Pallets are essential for any business that ships products or warehouse storage. They ensure your products reach their destination safely, make shipping easier and reduce the need for other packaging materials.
It is important to that you start by choosing the right pallet. In the past, wood pallets were the default choice for most businesses. Pallets are now, however, made from a range of materials, including plastic, metal and even cardboard. Plastic pallets are the fastest growing, most commonly sold and used alternative to wood.
If you’re considering switching to plastic pallets, Yasunliplast will walk you through the best examples and information why it is a good choice.
Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using wood pallets:
Lower acquisition cost
Harbor pathogens and other bacteria
Unable to clean
Nails, screws, and splintered wood make them less safe to handle
Need to be replaced more frequently
Wood pallets are the most common type of pallet used and will remain so for most outbound shipping.
However, using wood to make pallets brings a number of downsides. Wood is often heavy and breaks easily. This means pallets need to be replaced regularly. Wood is also a difficult material to clean.
In addition, the risk of contamination from wood pallets means they’re not ideal for warehouse and shipping food. When wood gets wet, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which can transfer to food and other sensitive materials. Cleaning these pallets usually means fumigating them.
Using Plastic Pallets
Plastic pallets are proven and growing wooden pallet substitute. In industries where sanitation is a concern, like food and pharmaceutical products, hygienic plastic pallets are the preferred choice.
These pallets have a much longer lifespan than wood pallets as well. They’re more durable and less likely to break down on repeated trips. It is the ideal platform for re-use.
How plastic pallets are constructed helps to account for their durability. Unlike other types of pallets, plastic pallets are usually constructed in one solid piece. This means there aren’t weak spots in the joins. Similarly, these pallets don’t contain nails or screws that can hurt handlers or products.
Like wood pallets, plastic pallets can be constructed in a variety of styles. Custom sizes and styles is a growing need.
Some of the specific advantages and disadvantages of using plastic pallets include:
Longer lifespan than wood pallets — often more than 10 years
No screws or nails make them safer to handle
Can be easily cleaned
Lighter than wood pallets
Makes in process and logistics use easier.
Yasunliplast Pallets for almost any use can be designed to stack or rack. These features make plastic pallets easier to store.
Stackable pallets are the most common type of pallet. They also offer the least space-saving design of these other types. These pallets simply stack on top of one another for storage, and most pallets with a top and bottom deckboard use this design. Stackable pallets can be made from plastic.
Rackable pallets have either five runners or a picture frame on the bottom of the pallet. They’re designed to maximize stability while storing products. Because of the runner or picture frame design on the bottom, these pallets offer maximum stability.