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Wood, Metal or Plastic Pallets – What’s right for you?

Are Plastic Pallets, Metal, or Wood best for you? Take our pallet Quiz!

Choosing the best pallet for your warehouse is an important decision.

Will Wood, Metal or Plastic Pallets be right for you? We can help.

Take our quick Pallet Quiz and for our recommendation on the best pallet for your needs.

Can’t decide on Wood, Metal or Plastic Pallets – We Can Help!

Please contact us to see if Wood, Metal or Plastic Pallets are right for your application.

About Robin Kiefer

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

Plastic Pallet Part Numbers Explained

Plastic Pallet Product Numbers Explained

PP-O-40-NL3, Whaaaaaat?

That’s funny looking. On first glance, “PP-O-40-NL3” may look like jargon from some new, unfriendly material handling science.

But wait- it’s actually one of our plastic pallet part numbers!

Confusing and random? No!

Once you understand our simple key, our part numbers are useful and make perfect sense.

Plastic Pallet Part Numbers Explained 2

Cracking The Plastic Pallet Part Number Code

Let’s dissect a part number.

PP-O-40-NL3

PP- This one’s easy, PP simply stands for Plastic Pallet. You might also see, CP (Container Pallet / Bulk Bin), and PW (PressWood pallet).

PP-O- The letter “O” means Open Deck. You may also “S” for Solid Deck (or closed deck). Plastic Pallets have two main deck types, so this part of the part number can help you zero in on your preferred pallet!

PP-O-40- This number indicates a pallet or bin’s dimensions, and starts with the width. In this case, the pallet is 40 inches wide. If the length isn’t listed it’s typically 48 inches.

PP-O-40-N This letter means the pallet is Nestable, one of our 3 main pallet types. “N” for Nestable, “S” for Stackable, “R” for Rackable.

PP-O-40-NL– This letter classifies the a pallet or bin’s weight capacity. “L” for Light Duty, “M” for Medium Duty, “H” for Heavy Duty.

PP-O-40-NL3– The trailing number differentiates similar products by creating a series. Pallets with a smaller series number were added to our product line earlier. Example: NL3 was launched before NL4!

Plastic Pallet Part Numbers

Other Plastic Pallet Part Number Designations

Example: PP-O-40-R2.001.FDA/FR/FA-Blue

.001,.003,.005 These are found at the end of a pallet that has 1, 3, or 5 reinforcing rods.

FDA Typically at the end of a part number, indicates the plastic pallet is FDA approved. This means that the pallet is manufactured using virgin resin and is typically blue

Black,Blue,Red, Green, Etc. When our plastic pallets and bulk bins are available in more than one color, we put the color at the end of the part number.

FR All Fire Retardant pallets are designated with an “FR” in the product number.

FA Pallets molded with Freezer Additive are identified an “FA” in the product number.

All good on Plastic Pallet Part Numbers?

Clear as mud right? While detailed, there is a science to our part numbers- and they do describe and explain the products they represent.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

We don’t require anyone to learn our plastic pallet part numbers if they don’t want to – contact us so we can choose the perfect plastic pallet or container bin for your application.

About Brian Pigott

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

Pallet Sizing Guide by Industry

Sizing Pallets By Industry

Pallet Sizing Guide

Choosing the correct pallet size for your warehouse or industry is simple with our easy-to-understand pallet sizing guide.

So Many Choices! Where do I start?

There are many plastic pallet sizes in today’s market. Often the requirements of the pallet’s application and industry will help guide the size selection. Many standard pallet sizes were established long ago when wood pallets were the only option. Although industry specific sizes are not necessarily requirements, they are often the most popular and are therefore most commonly used.

Do Plastic Pallets Offer Enough Sizes? Yes!

Yes! Plastic pallets are quickly growing in popularity – and are even required for some industries. Plastic pallet sizes were initially driven by high volume wood pallet sizes. This is a tremendous benefit to plastic pallet users in all industries; their preferred size is available and offers the natural plastic pallet benefits such as:

  • added cleanliness & sanitization
  • enhanced durability
  • reduced product damage

Does Pallet Size Matter? Yes!

There are several reasons for the need to have the pallet made to a specific size.

Shipping Economy

Trucks and shipping containers have standard sizes. Many pallet sizes are designed to optimize or “max out” the truck’s carrying capacity, shipping as little air as possible to reduce freight expenses.

Match You Product Footprint

Match the pallet dimensions to the footprint of product packed for shipping allows a more uniform unit load and reduces product damage. Here are a few industry examples:

Dairy Industry Pallets

The Dairy industry commonly uses 40” x 40” pallets.

Automotive Industry Pallets

The Automotive industry commonly uses 48” x 45” pallets.

Pallet Size Differentiation

Some pallet sizes were created to differentiate against common pallet sizes found in the market. If a pallet is smaller or bigger than a commonly used size, its specialized size can deter pallet theft because its specifications may exclude it from use in certain industries.

Pallet Sizes By Industry

Here is a list of popular plastic pallet sizes the industries they serve.

