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Lightweight, Extra Strong, All Steel Bailey Pallet™

WEBSITE CLOSED 7/9/18.

The website formally closed on the 7th August 2018 after a little ado about little.  Shades of Shakespeare.

The attributes, qualities and historical works of Steel Pallet Systems are in “hibernation” awaiting the right time to re-surface AND this time with adequate financial backing to provide volume pooling rental services to substitute for wood and plastic products.

We nearly got there but time and chance, a takeover, and those feeling threatened moved against us. They are unforgotten.  So are those for us who risked losing their employment (one did).

There was never an intention to enter the small volume special size and purpose pallet market.   There are players out there providing that small quantity service using heavier hot rolled steel sections with varying coatings as required.  Volume is our market aim.

So it has been thirteen long years to website shut down on 7th September 2018.

Images are alive and well here on WordPress and some of the story (and this will be maintained) also on Google images under the name steelpalletsystems.   The title “steel pallet systems” with separated words is used by someone or other in China to promote steel racking supplies and not so much steel pallet supplies, or so it seems.

Contact address again is steelpalletsystems@gmail.com or by leaving a public message on this WordPress site.  We ARE traceable for any who need it.

Posted on 7 September 2018 | 11:11 pm

BRAZIL

A PATENT HAS BEEN GRANTED IN BRAZIL, selected as The Key country in South America.

Posted on 6 September 2018 | 10:21 pm

ORGANIC (Trees) VS INORGANIC (Steel)

NOW THERE IS AN ECONOMICAL CHOICE.

 

Posted on 6 September 2018 | 11:09 am

Coffee Bean Bags on Pallets

Note the stacking arrangement and overhang.  Four layers per pallet.

The pallets are Australian size nominally 1165 wide.

CofiCom Bags on Pallets

Posted on 4 September 2018 | 11:16 am

It is a Pity.

It is a pity so MANY alternate pallet suppliers, entrepreneurs and the like, have tried it on their own and failed.  It is a pity they, we, did not unite and combine our efforts for the seen need.  Hundreds of millions of USD have been wasted so thrown away, due to pride, ego, false premises, and failing to learn the lessons of others.  If only they (we) had  combined effort and resources against the odds, the outcome would have been different.

Maybe one day…….

Posted on 29 August 2018 | 12:50 am

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING

I do not know why some outfit in Russia selects the website to refer others who have no relevance nor empathy for the pallet industry, just the opposite, along with a lot of crap.  They are back again.  But not for long.

Posted on 29 August 2018 | 12:44 am

Other future contact email address

steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

 

Posted on 28 August 2018 | 7:29 am

FAKE EMAILS

FAKE EMAILS WILL NOT BE ANSWERED.  NOTHING WILL BE DOWNLOADED.  NO ATTACHMENTS WILL BE OPENED.  IF GENUINE BE  C L E A R.

Posted on 27 August 2018 | 3:11 am

SAMPLES TO THE USA 48″ X 40″

TWO SPECIALLY MADE 48 X 40’s SENT AIRFREIGHT TO IDAHO.  NEVER AGAIN.  ONE A FOUR WAY ENTRY AND ONE CONVENTIONAL TWO WAY ENTRY.

ANOTHER LESSON LEARNED.  THEY ARE NOT SERIOUS UNLESS THEY ORDER SOME BULK, LIKE 1,000 OR 1,500 OR 2,000 UNITS.  THEN OVERSIGHT IS WARRANTED AND THEY TAKE DUE ASSET CARE.

TWO EARLY MODEL PALLETS WERE JUST TO PLAY GAMES WITH, NO SUPERVISION, NO SERIOUS INTEREST, NO FORMAL TRIAL.  A WASTE OF TIME AND EFFORT FOR US.

Pallets to USA 100_2021

 

Posted on 26 August 2018 | 10:57 am

IMAGES ARE COPYRIGHT(ED)

YES THEY ARE.  UNLESS CREDITED ELSEWHERE.

Posted on 26 August 2018 | 12:54 am

FUTURE CONTACT ADDRESS 1.

SPS wordpress image

 

Posted on 25 August 2018 | 1:26 am

WAITING FOR A BACKER OR TWO

WE GO INTO HIBERNATION AWAITING THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES TO AWAKE.  THE CIRUMSTANCES INCLUDE ADEQUATE FINANCIAL BACKING WHICH WE NEVER HAD.

THEN A NEW START, PERHAPS A NEW NAME, NEW WEBSITE, NEW I.D. NEW SERVICES, AND NEW MODERN FUNCTIONAL AFFORDABLE PRODUCTS,  ALL AT THE RIGHT ECONOMICAL MASS PRODUCTION PRICE.  THIS WAS ALWAYS OUR UNDIVIDED AIM.

