are safe to consume
and can reduce
the risk of recalls
related to product
material additives can
minimize static that
can slow processes.
implemented in the
beginning of the
supply chain can
reduce costly risk
Q. What should be considered when choosing a material?
A. There are two main materials used for plastic pallets:
polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) resin. PE has good
chemical resistance, impact strength, durability and a temperature
range of zero to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to having all the
benefits of PE, PP also offers better flexural modulus, a temperature
range of zero to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, and can support heavier,
unsupported loads because it deflects less over a long time period.
In addition, both plastic materials allow for a longer service life and
are compatible with all risk-reducing additives.
Each supply chain is different, so an application analysis is used
to determine the appropriate pallet design, material and additive.
Load capacity requirements, supported or unsupported racking
systems, environment, temperatures and handling equipment are
all considered. Because of this, it is recommended that supply
chains be designed around the pallet. Knowing the proper pallet
upfront guarantees compatibility with plant equipment and
procedures. Automation, for example, works best with standardized
pallets. Plastic pallets are dimensionally consistent and reduce
downtimes associated with other materials. Providers can help
with this analysis and engineer appropriate plastic pallet solutions.
Q. Do you have a specific example of risk-reducing pallets
improving supply chain safety?
A. As part of their food safety requirements, one of our
customers, a Fortune 500 food manufacturing company, requires
all inbound ingredients to be moved from wood to plastic pallets
in its facility. This is needed because the goods must be brought
in on, or moved to, detectable plastic pallets as a food safety
initiative, and wood cannot offer the same benefit.
Another customer, a dairy manufacturer, is making the switch to
plastic because residue left behind from wood pallets required it to
shut down its lines every three days for cleaning, consuming four
hours of activity each time. We also put metal-detectable additives
in our pallets for agriculture customers so foreign materials can be
detected before entering finished goods.
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