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Pallet Order Tracking

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One Way Solutions strives to provide the best service in the business – and we’re always improving. Whether we’re connecting our customers with plastic pallet experts, over the phone and online, or answering your questions as quickly as we possibly can, our mighty team continues to find ways to go above and beyond.

That’s why we are extremely excited to share a pretty cool new service feature for our customers. Want to know what it is? We’re Pallet Order Tracking!

Pallet Order Tracking

Proactive, proprietary tracking updates are only offered at One Way Solutions. Need to know when your pallet delivery will be arriving? Our proactive tracking and delivery forecasting will provide you helpful tracking updates on your pallet order before it even leaves our docks!

Check this out – here is an example of a order tracking email that our pallet customers receive before we’re even done packing your order!

Pallet Order Tracking Email

Pallet Order Tracking Email

Why Is Pallet Order Tracking A Big Deal?

Most of our customers already know, but One Way Solutions already combines the most competitive plastic pallet prices with the most reasonable freight fees.

In order to find you the best possible rate for your shipping, One Way runs your order past more than 30 different truck lines from more 14 separate freight docks across the USA – our shippers bid for your pallet order and the most reasonable price with reliable service wins!

Although this may help save money, it presents a huge challenge for providing updated shipping status due to to all the moving parts.

Managing hundreds of orders and pallet skus, 14 shipping locations, and 30 shippers could be a huge challenge; but our automated shipping tracks makes short work of this crucial and timely information; all in real time.

But that doesn’t stop us from providing superior customer service. We’ve worked tirelessly to come up with a way to share the latest order status to our customers, providing shipping dates and order tracking in real time!

See how cool this really is?

Our pallet customers receive timely notifications at the most important points in the process:

* When we’ve booked a pickup for your order – and –

* when your order leaves our docks – just your pallet order ships:

Pallet Order Shipment Tracking Email

Pallet Order Shipment Tracking Email

Trying to hunt down your pallet order is now a thing of the past. One Way’s new pallet order tracking is here to provide you information you need to successfully run your warehouse.

Please contact us if you have any questions on the topic. Otherwise, look forward to receiving your first series of shipment notifications on your next pallet order!

Start shopping pallets right here.

Pallet Order Tracking And Pallet Delivery Forecasting Included With Every Order

Pallet Order Tracking And Pallet Delivery Forecasting Included With Every Order

About Robin Kiefer

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

Plasgad Pallets

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Choosing Pallet Performance Options with Plasgad Pallets

Plasgad Pallets possess certain features and functions that set them apart from other plastic pallets brands.

When evaluating which pallet will best perform for your product requirements, consider a few of these specifications and options from our line of Plasgad Pallets.

1. Warehouse Racking Functionality

Rackable Plasgad Pallets

Rackable pallets are the most durable and reliable pallets you can find. Designed to be safely and securely stored on racks, rackable pallets allow you to maximize available floor space without sacrificing storage space.

Consider this 32 x 48 plastic rackable pallet by Plasgad which has the additional warehouse function of being stackable as well. This option is ideal for multiple use applications and storage.

Plasgad 32 x 48 Rackable Plastic Pallet

Plasgad 32 x 48 Rackable Plastic Pallet

Stackable Plasgad Pallets

Looking to save space when it comes to storage and shipping with plastic pallets? Stackable pallets may be just the right fit. They are designed to maintain maximum stability when stacked with or without products on them, a natural choice for shipments that require added protection.

Nestable Plasgad Pallets

But wait, there’s more! Plasgad offers additional space-saving pallet storage solutions that have added durability and safety features. Nestable pallets provide a unique design that allows you to stack more pallets at a safe height while maintaining structural integrity. The great thing about this option is that you save valuable floor space by compacting your pallet stacks.

2. Transportation Functionality

3-Runner

Now let’s talk transportation. Weight can be an issue when shipping heavy products on pallets. This is where “runners” come into play. A pallet with a 3-runner base provides extra strength because of the strips across the bottom which increase the dynamic load capacity.

6-Runner

When considering the best option for heavy duty requirements, look no further than the 40×48 Plasgad 6-runner stackable pallet. This baby is a beast when it comes to transporting heavy loads with its added support in the cruciform perimeter-base with a 6-runner.

40 x 48 Plasgad 6-Runner Stackable Pallet

40 x 48 Plasgad 6-Runner Stackable Pallet

3. Safety Functionality

Pallet Lips

When safety is a concern, then take pallet lips into consideration as they offer a more secure payload, which in turn helps reduce the likelihood of injuries caused by slipping and runaway freight.

