There are a lot of people who know of the existence of pallets. At first glance, the pallet’s main function is to transport goods and materials around the world for the benefit of the people, but that’s not the full story. On the surface, pallets are used by businesses as materials for storage units that can be made ready for any incoming orders. However, businesses have discovered, and are utilizing, aspects about wooden pallets that many others don’t know about. For example, on the top of the pallet is called the deck, and the pieces of wood that proceeds it downwards are called deckboards, and space between the pieces of wood is called deck spacing. While this might not sound like a big deal, the reason why this is important to note is that if a pallet isn’t structured with the right amount of spacing between each deckboard, then the wooden material won’t be strong enough to work for the industry business. In order to make it easier for fork lifts to move wooden storage crates from space to space, the piece of wood, called the “bearer”, will work to support the deck. Depending on how a pallet is structured, the industry business will decide on which one is appropriate for which kind of job they need to fulfill.
Not only is the quality of the pallet important, but the way that they are used within the construction of a storage unit is vital as well, since wider deck space is used for lighter burdens while more narrow ones are used for heavier loads. There is also the issue of budget constraints, since businesses must be mindful of the cost of transporting and investing in storage units while also making sure that they are the appropriate size for their goods. It wouldn’t do well to use a pallet that is made out of hefty and costly materials for lighter goods and, just the same, it wouldn’t do well to use lighter material for the sake of transporting heavy cargo. To save money and lumber, the pallet industry will search for the right material that will fulfill the jobs put in front of them. Thankfully, due to modern advancements and technology, there is a software that is used to help solve this problem.
This system works out the math and figures out the size and type of pallet needed to be used with a certain load and will offer opportunities to choose between the different variants of wood in accordance to certain design plans the industry might want to work with. It will also allow the industry an inside look into how the pallet will look after everything’s said and done with 2D and 3D images. Now that we have a system in usage that will enable us to save money and work with the materials that we already have, instead of piling on more wood for the sake of stronger storage units, so many things are possible than they’ve ever had been.