How are Pallets Made

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Pallets play a critical role in the business world. They make it easy to transport goods from one place to another. But where exactly do pallets come from? How are they made? As a business owner who is already using pallets, or aspiring to do so, it is essential to understand the answer to this question. By doing so, you will be able to make the right choice when ordering pallets from manufacturers. Pallets are made through the following process:

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Assembling of Materials

The first step is assembling the materials required to build the pallets. Mostly, pallets are made from wood. Wood is the preferred material by many manufacturers and consumers for three key reasons.

  • One, wood is easy to repurpose and recycle. The old pallets can be used for storage, converted to furniture, or dismantled and assembled into something else. Therefore, at the end of their primary use, they will not go to waste. With so many uses, it’s easy to resell them if you don’t need them anymore.
  • Two, wood is readily available in most countries. Thus, manufacturers can easily find the raw materials necessary to make wooden pallets for their consumers.
  • Three, wood is a strong material and thus it can make pallets needed to transport heavy items. Finally, manufacturing with wood has less impact on the environment than plastic, for example.

Both soft and hardwoods can be used in the manufacturing of pallets. Some of the most commonly used types include oak, pine, mahogany, and hemlock. Unless you are an expert, most times you won’t easily be able to tell the type of wood used to make a pallet by just looking at it. You will have to rely on the manufacturer to tell you that.

Cutting and Sizing

Once the materials are ready, the next step is to cut and shape the wood into different sizes. You can find pallets in pretty much any size you want. If the manufacturer doesn’t have what you need, you can place a custom order.

Treatment

Once the wood is cut into nice boards, the next step is treatment. This is achieved through chemical or heat processes. Heat treatment is the preferred option because it is much safer. Heat-treated products are safer for transport and also better for the environment. The other benefit of heat treatment is that it makes the wood stronger. This makes the pallets more reliable for the transportation of heavy items and it also expands their lifespan. Overall, treatment is done to kill bacteria, fungi and other harmful microorganisms.

Assembling

This is whereby the boards are assembled to make a pallet. This can either be done by hand or with the use of a machine. Finally, notching is done. The end result can be a block pallet, a double face pallet, or a stringer pallet, among many others. Each has its own benefits that make it suitable for transporting specific products.

Now that you are familiar with how pallets are made, the other important factor you should think about is the steps you can take to ensure you buy the best product from the right manufacturer. When sourcing for pallets for your business, consider the following:

The Quality:

Firstly, ensure that you buy high-quality pallets made with high-quality materials. Low-quality products can not only lead to losses in your business, but they may also ruin your reputation. Therefore, do your best to source your pallets from a manufacturer who maintains a focus on quality. You will also want to check to see whether the manufacturer can accommodate any special requests you have for your business.

The reputation of the manufacturer or supplier:

Can they deliver on time? Do they respond promptly to questions? How easy is it to order from them? With your busy schedule, the last thing you want is a manufacturer with a complicated ordering system. Call the company and see how well they respond to customers. Reading online reviews can also help you to understand more about their reputation. Look them up online, too.

Don’t settle for the first company that you find.  Rather get a few potentials and evaluate their products and services to choose the best one. And for the sake of environmental conservation, get your products from the companies that adhere to the guidelines of environmental bodies.

Price:

For the price, compare quotes for different quality pallets from reputable manufacturers. As you look at the price, you may also want to check other things such as the delivery period and how close the manufacturer is to your business. Go for what’s best, convenient and reasonably priced. There is no point in paying a lower price and getting low quality or getting delayed when you are in a hurry.

Finally, buy pallets that are a good fit for your business. Buy pallets that can handle the weight of your products, are easy to handle based on the means of transport and ones that can reach the destination in a good condition.

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