If you ship unusually sized products or have special palletization needs, you may want to consider custom wooden pallets.
Getting wooden pallets custom made for your storage, warehousing, and shipping requirements can be highly cost-effective, but only if you make sure you get the right size.
Custom Wood Pallet Measurements, Limits, and Considerations
When ordering custom wooden pallets, the dimensions, construction, and specifications are important factors to keep in mind.
Length and width
Some items may not fit quite right on standard pallet sizes. They might either hang over the sides (making stacking dangerous) or leave too much extra space on the pallet, leaving storage inefficient. Custom length and width measurements could allow you to palletize odd-sized items that would normally be a bit awkward on regular pallets.
The length and width of a wooden pallet is a key part of its potential applications. A large, perfectly square pallet may be best for stacking small, boxed products, whereas long narrow ones might be better for large, oblong items. When deciding on length and width, determine the approximate dimensions of the items you’ll be palletizing.
Weight limits are another concern, especially if you’re handling heavy items. If you’re shipping or warehousing items that are too heavy for normal pallets, you’ll want something that’s built to withstand large loads.
Even if your product isn’t unusually heavy, weight limits are still a factor. After all, you don’t want to design something with just the right dimensions, but that doesn’t have the strength to handle the weight.
Weight of the pallet itself
The pallet’s weight may be a factor if you frequently move products around your facility or if you’re shipping items. The higher the weight, the more the shipping will cost, and the more difficult it might be for your equipment to transfer it around the warehouse.
Style of pallet
Pallets come in different styles, including two-way and four-way configurations.
In general, two-way pallets are simpler to make and have higher weight limits, whereas four-way pallets allow forklifts to pick them up from any direction. The latter type can be highly valuable for areas where space is limited.
Questions To Consider Before Ordering Custom Wood Pallets
Before ordering custom pallets, you’ll need to be familiar with their purpose and your unique requirements. The following questions should help you pin that down.
Will a standard pallet size work?
First off, decide whether standard pallet sizes will work. Custom wood pallets will cost more than standard, so it may be worth looking at standard sizes and styles before checking out other options.
If a standard size won’t work for you, then you would likely benefit from investing a little extra in something custom built.
What type of product will pallets need to carry?
The next consideration is the type of product you’ll be transporting. The size and weight of what you’re palletizing is the main factor in deciding on pallet size.
Not only will the length by width dimensions be important, but you’ll also want to determine whether the product is stackable. If you can’t stack it high, you might need something with a larger surface area. On the other hand, you might get away with lower weight limits, which can be a bonus.
Would large or small pallets be better?
Large pallets let you stack more items, but that may not be necessary or even beneficial. Some large items would work best being stacked on a single, small pallet on their own, with a pallet for each individual item.
For instance, small, narrow pallets are often used for vehicle parts.
Alternatively, stackable items with little weight would typically be best served by larger pallets.
What are your weight limits?
Not only do your pallets need to be able to bear the loads you’ll be placing on them, but your equipment will too.
If you have a large pallet stacked high, it will be more difficult—and unsafe—for your forklifts and hand trucks to lift them safely. In some cases, multiple smaller pallets may be better for heavy items than a few smaller ones.
Are there any space limitations in your facility?
Next, consider the space limitations in your facility. If you have narrow aisles, you may need smaller four-way pallets. If your facility has wide open spaces, housing heavy-duty product may be achieved with larger two-way pallets.
Are you shipping internationally?
International shipping is one final point to keep in mind.
If you’re sending items overseas, you will want to ensure you get your custom wood pallets back. Also, international standards may apply, so you’ll need to confirm that your pallets are designed to meet those requirements.
Designing Custom Wood Pallets
To start the process of designing custom wood pallets, you’ll need to know the answers to the above questions. Once you have product information, warehousing needs, and applications in place, you should discuss those needs with a custom wood pallet manufacturer.
Decisions on the size and design of custom wood pallets are based on the dimensions, stresses, and weights involved in your particular application. From there, the pallets are designed and built, and tests are run to make sure they hold up properly. This helps ensure quality production and completely adequate design.