Pallet Tips and Advice

Pallet Principles

Use a standard size and construction:
  • 1000 x 1200mm pallet
  • uses standard timber sizes
  • less expensive to repair
  • easier to recycle
  • saves you money on shipping costs
Utilise multiple use pallets whenever possible:

  • Multiple use pallets can result in substantial savings when you look at the pallet's cost per trip.
  • If a pallet is going to be used several times, buying a lower cost pallet that will last two or three trips ends up costing far more than a slightly more expensive but higher quality pallet that will last for far more trips/years.

Get what you pay for:
  • Ensure you have a specification
  • Provide this to your supplier
  • Select five pallets per load at random and compare the actual pallets against your own specifications.
Ensure Supplier can meet supply promises:
  • A pallet from a cheaper supplier may end up costing substantially more if your production line, container loading etc is delayed due to non delivery
Teach proper pallet handling to operators:
  • enter the pallet straight on.
  • never push or nudge pallets with forklift tines - most pallet damage is caused by fork tine impact.
  • lower pallets slowly and smoothly all the way to the ground, instead of dropping them the last few centimeters.

Pallets should also not be dropped from the top of stacks or tossed onto a stack. This can result in fasteners protruding, component damage and eventually pallet failure.

Use professional pallet repair facilities:

Pallets need proper maintenance and repair to achieve their full life span and prevent the untimely destruction of the asset. Pallet Repair Economics

Consult the professionals:

No matter what your current situation may be Pallet Supply Company can help you develop a pallet plan that is cost effective and meets your materials handling needs in the most cost effective way.

Pallet Parts

Freight Containers

[ISO FREIGHT CONTAINERS] Standard sizes (Include. BS ISO 668:1995)

Type

Container Dimensions (mm)

L

B

H
8'6"

NETT Cont. Mass

GROSS MASS

VOL M3

 

6 Metre 20' x 8' x 8'6" (20 foot) ICC (Std)

External (Nominal
External (ISO Minimum)
Internal (Nominal)
Internal (ISO Minimum)
Door opening (Threshold)(Nom)
Door Opening (Threshold) (ISO Minimum)

6058
6052
5900
5867
-
-

2438
2433
2340
2330
2335
2286

2591
2586
2395
2350
2280
2261

 

12 Metre 40' x 8' x 8'6" (40 foot) I AA (Std)

External (Nominal)
External (ISO Minimum)
Internal (Nominal)
Internal (ISO Minimum)
Door opening (Threshold)(Nom)
Door Opening (Threshold) (ISO Minimum)

12198
12182
12030
11998
-
-

2438
2433
2340
2330
2335
2286

2591
2586
2395
2350
2270
2261

 

12 Metre ONLY 40' x 8' x 9'6" (40 foot) I AA (High)

External (Nominal
External (ISO Minimum)
Internal (Nominal)
Internal (ISO Minimum)
Door opening (Threshold)(Nom)
Door Opening (Threshold) (ISO Minimum)

12192
12182
12022
11998
-
-

2438
2433
2348
2330
2337
2286

2896
2891
2710
2655
2270
2566

     
  • Important to stack correctly to minimise damage to contents e.g. sagging.
  • Remember to include inside support (see drawing)
  • We will assist you in solving your stacking problems
  • Call us for fast professional service and advice

Pallet Repair Economics

Example with 100 pallets
 

Pallet Supply

Joe Bloggs

Number of pallets rejected

8

30

Replacement of rejected pallets with new pallets

8 @ R130.00 each

R 1,040.00

30 @ R130.00 each

R 3,900.00

Repairs done to remainder of pallets

92 @ R35.00 each

R 3,220.00

70 @ R25.00 each

R 1 750.00

Total cost:

 

R 4,260.00

 

R 5,650.00

Total cost per pallet

 

R 42.60

 

R 56.50

Savings per pallet

 

R 13.90

   
 

Important factors to consider:

  • Are extra nails added to strengthen the pallet?
  • Are the appropriate length nails used for repair?
  • Are the nails used ring shank nails?
  • What grade of timber is used for repairs?
  • Are repairs carried out using the same dimension timber as the original specification?
  • Are the pallets sprayed or remarked again in any way?
  • Are a full set of statistics available to allow full control of pallet movements?
  • How long is the repair turn around time?