48” x 40” Pallets

48 x 40 is the most popular pallet size in the United States and is available in greatest variety of styles, from lightweight nestable plastic pallets to heavy duty stackable plastic pallets supporting racking loads greater than 3,000 lbs.

Its widely accepted size easily fits drive / edge racking and beam racking.

A champ for truck loading, 40 x 48 pallets are “pin wheeled” by alternating 40 and 48 in each row for maximum packing density.

Common Uses:

  • Export (lightweight, nestable models)
  • Grocery & general warehousing
  • Over the road shipping
  • Bulk bottle storage & transport

48” x 43” Pallets

48 x 32 pallets, also called “Euro Pallets”, is commonly used for outbound export to Europe and is designed to fit smaller European trucks (lorries), that are smaller than US Trucks.

Widely used, this size is the European version of the US 48” x 40” pallet.

42” x 42” Pallets

42 x 42 pallets are a less common, specialized size designed to deter pallet theft.

Common Uses:

  • Telecommunications Industry
  • Paint & Technical Coating Industries

Trivia: 42 x 42 pallets were originally designed for the US Military to transport and store mortar rounds. 

48” x 48” Pallets

48 x 48 pallets nicely fit the footprint of 4 x 55 gallon drums, eliminating the drum hangover that occurs when less optimal 45 x 48 size pallets are used.

Common Uses:

  • Chemical industry
  • 55 gallon drum shipping
  • 5 gallon drum shipping

48” x 42” Pallets

48 x 42 pallets are uncommon, but used in certain niche industries.

Common Industries/Uses:

  • Chemical Transport
  • Beverage Transport
  • Paint & Technical Coatings

40” x 40” Pallets

The Dairy industry commonly uses 40” x 40” pallets, and this no accident. 40″ x 40″ pallets best fit the configurations of stacked milk crates.

Common Industries/Uses: Dairy

48” x 45” Pallets

The Automotive industry commonly uses 48” x 45”, and this is no surprise. 48″ x 45″ pallets match the footprint of returnable bins/containers (the totes “cube out” nicely on this size) transported to and from auto parts manufacturers and the automobile companies.

Common Industries/Uses: Automotive

45” x 45” Pallets

45 x 45 pallets are commonly used to transport drums and chemicals. They are also used to transport ocean freight in sea container shipments because their size makes efficient use of the container space, “cubing out” to maximize freight density. With the high cost of a container shipment, it is critical to ship as little air as possible.

Common Industries/Uses:

  • Chemicals
  • Ocean Freight

44” x 56” Pallets

44 x 56 pallets, known as bulk beverage container pallets, was one of the first plastic pallet sizes in existence. This pallet size is used to ship empty cans and bottles from the container manufacturers to beverage fillers.

Common Industries/Uses: Beverage

36” x 36”, 37″ x 37″, 36″ x 48″ Beverage Pallets

36 x 36, 37 x 37, and 36 x 48 pallet sizes are known as beverage pallets and are frequently used to move filled goods, sized specifically to fit in small bays on soft Coke & Pepsi delivery trucks, and through the doors of retail stores that sell the beverages to consumers.

Common Industries/Uses:

  • Beverage
  • Retail

48″ x 20″, 40” x 24” Pallets

40 x 24 & 48 x 20 pallets fit nicely on the floor in store aisles, making them a natural choice for Point of Purchase (POP)/Store Displays.

Common Industries/Uses: Retail, Point Of Purchase

Did You Get All That?

Who would have thought there were so many pallet sizes? On second thought, the more you think about the diversity of American industry, the less surprising the variety of plastic pallet sizes seems.

How Can We Help?

Searching for the perfect plastic pallet at an unbeatable price? Contact Our Pallet Experts for assistance.

About Robin Kiefer

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

Plastic Pallet Types Explained

Plastic Pallet Types – Let Us Explain!

So you’re interested in the different plastic pallet typess? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll provide our plastic pallet expertise to help you understand the differences between the three main types of pallets.

Type 1: Nestable Plastic Pallets

Design Features

Nestable Plastic Pallet decks are commonly supported by 9 legs and lack runners. Nestable pallet legs are tapered, allowing the legs to nest into one another when stacked. Nestable pallet decks are solid or grated (see also: open, perforated) and are usually designed with nesting registration holes that match the footprint of the pallet legs.

Application

Nestable Plastic Pallet Legs

These pallet design features allow empty pallets to stack inside one another, normally achieving a 3-1 ratio, a distinct space saving advantage over a stackable pallet. Some nestable pallets can achieve up a 75% volume reduction during storage and transportation! This space economy reduces the per pallet freight costs & storage space required of empty pallets.

Warning: Nestable Pallets are not designed for double stacking! Stacking nestable pallets on top of sensitive, uneven loads can result is product damage and unsafe working conditions. 

Fast Facts:

  • 9 Legs (usually)
  • No Runners

Recommended For:

  • Loads below 3306 lbs
  • Saving shipping costs and storage space

Not Recommended For:

  • Heavier pallet loads, double stacking
  • Roller tracks / Conveyors

Type 2: Stackable Plastic Pallets

Design Features

Stackable Plastic Pallets are designed to stack on top of each other and do not nest inside one another when empty; perfect for stack loading, static storage, and conveyance in manufacturing, warehousing, and processing environments.

