Every day, warehouse operations, transportation companies and other supply chain companies move countless products to the world on pallets. Although the trays are small, they play a key role in the supply chain. Most of the goods we consume spend at least some time on pallets somewhere in the world.
Without a tray, it is hard to imagine moving these large quantities of goods from one place to another. The pallet (or unit) load allows the supply chain operator to move multiple products (called “eaches” in the storage world) in a single trip using material handling equipment such as forklifts.
The tray is specifically designed for fork lift. Although most tray configurations are more or less the same, they are not all made of the same material. Different product loads and industries require pallets made of different materials. Typically, trays are made of wood, plastic, metal or corrugated paper. It is important to note that certain industries have specific requirements for pallet and tray composition. You should refer to the laws, standards and regulations applicable to your specific industry and application for more information on which trays are right for your operation. .
Let us untie the differences:
Wood is the most common type of tray because it is one of the cheapest and easiest to customize options. Pallet manufacturers manufacture these pallets from different types of wood at different costs and different strengths. overall? Flexible choice for general manufacturing operations.
There are some health and safety issues with wooden pallets. Used wooden pallets may carry bacteria, especially when the wood becomes wet. These trays should not be used to transport food, beverages or chemicals.
Plastic pallets are a good choice for any type of unit load in any industry, as long as the plastic can support the weight of the cargo. They are durable, easy to clean and provide better protection, helping to ensure that items are not damaged during shipment.
Due to their durability, they do not need to be discarded or replaced frequently. Even if they do, plastic can be recycled.
Metal trays are the strongest choice, and they come in handy if you need to move extremely heavy loads. These pallets have the highest upfront cost, but they are extremely durable, can withstand extreme cold or high temperatures, are easy to clean, and rarely need to be replaced. They are usually made of aluminum or steel, but the price will vary depending on the metal they make.
The metal tray is at home when moving drums and buckets, for air or outdoor storage.
Manufacturers’ advances in paper technology, such as special chemical coatings, can be made from corrugated paper. Surprisingly, corrugated trays provide the strength needed to withstand heavy loads as well as wooden pallets. In addition, they are more economical, greener and cleaner than wooden pallets. And they can be easily customized and recycled.
They also don’t split like wooden pallets and are relatively light due to their durability.