There is no doubt that the pallet is one of the best solutions for the safe and simple movement of goods. In the 1960s, the appearance of the EUR pallet was triggered by the need to consolidate rail freight. It is mostly made of dry pine or poplar, which is resistant to mold and fungus. But that’s not the only reason it’s so popular.…
Pallet types – what types can be found on the market?
If you look around on the market, you can see that there are many types of pallets in circulation. According to the most common classification, we distinguish one-way or reusable varieties. The one-way pallet (theoretically) is for single use when transporting goods, although the practice now shows otherwise. Its greatest advantage is its low weight and cost-effectiveness. Its strength and durability is slightly below the EUR pallet and is not produced according to standard. It is most commonly made in these sizes: 800 x 1200 and 1000 x 1200 mm, but the variations are almost endless; there are also small ones, even in the size: 380 x 580 mm.
The situation with reusable pallets is different: the massive EUR (and EPAL) pallets are also classified in this category, as they can be used for transport and storage on several occasions. By the way, palettes are also very different in terms of their material – they can be made of metal, plastic or even paper – but companies use ~90% wooden pallets.
We are talking about a logistical device manufactured according to a European standard (UIC-435-2 standard), so besides the fixed size, we can be sure of both the quality of the materials used and the strong design. The EUR pallet with the original UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de fer – Worldwide Railway Organisation, the international union of railways) mark is a high-quality and environmentally friendly pallet type.
Its load capacity is excellent, so it is a great help when it comes to the transportation and storage of a variety of products. It can also be easily repaired (only with a valid permit and reusable components) or easily replaced.
Be careful of counterfeit products!
The fact that the EU mark is on the bottom does not provide a full quality guarantee, so it is worth buying the pallets from a reliable source – the production of counterfeit EUR pallets is considered a serious offence, against which the competent authorities always initiate proceedings.
On a EUR pallet, among other things, the followings shall be indicated:
- On the left corner block there is the UIC mark ( valid from 1 January 2014, was previously the marking of the office of rail transportation / pallet association)
- Middle block: IPPC or heat treatment mark
- On the side of the pallet: manufacturing code (manufacturer’s licence number + year of manufacturing + month of manufacturing) or control staple
- In the right corner the EUR logo
Size, weight, design and capacity of EUR pallets
Pallets introduced at the initiative of Worldwide Railway Organisation, the international union of railways (UIC) have a standardized size: (L x W x H) 800 × 1200 x 145 mm. The latter is the height of the palette, which is thus perfectly adapted to the forklifts used in European warehouses. It would be impossible to lift it if it had a lower design. It is important that the weight of a EUR pallet should not exceed 22-25 kilograms. Their load capacity is between 1000 and 1500 kg. Their design is also standard, each with 11 boards and 9 blocks. The elements of the pallet are fixed with 78 pieces of nails in a predefined order.
Buy new qualified EUR pallets from Strapa-pack!
In our own crate factory we prepare the desired product at a reasonable price with a short production deadline. We have plenty of standard pallets on stock.
You can also order a custom size pallet according to your needs.