What automation pallet is best? Many companies nowadays are looking to make things quicker, smoother, and more efficient. They want less human interaction, less errors and often companies look to automation to achieve this.
The better the input and planning, the better the output. And an automated warehouse systems are a prime example of this. There are many example where companies have suffered after an automated system has been installed. When companies are looking to invest in automated equipment, the humble pallet is often the last thing they consider. The quality of automation pallet you use can have a major impact on operational efficiency in automated handling.
Well, Wooden Pallets don’t have a consistent size and shape. Timber can leave dust and splinters within the intricate workings of the automated system. Their makeup means you cannot easily clean them, causing dirt and dust to linger. Despite a typically lower initial cost, the damage they cause to an automated system actually stacks up in the long term.
Wooden Pallets can also go mouldy over time which can compromise an entire automation system, as well as potentially contaminating products in the operation.
Once a wooden pallet has reached the end of it’s lifespan, it will typically be burnt or sent to a landfill, rather than being reused.
Plastic Pallets are a moulded product. In other words, they are consistent in size and shape which helps the automated system run smoothly. There are no splinters and dust doesn’t gather. For an operation where hygiene is paramount, plastic is the superior choice.
The initial cost is higher, but in the long-term Plastic Pallets are the cost-effective solution. They have a longer life cycle and don’t damage the system they are part of. They won’t get mouldy, and as such they are exempt from ISPM 15 regulations.
Plastic pallets are also long lasting with the average lifespan of a plastic pallet being 10 years.
In addition to their automation benefits, Plastic Pallets are the ideal choice in 2022. Our pallets are made from recycled materials which help avoid the newly introduced Plastic Packaging Tax, which came into effect on the 1st of April. They are a more sustainable option versus wooden pallets as you have the option to recycle them at the end of use.