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Steel Pallet Systems

Lightweight, Economical, Extra Strong, Durable, Galvanised Steel Pallets – Alternative to Wood and Plastic. Email: steelpalletsystems@gmail.com.

ONE COST COMPARISON BY OTHERS

THIS IS JUST ONE COMPARISON METHOD WITH A KEY POINT AND PURPOSE.

THERE IS MORE TO IT.

Posted on 8 May 2022 | 8:05 pm

Ready to Sell

Or come aboard…….

Posted on 20 April 2022 | 9:55 pm

A Different World

Certain plans did not come to fruition. Good. The world today would have messed things up.

BUT THE BASIS HAS NOT CHANGED. JUST SOME DETAILS. IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME.

Posted on 14 April 2022 | 9:21 pm

Earthquake Flooring on Steel Pallets

Earthquake flooring plated

Posted on 3 February 2022 | 8:32 pm

DUMPED PLASTIC PALLETS

Posted on 29 December 2021 | 9:32 am

PLASTIC DOES FRAGMENT

Under sunlight plastic eventually hardens, becomes brittle, and fragments.

Plastic is NOT the durable solution. It may be a temporary solution.

Steel (GALVANIZED) will win today and tomorrow.

Posted on 16 December 2021 | 1:47 pm

SERIOUSLY HEAVY DUTY

Expandable, contractible, variable, reversible, adjustable, hardwood lead edges, you name it, made possible with enduring light gauge galvanized steel. A heavy trial unit. We called it “the Beast”.

Posted on 2 December 2021 | 6:59 pm

WEBSITE: https://steelpalletsystems.com

Posted on 21 November 2021 | 11:39 am

16th CPIC 2021

The 16th China Pallet International Conference & 2021 Annual Meeting of Global Pallet Entrepreneurs I. Conference Background The 16th China Pallet International Conference & 2021 Annual Meeting of Global Pallet Entrepreneurs will be held by China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, and undertaken by Pallet Professional Committee of CFLP. The conference has been successfully held for 15 times. During the last 15 years, more than 6000 representatives who came from China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Netherland, America, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Switzerland, Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Chile and other countries has joined the conference. The conference is the only pallet-themed event in China and even the world, including Chinese government, EPAL, JPA, KPCA, American Pallet Association, MPA, Pallet Business Association of the Philippines and relevant pallet associations, pallet manufacturers, pallet pooling enterprises, raw material suppliers, technology and equipment enterprises, logistics enterprises, business enterprises and research institutes. With the in-depth advancement of co-construction, the establishment of a domestic and international dual circulation that promotes the formation of a new development pattern, the green and low-carbon development under the “dual carbon target”, the cultivation of new technologies such as digital and intelligence, and the impact of the COVID-19, the shortage and high prices of raw materials for pallets, bringing new opportunities and new challenges for the pallet industry, and injected new momentum into the accelerated development of the pallet industry. The conference is a grand event for pallet industry professionals, an important platform for annual review, technical experience promotion and exchange, and seeking partners. With the online and offline combination of the conference, you can get the latest news of pallet industry by video link. We look forward to see you in the best season in Chengdu in November. Registration Form

Posted on 5 November 2021 | 6:06 pm

CIPC 2020

See any masks here?

Posted on 2 November 2021 | 10:30 am

One FEA result. Those Early days. Yes there is more to it.

Posted on 18 September 2021 | 6:48 pm

CHINA WELDED PALLET 1000 X 800 4 WAY

JUST ANOTHER VERSION. THE SURFACE FINISH MEANS RUST IS INEVITABLE.

Posted on 7 September 2021 | 6:56 pm

Spot Welded Version – not SPS

Posted on 7 September 2021 | 6:18 pm

THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO THINGS

Yes CHEAP at first but MOST EXPENSIVE in the end.

More to come.

Posted on 27 August 2021 | 8:39 pm

TORO metal pallet – long gone.

CAN YOU SEE WHY?

Posted on 27 August 2021 | 6:08 pm

Hundreds of wood pallets outside cold store

Posted on 27 August 2021 | 5:56 pm

A SAD END

A ONE WAY TRIP TO AN INEVITABLE END.

A few of hundreds of millions and paid for in the waste process unlike galvanized steel which is sold.