Plasgad offers a few pallet lips options, both the 2-Runner Rackable Stackable Plastic Euro Pallet with Lip, as well as the brand new 6-Runner Neptune shown below.

Plasgad Neptune 6-Runner Plastic Pallet

Plasgad Neptune 6-Runner Plastic Pallet

Questions on which Plasgad plastic pallet is right for you? Reach out!

We love finding the perfect fit for your needs.

Please contact us so we can send you a quote, including shipping costs.

About Robin Kiefer

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

Why Plastic Pallets Are Perfect For Produce

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Prevent Produce Contamination With Plastic Pallets

Food producers and brands are an important part of the food distribution chain. Keeping your products and customers safe and healthy, while keeping costs down, is fundamental to your mission. I get it, and I want to remind you of a sometimes overlooked aspect of shipping safety: the pallets on which they’re transported.

Failing to pay attention to this simple part of the process can at best make your shipping process a pain and at worst it can really hurt people, either with stray nails or through bacteria growing in moisture.

Here, we’ll go over the two most popular materials to use in pallets, wood and plastic, and discover why plastic pallets are ultimately a better choice.

 

Wood Pallets

Now, wood pallets are cheaper, it’s true! But the composition of the wood and the way the pallet is built could end up costing you more in product recall and employee injury. Wood is very porous, which means it can hold a lot of water, or anything else that might be spilled onto it! And damp wood is a breeding ground for mildew, fungus, and bacteria. All sorts of nasties that can get into the produce and make the population sick!

Damp wood can also warp, compromising the integrity of pallet stack. This can cause the stack to lean (shown below) or even topple, injuring anyone in its path, as well as the food products and pallets themselves.

Wood is hard to keep precisely level, which may cause stack instability as well. And traditional wooden pallets are made with sharp nails and screws, another potential hazard to you and your product. The best solution is to switch away from wooden pallets altogether, in favor of some plastic ones.

However, if you decide wooden pallets would be best, One Way Solutions has you covered in that area as well! We offer heat treated pressboard pallets which solve most of the issues brought up here. Since they are produced in one piece, there’s no danger of stray nails damaging you or your product. Since it’s heat treated and covered in resin, the likelihood of dampness and risk of contamination are reduced. These engineered wood pallets even have a nesting design to cut down on stacking issues.

 

Plastic Pallets 

Plastic pallets eliminate the challenges and problems typical with wooden block pallets. Because plastic pallets are non-porous, they won’t harbour contaminants or absorb liquids. The plastic material is also lighter weight and much easier to clean. And, like the presswood, plastic pallets are mass produced to specific dimensional tolerances, so they’re easier to stack well and do not contain nails or screws to put a wrench in your plans.

One Way Solution also offers FDA approved plastic pallets! Plastic pallets also make it easier to comply with the various FDA regulations for cleanliness.

What makes a pallet FDA approved? Well, it has to be made of virgin resin materials, made of new, unrecycled plastic. There’s no guarantee that recycled plastic is clean, and when it comes to your produce, you want to be sure.

Plastic is a lot lighter than wood, and trust me, your staff and your machinery will appreciate the lighter load. In fact, with less weight, your process can become more efficient!

Plastic is also quite durable and resilient. It will handle a lot of pressure and is less likely to break under strain. It can withstand extreme heat and cold as well. So whatever extreme or unusual conditions your produce might have to endure, plastic pallets will stay true to form!

The Blue FDA Plastic Pallets

I personally recommend blue pallets, as shown below, because they’re immediately recognizable as FDA approved pallets. It’s nearly impossible to create that bright blue color out of recycled plastic, so you can be sure it’s 100% virgin resin. Or, if blue cramps your style, One Way Solutions offers a variety of other colors, including black, beige, green, and red, that are all FDA approved! And they don’t contain PBDEs or DecaPBDEs, for extra cleanliness!

About Robin Kiefer

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

Pallet Lips & Safety Rims FAQ – Are They For You?

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Pallet Lips - Do you need them?

What is a Pallet Lip

A pallet lip, also known as a pallet safety rim, is a raised edge on all 4 sides of the pallet that extends above the pallet deck.

Pallet Lip / Pallet Safety Lip

Pallet Lip / Safety Lip

The pallet safety lip is found along the edge or perimeter of the four sides of the pallet.

The purpose of the pallet lip is to simplify the material handling flow by offering additional benefits over lipless pallets.

