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Pallets – Not As Simple As You Think

Most people have seen the palette, or are aware of it. They have been used for decades in the logistics industry to move goods and raw materials around the world and although they are something you put on top of other things, there is more than doubt to them. 

A wooden export pallets is made by joining together pieces of wood to form what appears to be a rectangular-shaped platform, which is used by forklifts as the primary function of moving goods into storage or on a truck for onward transport. It is surprising to know that there is a whole nomenclature that deals with pallets and covers various aspects of the construction and configuration of a pallet.

For example, the top surface of the pallet is known as the deck, which is made up of wooden (deck board) slats and the distance between the slats is known as the deck spacing. It could be argued that it's just as interesting to watch the paint dry, but, if the wooden slats aren't the right thickness or the spacing to the deck is too wide, the pallet may not be strong enough for that load. which is necessary to take it.

 Another esoteric term used in the pallet world is a carrier, the piece of wood that supports the deck and provides clearance for forklift entry. The height and thickness of the bearer vary according to the duty required of the pallet.

So it goes with the parts of a pallet, some can be mounted on a block with wide deck space for lighter loads and some deck boards may have no space between the slats to give a solid foundation. Transportation and storage costs are an important factor in the balance sheet of any business and require the pallet to be sized appropriately for the goods it carries.

It would not be prudent to use heavy, and therefore expensive, pallets to carry lighter loads and it would be inappropriate to use an insufficient pallet to carry equally heavy cargo.


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