Understanding Packaging and the Basics
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Best Way to Wrap and Stack Product on a Pallet
In the United States, our freight is shipped on an estimated
1.4 billion pallets in active circulation.
Wrapped Pallet by Quick Pak Inc
More companies are palletizing freight for delivery because
it’s an easy way to cheaply transport large items. There is also less chance
for items to be damaged when being delivered on a pallet. That’s because they
are handled by fork lift trucks rather than boxes possibly being thrown from
one man to another!
But to ultimately end up at its destination without damage,
the pallet must be properly packed. Here are some tips on how to pack a pallet.
Choose the right pallet:
It should be large enough so that your shipment does not
overhang the edges.
Pallets should be sturdy enough to support the load.
Avoid pallets with broken boards or protruding nail heads.
Stacking on the
Make sure cartons
are new and of proper strength to withstand stacking.
Stack smaller, lighter items on heavier items.
Securely seal cartons.
Use proper amounts of dunnage within cartons
and leave no spaces between products. Align boxes in columns, corner to corner,
for the greatest stacking strength.
Use a slip
sheet or pallet liner paper under the load and every third layer when
possible to help distribute the weight evenly and protect the bottom layer.
Secure shipment to
or banding to secure your shipment to the pallet. It should be drawn tightly to
the load, which may require running it underneath the top deck boards of the
wrapping is an effective way to keep all pieces of a shipment together. The
plastic stretch wrap should first be applied around the pallet and continued
upward around the load. Overlap by 50% and make sure it’s tight to prevent
shifting. Stretch wrap can be twisted like rope for greater strength.
Use a dust
cover sheet over the top of your shipment to protect it from the time of
packing to delivery.
An edge protector product can reduce the chance of damage.
Corner boards increase vertical stacking strength, prevent damage to edges, and
stabilize the load. They should extend to the full height and length of the
load, and should be used on all corners. This will help maintain the boxes’
shape, rather than being squeezed in by the stretch wrap.