Factors To Consider When Selecting Pallets For Your Business

2 November 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles

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Your business spends a lot of money on the products that they buy or manufacture. Failing to have the right material handling equipment can damage these items and cost you money. As such, it is important that you have the right handling equipment to protect your products. One key piece of equipment for product handling is pallets. The item you manufacture or buy is placed on pallets to be shipped out, transported to other stores or to be stored until you are ready to place it on your sales floor. But many companies don't realize that not all pallets are created equally. There are many options when it comes to pallets, and knowing about these options will help you select the pallet that best protects your products.

The Material the Pallet is Composed From

One key decision you will need to make when it comes to selecting a pallet is what material it is made from. Some are made from wood, others are made from plastic and others from metal. The material the pallet is made from affects everything from the price of the pallet, to how much weight it can hold, to how long it will last. Always do your research and learn about the different materials these items are made from and then weigh the pros and cons against your company's budget and needs. This will help you select the ideal pallet for your company.

The Weight the Pallet is Able to Hold

Another big factor to consider when selecting a pallet is how much weight you need the pallet to hold. As a general rule of thumb, pallets made from metal are able to hold more weight than pallets made from wood. But the design and size also both affect how much weight one of these material handling items can hold. The last thing you want is for the pallet you are using to fall apart with your inventory on it. To avoid this, you need to determine how much weight you expect each pallet to hold and then find one that is capable of supporting that much weight. If you are placing extremely heavy items on the pallets, you may need to look into heavy duty ones. These are often made from sturdier metals, such as steel, and then reinforced with multiple bars, to ensure the weight can be evenly carried and supported.

The Design of the Pallet

When you think of a pallet, you probably are thinking of a wooden pallet. Traditionally, it is square in shape with wooden slats filling in the square. However, while this is a traditional pallet design, it isn't the only design available. Some pallets feature "x" designs, while others have no spaces between the slats and others have a honeycomb design. The design of the pallet not only affects how much weight the pallet can hold, but protects delicate items or packages from coming into contact with a forklift or ensures items with small parts don't lose their parts if they fall through the slats. Thinking about the needs of the items you are placing on pallets will help you select the design that makes the most sense for you.

Special Features

The last factor you need to consider when selecting pallets is what special features you may want for your pallet. Some pallets are stackable, allowing you to optimize your space when these items aren't in use. Some pallets have wheels or castors, making them easy to move. And some pallets have spill containment layers, helping to contain spills from liquid items that may be placed atop the pallet. Always learn about the special features available and determine if any of them make sense for your business.

When it comes to pallets, you have many options available to your business. The right pallet can ensure your products are safe while they are being transported. Learning about all the different options available to you will help you select the ones that make the most sense for your products and business.