SO HIBERNATION IS IT BUT READY TO RISE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCE.

IN THE BETWEEN WE CAN BE FOUND AND COMMUNICATED WITH AT:

https://steelpalletsystems.wordpress.com

 

 

Posted on 24 August 2018 | 5:33 am

Asia Pallet System Federation

Alec Bailey presenting the Formation and Structure of the China Pallet Pool in 2008.

CPIC SPEAKER..2

Two years later on the Q&A Panel.  In the middle (Chair) is Stan Bowes, at the time President of the European Pallet Association (E.P.A.L.).

CPIC

Posted on 23 August 2018 | 1:09 am

PRIORITY REASONS FOR PURCHASING PALLETS

It is quite logical – really.

Notice rental is not part of this.

Source credited below.

Reasons for purchasing pallets

 

Posted on 22 August 2018 | 7:16 am

YOUR PALLETS IN THE RAW

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Posted on 20 August 2018 | 4:32 am

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GRANTED

IT WAS A STRUGGLE BUT IP (PATENTS) HAVE BEEN GRANTED OR REGISTERED IN TEN COUNTRIES INCLUDING EUROPE (SO OPEN TO THE EU IN TOTAL) WITH OTHER APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED.  COVERAGE WAS IN MAJOR MARKETS ROUND THE WORLD.

ANY THAT LAPSED IN PROGRESS I UNDERSTAND CAN BE SELECTIVELY REVIVED BY THE APPLICANT WITH MISSED PAYMENTS PLUS PENALTY PAYMENTS APPLIED.

IP ON A LIGHTWEIGHT STEEL PALLET???   IT WAS PLANNED.   IT HAPPENED.

SIMPLY PUT – MAJOR MARKET PROTECTION FOR A VALID PRODUCT.

 

Posted on 20 August 2018 | 4:28 am

LWSP DESIGN PARAMETERS

LWSP DESIGN PARAMETERS

LWSP MEANS LIGHT WEIGHT STEEL PALLET.

Apart from the natural structural qualities and benefits of the pre-galvanized material the basic essential requirements to go forward on a step by step basis were:

    1. Design to satisfy varying load capacities
    2. Design to use minimum amount of steel to reduce cost
    3. Design for simplicity and ease and economy of manufacture
    4. Design to be environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable
    5. Design for replaceable parts – repairability
    6. Design for capability and compatibility to suit major international standards
    7. Design for use in all areas where timber pallets are used
    8. Design for minimum components
    9. Design for various fastening methods
    10. Design for allowing composite additions
    11. Design for ultimate strength matched to best end price
    12. Design for patentability
    13. Design to better all other profile possibilities and improvements
    14. Design for fastening protrusions to be recessed and hidden
    15. Design for minimum surface contact 70%
    16. Design for improving co-efficient of friction
    17. Design for expansion / contraction in width, length and height
    18. Provide for add-ons e.g. a cage system to provide an IBC unit
    19. Design to minimise cavities where contaminates are deposited and held
    20. Design for a price point between hardwood pallet and plastic pallet pricing

THAT STARTED IN 2003.

IN 2018 IT ENDED

A SLEEPING VOLCANO

UNLESS…..UNTIL…..

Posted on 20 August 2018 | 1:00 am

AT $35 WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

AT A SIMILAR BUY PRICE WHAT WOULD YOU PREFER?

WOOD OR LIGHTWEIGHT PRE-GALVANISED STEEL?

42KG VERSUS 26KG.

ON A MASS PRODUCTION VOLUME BASIS OF COURSE.

WHICH IS MORE FINANCIALLY ATTRACTIVE TO LEASE OR RENT?

BOTH CAN BE DAMAGED.

WHICH IS MORE VALUABLE TO RECYCLE?

New pallet IMG_6642.1Wood Pallet 41kg 100_2237

 

 

Posted on 19 August 2018 | 8:23 am

EXCEPT FOR A BOOK

The website will close.

Except for a reveal-all book on the history of the lightweight galvanised steel pallet.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  The concept, the hopes, the fun, the tricks, the close calls, the evasions, the behind the scenes, the mistakes, the bad advice, the sweat, the worry, the internal takeover attempt, the duplicity, the nearly did it (plural), intellectual property progress, a death, unseen photos, the lessons learned, non- confidential communications, the laying of a foundation platform, a failed fund raising, and a prognosis for the future, .

The world is a shrinking place.

A book is a permanent record unlike a website that for various reasons can be closed.

