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PP-O-40-NM7 Nestable Plastic Pallet Review

Our New NM7 Plastic Pallet

Not All Pallets Are Created Equal!

We sell a lot of different pallets at One Way Solutions- almost 250 different models.

Any when you consider plastic pallet size options, load capacities, industry-specific features, and specific applications, it’s only fitting that we carry an option to suit all circumstances…

because we are pallet experts!

Despite all the variations across our pallet catalog, there is one key specification that allows us easily compare pallet prices versus performance: strength vs weight.

Pallet Strength To Weight Ratio

More material means more weight; as you add more material to a pallet, the cost increases. The best pallet will offer the greatest performance at a minimum weight.

Our latest pallet optimizes this key metric to offer exceptional value to warehouses needing a light/medium duty nestable pallet. Its technical design advancements delivery the brute strength required to satisfy many desired uses.

The NM7 is specifically designed to minimize pallet tare weight without sacrificing strength and durability. This beast of a pallet has a 2,700 lb dynamic capacity. This being said, the NM7 is a heavy weight type of pallet with light weight pricing.

Introducing #PP-O-40-NM7

40 x 48 Light/Medium Duty Nestable Plastic Pallet

The design of this pallet makes it a champion performer, minimizing expenses through two main design efficiency goals:

  • Structural Economy
  • Efficient Production

Structural Economy

The NM7’s design is a complete study in structural economy that optimizes the placement of plastic material, eliminating unnecessary plastic waste through superior design by channeling all plastic materials into the supportive structures of the plastic pallet.

Lean and mean, the NM7 achieves more capacity with less weight, achieving a higher capacity with minimal material cost.

Production Features

Efficient Production

Injection molding machines used to produce plastic pallets are huge machines that require consume massive amounts of power. Less material lowers the NM7s cycle time, driving down the price of the plastic pallet by maximizing the rate of production, lowering part cycle times, and reducing energy costs.

High Pressure Molding

This pallet is truly a work of art- high pressure molding gives it life.

Design Sophistication

The NM7’s high-pressure injection molds allow a complex geometry and with detailed features.

Precise Strength Regulation

Our specialized high-pressure molds allow targeted strength variation. The NM7 has targeted reinforcement in different areas with more or less plastic to help the overall strength of the pallet.

Automated Production Benefits

A majority of this process is run by machines which one individual can observe and control. This mechanical automation reduces manufacturing costs.

With these lowered costs, savings are passed down to the customer for a lower rate while offering superior quality.

Recycled Mold Scraps

Mold Scraps, produced during pallet manufacturing, are reused e reused for the next pallet molding. This process creates minimal waste without impacting the quality of this excellent product.

Maximized Pallet Uniformity & Accuracy

Some pallets have longer production cycle times in production. To boost output, pallet manufactures may try to remove a pallet from the press before it has sufficiently cooled. Removing hot plastic pallets from their mold prematurely causes shrinkage and warping.

When excess material is removed from a pallet design and minimized, faster cooling times result. Simple put, the less plastic used in pallet, the faster it cools!

Unlike other pallets that have longer cycles times, NM7 pallets cool quickly before being removed from the mold, resulting pallets that are:

  • True 40″ x 48″pallets
  • Remarkably flat

Made In The USA – Shipped From An Ideal Shipping Origin

The NM7 pallet is manufactured and shipped from Michigan. It’s centralized US location is an ideal distribution point to minimize shipping expenses to all areas of United States.

NM7 Pallet Design Benefits

Optimized Pallet Legs

If you take a look at the design you will notice a precise cutouts located in each of the nine pallet legs. These voids reduce pallet weight and cost to our customers. Costs are further reduced when shipping the pallets to our customers, allowing us deliver more pallet performance at lowering shipping rates!

Tapered Pallet Edges

The NM7’s tapered edges assist the fork-tine entry along with splitting a nesting rack, allowing pallet handlers to quickly easily move pallets to their designed location without sweating the details.

Reinforced Pallet Perimeter

The perimeter of the NM7 is reinforced with extra ribs to increasing impact-resistance for a safer, more durable product.

4 Way Entry

The NM7 design enables it to have a 4-way entry compatible with nearly all forklifts and hand trucks.

Open Deck Pallet Design

The NM7’s open deck allows for easy handling, easy cleaning, and further reduces material costs and unnecessary tare weight.

Superior Nesting Ratio

A superior nesting ratio allows for 2100 pallets to fit in a 53′ truck, significantly reducing the per pallet shipping costs.