Posted on 24 August 2021 | 8:55 pm

Email contact: steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

Posted on 17 August 2021 | 9:04 pm

ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN MFG STEEL

An Indicative Energy Perspective – Steel versus Plastic  
(With Acknowledgement)  

Any HDPE plastic pallet weighing 35kg requires 805 KwH of energy for production.  
This is equivalent to 120kg of coal.

It takes about 1.76kg of petroleum to produce one kg of HDPE.  This steel pallet, the 25kg repeat use version, requires only 124 KwH of energy to produce by comparison.  This is equivalent to 18.6kg of coal and about 15% of that needed for HDPE.  Also the energy cost to recycle a badly damaged steel pallet is 15 KwH or about 12% of a new one. This is under 2% of the energy required for a new HDPE pallet.  Each steel pallet is infinitely recyclable for the same product without degrading material quality.

Recycling in decades to come will be even more energy efficient using the base stockpile than from new steel production. That is the BIG picture.  From a production perspective and an energy consumption basis steel is the clear (and green) winner over plastic by 85%. 

Posted on 26 May 2021 | 1:08 pm

Example of Wood Pallet Repair Volumes

IPP expands pallet damage repair coverage in UK October 2020

Credit Rick Le Blanc

IPP UK

IPP has established a new service center to serve as the platform for further growth in the UK south east. The strategically located facility in Grays, Essex which will process more than half a million reusable pallets within the first year. This site is an addition to the company’s existing network which include the £2.5 million fully-automated repair and repatriation center at Bardon Hill, Leicestershire. That operation processes in excess of 700 pallets per hour – a capacity of six million each year.

The new pallet inspection and repair service center, which began operations in the summer, is operated by S&R Smith and Son Logistics, a long-standing south east distribution specialist and transport partner for IPP who has also gained much experience in operating circular economy models.

Located next to the Thames, the service center will support IPP’s growth having the capacity to inspect and repair more than 1.3 million pallets per year.

Etc. credit Rick LeBlanc

Posted on 22 May 2021 | 8:59 pm

Pallet Supply Shortages USA

Supply weakness applies in other distribution channels as well. Will this worsen? It seems so.

Posted on 21 May 2021 | 3:07 pm

Delivered, then left for scrap, April 2021

Posted on 21 May 2021 | 2:12 pm

CHECKING WHAT’S NEW AND IMPROVED

Posted on 10 March 2021 | 12:55 pm

A Pallet Material Comparison

This by others is from 20 years ago so increase the unit costs accordingly. Steel is not mentioned and aluminum (U.S. spelling) is being pushed. These days things are different. The average two year lifespan for a wooden pallet seems similar today including repairs. Available coated thin gauge steel is no longer “heavy” repairable if necessary and certainly durable. Today in bulk and mass produced the steel cost is a winner.

Posted on 31 January 2021 | 2:59 pm

ONE PALLET PER HEAD OF POPULATION

Generally speaking, as a rule of thumb, there is ONE PALLET PER HEAD OF POPULATION IN AN INDUSTRIAL “DEVELOPED” COUNTRY, with some more and some less.

Posted on 4 December 2020 | 7:19 pm

ANOTHER FAIL

THIS TIME IN ASIA. ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO.

ANOTHER OF THE ‘GO IT ALONE’ ATTEMPT. FOUR WAY ENTRY TOO.

THE INDUSTRY MUST BE FILLED WITH EGOS.

DON’T GET ADDED TO THE LIST. WHAT A WASTE.

Posted on 25 November 2020 | 4:04 pm

EARTHQUAKE FLOORING

The customer used an assembly of our steel pallets as anti earthquake flooring on which to install highly sensitive and valuable electronic equipment. This was installed in an Asian earthquake prone area.

Earthquake flooring plated
Assembled for pliability

Posted on 21 November 2020 | 8:14 pm

LOADING UP READY TO GO

A bit of history……

Posted on 21 November 2020 | 7:29 pm

Bailey Pallet hat circa 2006

Posted on 19 November 2020 | 4:13 pm

35 YEAR HISTORY

The history of the lightweight steel pallet development in writings, publishing and photos goes back a mere 35 years, before you were born. The main thrust began early 2003 and is not finished. The data is saved for a book.

Posted on 7 November 2020 | 10:10 am

SIDE SLEEVES NEW

In future a “side sleeve” will be provided over those metal corrugations.