Posted on 17 August 2018 | 10:30 am

A KOREAN COSTING IN USD

IN TODAY’S MONEY THAT IS A 30 USD SELL PRICE.

THIS WAS SOME YEARS AGO.  A KOREAN APPROACH.   IT DID NOT GO AHEAD.

SOME TRICKERY WAS PLAYED OUT.

NOT THE FAULT OF THE INSTITUTION.

BUT THE BELIEF AND CONVICTION WAS THERE.

WE ADVANCED SINCE THEN.

30 USD TODAY?   ON A LEASE OR RENTAL BASIS?????    NOT BAD.   BUT TOO LATE.

WAIT FOR THE BOOK.

Korean Costing 002

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 2:43 am

OOPS. MISSED INSPECTION AND REPAIR.

ATTITUDE AGAIN.  WHO CARES?  IS IT THERE TO BE KNOCKED AROUND?

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Posted on 15 August 2018 | 2:08 am

ATTITUDE

AND IT IS STILL THERE, MAYBE.

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Posted on 15 August 2018 | 1:53 am

SPRAY ‘EM BLUE, BUT THEY ARE STILL NOT CHEP PALLETS

One of the tricks of the industry.  Spray ’em blue.

BUT THEY ARE STILL NOT CHEP PALLETS.

There was a reason for the underneath plank being recessed.

The business has since gone out of business…..

SPRAY 'EM BLUE

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 1:37 am

Truckload departing

Truckload DSCN0604

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 1:24 am

China lost the chance TEN years ago

SAMSUNG CSCIn 2008 The Formation and Structure of the China Pallet Pool presentation was put forward at the annual industry meeting of the Professional Pallet Committee of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing hosted by the Asia Pallet System Federation.

And as an independent organisation FOR ALL.

The opportunity was missed.

Too bad.

The industry is still leaping ahead in scope, ability, standardisation and professionalism, with private enterprise fighting for market share just like elsewhere in the West.  This will continue with tough and capable competition using mostly wood, then plastic and some composites, with steel lagging somewhere behind, for now.

 

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 1:42 am

SOMEONE TRIES TO COPY

BUT THEY DISAPPEARED (I’M NOT SUPRISED) FROM THE SCENE AFTER USING THEIR PALLET NAME AND PRODUCT WHICH WAS WITHIN CHINA.  HIS NAME IS KNOWN AND THE CONTRACT MANUFACTURER.  I’M SURPRISED, OR MAYBE NOT, THERE WAS NO THOUGHT OF WORKING TOGETHER.  STUPID.

SO JUST ANOTHER CROPPER.  SO WHAT!  I COULD SHOW MORE. 

I CAN SEE A MAJOR FAULT.  CAN YOU? 

THEIR PHOTO IS DELIBERATELY HAZY.  THE WEBSITE IS GONE.

YD picture_3

Posted on 8 August 2018 | 11:05 am

Wood pallets raw material

Pre production raw material ready for component manufacture.

How many?  How long?  What ending?

Pallets raw material 2

Pallet scrap

 

Posted on 7 August 2018 | 11:02 am

ONE SMALL TREE? One pallet 1200 x 830

There is nearly ONE metre of thin tree trunk in the blocks alone. 

NOTE THE AGE CIRCLES that the blocks are cut from.

Then TWELVE METRES of plank each about 17mm thick by typical 90mm wide. (actual 100mm and 80mm).  That is approx. 136mm thick by 80mm wide piece of wood.   This must be getting close to ONE SMALL TREE?  Check it.

The pallet is 1200 x 830 X 140 and an unusual size made for a purpose, but not to accommodate what was shrink wrapped upon it.

The efficiency or lack of is evident in the block wood splitting when nails are inserted.  This one may have lasted for two trips only, an import shipment then a regional delivery.    That is it.  After a final shipment it considered trash, no recall, no charge, not wanted anymore, keep it.  This is a market pooling companies do not see any opportunity in due to complexities and costs.  No wonder so many pallets are utilised by innovative persons in building seats, sheds, fences and the like.  No wonder there is thankfully a major recycling industry in the USA.

No wonder there IS a pooling industry or the environmental damage effects would accumulate and be much worse.

BUT if one million new wood pallets are manufactured for one pooling company every year operating in one country and region does that not indicate a problem?  Does it not mean a similar though variable amount is wasted?

But a thin cold rolled material steel pallet with a zinc coating has value.  It can be sold, reprocessed at a fraction of the energy it cost to initially make, and reformed using automated equipment, again and again and again and again.  YES.  There is no denial.