Pallet Safety Rims can be found on nestable pallets, stackable pallets, and rackable pallets.

But why would you need a lip on your pallet?

Benefits Of Pallet Safety Lips

As it turns out, there are many benefits to choosing plastic pallets with safety rims.

Pallet lips can help reduce freight preparation times, conserve packing materials, secure payloads, increase employee safety, and simplify pallet stacking.

Reducing Freight preparation times

Pallet Safety Rims reduce freight loading times by reducing the need and time spent banding and shrink wrapping freight while preparing for shipment.

Need to quickly transfer goods to a different area within your facility? Time consuming shrink wrapping can be drastically reduced because loads are more secure from the moment they hit the pallet!

Conserving Packing Materials

Pallet Safety Rims help conserve the use of packaging materials materials and equipment.

Material handling professionals can be less reliant on shrink-wrap, pallet banding, and the machinery and accessories related to those packaging materials), saving warehouses time money.

Securing Payloads

Pallet Safety lips reduce the likelihood of payload unexpectedly separating from the pallet.

This helps reduce the likelihood of repacking charges imposed by freight carriers and limits the considerable expenses incurred by replacing lost or damaged shipments.

Employee Safety

A more secure payload helps reduce the likelihood of injuries caused by slipping / runaway freight.

Easier Pallet Stacking

Safety Rims help when stacking empty pallets; the pallet lips actually help with the registration of top and bottom of stacked pallets to reduce slipping.

Disadvantages Of Pallet Safety Lips

Pallet lips are generally helpful, but you should carefully consider how you plan to use the pallet.

There are certain material handling applications that make Pallet Lips undesirable. Specifically, instances where goods loaded onto a pallet exceed the footprint of the pallet.

In these cases, where the load on the pallet hangs over the edge of the pallet, pallet safety rims can leave marks on the goods carried by the pallet, which may be undesirable if the finished goods are going to be unpacked and brought to a store or showroom floor for sale in their original packaging (packaged for point of sale).

Pallet Lip Options

All pallet safety rims help secure freight, but not all pallet lips are the same.

Pallet Lip Height

Pallet safety rims are available in different heights and lengths. Generally speaking, safety rims are roughly .2″ to .5″ high (5mm – 13mm) high.

Continuous Or Intermittent Pallet Safety Rims

Intermittent Pallet Lips

Intermittent pallet lips do not cover the entire length of a pallet perimeter. This is a good choice when you do not need entire perimeter coverage, often in cases where you are loading larger and more tightly packed boxes onto the pallet.

Continuous Pallet Lips

Continuous pallet lips, like the one pictured below, cover the entire length of the pallet sides, and particularly helpful when shipping smaller or more loosely packed pieces on a pallet.

Full Perimeter Pallet Lip

Full Perimeter Pallet Lip

Pallet Safety Lip Pricing

Do pallet safety rims impact pricing? Absolutely!

Pallet lips are formed by plastic that is molded into the pallet body during the manufacturing process for strength. The additional material required to for the lip means more cost, but these costs are nominal and are far outweighed by the benefits offered to material handlers.

Let me know how I can help!

* What’s the greatest challenge you face in your warehouse?

* We’re here to help meet unique challenges in your warehouse!

Share your Comments!

We’d love to hear from you – please let us know what other tricks you’ve used to save on freight – and check our our article on other ways to save money on pallet shipping charges.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic Plastic Pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs.

Please contact us to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

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

TAA Compliant Pallets

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TAA Compliant Pallets

Have you been told you need to supply or order TAA Compliant Pallets?

No problem! One Way Solutions is proud to offer exclusively TAA Compliant Pallets.

More than 99% of the pallets we supply are USA Made and all products we offer are TAA Compliant!

How To Locate TAA Compliant Pallets

It’s really easy! All pallets on our website are TAA compliant.

And even better – all USA made pallets are clearly identified, because we mark them with an American Flag and a Made In USA stamp!

But Where Do I Find TAA Approved Pallets?

Well actually, there’s no such thing as a TAA Approved Pallets. All our pallets comply, but the Feds do not run around granting approval to pallets.

And it’s our job to provide you a TAA compliant pallet  that meets your applications.

What is TAA compliance?

The TAA term originates from the 1979 Trade Agreements Act (Title 19 of United States Code & 2501-2581), also known as the TAA.

