Corrugated Pallets

Written by Shirley Parker
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Until modern corrugated cardboard came along, few people would have imagined that heavy items could be safely shipped in a cardboard box or transported on a cardboard platform. But corrugated board's secret strength is in its construction: A fluted or wavy layer of cardboard is glued between two layers of flat linerboard. Those flutes or arches in the middle layer are very strong, just like the arches found in many buildings, many of which are centuries old in Europe.

The corrugated pallet is lightweight and easy to handle because it weighs so little. It also lowers the cost of motor freight and airfreight, particularly so when the containers themselves are also of corrugated materials. Corrugated shipping containers are, in fact, the mainstay of the shipping industry in North America, available in all sizes and shapes, with inside foam padding or without.

Initially, corrugated pallets may cost a little more than wood pallets, in part because they are manufactured from recycled "corrugated," as it's often called. During manufacture, the recycled material is also mixed with byproducts like sawdust, wood chips, and wood shavings from the lumber industry. Different products require different strengths of corrugated pallets, and according to need, the pallets can accommodate up to 1,500 to 2,000, even 2,500 pounds of load.

Additional Benefits of Corrugated Pallets

Besides their potential for easily being compacted, to be recycled any number of times, corrugated pallets can be stacked easily for future shipments. Nothing about them will harm employees or damage the product. In fact, they're pretty much shock-resistant all around. Food and pharmaceutical companies like them because they're sanitary. With the new restrictions on wood pallets being used for export, corrugated is often the ideal alternative. Finally, from the basic cross pallet, rail pallet, and block pallet, they can be customized to whatever the client needs.

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