Pallets are platforms or stands that are used for transportation and storage of goods. They are used particularly in industrial applications like export of chemicals, grains, pharmaceuticals, perishables, and others. There are different kinds of pallets used for different applications: rackable pallets that are suitable for multi-rack storage systems and non-rackable pallets that are suitable for heavy weight storage applications at floor level. Pallets are also categorized as static/ dynamic and light /medium /heavy /extra-heavy. Printers pallets, double-sided pallets, four-sided pallets, shuttle pallets, newspaper pallets, roll cradle pallets and reinforced pallets are the other kinds of pallets available.
Pallets can be made of either plastic, cardboard, or wood. Wood pallets are very cost- effective but have problems like fungus, nails and splinters, pests and insects. They are also difficult to dispose of, and hence, they are being increasingly replaced with plastic pallets. Light-weight thermoplastic pallets are gaining popularity because they are recyclable, insulating, light weight kompostownik z palet and environment friendly. Besides, they do not have the problem of being infested with insects. Cardboard pallets, on the other hand, are fragile and are thus not suitable for all kinds of applications.
Pallets are used for storing goods at one place and also for taking goods from one place to another, like factory to warehouse or warehouse to stores. These days, pallets are being manufactured using very advanced technologies to make them stronger and more durable. Some pallets are also insulated, which makes them ideal for storing perishables. Pallets should be ideally FDA/UDSA compliant, UL fire rated, hygienic, and easy to clean.
Pallets come in different sizes, most commonly 800mm x 1200mm and 1000mm x 1200mm. There are also many different designs that can be customized as per user requirements. Wooden pallets are priced at $8 to $10 if new and around $4-$6 if used. Old wooden pallets are either refurbished or made into wooden chips, compost, animal bedding, or landscape mulch. There are many companies that sell refurbished pallets. They also undertake repair and maintenance of the pallets. These days, pallets are also being attached with radio frequency identification technology to make tracking easier.