At 0.9mm thick they are not ‘sharp” edges but this removes the impression they are and provides for increased safety. Wood can have sharp splinters. Most pallets today are moved mechanically. Latest pallets have flat stronger lead edges plus bearer end plates.

Shrink wrapped – not so sharp!

Posted on 2 October 2020 | 9:47 am

Wood For What?

Posted on 26 September 2020 | 4:15 pm

PLASTIC PALLET FRAGMENTATION

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Posted on 7 August 2020 | 9:09 am

Global Wood Pallet Demand to reach 5.8 billion units by 2024

Headline from RICK LEBLANC and Fredonia Group.

That on a annual basis signifies A LOT of scrap and wastage.  

What is a solution OR the solutions, plural.

Plastic has had years to address the the challenge and succeed, but has not.

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Pallet Scrap 2

WOOD PALLET WASTE 1

An essential part of a solution below

Early days but on the way.

 

New Version Ready to Go

 

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And plenty of it.

Coil steel rolls

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 29 June 2020 | 11:41 am

Wood Pallet Lead Edge Damage

Wood pallet lead edge damage

Posted on 29 June 2020 | 8:13 am

Lightweight Steel Pallet on Forks

A lightweight steel pallet, Australian standard style, early days (IP granted and in process for the system worldwide).

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Posted on 20 June 2020 | 7:47 pm

Pallets Move the World Monument

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Posted on 7 June 2020 | 3:17 pm

Worthington Steelpac Pallet (USA)

Another one.  What happened?  You do the check.

It used welds as component fixing so affecting the design.

 

Worthington Steelpac pallet

 

Posted on 5 June 2020 | 10:10 pm

Wasted Wood Pallets

What happens next?   Wood chips?   Is it the product or the system, or just supply and demand or….?

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Posted on 5 June 2020 | 7:53 am

Shrink Wrapper Trial – all OK

Shrink Wrapper BC Trial

Posted on 30 May 2020 | 9:31 pm

Boise, Idaho, two steel pallets sent.

Two Bailey Pallet 48×40 samples air freighted to Boise Idaho USA.

 

Pallets Crated for Idaho

Posted on 23 May 2020 | 8:17 pm

Bailey Pallet article 10 years ago

MHD Article P1

Posted on 17 May 2020 | 9:44 pm

Steel Pallet (lightweight) prototypes in Hangar

Prototypes in Hangar

Posted on 17 May 2020 | 12:42 pm

A Test in China

CHINA TEST

Not so highly technical but quite effective.

Posted on 14 May 2020 | 5:14 am

Genie Grips – Anti Slip

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Posted on 8 May 2020 | 6:02 pm

Pallet Truck Works OK

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Posted on 5 May 2020 | 12:51 pm

Racked Steel Pallet

Racked Pallet 04

Notice the plastic pallet bending above.

Posted on 16 April 2020 | 1:27 pm

The Day Will Come

Skid pallet SPS

SPS skid pallet variant

The day of the economical lightweight steel pallet as an alternative to wood and plastic and expensive composites will come.

Rightly set up that day will come with virus like impact.

The Day Will Come.

steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

Posted on 29 February 2020 | 1:17 pm

TORO Metal Pallet – Gone

They came, they tried, they believed, they thought they knew, but they did not. 

The TORO metal pallet did not survive.  One wonders why….

Nor did some plastics.

 

TORO metal PALLET jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 8 February 2020 | 10:11 pm

RM2 International A.I.M. (L.S.E.) De-Listing 20th January 2020

RM2 International de listed (or traded until) from the A.I.M. Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange on 20th January 2020. 

Look at the company website for more information and a newer auction based alternative for investors. 

RM2 listed six years ago with a 4 way entry plastic pallet.  Shatter (a holder) said on the LSE share chat it was UKP300-400 million down  the the toilet.

Is a recovery likely?  So you want to start anew??? 

DO YOU GET THE POINT, OR NOT?

OR….

Posted on 4 February 2020 | 5:36 pm

SCRAPPED PALLETS

What to do?  Single trip.  Delivered under load, emptied and left.  No recycling.  Hardwood.  Industry source said six pallets equals one tree…….there are more, not just here but around the planet.

It is not the tip of an iceberg, more like the tip of Mt. Everest.

North America does have specialized re-cyclers, who collect, repair if necessary and resell.  But elsewhere???

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Posted on 3 February 2020 | 11:33 am

Brothers?

