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Published on: 27 Dec 2023
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How to Choose the right plastic pallet for your warehouse.

Choosing the right plastic pallets for your warehouse involves considering several factors to ensure they meet your specific needs and requirements. Here are some key considerations to help you make an informed decision:

Load Capacity:

Determine the maximum load capacity your pallets need to support. Consider both static load (when the pallet is stationary), dynamic load (when it is in motion), and racking load (if applicable).  Most of the time, the load test are conducted to ensure that the pallet is able to withstand the load, but also to ensure does not bend or warp excessively during load test.  Warp or bending is a safety concern as it will affect the stability of the goods stored on the pallet, especially on the racks.

Size and Dimensions:

Choose pallets that fit the standard dimensions of your storage systems, such as racks and shelves. Standard sizes are essential for efficient space utilization and compatibility with material handling equipment.  Also needed to enusure is able to move about freely within the safety perimeter in the factory without hitting other structures. 

Material Type:

Plastic pallets are typically made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or polypropylene. Each material has its own characteristics and benefits. HDPE is known for its durability and resistance to chemicals, while polypropylene is more resistant to impact.  Ensure that the plastic pallets comply with any industry or regulatory standards. This is especially important if your warehouse handles specific types of goods or operates in certain industries.

Pallet Design:

Consider the design of the pallet, including whether it is stackable, nestable, or rackable. Stackable pallets save space when not in use, nestable pallets save space during transportation, and rackable pallets are suitable for use in pallet racking systems.
Entry Points:

Evaluate the number and type of entry points (openings) on the pallet. Pallets with both two-way and four-way entry points provide more flexibility in handling and storage.

Weight of the Pallet Itself:

Consider the weight of the pallet itself, especially if it will be frequently moved by hand. Lighter pallets are easier to handle manually, while heavier pallets may be more suitable for automated systems.  Typically pallets that are more than 16Kg will be more heavy duty.  Lighter pallets maybe easier to handle, but they are easier to be damaged by impact, this is becuase lesser material is used.  In short, the Durability and Longevityof the pallet is affected by its weight.

Hygiene and Cleanliness:

Plastic pallets are resistant to moisture, insects, and bacteria, making them suitable for industries with strict hygiene standards, such as food and pharmaceuticals. Choose pallets that are easy to clean and do not absorb liquids.

Budget Considerations:

Compare the cost of different plastic pallet options, taking into account their lifespan, durability, and any additional features they may offer. Consider the total cost of ownership rather than just the initial purchase price.  

Supplier Reputation:

Choose a reputable supplier with a history of providing quality plastic pallets. Read reviews, ask for references, and assess the supplier's customer service and warranty policies.   By carefully considering these factors, you can choose plastic pallets that best suit your warehouse's requirements and contribute to efficient and safe material handling operations.