The TAA was enacted to establish a means of governance to carry out the Trade Act Of 1974, an act devised to make the United States more competitive in the world economy, including formally empowering the federal government to take measures to counteract any unfair trade practices utilized in other countries.

The TAA stipulates that the U.S. Government can restrict federal contract purchases (this includes GSA contracts) to goods made by the United States or a “Designated Country.” A designated country is one that has a free trade agreement with the United States, is a member of the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement, is a specific underdeveloped countries, and one of a list of countries from the the Caribbean Basin.

For a full list of TAA Designated Countries, see Federal Acquisition Regulation 25.003.

Contractors must certify that each end product meets the applicable requirements. End products are ‘those articles, materials and supplies to be acquired for public use’.” This includes items which have been “substantially transformed” in the United States.

Eaton’s TAA compliant products are assembled in the U.S.A and are approved to be acquired by the United States Government for use. These products are also compliant with GSA Schedules.

What If I Want TTA Compliant Pallets Made In The USA?

No problem! More than 99% of the pallets we carry are USA made.

How To Locate USA Made Pallets

Here is where this stamp is placed on our website:

USA Made Pallets

Pallets Made In The USA

Our Category Pages

When your are shopping our Nestable, Stackable, Rackable, or any of our other categories, you’ll see our Made In USA icon in the upper right hand corner of each product listing, as follows:

USA Made Pallets on Category Pages

TAA Compliant pallets are USA Made Pallets! – Category Pages

Our Product Pages

Individual Product Pages display our Made In USA icon under the name of the product, like this:

USA Made Pallets - Product Page

USA Made Pallets are TAA Compliant Pallets! – Product Page

 

Let me know how I can help!

* What’s the greatest challenge you face in your warehouse?

* We’re here to help meet unique challenges in your warehouse!

Share your Comments!

We’d love to hear from you – please let us know what other tricks you’ve used to save on freight – and check our our article on other ways to save money on pallet shipping charges.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic Plastic Pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs.

Please contact us to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

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

Heat Treated Pallet Alternatives

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Heat Treated Pallets (HT Pallets)

Today we’re going to talk about heat treated pallets, find out what makes them special and beneficial, and discuss an alternative to heat treated pallets.

Wood Pallets In Action

Wood Pallets In Action

Pallet Treatments

Some pallets are untreated. These untreated pallets are known as “national pallets”, because they lack ISPM pallet certification and are therefore not used for international trade and foreign travel.

Pallet Treatments – For Safety

Wood pallets are treated to reduce the spread of pests and inhibit the growth of fungi and other organic matter to increase consumer safety and the stability of regional ecosystems.

There are many wood pallet treatment processes for making pallets safe for use:

  • Chemical Pallet Treatments
  • Fungicide Pallet Treatments
  • Pressure Treatments
  • Heat Treatments

No Bark!

At the very least, treated pallets must be debarked prior to their treatments. Because bark can harbor pests and their eggs, it has to go!

Heat Treated Pallets

Heat Treated or FT Pallets are subjected to a very specific heat treatment.

The heat treatment kills bugs and their eggs and reduces the wood’s moisture level.

Reduced moisture means that the pallet loses weight during the heating process as well!

HT Pallet Recipe: Bake Wood Core at 56°C (134.6°F) for 30 Minutes

Just what exactly has to happen for a wood pallet meet the heat treating requirements to meet ISPM15 requirements?

The core temperature of any wood pallet greater than 6MM in thickness must be raised to 56°C (Celsius) for no fewer than 30 continues minutes. Reaching the 56°C wood core temperature for half an hour destroys pests, their eggs, and organic plant life that may contaminate the payload or impact other ecosystems adversely.

Wait, what are we here in the US? We’re Fahrenheit.

So 56°C is 134.6°F  – which is roughly equivalent of the hottest recorded temperature in the USA:

134°F at Furnace Creek, Death Valley, CA (July 10, 1913)

What Does A Pallet Heater Look Like?

Pallet Heater, Pallet Kiln, whatever you call them, they have one essential purpose: to heat the pallets to 56°C and keep it there for 30 minutes.

Here’s one of the little devils now:

Pallet Heater or Kiln

Pallet Heater System Components:

* Fuel Source (natural gas or propane) – The fuel used for heating, sometimes kept in separate tanks
* Power Supply – Powers the heating and air handling devices
* Heating Unit – Creates heat from burned fuel for the heated air used to dry the pallets
* Air Handler – Forces the heated air into the heating chamber

Some pallet heating systems combine the heater and air-handler into an integrated unit, heating the air and forcing it into the heating chamber.

