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Racking Pallet Case Study 

Are you still tolerating broken pallets teetering precariously in your warehouse racking? Are you tired of splinters jamming up your automated lines? Have you had a bad experience with some cheap and nasty rackable plastic pallets? If so, you’re in exactly the same boat as a warehouse manager felt two years ago before he invested in heavy-duty plastic pallets from INKA Pallets.  

Two years after completing work for this very client, we carried out a site visit in which we were delighted to learn that our robust, heavy-duty plastic pallets are still performing “excellently”, and our customer has encountered “ZERO breakages” in a demanding automatic drive-in racking application with over a tonne of weight on each pallet. As a result, the customer doesn’t require a repeat order and is 100 per cent satisfied!

How Long Do Pallets Last? 

Our heavy duty warehouse plastic pallets for sale can last for well over 10 years in demanding environments. This is down to the fact that our heavy-duty pallets are built to take incredible load capacities, with racking loads of up to 2250kg.  

Are Plastic Pallets Better Than Wood? 

There are a number of advantages that place plastic pallets above wooden ones, which are explored in further detail below: 

Durability: Plastic pallets tend to be more durable and long-lasting than wooden pallets due to the fact that they are resistant to moisture, chemicals, and pests. It’s for these reasons that they’re suitable for use in a number of environments, including warehouses, shipping, and storage.  

Hygiene: Plastic pallets are easier to sanitise and clean compared to wooden pallets, which are likely to harbour bacteria, mould, and other contaminants.  

Consistency: Since wood is a natural substance, its size, weight, and quality can vary significantly. As plastic is manufactured, it’s more consistent in each of these aspects. 

Safety: Plastic pallets can reduce the risk of injury to workers and damage to products since they’re not as likely to splinter or break.  

Environmental impact: Plastic pallets can be recycled and reused more readily than their wooden counterparts, meaning they’re better for the environment. 

How to Stack Pallets in a Warehouse  

In order to maximise storage space and ensure the safety of workers and products, pallets need to be stacked safely and efficiently. You should employ the following to ensure that pallets are stacked effectively: 

Prepare the area: Ahead of stacking your pallets, you should ensure the floor space is clean, flat, and free from debris. This is to prevent accidents and ensure the stability of the pallets. 

Inspect the pallets: Before stacking, make sure you check each pallet for damage. In order to avoid collapse during stacking, damaged pallets should be repaired or replaced.  

Organise pallets by size: Grouping pallets by size allows for a more uniform stacking arrangement.  

Use proper equipment: When stacking pallets at heights, appropriate equipment, like forklifts or pallet jacks equipped with pallet forks, needs to be used. Similarly, operators should be trained in safe handling procedures to prevent accidents.  

Follow weight limits: Overloading pallets can cause them to collapse or become unstable, which is why it’s so important to be aware of weight limits for individual and stacked pallets alike.  

Stack pallets neatly and securely: Be sure to stack pallets with the heaviest on the bottom and the lightest on the top, all while maintaining a stable and uniform manner. You also need to ensure that the pallets are properly aligned to prevent tipping or shifting.  

Leave aisles and pallets clear: In order to allow for safe movement of personnel and equipment within the warehouse, make sure the aisles between pallet stacks allow for safe movement of personnel and equipment within the warehouse.  

Consider pallet racking systems: For larger warehouses with high-density storage needs, you might consider investing in pallet racking systems. These offer structured storage, making it easier to stack pallets vertically while maximising available space.  

Use safety measures: Installing guardrails, safety nets, barriers, and other safety measures will help you to prevent accidents and injuries.  

Regular inspections: Last but not least, regularly inspect pallets for stability, damage, or signs of wear and promptly address any issues to maintain a safe working environment. 

Contact INKA Pallets with Your Racking Pallet Needs 

If you’re in the same boat as our customer once was, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with INKA Pallets. We can provide you with the exact pallets you need to streamline your operations and keep everything running smoothly. 

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