 

 

 

 

Posted on 5 August 2018 | 3:19 am

About Aluminum (Aluminium)

The following is from the year 2000, so only 18 years old, and by an aluminum (aluminium) pallet supplier, still around today, maybe with a name change.  The unit price in 2018 is typical USD 260 for small quantity.    Here is one supplier who maintained a place, their niche.  Good.  This was before lightweight galvanised steel pallets were considered viable at a fraction of the cost, so at the time outside the equation.  Note the wood pallet lifespan of two years.  I have other verification for this however there are many variables.  The days of wood pallets in volume, though they have their place, are limited.  Did you read the news today?  More on this to come with images and some analytical detail.

Aluminum OTD Corp 001

Posted on 3 August 2018 | 7:54 am

ROLL FORMING FROM GALVANISED STEEL COIL

Nice and easy, fast too, hole punching included.  From a Korean scientist introduction keen on the steel pallet.

 

Roll Former Production Line Drwg

Posted on 30 July 2018 | 11:27 pm

CHEP TOO

Here is a photo of a four pallet shipment for CHEP two years ago.  It included a 1200 x 1000 four way entry version pallet.  The others are Australian standard  size 1165 x 1165 a national standard unique in all the world.  The bottom one was stainless steel with all four carried on a wood pallet.  One was minus a centre stringer.  CHEP picked the pallets up and delivered them back intact and undamaged which was appreciated.

Most were early concept pallets with about 13 years of exposure to the elements.

About 300 kilometres were involved.  IMO a far cry from the FHG IPP Logipal approach where near 20,000 kilometres were involved all at others expense.

 

Pallets for Chep July 2016 (2)

Posted on 30 July 2018 | 1:47 am

Steel Pallet Association

This has to come about.  There is considerable supply fragmentation at the moment plus good product and less than good internationally.  There is no world wide flat steel pallet standard.  Everything is judged on a WOOD pallet testing regime where components are held together with nails.  Some plastic pallet people having invented their own standard so that it roughly complies.  But many do not seem to care.   A steel pallet association will one day eventuate and have members around the globe and then maybe a flat steel pallet universal standard will come about, if the divisive arguments are overcome.

Posted on 30 July 2018 | 1:35 am

FHG IPP Logipal received a pallet sample.

IPP Logipal is one of the leading pallet and box rental providers to fast moving consumer goods supply chains and to industrial sectors across Europe.  They upgrade their pallet pool with at least 1,000,000  NEW pallets every year.

A pre arranged lightweight steel sample was air freighted on 11th August 2012.

The website is impressive.

https://www.poolingpartners.com/en-gb/pooling-services/ipp-logipal-pool

But no detail review.  No trial.   Just an opinion.

That was nearly six years ago.

One way to go is to start a new exclusive lightweight steel pallet pool for those who ARE interested – and they do exist.   The key is rental and supply where and when needed for as long as needed.  We support the pooling concept, always have.

 

 

Posted on 29 July 2018 | 9:34 am

New Pallets

New wood pallets waiting on delivery.  Count them.  There are 160 in the first row alone.  There are near two thousand pallets here and they do look good.  Notice they are not four way entry.  They do not need to be.

 

NEW PALLETS awaiting delivery

Posted on 27 July 2018 | 11:06 am

China cold-rolled coil: 591/T July 23 2018

This is less than that calculated nine years ago.  Depending on pallet weight that is typical USD15 per pallet material only cost.

Coil Steel

Posted on 26 July 2018 | 10:36 am

Can it last? NO! One year, one decade, it will change. And still be viable.

Imagine this in thin gauge galvanised steel in hundreds and thousands of times in volume, repeated.  My photo.

 

100_2926.1

Posted on 26 July 2018 | 10:16 am

Oh Yeh! I’m as big as you and fast :-)

Big Fella

Posted on 24 July 2018 | 12:49 am

Rented Pallets to be Collected

Goods have been delivered from overseas transferred to Australian standard pallets then at destination transferred with an inverter onto owned warehouse pallets. Then these are ready for collection.  An efficient scheme.  Except the warehouse racked pallets were cheapies and had breaking issues.

Rental pallet stack

Posted on 21 July 2018 | 1:55 am

Wooden Lead Edges etc.

Wood lead edges.  Metal surrounds.  Options?   An asset or expense?

Pallet - Steel surrounds and no center bearer.1

 

Posted on 20 July 2018 | 6:25 am

Building Site – Pick and Re-use?

What was it?  Six pallets average per tree?

Cheap.  Tax deductible.   A business expense.  Who cares? 

The money is on what it carries.

DSCN1324.1

 

Posted on 20 July 2018 | 6:19 am

Heavy Duty Anti Slip on Galvanised Steel

Messy, but it worked, heat applied and stuck fast.  Heavy industry application.