Application

Stackable Plastic Pallet 6-Runner

Stackable plastic pallet bases are usually provided with 3, 5 or 6 runners. Pallets with bottom runners travel more safely and consistently through a chain or roller conveyor system. Pallet runners also provide additional support and stability for double stacking loaded pallets. Runners work to more evenly distribute the pallet load for more even stacking, reducing the incidence of product damage.

Fast Facts:

  • 3,5, or 6 runners
  • A 6 runner base is also known as a cruciform base

Recommended For:

  • Chain or roller conveyors
  • Double stacking loaded pallets

Not Recommended For:

  • When empty, efficient storage and space optimized shipping

Type 3: Rackable Plastic Pallets

Design Features & Application

Rackable Plastic Pallets have bases with runners, a cruciform or 6 runner pallet is most common. Rackable pallets are designed to be placed in perimeter racking where pallets are supported on fours sides, but are not supported in the center.

Does Stackable Mean Rackable?

“All certified mail is registered- but registered mail is not necessarily certified”
– Newman (Jerry Seinfeld’s arch enemy)

Huh? Similarly, Rackable pallets are almost always stackable – but stackable pallets are not necessarily rackable!

Load Testing – The Unsung Key To Material Handling Excellence

Of course every “Rackable” plastic pallet has a racking load capacity, but the suitability of the pallet’s capacity should always be tested for this very important reason:

Pallet capacity changes based on the unique properties of each load-
even with loads of identical weight!

Reinforced Plastic Pallets

Some rackable pallets are designed with additional support to boost their load capacity. This is achieved in two ways:

  1. Reinforcing rods: Some rackable plastic pallets are reinforced with fiberglass or steel rods that pin the pallet deck to the pallet posts, making them stronger in the rack.
  2. Added plastic: Other rackable pallets are designed with a greater mass of plastic, allowing them to rack without reinforcement rods.

How can we help?

Was that helpful? If you have any questions about plastic pallets or need help finding the best pallet at the most competitive price, please contact our friendly Plastic Pallet Experts.

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Want to continue learning more about plastic pallets? Here’s an article we wrote on how to determine pallet capacity!

About Robin Kiefer

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

Plastic Pallet Freight Savings & And a sale!

Greetings – I hope your 2015 is off to a great start.

I noticed something recently that I’m sure you’ll be interested in… and after all, who doesn’t like to save money?

Plastic Pallet Freight Savings

Improve Operational Efficiency by Reducing Inbound Freight Expenses

Plastic pallet shipping prices can be costly. Don’t let these expenses go unnoticed! Shipping expenses impact the bottom line profitably of your organization and should be kept in mind when you receive quotes from other plastic pallet manufacturers.

Concerned about true pallet replacement costs? Be sure to account for inbound freight expenses!

Order Pallets In Volume to Reduce Transportation Costs

Did you know you could save as much as $10 PER pallet, JUST on SHIPPING costs alone by ordering in volume?

When ordering plastic pallets and pallet containers in higher volume, especially by truckload, you can enjoy quantity pricing discounts and save up to 93% on per unit freight charges!

Check out these plastic pallet freight savings:
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Our Plastic Pallet Sale is on!

Also, One Way has unbeatable truckload pricing incentives on nestable pallets, stackable pallets, rackable pallets, and export pallets- all good through March 20, 2015!

Please contact me for a quote and advice on how to select the perfect plastic pallet.

– Andy Pigott
apigott@oneway-solutions.com
866-446-0872

PS. What’s the greatest challenge you face for your material handling operations? Let me know – I’m here to help.

About Andy Pigott

Andy Pigott has been helping shippers find the perfect plastic pallet for over a decade. He is the Sales Manager at One Way Solutions.

A World Without Pallets

While watching HBO’s The Leftovers this past Sunday, I started thinking of what would affect me significantly if it one day just poofed and disappeared.

The answer was simple. The answer was pallets. And even though the answer was simple, the implications of how pallets would affect the world if they just vanished wouldn’t be.

Grant it, it wouldn’t be enough to fill an HBO drama (True Pallet Detective, anyone?), but the effects would be sprawling nonetheless. Continue reading

About Brian Pigott

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

Plastic Pallets vs. CHEP

On June 18, NPR’s Planet Money did a story on CHEP and their “better blue pallets” that are reinventing the pallet industry.

They wondered whether anyone could build a better pallet. Like the mousetrap and the paperclip, it seemed that the design was flawless and could not improve anymore.

They briefly mentioned plastic pallets at the end of the podcast, saying that a company that creates plastic pallets with RFID tracking went bankrupt. As if one company represented the industry as a whole.

Not only that, but this was later corrected as the company was sold to investors after it went into bankruptcy protection and is currently still in business.

Whatever innovative designs appear to change the pallet industry, the design does not dictate material used to build it.  Don’t let the pitchforks, torches, and crazy mob make you think otherwise. 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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