Material Choice – Recycled High Density Polyethylene

The NM7 pallet is made from Recycled High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). This material has many vital features that makes the NM7 such an efficient pallet of choice. This material is lightweight, yet strong and resilient.

This strength is crucial to the lifespan of heavy shipping goods along with the pallet itself. HDPE has impact resistant properties that makes using this pallet the right choice if safety is in mind.

Some other key characteristics this material consists of is a long lasting product life, while being weather and mold resistant. HDPE frequently replaces heavier materials, partially in light of the fact that our society and many organizations are seeking after sustainable alternatives, for example, decreasing the amount of material utilized in shipping and products. This material being “lightweight while strong” can convert into less impact on the earth and cost.

The higher the density of the polyethylene material utilized the stronger, more rigid and more heat resistant the plastic is. The higher density models indicate better properties in strength, chemical and heat resistance, surface hardness and abrasion resistance.

Ventilated Deck * Chemical Resistant:

Traditional pallets may not be reasonable for specific material handling with operations involving the transportation or storage of specific types of chemicals. The NM7 pallet is a uniquely composed plastic makeup that is impervious to chemicals and toxic materials. Having a plastic ventilated pallet improves moisture resistance, safe handling, and airflow. Plastic does not absorb moisture so it will keep products safe and protected from intruding organisms. With the ventilation an individual is able to move and use this pallet with a high level of safety.

Meets GMA Industry Standards

Ideal Pallet Uses

Ideal uses for the NM7 include:

  • One way exports
  • Light-medium duty reusable applications
  • WIP
  • Inventory Storage
  • Point Of Purchase Display, and distribution applications.

How Do You Like It?

Please let us know what you think about our NM7 plastic pallet- we value your option and pallet expertise!

Please leave your comments below and contact us for assistance on finding the perfect plastic pallet for the right price.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

How Long Do Plastic Pallets Last?

How Long Do Plastic Pallets Last

How long do plastic pallets last?

That’s the $64,000 question in our industry. Predicting a plastic pallet’s lifespan is both simple and impossible to determine.

Pallet Lifespan - How Long Do Plastic Pallets Last?

How Long Do Plastic Pallets Last?

What Is the lifespan of a plastic Pallet?

The Simple Answer

Plastic Pallets last forever!

Disclaimer: The claim that plastic pallets last forever assumes the following

  • the pallet is not stored in the sunlight
  • the pallet is not lost or intentionally damaged
  • the pallet is always loaded properly within specifications
  • the pallet is always handled perfectly

The Impossible Answer

A Plastic Pallet’s Lifespan? It depends!

Plastic Pallets last forever if… there are a lot of “ifs”.

  • Pallet lifespan depends on the users application and handling practices:
  • It’s also important to make sure the pallet being used is appropriate for the application.
  • Often times, the cheapest pallet can become the most expensive, hiding the true expense of using a pallet that is not up to the task. After all, you must you consider product damage/loss due to overloading or improper use.

Reality Check

Neither answer is really helpful in the real world of material handling.

However, we do know that when the right pallet is selected for an application and it’s handled appropriately, it will outlast a wood pallet many times over.

At One Way Solutions, we’ve seen pallets in active use that were produced more than a decade ago.

The Bottom Line Pro Tip

Treat your plastic pallets well and they will return the favor- they’ll last longer and you’ll save money by drastically reducing the frequency of pallet replacement.

Happy Warehouse - Happy Plastic Pallets

What do you think?

We value your option and pallet expertise!

  • How long have your pallets lasted?
  • What handling tricks have increased pallet lifespan?

Please leave your comments below and contact us for assistance on finding the perfect plastic pallet for the right price.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Safe Pallet Stacking – Pallet Load Calculator

Safe Stacking: Pallet Load Calculator

We’ve got great pallet handling questions coming in through our articles – keep them coming please!

These inquiries are always interesting because they transcend the more general guidelines set forth by various regulatory agencies.

Calculating Loads for Safe Pallet Stacking

The latest question was regarding safe pallet stacking; specifically, how to safely calculate maximum pallet loads when stacking pallets.

Question:

Q: Hi Robin. We place four 55 gallon drums of juice onto a pallet. Each drum is about 450 pounds. We want to stack these pallets of juice on top of each other in our freezer. How high can we stack these? Since it is sitting on a cement floor I assume this would be figured out as a static load. We have 40 by 48 wooden pallets. Since our finished pallets are not subjected to other forces (Dynamic, conveyors, racking) the static load can exceed the dynamic rating of the pallet. Is this an accurate statement?

