Businesses and manufacturers are constantly looking for better quality pallets, to help them increase efficiency through lower transport times and costs.
Molded Presswood Pallet
Presswood pallets, also known as molded wooden pallets, are made of wood byproducts such as waste pallets, raw wood shavings, wood waste, saw-dust and any other material containing wooden fibre.
Their unique design means that they can hold substantial load capacities, whilst also being relatively lightweight. They are also both stackable and nestable, helping to reduce storage space and freight costs during shipment.
Generally they are made from ‘resinous’ trees (pine, fir, etc.), the chips come directly from logging and sawmills or from the wood recycling industry. This makes this particular type of pallet extremely eco-friendly.
To log as raw material, through drying stereotypes treatment, and then cutting, planing, decapitation, pumping edge, sanding and other finishing processing to form section plate, and then the section plate bound into semi-finished tray, the final finishing, Non-slip treatment and sealing wax treatment.Traditional pallets mainly include American pallets and European pallets
American pallet (longitudinal beam pallet) is a standard pallet common in North America, so it is also called “American pallet”. The pallet has simple structure, convenient production, good overall firmness, and forks on both sides. If the customer needs to enter the fork on all sides, the longitudinal beam can be grooved.
American wooden pallet has simple structure, convenient production and good overall firmness. However, this kind of wooden plate is generally a two-way fork, and only under certain circumstances can a four-way fork be realized.
The European pallet is made of wooden boards and wooden piers. It is a standard pallet in Europe and is commonly known as the “Euro pallet.” It is characterized by a four-sided fork and easy to use, but the structure is complex and the overall firmness is second only to the American pallet.
European standard pallets are commonly used in modern logistics. Its use can ensure the storage and transportation of goods, greatly increase the power of industrial transportation, and ensure the speed of logistics transportation. When moving the European standard pallet, the distance between the two forks should be as wide as possible to the outer edge of the fork inlet of the pallet. The depth of the fork should be more than 2/3 of the depth of the entire European standard pallet. A European standard pallet is a tool designed for road and rail transportation with a size of 0.8×12 meters.
How Are Presswood Pallets Made?
Compressed wooden pallets are manufactured in the same way as particle board. This manufacturing process involves mixing wood particles or flakes together with a resin before molding into sheets.
In order to separate the wooden chips into smaller pieces, they are first passed through a small hammer mill. Using a small sieve, they are then separated according to size.
The chips are then dried at temperatures as high as 65°C. This is to extract as much moisture as possible to a level of less than 10%.
Once dry, these chips can then be molded using a compression molding process using a similar binder to particle boards.
The pressure and temperatures involved can reach as high as 85kg/cm2 and 150°C, respectively.
This hot compression molding process is used to kill all living plant pests. The high density of this type of pallet, as high as 1.3 g/cm3, means it is resistant to all wood boring insects and infestations.
The Advantages & Limitations Of Using Presswood Pallets
Businesses and manufacturers are always looking for new innovations to make the use of pallets easier and more efficient, and presswood pallets have achieved just that.
Whilst still a relatively new manufacturing process, engineered molded wooden pallets provide a wide range of advantages that make them the ideal match for certain businesses.
Below, we look at some of the key advantages and limitations of this new pallet design.
One of the main advantages of molded presswood is its versatility.
As already mentioned, presswood pallets are both nestable and stackable.
This versatility means that they can be stored in smaller stacks, freeing up valuable warehouse space for businesses and manufacturers.
This also allows businesses to store more pallets on site, maximising the space available to store products, equipment, machinery etc.
Easy To Export
The high temperatures used to make molded wood pallets mean that they are considered as a processed wood. This means that they are exempt from the IPPC’s ISPM15 export packaging regulations.
They are a low cost, hassle free way of exporting goods around the world. Because of the high-heat treatment, they are also free from any unwanted pests and contaminates.
This can help businesses save both time and money.
With the pallets already prepared for export, customers don’t have all the hassle or worry about additional certification requirements.
Presswood pallets can also help business cut freight and storage costs in the mid to long-term. By maximising their storage space, businesses can also cut storage and freight costs even further.
Presswood pallets are a very eco-friendly way of producing pallets.
Old pallets which are no longer usable can be easily shredded and reglued to make new presswood pallets. They are also made using recycled wood, all of which can significantly reduce a company’s carbon footprint and save money.
Whilst there are many advantages to using presswood pallets, there are also some limitations.
The first of which is water damage. Generally, presswood pallets are fairly water resistant and would easily be able to cope with a light shower.
However, if they are left in damp, cold conditions then they are prone to water damage. If you were to purchase these pallets, it is important to first consider where they are going to be stored.
This leads into their second limitation.
Currently, not many warehouses are set-up to store these types of pallets, so movements between warehouses can be very limited.