ISPM 15 Stamps – What do they look like?

The IPPC stamps used to indicate that a pallet manufacturer has met ISPM 15 standards looks something like this:

Heat Treated Pallet Stamp (HT Pallet with ISPM15 Stamp)

Heat Treated Pallet Stamp (HT Pallet with ISPM15 Stamp)

And as you might have already guessed (or already know) –
HT stands for Heat Treated.

Here’s another example of an ISPM 15 style stamp.

Heat Treated Pallet Stamp (HT Pallet with ISPM15 Stamp)

Heat Treated Pallet Stamp (HT Pallet with ISPM15 Stamp)

The Downside To HT Pallets

Well, there aren’t any problems to using HT Pallets specifically; they’re better than using MB Wood Pallets (pallets treated with the now banned MB – methyl bromide).

The problem with MT Pallets is that they are wood pallets and are not the first choice for efficient and cost-effective material handling due to the normal wood pallet disadvantages:

* Added weight of wood causes higher transportation costs
* Lack of uniformity causes interruptions and failure during transport and storage
* Splinters can risk health of all hands in the supply chain, and can cause contamination, exposure to blood borne pathogens, and payload damage.
* High cost of replacement over the long term due to lower service life compared to plastic pallet alternatives.

The Wood Pallet Alternative Is A Plastic Pallet Advantage

Are you ready for a pallet that will last longer, weighs less, performs better, causes less downtime, doesn’t need to be treated, can comply with FDA regulations, and will cost you less to use in the long haul?

Plastic Pallets - A perfect Heat Treated Pallet Alternative!

Plastic Pallets are the perfect Heat Treated Pallet Alternative!

Plastic Pallets are the answer – and our pallet experts can help you find the perfect fit to your needs.

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We’d love to hear from you – please let us know what other tricks you’ve used to save on freight – and check our our article on how FDA Pallets can help food and pharma companies work better!

About Robin Kiefer

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

Best Pallets For Handling CBD

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Best Pallets For Handling CBD

CBD Food Products Legalization – It’s Coming

In December 2018, Congress legalized hemp-derived CBD.

But the FDA stopped short of allowing CBD to be added to food products and prohibited CBD’s addition to foods – for now.

The dawn of legal CBB food products is not far off. The FDA has scheduled a public hearing regarding how to handle the legalization of adding CBD to food and drinks on May 31st, 2019.

The goal of this hearing on CBD’s appearance in food products is to begin the collection of data that will help determine how the FDA can effectively regulate manufacturing, labeling, and production of CBD edibles and CBD beverages.

The Best Pallets For Handling CBD

CBD is here to say – are you using The Best Pallets For Handling CBD?

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol, also known by its abbreviation CBD, is one of roughly 113 cannabinoids found in Cannabis. Unlike THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes users feel “high,” CBD does not produce any psychoactive feelings of being “high” or “stoned.”

What are the Benefits of CBD?

OK, so food brands want to add CBD to food products. But why?

Cannabidiol can improve health in many different ways.

CBD is believed to have many beneficial applications to improve human health and wellness:
* Seizure Prevention: CBD is believed to reduce the incidence and intensity of seizures, making it a promising alternative for Epileptics and others suffering from seizures.
* Inflammation Reduction: CBD is believed to be an anti-inflammatory alternative and is known to reduce swelling.
* Pain Management: Cannabidiol is also used as an alternative pain management treatment – even for relieving migraine headaches!
* Mental Wellness: CBD is taken as an anti-depressant and is also used as a way to combat anxiety, depression, and psychosis.
* Digestive Wellness: CBD is often taken as an alternative treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease & Nausea.

“I want a new drug, one that won’t make me sick
One that won’t make me crash my car – Or make me feel three feet thick”
– Huey Lewis & The News

Best Pallets For Handling CBD Food Products

Best Pallets For Handling CBD Food Products – image thanks to https://vaping360.com/best-cbd-vapes/vape-oils/

Why should the Material Handling Industry Care About CBD?

Because CBD is used in both food and  pharmaceutical industries and will be consumed by living creatures, its handling will be subject to the exacting guidelines of the FDA.

Improper handling could destroy the CBD and the food products it’s used in – or make them unsafe and unfit for human consumption or personal use.

So it is no surprise that the best pallets for handling CBD medicines and CBD food products will be plastic FDA Pallets.

