Get the Most from Your Pallet Flow by Using Quality GMA Pallets
Quality counts. And it’s built into every aspect of Mallard pallet flow products; from our design, manufacturing and testing, to the selection of every track, wheel or roller used. But, just as critical to system performance is the quality of the pallet. As we say (daily)… Good pallets = Good Pallet Flow. The success of your pallet flow system relies greatly on the quality of the pallets used to ensure the smooth, even flow of materials.
So what constitutes a quality pallet?
Quality pallets are produced with high-quality, moisture resistant lumber. They are uniformly built to ensure proper product weight distribution and less likely to cause hang-ups due to broken boards or loose nails.
What to look for in a quality pallet
While there is no official uniform pallet specification to which pallets must be constructed, the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) has established guidelines for pallet manufacturing that are widely accepted as the best parameters. Pallets that meet these guidelines are often referred to as “GMA Pallets”. Are your pallets heavy-duty GMA style pallets or one of the following varieties?
GMA parameters include:
- Overall size: 48” x 40”.
- Stringers are 1 3/8″ x 3 1/2″ x 48″.
- Stringers have two notches in the side to allow for forklift entry. This makes it a 4-way pallet.
- Top and bottom deck boards are 5/8″ thick.
- Top of pallet has a 5 1/2″ x 40″ board on each end, and five 3 1/2″ x 40″ boards in the center.
- Bottom of pallet has a 5 1/2″ x 40″ board on each end, and three 3 1/2″ x 40″ boards positioned between the notches.
- Alternate acceptable construction for GMA pallet is six 5/8″ x 5 1/2″ x 40″ board on top, and four 5/8″ x 5 1/2″ x 40″ boards on the bottom.
If you need help determining if your pallets will work in your system, have them tested in our in-house testing lab using simulated load and package conditions.
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