Solved: Taking the Mystery Out of the Weight Capabilities of Your Pallet
So in this four part series entitled the “Anatomy of a Great Pallet”, we learned why the footprint of your pallet must match the footprint of your product. We’ve also learned why skimping on the quality of the pallet will cost you in the long run. The last thing we need to examine is how much weight you are putting on your pallet as it moves through your operational cycle. This is one of the most overlooked pieces of the pallet puzzle that many companies don’t consider into the equation. The bottom line is, how you build your pallet should correlate to how much weight is being put on the pallet. But how do you know how much weight your pallet is designed for?
That’s the easy part because technology has made this as simple as a few keystrokes. I mentioned the NWPCA (National Wooden Pallet and Container Association) in my last blog post which is an organization comprised of independent pallet manufacturers across the US. A few years ago they put together a software program called the Pallet Design System (PDS) which is a great tool for creating the best pallet at the best price. Input the components of your pallet including the type/grade of lumber and the software can tell you the safe maximum load that the pallet can handle in a rack or static situation. That software will also give you a complete rundown of the pallet including the lateral collapse resistance rating.
Visit the NWPCA website at www.palletcentral.com and do a search of pallet companies in your area. Those pallet companies that have licensed the PDS software will have “PDS” listed next to their name. Give them a call and they can evaluate your current pallet. They might be able to save you money by reducing the amount of lumber needed if your pallet is overbuilt. They could also tell you if you have under built your pallet which can leave you vulnerable to a pallet collapse or failure.
Hope you have enjoyed this four part blog series and that you now have a better understanding of the anatomy of a great pallet! Still have questions? Contact us and let us help you create a better pallet.