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We don't need to tell you how important pallets are for modern storage facilities and transport logistics. That's why we prefer to answer the key questions we often get regarding the use of pallets.
You should always consider the dimensions of the pallets compared to the container and storage direction. The load bearing capacity and total weight of each loaded pallet also play a role. These factors certainly differ when you swap wooden pallets with plastic pallets. As a rule of thumb, 11 Euro pallets fit into a 20-foot container and a 40-foot model can take around 24 Euro pallets.
There's no specific guideline regarding the height of a stack of (empty) pallets as the height depends on numerous factors. These not only include the floor conditions and the ability to secure the stacks. Practical requirements should also be considered. Ultimately, the action radius of lifting equipment also have certain limitations.
For work safety,Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
, for example, applies here which stipulates that pallets (when loaded) must be stored in a way that they do not tilt, move away or roll and are stable. This is even more important if the pallets are loaded, for example, with mesh pallets and stacking containers or hinged bottom containers which statically change a pile.
Because wooden pallets are made of a natural product, wood, special quality levels apply which assess, for example, the surface properties and hence usability. For transport aids already used, there are four grades: class A, B and C and ''not usable''.
You should know the individual grades of your Euro pallets and have them repaired or returned accordingly. We have also put more information together for you on EUR pallets.
Because Euro pallets are used in an intensive cycle and are essential for smooth transport logistics (for legal reasons also), they may only be repaired by holders of an EPAL licence. If you, yourself, do not have this licence, contact a specialist company.
Only certain specialist companies may recycle Euro pallets as well. If you wish to ''stylishly'' take the pallets out of circulation, you can build modern lounge corners outdoors with them. You can find instructions on this online and don't need to have a lot of expert skills.
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