What is a Steel Pallet ?
A steel pallet is an open shipping platform or a deck used to store, stack and transport materials. Manufacturers store and stack supplies and materials onto these pallets, then wrap, strap and cover them before shipping the pallet to stores throughout the world. These metal pallets serve as an alternative to the traditional wooden or plastic pallet, and often are stronger and more durable. In some areas, a steel pallet may also be referred to locally as a steel skid.
Wooden pallets have played a pivotal role in the handling, storage, shipping and transport of goods. As the needs of the industry became diverse innovations were made and plastic pallets started appearing on the materials management activities. With heavy load bearing requirements arising in the industry and with the need to optimize storage space by going vertical, steel pallets appeared with superior strength, high load bearing capacities and stackability on top of each other. Steel pallets are now rapidly replacing wood and plastic and most governments are introducing legislation to restrict wooden and plastic pallets due to concerns about the environment, health and hygiene.
Steel pallet types
Different Steel pallets sizes
Depending on the needs of the user, both solid and webbed steel pallet models are available. Solid, or block units, feature a steel frame with steel planks lining the top and bottom in tight rows for extra support. Webbed, or stringer models feature a steel frame with only a few metal beams laid across the top and bottom for support. Both of these models are carefully designed to provide openings for forklift equipment, which is commonly used to transport these pallets.
Three types of steel can be used to make these pallets, and each offers its own distinct advantages. A standard carbon steel pallet is the most basic version, and generally the most economical of the three. Galvanized steel pallets feature a special zinc coating that helps protect the pallet from rust and corrosion. Stainless steel pallets are generally the most expensive, but offer the highest level of protection against corrosion, making them the best choice for marine environments. Stainless steel is also the easiest to clean, making it appropriate for food or medical-based applications.One of the primary advantages to using steel pallets is their high level of strength and durability. Compared to wooden pallets, which are generally considered expendable, steel pallets are designed for extended reuse. They can also handle heavier loads than wood or plastic units without breaking, bending, or failing. Steel is also fire resistant and much easier to clean that wood, making it the pallet of choice for clean-room applications.
Buyers should be aware of the higher cost of a steel pallet compared to traditional pallet materials. These metal pallets also weigh more than wood or plastic units, and may cost more to ship in some applications. The higher costs associated with these pallets may be offset over time by savings associated with pallet reuse, rather than continuously purchasing new pallets.
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The benefits of steel pallets
pallets are designed to be a robust and durable option for industries with specialist materials handling needs. Using steel to construct pallets means that they are much stronger than regular pallets, they are easy to sterilize, and do not rot or carry pests.
The benefits of steel pallets include:
- High load capacity
- Longer lifespan
- Hygienic and easy to sterilize
- Easy to stack
- Can be exported without quarantine issues
- Corrosion and weather resistant
These benefits make steel pallets extremely useful to a wide range of industries.
Steel pallet product details
Our steel pallets have the following specifications:
- Dimensions: 1,200 mm x 1,000 mm
- Capacity: 2 tonnes
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Steel pallet industry applications
pallets are extremely useful for a wide range of industries which need very strong pallets for heavy duty uses or pallets which are not made of organic material.
Industries that use steel pallets include:
- Construction – Large and heavy materials must be moved and stored on strong pallets.
- Chemical industries – Requires pallets to withstand harsh environments and be safe to use in the production and storage of chemicals.
- Long term outdoor storage – Pallets must be weather proof for outdoor materials storage.
- Food preparation and handling – Pallets need to be easily sterilized so they do not contaminate food during production or storage.
- Export industries – Pallets must not carry pests and must be ISPM 15 compliant.
There are businesses in all kinds of industries which require the unique advantages of using METAL pallets.
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The Pallet Converter Cages are stack able, durable and economical. They feature a timber base construction with heavy-duty zinc plated frames. Compared to other similar Stillage Cages, the load capacity of the Pallet Converter Cage is increased due to this modular design. A galvanized sheet metal flooring can be supplied to prevent items falling between the pallet spaces, fitting over the existing pallet.
The side panels of the Pallet Converter Cages are mounted to a standard 1165 x 1165 mm design. The unit is supplied as a flat-pack, ready for assembly.
- Definition: Pallets can be constructed from various materials such as wood, metal and so on. Wooden materials offer the strength and low up-front cost to fit any warehouse needs. These pallets are easily recycled and might offer various advantages, but they have their certain limitations. If your business needs long-term durability then metal pallets are a better choice. Metal pallets can withstand natural elements such as UV rays without rotting like wood. These pallets will not burn and can function over the widest range of temperatures.