Pallet Unitizing: The Different Types of Pallets and How to Protect Them

Using strapping material to secure pallets has been around for forever. Using stretch wrapping as a method to unitize pallets really came on board in the 70’s. It has since changed the way that people unitize pallets and can be a huge asset to any company. The whole key to determining the best approach to take with stretch wrapping is the size, weight and shape of the customer’s product on the pallet.

Stretch Wrapping Machine

Stretch Wrapping Machine

Stretch film and machinery vendors have classified pallets into three different types called A, B or C type pallets.

A Pallet:

An A pallet is uniform and neatly stacked with smooth edges. This is the easiest style of pallet to wrap because there are no protruding edges that could cause potential rips and breaks in the stretch film.

B Pallet:

B pallets are not so uniform and may have a variety of different items on the same skid. This may require more protection as the protruding edges are causing more force against the stretch film. In some cases, a higher grade of stretch film is used to prevent breakage.

C Pallet:

C pallets may look like a person with four arms. There are edges protruding all over the pallet causing sharp edges. These are normally difficult to wrap and require manipulation of the film and strap used to protect the load.

The nice thing about stretch film is that it often takes 1 ½ – 2 minutes to wrap a pallet, when using strapping to unitize a pallet, it normally takes around 5 minutes. A lot of companies still use strapping to unitize pallets because they have done so for the last 50 years. With new technological advancements in the manufacturing of stretch film happening every day, switching from strapping to stretch film can realize cost savings and provide better product protection during shipping. Determining what type of pallets you are shipping is the first step in identifying what the best approach to protecting them is.

For more information on the pros and cons of each option, feel free to contact us at www.rvevans.com or by phone at 1-800-252-5894.

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