The Best Pallets for Handling CBD and Cannabis are Plastic FDA Pallets

Plastic pallets that meet FDA guidelines are best for handling CBD.

Strong, well-engineered pallets that are made from sustainable, virgin polyethylene resin are the best option for safe operation for freight handlers and also reduce the possibility of contamination.

Plastic Pallets Are Best For Handling CBD because:
* they will not splinter and create unsafe conditions for material handling professionals and CBD distributors.
* the virgin material used to make the pallets will not taint the purity of the CBD or the food products therein.
* the pallets have smooth, well machined surfaces that are easily cleaned, making them ideal for sustainable, long-term use in closed loop and point to point CBD processing, distribution, and manufacturing.

Our offering is excellent for CBD and Cannabis handlers – so check out our FDA Approved Pallets online!

The best pallets for handling CBD are FDA Approved

The best pallets for handling CBD are FDA Approved

CBD Handling & FDA Compliance may seem like the wild west –
we can help!

* What’s the greatest challenge you face as a material handling professional in the CBD and Cannabis industries?
* We’re here to help meet unique challenges in your warehouse!

Share your Comments!

We’d love to hear from you – please let us know what other tricks you’ve used to safely transport other food products from rapidly emergent new product categories.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic Plastic Pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs.

Please contact us to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

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

Euro Pallets

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What Is A Euro Pallet

What Is A Euro Pallet?

History

The euro pallet is an important part of material handling history.

Its origin can be traced back to the 1960’s, when it was used to transport goods during railway transport. This pallet’s design allowed workers to load the pallet in 10% less time due to its cutting edge design and load capacity. These advantages established the Euro Pallet as an industry standard. In European markets, they were used almost exclusively for forklift and warehouse operations due to their optimal sizing.

The success of the Euro Pallet was followed by newly by imitations. Many imitators produced low-quality imitations using inferior grades of wood in attempt to copy the design of this successful pallet for a lower price. Due to the misleading nature of these inferior products, pallets that met the standards were identified with the logo “EUR” or “EPAL” to indicate that the pallet had met the license and certification of quality.


(seized pallets)

As time went on, word spread about his great pallet the europeans were using. As others around the world tried to get a hold of them, they realized that it did not work well in all of their applications. Especially when it came to certain International Organization for Standardization (ISO) shipping containers.

Evolution of Design

Due to the great success of this pallet design, there were a few similar products, that are named in the same family. On came the EUR-1, EUR-2, and the EUR-3.

All three of these EIR pallets are very close to the standard American 40 x 48 pallet.

The Eur-1 Pallet

The Eur-1 has the same dimensions dimensions as the EUR original (31.50 in × 47.24 in.)

The Eur-2 Pallet

The EUR-2 pallet measures in at a larger size (47.24 in x 39.37 in).

The Eur-3 Pallet

The EUR-3 has the same overall dimensions as The EUR-2, but the length and width are switched (39.37 in x 47.24 in).

Translation to American market and plastic

While European pallets are sized in mm, In the American markets pallets are sized in inches. In the American market 48 x 40 is the standard size in inches which is 1219 x 1016 mm. The EUR original is 1200 x 1000 mm which is 31.50 in × 47.24 inches.

Below is a chart with conversions from mm to inches with their production rank and the industries that use them most in the United States.

Our Euro Pallets

Here are some of the euro pallets we offer:

32 x 48 Nestable Euro Pal 2 Plastic Pallet # PP-O-32-N2
32 x 48 Nestable Medium Duty Ex-Pal Euro Plastic Pallet # PP-O-32-N
32 x 48 Rackable Euro Pal 2 Plastic Pallet # PP-O-32-R2A
32 x 48 Rackable Euro Pal 2 Polyethylene Plastic Pallet – Unassembled # PP-O-32-R2-PE
32 x 48 Rackable Euro Pal 2 Plastic Pallet # PP-O-32-R2A
32 x 48 Rackable Solid Deck Plastic Euro Pallet – 3 Runner # PP-S-32-E7
32 x 48 Heavy Duty Solid-Deck Stackable Euro Plastic Pallet # PP-S-3248-RC
32 x 48 Nestable Molded Wood Euro Pallet – Export Ready # PW-S-3248-NX
32 x 48 x 29 Fixed Wall Euro Bulk Container – Blue # CP-S-32-F

We offer many variations of the euro pallet, listed above are just a few of them.

Let me know how I can help!

* What’s the greatest challenge you face in your warehouse?
* We’re here to help meet unique challenges in your warehouse!

Share your Comments!

