stringers or stringer boards, the rack frame sustains the pallet.
- A pallet that has deck boards spaced identically on top and bottom, permitting the pallet to be reversed.
- 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.
(http://www.iqsdirectory.com/rotational-molding/) - Common form of production for plastic pallets because of the resulting strength, seamlessness and availability of custom designs.
- A pallet that has not bottom boards (also known as a "single-deck pallet).
- A panel used to support the base of a palletized load in rack-storage facilities.
- Boards located between the bottom and top deck boards of a pallet.
- A pallet that permits forklift entry in the two opposite pallet ends only.
- The collecting of goods to be moved or shipped onto a pallet.
- Pallets not painted or marked to indicate their ownership.