Pallets are widely used throughout many countries world wide. Pallets are slowly overtaking barrels, kegs, boxes and crates due to the simple structure and effectiveness of a safe transportation method. A pallet is a flat stable structure which allows for the transportation of goods. Pallets are made of many materials such as wood, metal and plastic. The flat structure of the pallet allows goods to be transported in an easy and effective manor. Due to the increase in transportation of goods the pallet has become more popular, which has increased the demand. This article will look at uses for pallets and the differences between plastic and wooden pallets.
Pallets are continually being transported and re-used worldwide as pallets can make handling and the transportation of products easy. Whether they are used to transport food, materials, clothes or technology pallets can help compact products together to increase safety, reduce the amount of space taken up by products and help to prevent damage during transportation. Not only are they useful for transportation but maneuvering products around can be made easier with pallets to.
Pallets are designed with a gap between the bottom and the top of the pallet. This helps to insert forklift spikes, which will then lift the pallet and goods and transfer them from one place to another. Pallets are therefore useful in warehouses and supermarkets, where a large quantity of goods may be transported at any one time. Not only does this help save time but pallets can also help reduce injury or risk of injury in a workplace, as staff are not required to lift heavy products.
When deciding on a specific pallet to use you must take into account the effectiveness of both the material and the design. Pallets come in different shapes and sizes which indicates that each pallet has been designed for a different use. When deciding on the appropriate source you should look into the shape, weight and size of the products being stored on the pallet. The bigger and heavier the product the more structure and strength is required to hold the product. Plastic pallets are harder to make and produce as they require high energy and specialized equipment to produce. However plastic pallets are the greener option as wooden pallets require harvesting of trees to produce.
When looking at fire issues you would think wooden pallets were more likely to be a fire hazard. However this is not always the case as plastic can burn twice as fast as wood and can produce higher temperatures when burning compared to wood. When looking to be cost effective wooden pallets are more cost effective.
There is no doubt when looking to purchase pallets that it is vital to look into the type, size and weight of the product that requires storage. It is also useful to analyze your budget to see which type of pallet is in your price range. Both wooden and plastic pallets have their advantages but it is down to you to decide which would be most appropriate.