We’d love to hear from you – please let us know what other tricks you’ve used to save on freight – and check our our article on other ways to save money on pallet shipping charges.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic Plastic Pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs.

Please contact us to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

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

How Are Plastic Pallets Made

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How Plastic Pallets Are Made

How Are Plastic Pallets Made?

Plastic pallets are manufactured at an injection molding facility. But how do these individual designs come into existence, from planning to production? The path is complex, but entirely necessary to ensure that the product is a success.

Main Stages Of Pallet Production

The process of designing and creating a plastic pallet has three main stages:

* pallet design
* pallet molding
* the final production of the pallet

In order to create the perfect plastic pallet, all of the functional details and design features need to be planned out to satisfy the pallet’s end use and purpose.

For example, what material it will be made from, if it’s going to be light or heavy duty, stackable, rackable, or nestable?

Plastic Pallet Raw Materials Plastic Pellets Manufacturing - Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banner-bg_3asih.jpg

Plastic Pallet Raw Materials Plastic Pellets Manufacturing

These are just a few of the things that are important to consider when creating each individual pallet.

Though there are many different ways that pallets can be molded, the most common method used in our plastic pallets is, high pressure injection molding.

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Pallet Design

During the process of designing a plastic pallet, many things come into consideration. Things such as the purpose of the pallet and how it will be transported, stored, what industry will use the pallet.

All these considerations impact and contribute to the design, material, weight, and durability of a pallet. Once the design for the plastic pallet is in place, the mold will be made to make that exact design.

Additional Pallet Design Considerations:

* Open/Closed decks
* Ventilation
* Sanitization
* Runners vs no runners
* Two-Way vs 4-Way entry
* Industry standards
* FDA approved
* Fire retardant

Pallet Injection Molding

High pressure injection molding is the process in which virgin plastic and colorants are mixed and melted together in a barrel or mixing chamber, before being injected into the mold.

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Plastic Pallet Injection Molding Heated Screw

The mold is clamped together with mass pressure before being injected. By using high pressure injection molding, pallets injected inside the molds will have a faster production time than any other molding method.

Plastic Pallet Injection Mold Manufacturing

Plastic Pallet Injection Mold Manufacturing

By injecting the melted plastic resins into the molds, the finished pallets will come out with the most detailed and accurate design as possible!

Plastic Pallet Production

When using high pressure injection molding to create large quantities of high quality, plastic pallets, production times become more efficient. By increasing production speed and being able to produce plastic pallets in mass quantities as fast as possible, it reduces the risk of being scarce. Also, with a production process such as this, it is easy to customize and change designs and molds, making it possible to produce pallets for even the most specific needs!

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Plastic Pallet Injection Molding Process

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Effects of Plastic Properties on Pallet Characteristics

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Effects of Plastic Properties on Pallet Characteristics

Our Pallets are made from different plastics.

There are many types of plastic resins available for making pallets; the product’s intended use helps determine the ideal resin type to use for manufacturing.

The Two Popular Most Plastic Pallet Resins

Two plastic resins are the most common materials used to mold the majority of the pallets:

– High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
– Polypropylene (PP)

We’ll look at how the choice of these materials impacts four key properties.

Four Plastics Properties:

* Flex Modulus Of Elasticity
* Melt Flow Index
* Specific Gravity
* Izod Impact

Flex Modulus Of Elasticity

The Flex Modulus measures the strength of an adhesive and the stiffness during the initial steps  of stress analysis during a bending process. ASTM D790 is the standard test method for the Flex Modulus.

How to Test Flex Modulus

There are two ways to test Flex Modulus, but the main way is the three point bending test. In this method, two supports hold a sample of the plastic, while force is applied on a single point to induce deformation.

This property is important when deciding what kind of plastic pallet to use for your product. The higher the flex modulus, the stiffer the pallet. The lower the flex modulus, the more flexible it will be.

Melt Flow Index (MFI)

Melt Flow Index is a measurement of how quickly melted plastic flows through an injection molding screw into a mold that forms the plastic pallet. This test determines the viscosity of each material.

The higher the MFI value, the lower the viscosity.

So what’s better – a high or low Melt Flow Index?

Actually, ideal MFI values depend entirely on their application and are dependent on:
– the mold machine and molding screw
– mold design
– the final product

How to Test The Melt Flow Index

To test the MFI, the injection screw barrel is first preheated to the desired temperature. The operator then loads the sample material into the barrel.

Force is then applied to a piston tool to push the material through the heated barrel.

