However, this product is not without its deficiencies. The greatest disadvantage of this product is its cost. Plastic pallets are known to be 10 times more expensive than hardwood pallets. The reason for this is their design.
Rotational plastic pallets are made by rotating a heated hollow mold around two perpendicular axes. Inside the mold is the required amount of plastic resin, which forms a shell against the wall of the mold.
Manufacturers can fit the pallets fire retardant materials at additional costs. Due to all these factors, the design and manufacturing of this product is extremely expensive.
Another disadvantage is creep. If the pallets are used to store heavy loads for extended periods of time, they can suffer from plastic creep, and collapse under the weight. Also, the plastic shell and the steel internal frame must be separated for recycling of plastic and metal materials. Needless to say, while rotational plastic pallets do have advantages, there is a need for an advanced system.
SPS Ideal Solutions is a leader in designing cradle pallets for industrial storage and transport. We specialize in providing different types of cradle designs, which can accommodate various coil materials and roll types. To address the problems of plastic pallets, we at SPS have a superior solution – the SPS Tab Stack Pallets. As the name suggests, this is a stacking cradle pallet, designed specifically to be an economical replacement for rotational plastic pallets. The term ‘tab’ refers to the projection of metal from the deck. This allows the pallets to be nested on one another when empty. The tabs also keep the stack square and safe for transport. Some rolled materials do not require a suspended handling design. However, they can be robust enough to be placed on a cradle. The tab stack pallet is designed to handle large sized heavy coils, which cannot be stacked on top of one another. Full truckload weights can be reached with just floor loading.
Tab stack pallets are constructed out of welded steel and laser cut components. These components are welded onto the cradle with the help of robotic centers. The design does not include corner posts, which makes the pallets less expensive for applications that do not require pallet stacking.
For applications that require corner posts, SPS offers folding corners for stacking. Its underside consists of contact strap surfaces, which allow for strapping the rolled material to the cradle. The gaps between the surfaces makes it easy for forklifts to lift and transport the cradles.
Benefits of Tab Stack Pallets
Customers will gain a variety of advantages by choosing this product:
At SPS, we understand that every client’s needs will be different. We have designed the tab stack pallets to be easily customizable. Some of our custom solutions include:
SPS Ideal Solutions’ tab stack pallets are the perfect solutions for the demanding of metal and heavy laminate industries. This type of cradle pallet provides complete benefits in terms of design, storage, transport, durability, and price. Contact us to know more about this product.
As the Packaging Engineer for ExxonMobil Chemical's Films Business, I have worked with Joe DiSabantonio and SPS Ideal Solutions for approximately 15 years. As suppliers of BOPP films to the converting industry we were presented with the unique challenge of designing a returnable packaging solution for very large converter size rolls of film.Read More