The need justifies the cost.   No grommets here.

Anti slip (2)

 

Posted on 20 July 2018 | 6:00 am

CHINA 20% OF WORLD DEMAND BY 2017

The Asia/Pacific region, led by China, will post the strongest unit sales increases of any regional market, averaging 8.1 percent per year through 2017.  This region will also overtake North America to become the largest regional market by 2017, when it will account for one-third of the global total.  Sales advances across the region will be spurred by climbing manufacturing activity and increased adoption of pallets by new users.  China will experience the largest gains of any national market in the world and will account for over one-fifth of total global unit demand in 2017.

COURTESY  http://www.mhlnews.com/global-supply-chain/pallet-sales-rise-5-annually-through-2017

WHY DID WE POST THE CHINA PALLET INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE GROWTH?

THAT’S WHY.

 

Posted on 19 July 2018 | 11:56 am

SOME WOOD PALLETS ROT, NOT STEEL.

A LIMITED LIFESPAN…….BUT THATS’ NOTHING NEW. 

YOU KNOW, DON’T YOU.

WOOD ROTS.1

Posted on 18 July 2018 | 4:43 am

WHY NO MORE SUPPLY QUOTES

NEW PALLET SUPPLY QUOTES HAVE CEASED AS OF 16TH JULY 2018 EXCEPT FOR EXISTING CONTACTS. 

NO MORE TIME NOR ENERGY NOR CREATIVE INOVATIVE DESIGN EFFORTS WILL BE WASTED ON INDECISIVE ENTITIES, UNFUNDED PROCUREMENT MANAGERS NOR UNREALISTIC AND SNOOPING CASUAL ENQUIRIES FROM ANYWHERE.  WE MAY (OR MAY NOT) LIST (NAME) SOME OF THESE MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES AND TIME WASTERS WHO WERE EAGER FOR A SOLUTION BUT ONCE THEY GET WHAT THEY WANT GO SILENT AND HAVE NO BUSINESS COURTESY TO EVEN REPLY. 

THIS IS NOT GOOD NOR PROFESSIONAL.

But please continue to enjoy and learn from the website or below where you can comment and reply.

https://steelpalletsystems.wordpress.com

A CONSULTING SERVICE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR SELECTED CUSTOMERS (OUR OPTION).  WE CAN SUPPLY  EQUIPMENT IF OUR SOLUTION IS CHOSEN OR YOU USE OR PROCURE FROM OTHER SOURCES.

I.E. IF YOU HAVE THE MONEY WE HAVE THE TIME.

info@steelpalletsystems.com

 

Posted on 17 July 2018 | 4:04 am

International and National Pallet Sizes. This steel pallet is designed to for all.

Early days.   Special specific industry size, load and function specification.  Note the four bearers.   Today, length, width, height, varied load, capped, uncapped, anti slip, varied decks, 55% to 100% contact cover, special lead edges, RFID approved, etc. etc.  No paint needed but colour coding to suit OK.  Very durable galvanised material.  That is this pallet range, but there are others.  Check Alibaba.

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Posted on 17 July 2018 | 3:37 am

CHINA PALLET INT. CONFERENCE 2016

Three years later.  Look at the increased numbers.

2016年托盘国际会议

Posted on 17 July 2018 | 3:01 am

CHINA PALLET INTERNATIONAL 2013

CPIC2013.1It is 2013.  Note the numbers that year.  Pallet industry national leaders, specialists, and industry suppliers.

 

 

Posted on 17 July 2018 | 2:57 am

PLASTIC PALLET DAMAGE

THIS UNFORTUNATELY SEEMS OR IS PERMANENT.  THE PALLET WAS DUMPED.

Plastic pallet damaged

Posted on 17 July 2018 | 1:25 am

PALLETS GET KNOCKED AROUND!

IT DOES NOT MATTER IF PRODUCT IS MADE FROM WOOD, PLASTIC OR STEEL.

QUALITY CONTROL IS NOT ALWAYS THE ISSUE.

MINIMISATION IS THE KEYWORD.

OR IT IS REPAIR AND KEEP, OR SCRAP AT COST (EXCEPT STEEL)

IS THERE A SOLUTION?  YES.

PALLETS LEAD EDGE DAMAGE 007

Posted on 17 July 2018 | 1:21 am

COMPOSITE MATERIAL

 

An composite pallet attempt using recycled material.  It breaks (snaps) too easily.  Nine years has passed.   Another valiant hopeful attempt but not realistic.

 

100_1853.1

Posted on 16 July 2018 | 5:18 am


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