When the flow conditions are right, a timed sample is taken (usually at a ten minute interval).

Once the sample cools, it is weighed to determine the material’s MFI. So, the amount of the sample that flows in the ten minute window is considered the the MFI value.

Melt Flow Index Testing Schematic

Melt Flow Index Testing Schematic

Specific Gravity

The Specific Gravity of individual materials is measured by the density of the plastic compared to the density of water. Specific Gravity is very important metric in the plastic industry because plastic is sold at a cost per weight basis. This property impacts the price of each plastic significantly. Additionally, Specific Gravity measurements are used in production control.

How to Test Specific Gravity

Two sample weights are taken, the first weight is before water immersion and the second weight is taken during distilled water immersion.

Izod Impact

The Izod Impact is a gauge of the impact resistance and hardness of the material. This tests the hardness, strength and toughness of the plastic. The impact toughness will generally decrease the colder the temperature is.

How to Test Izod Impact

Using an Izod Impact tester, a pivoting arm is released from a specific height to swing down,  hitting and breaking the sample material. Afterwards, the energy that is absorbed by the sample is calculated from the height the arms swings to subsequent to hitting the sample.

Plastic Additives

Another property that can impact the characteristics of a plastic pallet is the inclusion of plastic additives. Different additives are used for different purposes; we’ll cover the common additives used in the pallet making process.

Plastic Colorant Additives

Colorant is the most common plastic pallet material additive. There are many reasons to add color to plastics, usually for specific products, material handling organization and sorting, or safety reasons. Besides the appearance, adding color does not change any physical characteristics of the plastics.

Plastics Strengthening Additives

Plastics used in many different industries are strengthened with additives.

Additives such as impact modifiers and reinforcements improve the strength and ability of the plastic to absorb impact without breaking and other stressors, even in the harshest environments.

Plastic Safety Additives

Especially in the food and pharmaceutical industries, additives make sure plastics are safe and suitable for handling products controlled by the FDA. Additives make sure the chemicals/medicines being transported do not react with the plastic in the plastic pallets. Additionally, the additives keep food and beverage containers safe for use during transporting and storing.

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) & Polypropylene (PP)

Now we’ll discuss the individual polymers, their specific properties, and how those properties affect plastic pallet characteristics starting.

HDPE

HDPE is an extremely durable petroleum based resin. HDPE’s corrosion and solvent resistance make it very easy to clean. HDPE is used in creating plastic bottles and containers.

It’s also used in many household applications like bottles for milk, juice, and cosmetics. Compared to other materials, HDPE is very cost effective for how durable it is, making it a great choice for plastic pallets.

What makes HDPE the most widely used material is its low price while still being a strong material.

HDPE Properties

* Flexural modulus of elasticity: 200,000
* Melting Temperature: 266 degrees Fahrenheit
* Specific Gravity: 0.96
* Izod Impact: 1.9

PP

Compared to HDPE, PP pallets are much more rigid, making them able to carry heavier loads. PP also maintains its rigidity in higher temperature environments and has good chemical resistance.

This particular resin is found in rigid and flexible packaging as well as large molded parts for automotive products. It’s more expensive than HDPE, but is often a better choice for certain products such as food packaging.

Properties of Polypropylene

* Flexural modulus of elasticity: 225,000
* Melting Temperature:  320 degrees Fahrenheit
* Specific Gravity: 0.91
* Izod Impact: 1.2

Combining HDPE & PP

Combining HDPE & PP allows molders to combine advantages of both polymers while keeping costs at a minimum.

Specifically:
* manufacturing pallets from recycled materials
* keeping the pallets durable and rigged
* Reducing material costs

Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)

LDPE is a resin made from low-density oil and has very low tensile strength compared to HDPE and PP. It also has the ability to withstand temperatures of 80 degrees celsius and is known to be nearly unbreakable.

LDPE Properties

  • Flexural modulus of elasticity: 200,000
  • Melting Temperature: 266 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Specific Gravity: 0.92
  • Izod Impact: no break

Material Issues?

Each material has different properties which lead to different characteristics. The characteristics of the plastics determine which pallet is right for certain products. There is no right or wrong pallet, that’s why will choose the materials for you to provide pallets that are best for your needs and surpass your standards.

Share your Comments!

What type of plastic pallets best suits your needs?

What are your opinions on the different pallet materials currently on the market?

We’d love to hear from you – please share thoughts in the comments below.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs. Please contact us to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

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

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