Pallets are platforms or stands that are used for transportation and storage of goods. They are used particularly in industrial applications like the 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 heavyweight 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, lightweight, 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 factories to warehouses or warehouses 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/USDA compliant, UL fire rated, hygienic, and easy to clean