Pallets are designed to make the transportation and handling of goods easier and safer. In a previous article we have already written about single–way and multi-way pallets – the easiest way to group pallets. Now, we’re going to look into types of pallets… in terms of their material, and try to decide which could prove to be the best choice.

Plastic pallet

It is manufactured by using various processes, from high-density polyethylene or recycled bottles. The advantage is that it is weather-resistant, does not dry or contract and it can tolerate wet, humid conditions. As plastic pallets can be easily cleaned, they can also be used to comply with strict hygiene requirements, which can be of major importance in the transport and storage of food and pharmaceutical products. The disadvantage is that it is much more expensive than a wooden pallet, it can break, crack at higher loads, and it is difficult to repair.

Metal pallet

This is one of the rarest types of pallets used. It’s made of steel and aluminum profiles, it is extremely heavy-duty, fireproof, and has a great resistance to high temperatures. As the metal pallet is usually quite heavy, it is not really an ideal choice for transport. It is mainly used in warehouses to store and move various goods, such as in metal processing industries, car and tyre factories.

Paper pallet

Its material is most often corrugated cardboard, similar to the ones manufactured by our company. Its disadvantage is that it does not tolerate moisture and can quickly be deformed and is therefore intended for single/short-term use only, for the transport, storage of lighter goods. It is disposable, can be easily customized, environmentally friendly and easy to handle.

Wooden pallet

The most sought-after type, ~90% of companies still prefer the solid and cost-effective wooden pallets. It is a versatile solution, very easy to repair, strong, durable, can be easily resold, and it is reusable. Its only disadvantage is that it is slightly difficult to keep clean; it is less resistant to the formation of bacteria and various micro-organisms. However, due to its small weight, logistical costs can be kept at bay.

Criteria for selecting the appropriate pallet type

It is vital for business efficiency that the choice falls on the right pallet. It is recommended to adapt the pallet to the consignment, its weight, nature and design, to allow easy handling, storage and to reduce transport costs.  The method of transport and the type of equipment used to move it (forklift, pallet lift) are also important factors to consider. You should also consider whether there is a special need or requirements that the pallet needs to be adapted to (for example the logistics of dangerous goods, extreme heavy products).

Wooden pallets in infinite versions

Wooden pallets are available in many sizes and configurations: with 2 or 4 entry points, with closed deck, ones with sliders, and there are small ones (e.g. the Düsseldorf or half pallet – 800×600×160 mm) and ones in very big size.  In our own crate and pallet factory, we manufacture custom made pallets so we can also produce the ordered product based on your special needs.

Are you not sure which pallet would be suitable for your company?

Call us or email us at the following email address, we will help you!

Strapa-Pack Packaging Ltd.

Tel: + 36-70-325-8299

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