Billions of pallets are used globally for a variety of manufacturing, storage, industrial and business uses. They are used in transportation to move materials and goods and also used as storage facilities in warehouses and large commercial plants and premises.
Steel pallets are becoming more popular over wooden heat treated pallets because they have a number of benefits associated with them as explained here.
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Steel pallets are invariably stronger than their wooden counterparts, and they weigh less than large, heavy wooden pallets. A steel pallet can subsequently take more weight during transportation and storage. The goods that are also being transported and stored are also exposed to less damage because they are protected more.
When using wooden pallets that are not strong or durable in transit, the goods can become crushed, damage or dented. This is because the wooden pallets are not stable and have usually caused the loads to move or fall.
Steel pallets are much stronger and offer enhanced protection by holding loads more securely which minimises transit damage to goods. This increased performance reduces waste in damaged goods and also reduces overall costs in insurance claims and the delay of goods because of damage.
Wooden pallets are often seen as expendable and are readily discarded, especially as they get damaged easily and quickly. This means that a high amount of waste is created that is not environmentally friendly. When wooden pallets are damaged and made unusable, it means that more pallets need to be re-ordered and stocked.
Re-ordering over and over again takes up more cost, time and resource to replenish wooden pallets. With metal and steel pallets, they last longer and are more robust which means less time and cost is spent on replenishing them.