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The Webster's Dictionary defines the term pallet: "A transportable platform used for the storage of goods".

 

"A pallet is a flat transport structure that supports goods in a stable fashion while being lifted".

The performance requirements of a pallet
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The performance requirements of a pallet. Since pallets was first introduced, they were made of wood and much effort expended into the search for an alternative to wood as the basic material.

A loaded pallet is subjected to higher static stresses when it is supported in ordinary pallet racking or drive-in stacking than when it is lifted by forked machines.

The relative magnitude of the bending moment (ceteri paribus) and the stated conditions.

The relative severity of the loading conditions resulting from the different types of support and that the bending moment, increases disproportionately with the size of the pallet.

Pallets are often required to be stored in the open or carried in open transport. In such instances, they should be able to resist the prolonged exposure to moisture and if used close to high temperature areas, like boilers, they have to be fire resistant.

In the early 1950's materials handling in Australia was labor intensive and cumbersome process. This was radically changed, when it was realized that the pallets left behind by the U.S. army after World War II could be used to efficiently transport foodstuff.

   
 
Since pallets was first introduced, they were made of wood and much effort expended into the search for an alternative to wood.
 
 
Use of different materials have brought to the forefront materials such as metals, plastics & composite
 
 
The ISO approved pallet, measuring 1000mm x 1200mm with four way access for forklifts is considered the optimum size

Because of the original pallets left behind by the U.S. Army were of standard size and design, all the facets of warehousing and distribution were standardized from the outset.

The pallet has become the cornerstone of the entire materials handling industry. It is the means by which the manufacturing, transport and distribution functions are united into a single gauge.

Today, all over the world, are equip with equipment and the largest transshipment port in the world handling hundreds of thousands of vessels each year (with an average turnaround time of 11 hours per vessel) and damage to goods in transit is becoming less common place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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