This section provides overview, applications, and principles of plastic pallets. Also, please take a look at the list of 39 plastic pallet manufacturers and their company rankings.
You may often see forklifts carrying loads on pallets in warehouses. The platforms on which the cargo is carried are called pallets, and there are two types of pallets: wooden pallets and plastic pallets. Plastic pallets are used for transportation, logistics, and storage, and they also serve to protect cargo by underlaying it during storage. Plastic pallets have a sawtooth shape.
The most common size of plastic pallets is Type 11, which consists of 1100 mm x 1100 mm squares. There are also Type 14, which consists of 1400 mm x 1100 mm rectangles, small pallets smaller than 1000 mm, and large pallets larger than 2000 mm.
Plastic pallets are compared to wooden pallets, but while wooden pallets are vulnerable to corrosion due to moisture absorption, plastic pallets do not absorb moisture, thus reducing corrosion, and are more durable than wooden pallets. They are also more durable because they are not affected by pests and bacteria as wooden pallets are.
However, plastic pallets cannot be repaired by replacing only the damaged part of the pallet, as is the case with wooden pallets, because the surface on which the pallet is placed is molded in one piece.
The advantage of plastic pallets is that they do not cause cracks or wood "scuffing" on the surface on which they are loaded, as is the case with wooden pallets, so the bottom of the loaded pallet is not easily scratched.
In addition, while wooden pallets can absorb odors, plastic pallets do not absorb odors, so they do not transfer odors to the cargo they are loaded on. Therefore, plastic pallets are suitable for transporting goods for which odor transfer is a concern.
Because of their lightweight, plastic pallets have the advantage of reducing labor and burden during transportation, thereby improving the working environment.
Wooden pallets cannot be recycled at the time of disposal and must be disposed of as waste. Plastic pallets, on the other hand, have the advantage that they can be crushed at the time of disposal, processed into pellets, and recycled as plastic pallets again. This point is highly valued from the recent ecological and SGDS perspectives.
Plastic pallets are widely used along with wooden pallets, but their initial cost is higher than that of wooden pallets.
However, considering that the durability of plastic pallets is higher than that of wooden pallets, that they are suitable for maintaining the quality of products on board, that they improve the working environment because they are lightweight, and that they are recyclable, which is desirable from an ecological and SDGS perspective, we encourage you to adopt plastic pallets. Why not incorporate them in your company?
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