In this blog, we will be explaining what quality’s the 3 most popular pallets have. Including, the benefits of each one. Explaining how each 3 have different characteristics to become useful for warehouse, factory or even food store companies.
A pallet is a flat transport structure. Which is used to support and carry goods for example food, furniture, machinery or any other objects. That need to be shipped or delivered to another destination. They are structured in a way so that they can be lifted in a stable fashion. For example, by a forklift, pallet jack, front loader or a jacking device. Depending on the size of course.
Did you Know?
About half a billion pallets are made each year and around 2 billion pallets are in service right now. Up to 450 million pallets are produced every year from fresh wood. But instead of cutting down trees whenever new logs are required to make the pallets; the industry is recycling old pallets.
Euro pallet also known as EUR-pallet or EPAL- pallet. Is the standard European pallet specified by the European Pallet Association (EPAL).
The EUR/EPAL-pallet is 1,200 mm × 800 mm × 144 mm (47.2 in × 31.5 in × 5.7 in); it is a four-way pallet made of solid timber. Which is nailed with 78 special nails in a prescribed pattern. The weight of a Euro-pallet is approximately 25 kg.
Due to the thickness of the board (22 and 24mm) it allows the pallet to carry more mass. Euro pallets are most popular for their strength, reliability and the expectancy to be used multiple times. There structure is perfectly designed for carrying heavy loads at a time. They feature a box on top, which is constructed to hold products in place. All euro pallets contain the EUR or EPAL heat treatment stamp on the side of the blocks to show that there official. The most popular companies that use euro pallets are mainly food stores. Purely because of the strength and stability of the pallet. Making it possible to use multiple of times without much damage or breaks that could make it not reusable.
Uk Standard Pallet
The UK standard pallet is a pallet that is 48×40. Which consists of 8-9 deck boards securely nailed across the top with each deck board being 3” (9cm) wide 5” (0.8cm) thick allowing up to 2 tonnes of mass that can be stored on the pallet.
These pallets are mainly used in warehouse or factories for transporting heavy products. Such as, washing machines, fridges and heavy furniture. Standard pallets would be the most popular choice to supply these types of goods mainly because of the structure and size of the pallet. Making it easy for larger objects to fit on the pallet without falling off and getting damaged or broken.
Uk standard pallets come in two types, both same sizes, but have different factors identifying each one. The first type is a ‘Medium’ which has smaller blocks in between the boards and can have at least 7 deck boards across the top.
The second type of a standard pallet is called a ‘Heavy’ this pallet contains a larger size block. Separating the boards, potentially creating a wider gap in between the pallet making it easier to move with a forklift or the pallet pump up trolleys. Also, by having are larger and more secure block on the bottom, makes the pallet stronger. Making it able to hold more weight. However, the boards are the same on each pallet unless you specifically request a certain number of boards TIPCI will supply that for you. The larger blocks are what gives the pallet that extra lee way with the weight giving it the name ‘heavy’.
3 Legger Pallet
The heavy duty 3 legger pallet (1200×1000) ideal to carry large quantities of products. For example, the most popular companies that use the 3 legger pallet are mainly the food stores or general warehousing companies. Typically, because of the large square base of the pallet with each deck board a short distance apart. Reducing the chance of anything falling through the gaps or an object being too big to fit on the pallet. What makes this pallet so secure are the 9 large blocks supporting the boards in between the base and the surface nailed securely by the long 90mm nails that hold the blocks in place reducing the chances of the pallet getting damaged during loading or unloading large items.
Overall, each pallet has different benefits and qualities that would be useful for certain companies and warehouse business where they would need to by large quantities of specific pallets for different needs and why pallets are effective by the way they are structured and built with strong thick boards and blocks to make sure they don’t break during loading onto ship containers or lorry loads.
So, what pallet type would be most effective for your company?