My Initial Reaction

Whoa, 1,800 pounds of juice on each pallet is serious business. I can see why this is important; overloaded pallets are dangerous. Plus, upsetting 220 gallons of juice would result in a costly, time-consuming mess.

Answer:

This is not an accurate statement, necessarily. At some point, you will be moving the juice onto the pallet and stacking the pallets, exceeding the dynamic load during the process could be disastrous and should be avoided.

For safety’s safe, please make sure the following guidelines are followed:

  • The load per pallet load cannot exceed: the pallet’s dynamic load capacity.
  • The total load of the stacked pallets cannot exceed: the pallet’s static load capacity.

The safe number of laden pallets per stack will depend on your pallet’s load capacities. Please use this formula to calculate the safe number of pallets per stack:

RoundDown (Static Load Per Pallet Total Laden Weight Per Pallet)

Example: Static Load Per Pallet is 10000 lbs, Dynamic Load Per Pallet 2200 lbs, Total Laden Weight Per Pallet is 2100 lbs

Round Down 10000/2100 = Round Down 4.76 = 4 Pallets!

As long as the total weight of the stacks doesn’t exceed the bottom pallet’s Static Load Capacity, you should be fine.

But once you have completed your stack, do not move any multiple pallet stacks unless the bottom pallet load is safely under the Dynamic Load capacity.

Thanks for the question and let us know if you need help finding the most competitive price for your plastic pallets and container bins. We’ll be happy to help you with any performance calculations you may have!

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Nestable Pallet Height Calculations

Calculating Nestable Pallet Stack Height

Pallet Stack Height Calculations

Our Customers Continue To Inspire Us

Just when we think that we’ve reached new heights of pallet wisdom, one of our prized customers steps in and pulls us back to earth.

Sure, we routinely optimize pallet shipments to find our pallet buyers the most competitive shipping rates- so why not share that wisdom on our blog?

Here’s a Note we received from our Customer

I am interested in your 24 x 32 Nestable Plastic Semi Pallet Item ; # PP-O-24-NL. I would like to stack several together to achieve a particular height. Your website indicates that one pallet is 5.1″ tall. Can you tell me the height of just the pallet’s deck so I can calculate how many pallets I would need to stack together to achieve a particular height?

Calculating Nestable Pallet Height

One of the most basic, yet elusive calculations we perform is the stack height of plastic pallets. We want to fit as many as possible into the truck that delivers your pallets, to reduce your freight cost per unit.

Here Is How To Calculate Pallet Stack Height

Nestable Pallets

Nesting Height Calculation Explained

To calculate the stack height of nestable pallets, you simply need to add the full height of one pallet, plus product of the additional number of units and the pallet’s nesting height.

Example:

Total Pallet Units (Quantity): 10
Pallet Full Height Per Unit (Full Height): 5.1″
Pallet Nesting Height (Nesting Height): 1.60″

(1 x Full Height) + ((Quantity-1) x (Nesting Height))

(1 x 5.1) + ((10-1) x (1.6))
= (5.1) + (9 x 1.6)
= 5.1 + 14.4
= 19.5 Inches

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Use Our Handy Nesting Height Calculator

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Benefits of Plastic Bulk Containers

Plastic Bins – Hard To Find, But Easy To Love!

Bins, Bulk Containers, Plastic Skid Boxes; What’s The Diff?

Locating a plastic bin supplier online can take some doing. The material handling world knows this product by many different names. Try googling “plastic bins” and “plastic containers”- you’re more likely to find products suited to refrigerating leftover meatloaf, optimizing home closet space, and sorting out fasteners alongside your garage workbench. Bed, Bath, and BeGone!

These residential bins and containers share common nomenclature with industrial plastic bulk containers, but that’s where the similarities end.

What Makes Plastic Bulk Containers Special?

Bulk containers, or container bins, are industrial strength shipping boxes specially designed to safely transport both raw materials and finished goods along the different stages of the supply chain.

Reliable plastic bulk containers are essential to any industry that cannot afford waste and inefficiency as products are transported from the manufacturing plant to the floor of the retail store.

Returnable Container Bins

Closed loop distribution, processing, and manufacturing systems rely on returnable, reusable packing to limit replacement cost and improve throughput.

Return Ratio?

Collapsible Bulk Containers are particularly helpful due to their high Return Ratio. Once a container bin has unloaded at its destination, it can be consolidated with other empty bins into a smaller cargo area and returned to the start of closed loop- the beginning of the supply chain.

