The ubiquitous wooden pallet. An essential but maybe underrated part of the world of logistics?
Obviously, pallets make shipping easier, faster and less expensive, especially for boxed product. Like a game of Tetris, stacking boxes together into a larger cube shape also saves on valuable space, allowing even more to be shipped at once.
But what about larger products that cannot be boxed or stacked? Wooden pallets, even custom made ones, are usually made of soft pine wood. This type of wood, while perfectly suited to carry loads, is not well suited for protecting products. Nor do they tend to be durable enough to last much longer than a few weeks or months before inevitably succumbing to the wear and tear of material handling and become broken or unusable. Resulting in ordering replacements.
What if you could create a custom pallet that will not only be able to handle the heavy loads, but also protect and secure the product? And what if the pallets themselves are so durable, they can be used for many years?
If you produce finished product that is too large to fit in a box and too valuable to leave unprotected (Perhaps car seats, axles or rims), composites could be the perfect solution.
We know that composites can be molded into nearly any shape you need. And with some composites, you can even design B-side features as needed.
Some composites can also accept in-mold fasteners to easily and safely secure directly to the finished product.
But best of all, composites are durable. They are highly impact resistant, naturally corrosion resistant and can survive some of the harshest conditions. Consider that a composite pallet can last for years.
And one final point. Wooden pallets shipped internationally have restrictions as to how they need to be fumigated and head treated per ISPM 15 rules. A composite pallet, of course, is not limited to these restrictions (and the associated cost) as they are naturally resistant to insects or fungus.
So imagine…a custom engineered composite pallet designed to safely secure and protect valuable finished products that can last for years.
If you are an OEM who relies on your suppliers to ship you finished goods to complete your manufacturing, consider using a composite pallet.
They are extremely durable and can last for years. And when designed with B-side features and/or molded-in inserts, they can fit your exact needs.
Romeo RIM has been producing composite parts since 1982. Because of the nature of working with polymers, we are able to partner with OEM’s to produce the necessary characteristics you are looking for in a composite material. We are able to do this by adjusting the amount of filler or with the use of a blowing agent to achieve a range of characteristics you require.