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Posted on 3 February 2020 | 9:51 am

Learning off others

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Posted on 3 February 2020 | 9:48 am

Truckload of new pallets

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Posted on 20 January 2020 | 1:38 pm

Fires

There is a slight post holdup and diversion with fires at the moment.  Too close for comfort.  Evacuated once so far.  Steel lightweight pallets do not combust in bush fires.

Posted on 9 January 2020 | 10:29 pm

Hundreds of Photographs

There are hundreds of photographs and images on the lightweight steel pallet that you have not seen including for example the use of a welded assembly method.

Posted on 16 December 2019 | 9:55 am

RM2 International & IGPS

 

It has been over five years since RM2 International listed on the LSE with a new trackable plastic pallet.  Five years and MILLIONS expended.  Today it is tottering on a brink, not necessarily the end, just a brink.  The history is public and available.  They had a chance years ago to run with the lightweight steel pallet as an alternative but declined.  Maybe it is just as well. 

Is it going the same way as IGPS U.S.A. (Intelligent Global Pooling Systems)?

Those who know, know.  Those who don’t, won’t, and likely never will. 

What is next after plastic that economically will fulfil the role of the pallet?

 

 

Posted on 9 August 2019 | 3:37 pm

Wonderful

Official.  Ethiopia plants 350,000,000 tree seedlings within one day.  Setting the example.  Good.

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Posted on 31 July 2019 | 7:03 pm

BEAUTIFUL WOOD

A public photo on the net.  Some of these trees from Africa took 500 years to grow.  I have seen this quality used for pallets.  Not so good.  Hardwood forests should be protected and the wildlife inhabitants.  What is left for pallets?  Fast growing pine!

Or something else.

 

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Posted on 14 June 2019 | 10:13 am

A wood pallet – a close look.

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Posted on 14 June 2019 | 10:03 am

A WASTED PALLET

The picture shows a deserted pallet (Australian style) after the load had been removed.  No one wanted it back.   What did it cost someone? That is buried in the logistics figures.  It is leaning against an electricity post, originally a tree trunk, so you can get a feel for how much tree went into that unwanted pallet.  Look closely, the wood is thick, hard and heavy.  Greenies – where are you?

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Posted on 31 May 2019 | 11:41 am

TROPICAL FOREST TREE LOSS 2018

Around 12 million hectares of forest in the world’s tropical regions were lost in 2018, equivalent to 30 football fields per minute.

While this represents a decline on 2016 and 2017, it is still the fourth highest rate of loss since records began in 2001.

Of particular concern is the continued destruction of what are termed primary forests.

An area of these older, untouched trees the size of Belgium was lost in 2018.

Global Forest Watch and BBC 25th April 2-2019  https://www.globalforestwatch.org/

Posted on 25 April 2019 | 9:13 pm

1 BILLION PALLETS PER YEAR

At least 1,000,000,000 pallets are produced NEW every year.  This is conservative.  It is likely 50% more than that.  According to industry estimates the smaller figure equates to 166,000,000 tress cut down for processing softwood and hardwood.  They have to be regrown.   Do you see an as yet unrecognized problem looming?

What about the greenhouse gas effect?   Wait till the “greenies” wake up to this and then government.

Plastic pallets are not a long lasting solution.  They originate from oil.

Lightweight steel?  This is another thing currently overlooked, but not for long.

PALLETS LEAD EDGE DAMAGE 007

No centre bearer

 

Posted on 23 April 2019 | 9:42 am

Pallet Business

April 2010 009.1

Posted on 1 April 2019 | 1:45 pm

INDIA PATENT

Whoops. not another one…..

India Patent-1

 

 

 

Posted on 30 March 2019 | 8:46 pm

Mexico Patent Granted

Some details deleted (hidden) but accessible.

A bit of history, just a little bit.  There is a lot more.

PATENT FOR MEXICO 001.1

Posted on 30 March 2019 | 5:24 pm

A Bit of History

    Too late now but a Re-start is always possible.

MHD Ad March April 2010 001.1

Posted on 30 March 2019 | 3:56 pm

Block Pallet Incapacitated

Pallet damage Harris Farm (2)

Posted on 30 March 2019 | 3:34 pm

Concrete block on pallet – why?

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Posted on 30 March 2019 | 3:21 pm

Here’s your block close up

A close up.  Notice the screw/nail fixings.DSCN2212

Posted on 30 March 2019 | 2:58 pm