How Much Weight Can a Plastic Pallet Bear?

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If your business is considering the switch from wooden to plastic pallets, you would be well aware of the benefits of plastic pallets.

From their recyclability, their long-lasting durability, and their low weight leading to lower freight costs to name a few.

That all sounds great, but the question remains, how much weight can a plastic pallet hold?

How Much Weight Can a Plastic Pallet Hold?

When asking how much weight a plastic pallet can bear, there are three different weights you need to consider.

  1. Static load carrying capacity
  2. Dynamic load carrying capacity
  3. Racking load carrying capacity

How Much Weight Can a Plastic Pallet Hold: Static Load?

Static load refers to a non-varying load, that is the weight a plastic pallet can bear at rest.

A static load doesn’t have the forces moving upon it of a dynamic load, so the static load capacity will always be higher.

This is important because you may have two or three loaded plastic pallets stacked on top of each other.

The static load rating is how much weight can a plastic pallet hold when it is the bottom pallet in the stack.

How Much Weight Can a Plastic Pallet Hold: Dynamic Load?

As explained by Nelson Technical Centre, dynamic load refers to the weight that can be placed on a plastic pallet and then put in motion.

The pallet can be loaded to that weight and can then be utilised in a conveyer system or moved around via forklift.

Dynamic load is how much weight a plastic pallet can bear with different forces acting on it in motion.

How Much Weight Can a Plastic Pallet Hold: Racking Load?

Racking load refers to the weight a plastic pallet can bear when the pallet is loaded and situated in a racked system.

Every racking system will be different, so it’s important to understand how much weight a plastic pallet can bear in those environments.

It pays to have professional guidance when choosing the right plastic pallets according to the loads and settings of your individual business needs.

Choosing the Right Plastic Pallets for Your Business

How much weight can a plastic pallet hold varies with sizing and materials.

For example: at ITP Packaging, there are three plastic pallet options to choose from, Standard, Euro, and Hygienic.

The Standard is UK standard and comes in at 1200mm by 1000mm. It is made of recycled HDPE and has a static load capacity of 5,000kg, a dynamic load capacity of 1,000kg, and a racking load capacity of 400kg.

The Euro is also made of recycled HDPE and has dimensions of 1200mm by 800mm. It also has a static load capacity of 5,000kg, a dynamic load capacity of 1,000kg, and a racking load of 400kg.

The third option is the Hygienic which is made of virgin HDPE, ideal for the food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries. It comes in at 1200mm by 800mm. The Hygienic has a static load bearing capacity of 5,000kg, a dynamic load bearing capacity of 1,250kg, and a racking load capacity of 1,000kg.

For more information on choosing the right plastic pallets for your business, contact ITP Packaging today for friendly and professional advice.

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