Return Ratio calculations are made by taking the ratio of the number of collapsed containers that can be shipped in the space of one upright container.

The greater the return ratio, the greater the return shipping cost savings.

Example: A 3:1 container return ratio means that three containers can be shipped in the space of one container during return shipment.

Bulk Containers Are Strong

Broken containers can halt production and distribution of products, resulting in angry customers, lost business, and inflated manufacturing costs.

A proper plastic bin is formulated from tough polyethylene and polypropylene resins to create a tough, shatter-resistant bin that will not fail during transport and storage.

And durability doesn’t necessary mean that the plastic pallet boxes are overweight; some bulk containers are made from high-density structural foam and can be lifted with one finger!

Bulk Containers Are Stackable

Stackable Bulk Containers allow shippers to optimize costly transport and storage space, limiting costs for more profitable operations.

Bulk Containers Have ForkEntries

Bulk containers that include 4-Way forklift & pallet jack fort entries allow them to be quickly and securely loaded and moved without delay or spillage.

What Industries Use Bulk Containers?

The automotive, food processing, and agricultural industries rely on bulk containers to provide reliable material movement.

Plastic containers are a natural choice for handling food processing since they can be steam-cleaned for simple sanitization.

Just The Beginning

Thanks for reading our quick introduction to plastic bins and containers.

No matter what you call them; shipping boxes, plastic skid boxes, bulk bins etc, One Way Solutions can help you find the best container for your needs, at an unbeatable price.

How have plastic containers helped you meet your material handling challenges? 

Please share your comments- we’d love to hear from you!

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Three New Years Resolutions To Make For Your Warehouse In 2015

Efficiency in the warehouse is critical when it comes to a company’s bottom line. Keeping accurate inventory counts and moving product in and out on time and on schedule is only part of the strategy. Improving safety, rewarding employee efforts, and maximizing labor-hour productivity is always important.

For the coming year, think about what changes might need to be made in order for the warehouse operation to run like a well-oiled machine. Continue reading

About Brian Pigott

Brian Pigott is an engineer and customer-centric entrepreneur. Brian is the Managing Director of One Way Solutions.

Preparing Your Warehouse For The Holiday Season

If you haven’t look at your calendar in a while, then you may be surprised to hear that it is, in fact, November.

That’s right, we’re officially in the home stretch leading up to the holiday shopping season. There may even be a few early bird shoppers who are already checking names off of their lists.

So if you still haven’t begun preparing your warehouse for this annual rush, you’re really pushing it. Fact is, you should have started yesterday. Continue reading

About Brian Pigott

Brian Pigott is an engineer and customer-centric entrepreneur. Brian is the Managing Director of One Way Solutions.

Three Tips For Improving Warehouse Efficiency

No matter how smoothly you think your warehouse runs, it’s a pretty safe bet that there are a few things you could be doing to make it run even smoother.

Efficiency in a warehouse can make a big difference for a company, affecting everything from workplace safety to customer satisfaction.

By taking a few relatively simple steps, you can drastically improve one of the most critical parts of your business. Continue reading

About Brian Pigott

Brian Pigott is an engineer and customer-centric entrepreneur. Brian is the Managing Director of One Way Solutions.

When Warehouses Attack (They’re Usually Provoked)

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A few months ago, we did a post on the stupidest things ever done with a forklift.

It was an amazing piece, full of haunting imagery and biting criticisms, but it lacked one very critical element: video.

So this time, we’re going to change it up a little bit and do a play-by-play of a few videos of warehouse accidents and see if can’t learn a thing or two (which we might, but really we’re just here to watch people do stupid stuff). Continue reading

About Brian Pigott

Brian Pigott is an engineer and customer-centric entrepreneur. Brian is the Managing Director of One Way Solutions.

Will An AGV Help Your Warehouse?

Like all industries, the warehouse and logistic industry is moving into the future with a full head of steam. Companies across the country and the world are implementing a variety of new technologies in an effort to become safer, faster, and more cost effective.

One of these technologies is the automated guided vehicle, or AGV. As the name implies, an AGV is able to drive itself without human assistance, usually guided either by using pre programmed routes/floor plans, lasers, or some combination of the two.

So yes, it’s like a self-driving car combined with a forklift.

But can this new technology make an impact on your business right now? Or is the technology still a few years away from being viable? Continue reading

About Brian Pigott

Brian Pigott is an engineer and customer-centric entrepreneur. Brian is the Managing Director of One Way Solutions.

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