With around 112 million pallets in circulation and around 315,000 customer contact points in Europe alone, CHEP is the market leader for closed pallet pools in this region. Source: CHEP Deutschland / Packaging revolution 24-6-17Posted: August 7, 2017
Courtesy of Packaging Revolution 18th January 2017
Industry observations, analysis and comments.
J.R. Simplot, one of the world’s largest private food and agribusiness companies, recently made a change in the pallets it uses inside its 380,000-square-foot processing facility in Caldwell, Idaho. At any given time, more than 24,000 pallets are in circulation for transporting finished products – from frozen French fries and veggies to packages to be used in prepared meals – between finished product packaging, frozen storage, and shipping docks. For outbound rail shipments, products are removed from their pallets via slip-sheets into railcars using a push/pull system. For truck-loading, unit loads are similarly removed from in-house pallets and transferred to inexpensive shipping pallets.
“Wooden pallets can be challenging because as they age they leave wooden pieces everywhere, and you’ve got to repair and/or replace them frequently,” said Gary Bleazard, project engineer, providing background on why the change was made. “Even with very careful handling, wood can splinter and penetrate cases and packages, creating the potential for foreign material to enter the product.”
Preventing these risks required constant vigilance, and resulted in the plant deploying one person working 24 hours a day “whose job it was to do nothing but inspect and sort pallets,” Bleazard says. Pallets that couldn’t be rotated from the dock back to the plant were sent to an outside service provider for repairs, and pallets would be repaired many times – some more than 10 – until further repairs were no longer viable. Additional labor was also required to keep the facility clean and clear of wood debris, again, to ensure food safety compliance and maximum productivity. “We have wooden pallets that have been in operation for 3+ years as they are stamped. They may have been repaired 10+ times,” says Bleazard.
In memory of Keith Cunningham, posted on the day of his funeral 23rd August 2016. He was a good friend, a co-director, a logistics industry specialist, and constant conscientious supporter of, and believer in, the future for this lightweight steel pallet. He was also an Ex CHEP man with 14 years experience, and much more in transport and logistics. Suddenly gone but not forgotten.
Further samples were added for proof of concept, and all sizes, all weights, all capacities, riveted or welded, all designed for mass production and to handle application modifications. IP granted and lost around the world. Change is a difficult thing to take responsibility for. Security is safer. Working models are adequate not to be disrupted, unless by future persons. Like the someone said “don’t make waves”. Then one day a Tsunami came.
No way steel or metal is near the end of development, very competitive development. Do your search, check it out.
Through our associate company a 100% anti-slip steel surface is available, all welded, no rivets.
In association with others Steel Pallet Systems International can now supply WELDED steel pallets in volume.
The welded system is preferable in some food chains compared to using riveted pallets where the perception is they can fall out, even though they hold Boeing 747’s and others together for the life of the aircraft.
Welded pallets are not repairable just disposable if damaged to be unusable.
The finish is still galvanised. Painting is an option.
The DIFFERENCE is they are disposable in volume for value (revenue) instead of cost. A hardwood pallet can cost $5 to dispose of – all based on weight. Check your local disposal circumstances.