Our Combo and Recycled Pallet Types and Sizes
We at Greenway Products & Services help you reduce your pallet expense. To provide you with competitive pallets, Greenway uses an automated pallet re-manufacturing process, separating wood components. We capture and reuse wood in good condition. Reclaiming and recycling good wood reduces the cost to manufacture, making the newly assembled combo pallets less expensive than new ones, and every bit as strong. Our customers benefit from remanufactured pallets in multiple ways:
- Lower pallet costs
- Pallet removal for excess pallets from their facility
- Eliminate storage requirements for unused pallets
- Eliminate cost of pallet removal
In addition to saving money with Greenway’s combo and recycled pallets, we all benefit from preserving trees, and recycling wood waste into landscape mulch.
There are two basic pallet design types. Stringer Pallets and Block Pallets.
Stringer pallets use three parallel pieces of timber (called stringers). Forklifts can lift a stringer pallet from all four directions, though lifting by the stringers is more secure.
Block pallets are designed for greater accessibility, since the pallet can be forklifted securely from any direction.
When four way pallets were introduced, allowing forklifts to securely pick up pallets from any direction, productivity doubled. Rotating or “pinwheeling” a pallet around for forklift access, adds time. When loading and unloading millions of trucks a year, the less expensive stringer pallet may actually cost more when considering the time and labor, than the sturdier four-way, block pallet.
Select from among three different grade pallets, depending on the weight requirements of your load. Different grade pallets meet the needs for products ranging from lighter weight goods to heavy loads. For example, the weight requirements of canned beverages are not the same as the weight requirements for stone pavers. Materials managers save by selecting the appropriate grade (Grade 1A pallets, Grade A pallets, Grade B pallets), depending on their weight requirements.
Pallet Size and Dimensions, including North American and ISO Standards
There are a variety of different pallet sizes to hold products of all shapes and sizes. The most commonly used pallet in North America is the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) Pallet which is 48×40. The ISO (International Standardization Organization) recognizes six standard pallet sizes for different regions. Greenway Products & Services manufactures 9 standard pallet sizes — and we make virtually any size custom pallet to fit your needs.
EPAL (European Pallet Association) strictly regulates all aspects of pallets used in Europe down to the types of nails used. Due to the strict standardization rules it is recommended to use EURO or CEN pallets when shipping anything to Europe. The commonly used Euro pallet measures 800mm x 1200mm x 144mm. Greenway’s Euro wood pallets conform to ISO and EPAL standards and requirements and are heat treated for safety. It is also necessary to use a “pallet – wide” shipping container when shipping these pallets to accommodate the slightly larger size. Attempting to ship them in a standard ISO container can result in damage to the pallets or products.
Nestable pallets can greatly reduce your storage space and shipping costs. They are able to be stacked tightly together when empty thus requiring less space to store and to ship back when empty. Nestable pallets are used just like any other pallet and are useful for transporting a variety of products. Greenway offers standard and custom sized nestable pallets to meet your needs.
Gone are the days of transporting goods in wooden boxes or barrels. The wood pallet is much more efficient when loading and unloading products, and takes very little space – a critical factor when controlling the cost of transportation by truck, rail, or ship.
The wooden pallet is indispensable in movement of goods throughout the world. Pallets, forklifts and containers work together to provide the least expensive way to load, transport, and unload products, saving both time and space. No surprise that 80% of U.S. commerce is carried on pallets, with billions of pallets in circulation every day.
Prior to palletization, it would take three days to unload one box car of 13,000 canned goods. Now, with pallets and forklifts, the same 13,000 cans can be loaded or unloaded in a box car in only 4 hours.
Please contact Greenway Products & Services for complete details, or any additional information you may require.