If you are using timber pallets, you need to take the time to review the below-mentioned key points to switch to plastic pallets:
Plastic pallets do not break as timber pallets do. You do not have to send them to be repaired and thus accumulate more costs. The design of plastic pallets is adapted to various types of handling, loading, and unloading.
Thus, the pallets that are handled with forklift trucks are designed with skids, while others are designed with 6 or 9 feet to facilitate stacking when they are loaded with products or when they are stored.
Depending on your needs, you can choose from a large variety of pallet models: open deck, closed deck, cleanroom/hygienic and one-way export pallets.
The main disadvantage of timber pallets is that they can get contaminated with dirt, liquids, fats, oils and chemical substances and they may retain the smell of the products loaded onto them. By comparison, plastic pallets can be cleaned using a piece of standard washing equipment in a simple cleaning cycle.
All traces of dirt, stains and other contaminants are quickly removed and the pallet does not retain any smell. Moreover, pallets made of plastic maintain a constant weight throughout their useful life; by comparison, wood retains and absorbs liquid, making the pallet become heavier over time.
This will have a negative impact on your logistics costs if your products are weighed on the pallet for transportation and customs purposes.
If you have products of different shapes and sizes or circular shaped products (such as cable drums) to load on a pallet, your company will have to invest in special and expensive shrink wrapping machines to secure the load on timber pallets.
The plastic pallets, on the other hand, can be customized with different accessories, such as prisms, wedges, and pins to offer adequate support to all kinds of products loaded onto them.