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WEBSITE TO CLOSE

THE SPS WEBSITE WILL DISAPPEAR AT THE END OF THE MONTH (AUGUST).

HOSTING WILL CEASE.

ALTERNATIVE CONTINUATION IS CANCELLED.

STEEL PALLET SYSTEMS PTY LTD IS DE-REGISTERED.

THE EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BECOME UNAVAILABLE.

THE ATTITUDE IS – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

IN ENGLISH – PATIENCE IS EXAUSTED.

Posted on 15 August 2018 | 3:01 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

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.

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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.

 

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 5:18 am

A better version, looks good but….

Those who know, know, and those who don’t, don’t.

This one was being discarded (scrapped).  Wrong size, wrong place, wrong etc.

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 1:54 am

Some of the Problems

Tear away problems.

Too soft a metal, welded connections, inadequate design, sharp protrusions, no underneath decks etc. etc.

But metal is metal.  It bends and does not splinter like wood nor shatter like plastic.

Load bearing adequacy is in the design.  Surface finish is vital.  Purpose dictates and cost comes second IMO.

All part of the challenges.

 

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Posted on 16 July 2018 | 1:43 am

WATCH THIS SPACE! MORE COMING.

Posted on 14 July 2018 | 12:15 pm

What’s This?

Pallet 1200x1000 100_1975 Resize

Posted on 11 July 2018 | 12:44 pm

Thin Steel Pallet 4 Way Entry Load Test

An early test on a four way entry pallet made from 0.9mm material.

All good except the wood pallet was placed upside down, the wrong way round, so not the best for balancing the weight with stability.

Test on 4-way

 

 

 

 

Posted on 11 July 2018 | 12:39 pm

Wood Pallet Waste

Pallet waste

Posted on 11 July 2018 | 8:07 am

STEEL PALLET FIRE HAZARD INDEX

FIRE HAZARD SPECIFICATION G2 P2

Posted on 11 July 2018 | 7:52 am

Steel Pallet Bagged and Carried

Yes, as oversize luggage, by air, to China.

His name is Xiaolei, a good man.

From days gone by.

 

Bagged Pallet

Posted on 11 July 2018 | 4:04 am

STEEL PALLETS ARE NOT A FIRE RISK

Pallet Fire Risk Reduction 1 001L&JFIRE 3 AE 20

AND HAVE ZERO FLAMMABILITY INDEX.

Posted on 7 July 2018 | 4:06 am

C.I.M.C. TEST – ALL GOOD

CHINA TEST

A NON-LAB WAY OF TESTING.  QUITE PRACTICAL.   IT PASSED IN 0.9MM MATERIAL.

THIS IS SOME YEARS BACK.

CIMC STANDS FOR CHINA INTERNATIONAL MARINE CONTAINERS.

MORE TO COME.

 

 

 

 

Posted on 7 July 2018 | 3:43 am

CHEP TEST, FIVE STEEL PALLETS TO USA

Pallets for CHEP USA

Posted on 7 July 2018 | 1:24 am

COPY ALTERNATIVE ATTEMPT

Copy Attempt - No go

A METAL COPY ATTEMPT IN CHINA.  IT WAS A NO-GO.

Posted on 7 July 2018 | 1:14 am

CHEP (BRAMBLES) LAB TEST 2005

Lab Test

Posted on 7 July 2018 | 1:04 am

Steel Pallet Systems at wordpress.com

The website and post history is available at wordpress.com. 

The address is: https://steelpalletsystems.wordpress.com/

Here one can read and comment (reply) on line instead of using the info@steelpalletsystems.com address.

Posted on 7 July 2018 | 12:52 am

SPEED RIVETING

Currently this is manual.  The pallet is designed, ideally, in future, to have an automated robotic assembly and speed riveting system for fast economical production line assembly and fixing.  A singular example is in the link below.  We would use arrays for simultaneous fast fixing.  Sorry the example is not shown in the link so the link is deleted.

Rivets hold airliners together for their service lifetime, 30 plus years.  There is no worry.

Nails fall out.  Rivets do not.

Deck rivet protrusions are hidden and recessed into the void of the bearers.

Welding is an alternative.

Posted on 27 June 2018 | 5:13 am

We do NOT do this! This is NOT the way to do it.

An early Asian copy attempt using inferior material.  We do NOT do this.

Our REAL pallet has NO RUST after 100,000 hours of exposure to the elements.

Rusting steel pallet

BELOW, ANOTHER WAY NOT TO DO IT. 

A WELDED PALLET.  PRE-RUSTING.

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Posted on 20 June 2018 | 1:56 am

Re-usable material, no waste, ever, Oh?

Just imagine, no that is too watery, just think hard, that the raw material used for lightweight steel pallets when reaching the end of useful life after being rented out (hire and de-hire) and reprocessed at a greatly reduced energy cost than before then be available for forming and assembly into steel pallets again without any quality degradationThis time the material is an asset, owned not acquired at cost.   Therefore the newer pallets will be even cheaper (more economical) than before and reused for finished product repeatedly for decades, for rent or sale.  Wood cannot do that nor plastic without degrading.

With volume production automated robotic assembly will decrease the cost further.

Think about 20,000,000 steel pallets out there on this basis (Australia and New Zealand).  Depending on pallet size, quantity and purpose say 500,000 tonnes of steel material being reused, reused, reused and reused.  This would avoid cutting annually up to 500,000 tonnes of wood.

Then would the lightweight steel pallet come close in price to a hardwood pallet?  A game changer?  A valid example?  DYOR.

Etc. etc. etc.

Posted on 12 June 2018 | 3:08 am

Pollution

With pollution of all kinds increasing we believe economical lightweight non organic galvanised repairable steel pallets not only have a future but are the future.  This means not just a small slot in the market but a major player that can or will involve product rental and leasing, asset and pooling operations management, tracking services, repairs, and infinite recycling to use again without material degradation.

That means minimising pollution and adding value. In business it means multiple revenue streams with positive outcomes plus aiding the logistics industry vital for supplies around the planet.

The question is in this generation or the next?  What do you think?

DYOR

Posted on 6 June 2018 | 9:42 am

Two key players

Some years back, about 3,000′ altitude, a nice climb from sea level, but no views today.

Palleteers at the Summit

Posted on 24 May 2018 | 10:57 am


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