Good Pallets = Good Pallet Flow!
It’s a simple phrase, said over and over again by Mallard’s sales and engineering groups. It’s also true – new, or like-new, wood pallets, similar to these CHEP or PECO examples, are undoubtedly the best option for any pallet handling and storage system, including pallet flow. They are manufactured according to industry standards and designed for increased load stability. In a pallet flow system, this ensures a better, more consistent flow.
For information on pallet standards – see the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA)
Unfortunately, these durably constructed pallets often aren’t the reality in a typical warehouse. As a result, most warehouses are forced to handle at least some inferior or damaged pallets which can cause a number of costly issues, from system hang-ups and lost productivity, to equipment and product breakage or worker injuries. A damaged pallet in a pallet flow system will hamper the ability of the pallet to flow, restart or index properly. The best solution is to catch the potentially dangerous pallets as they arrive at the warehouse and replace them with a better quality pallet prior to entering the material handling system.
Avoid These Damage Conditions:
- Missing boards
- Broken runners
- Inadequate / inferior fasteners
- Protruding or damaged nails
- Weak blocks or warped boards
- Dangling stretch wrap or other debris
These are a few extreme examples, but even minor damage can affect the integrity of the pallet and should be evaluated before use.
Mallard’s In-House Product Testing Lab
Careful product testing and analysis is a Mallard priority and pallet quality testing is a major part of the evaluation. We recreate your warehouse environment using your pallets and simulated loads within the proposed lane design. We then test flow rates, pitch, pallet quality, pallet spacing and speed control. Once testing is complete, you receive a detailed report and video of the testing.