Billions of pallets are used globally for a variety of manufacturing, storage, industrial and business uses. They are used in transportation to move materials and goods and also used as storage facilities in warehouses and large commercial plants and premises. Steel pallets are becoming more popular over wooden pallets because they have a number of benefits associated with them as explained here.
Type of steel pallets
Steel pallets are available in a range of designs that suit their uses. For instance, we stock a range of steel pallets. We stock detachable side pallets where the sides can be removed for easier access, open fronted pallets that are not enclosed and are ideal for stacking and box pallets that are enclosed. We also stock steel pallets with sides that half-open to allow easier access. and chute pallets with a chute front which is ideal for working areas and storing materials that can be easily accessible and picked. We also offer post pallets with steel corner posts. More details on our range of steel pallets here.
Steel pallets are invariably stronger than their wooden counterparts, and they weigh less than large, heavy wooden pallets. A steel pallet can subsequently take more weight during transportation and storage. The goods that are also being transported and stored are also exposed to less damage because they are protected more.
When using wooden pallets that are not strong or durable – especially in transit – the goods can become crushed, damage or dented. This is because the wooden pallets are not stable and have usually caused the loads to move or fall. Steel pallets are much stronger and offer enhanced protection by holding loads more securely which minimises transit damage to goods. This increased performance reduces waste in damaged goods and also reduces overall costs in insurance claims and the delay of goods because of damage.
Wooden pallets are often seen as expendable and are readily discarded, especially as they get damaged easily and quickly. This means that a high amount of waste is created that is not environmentally friendly. When wooden pallets are damaged and made unusable, it means that more pallets need to be re-ordered and stocked. Re-ordering over and over again takes up more cost, time and resource. Steel pallets last longer and are more robust which means less time and cost is spent on replenishing them.
Metal and steel pallets can be designed in a number of ways according to their usage. A key benefit is the ability to be stacked to a maximum height which offers a space-saving storage facility in warehouses where space costs money. Rather than being a wooden boarded pallet design which a limited design capability, steel pallets can be designed in a range of styles. They can be designed with removable doors, open access, detachable panels and also with legs to raise them off the ground. A wide and varied range of designs offers greater flexibility and tailoring to requirements.
Wood pallets are subject to rotting and decay and if overused, old and overloaded are prone to splitting and cracking. This renders them dangerous and useless over time. Steel pallets are extremely strong and will last for years thus giving greater value for money because of their longer lifespan and durability. Steel pallets can be a greater initial outlay initially, however their cost over their lifespan is cheaper because they last for much longer.
Steel and metal pallets are ideal for industrial use as they are much more robust and can withstand extreme weather and hot and cold conditions. They can also be designed for extensive storage solutions to maximise space.
Safety and hygiene
Steel pallets are also much more hygienically safe than wood pallets. Wooden pallets can often get contaminated with bacteria that lead to hygiene issues and the spread of disease and illness. Steel pallets can be hygienically sanitised and cleaned more effectively and negate germs, bacteria and insect infestation. Wooden pallets also create a fire hazard and using steel pallets negates this risk.