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SteelPalletSystems

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

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

Canadian Patent Granted

Posted on 3 December 2020 | 7:11 pm

M.V. Norholt in Montreal

Bristol City Line

Posted on 2 December 2020 | 9:07 pm

Another USA Metal Pallet Project Failure.

This is over ten years ago. Failure? On functionality? Acceptability?
Or something else?
It just disappeared.

Posted on 30 November 2020 | 8:02 pm

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO SUCCEED?

I KNOW BUT NOT SAYING, YET, WIFM.

Posted on 27 November 2020 | 10:33 am

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.

MAYBE IT IS A SIGN – DON’T GO STEEL….. 🙂

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.

 

Photo deleted.

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

Lightweight Steel Pallet Alternative FAIL

YES, ANOTHER FAIL, CAN YOU SEE WHY IT WON’T (AND DID NOT) SUCCEED?

There are other reasons too…….

Pallet - light steel 10KG with 1230kg of Load - 1

Posted on 25 March 2019 | 11:15 am

A Racking Slide-In Wood Pallet

With the thicker bearers across the gap so taking the load.  But safe???

Vince pallet config.1

steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

Posted on 19 March 2019 | 3:40 pm

Canadian Patent Granted

Canadian Patent Granted 001

Posted on 19 March 2019 | 3:18 pm

A Bit of History

CILTA Award 001

The company has closed since then.  Apart from some recognition it didn’t help much.

 

Posted on 18 March 2019 | 3:06 pm

CONTACT? steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

Test with flat surface underneath 100_2187

A test using a flat composite wood plank on the underneath surface of a single sided pallet.

The other contact address (info@steelpalletsystems.com) is no longer valid, for now.  Sorry.

 

Posted on 14 March 2019 | 11:04 am

Names

Helpers and Industry Professionals Remembered favourably

Rob, James, Mat M, Norman, Colin D, Matt, Craig, Dave A, Jin Wei, Corey, Wolfgang, Jamie M, Eric, Fran, Greg T, Harvey G, Iain R, Robert L, Derek, John S, Greg B, Chris D.E., Sheila, Phillip S.

David S, Stuart, Gary G.M, John M, Matt P, Prof. Wu, Casey, Toma, Ian O, Jeremy A, Kevin, Len B,

Jonathan, Robert X, Michael L, Miles S, Xiaolei, Angela, Stuart B, Walter S, Tim A, John E, Keith, Paul H, Edward, Daniel W, Phillip P, Greg G, Matthew G, John N, Nick C, Justin C, Mr. Chew,

Tim M, Vanessa X, Jun Sun, Johann, Matt B, Joseph G, Mark A, Russ B, Paul B, Kees, Frank D, Rurik, Michael F, Yin, Keith, Oreste, Brett, Scott, Vishnu, Nicholas, Susanna, Peter F, Phil B, Colin,

Prof. Low, Richard L, Maggie, Rick L, Rob M, Sheila Y, Tony S, Shiqiang, Shi Kun, Peter, May, Hugh, Frank G.

Posted on 10 March 2019 | 11:12 am

Pallet lead edge wear

Some good, some bad, it’s a matter of time and good or bad handling.  Notice the cut timber size by the growth rings.   The newer and “softer”, the thicker, to compensate.

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Posted on 22 February 2019 | 2:50 pm

2-3 YEAR LIFE SPAN FOR WOOD PALLETS!!!

A major pallet rental company has publicly indicated that purchased wood pallets have an average life of TWO to THREE YEARS.  To be added to any purchase price is the cost of repairs, cannibalisation for replacement parts, disappearances and losses.

No doubt an experienced manager may add to this list of costs.

For companies locked into a purchased pallet operation this appears a negative reality.

Therefore substituting with durable lightweight galvanised steel pallets that are compatible in configuration and size to your industry, on a purchase or rental or operating lease situation, offers a strong long-term multi-advantaged solution.

For steel we are talking of LESS than 10c per day then a purchase for say $1 each at end of agreement period.  This seems impractical with wood – yes?

Note the colour is irrelevant.  Wood pallets can have any colour.  The damage is relevant.

Wood material deteriorates over time variable to exposure circumstances.

steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

 

Lead edge splinters

 

 

Posted on 17 February 2019 | 1:30 pm

Steel Pallet – Economical

In volume using galvanised slit coil steel, roll forming, steel sheet automated punching, bending and robotic fixing and assembly, this could less than USD50 ex factory and leasable or rentable down to a few cents per day.   Think tens and hundreds of thousands, millions.   It could be cheaper.   Volume counts.  It also depends on where it is made, quality standards and wages cost, and of course the pallet type.

This is for a quality pre galvanised material rivet fixed pallet to my design.  Cheaper steel can be used.  Welding is an option.  It depends on customer intentions.

Then add all the other benefits…….

steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

 

 

Posted on 7 February 2019 | 4:34 pm

NOT SELLING PALLETS UNLESS…

We are NOT selling pallets, unless required, DEFINITELY and seriously required, in high volume, and with a deposit, and from a pre-authorised procurement or purchasing manager or director.  In other words – with full corporate support.

Politics, indecision, internal lack of support, career perpetuation priorities, and creative solutions and ideas possible theft, have obstructed in the past.

So don’t waste your time.

Any sensible and serious business idea is open for discussion.

steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

Posted on 31 January 2019 | 10:11 pm

GREENHOUSE GAS ADVANTAGE

Greenhouse Gas Advantage (Steel Pallet)

How does a lightweight steel pallet compare against any plastic pallet on the Co2 carbon dioxide emissions factor?  (With acknowledgement)

A 25 Kg plastic pallet from anywhere costs about 150 Kg of greenhouse gas to produce because approximately 6 Kg of Co2  is produced to make 1 Kg of HDPE.  This does not include additional Co2 cost of any embedded steel.

It takes about 2.88 Kg of coal to produce 1 Kg of steel.  An equivalent lightweight steel pallet costs about 72 Kg of greenhouse gas, HALF that of plastic.  The steel in this case is less than 1mm thick.

Steel Wins.

DYO CHECKS.

steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

Posted on 25 January 2019 | 9:28 pm

ISPM 15 COMPLIANT

ISPM15 COMPLIANT ANYWHERE EVERYWHERE

 

The steel pallet is 101% ISPM15 compliant anywhere, everywhere.

No heat-treating, no fumigation, no hassles.  No extra costs in capital equipment, treatment, time or risk.

 

steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

Posted on 25 January 2019 | 9:20 pm

Steel Pallet Stain Resistance

Red meat, beer, red wine and motor oil have not stained the metal in tests.

Contact:  steelpalletsystems@gmail.com

Posted on 24 January 2019 | 6:31 pm

Steel Pallet Sizes

The size identifies the usage, the users, and the market.

Posted on 23 January 2019 | 4:25 pm

ENERGY COST STEEL VS 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 degreading 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 22 January 2019 | 12:16 pm

Wood Block Pallet Endurance

It took four months to go from one to the other.

Posted on 10 January 2019 | 5:07 pm

PALLET REPAIR STATS

This public information a bit belated and indicates the volume of necessary wood pallet repairs at just ONE DEPOT (there are more) in one country.  It amounts to over 10,000,000 pallet repairs per year.

CHEP has opened as new £4.6m pallet repair facility near Bristol. The pallet and container pooling leader’s service centre is on an eight-acre site on the new Central Park development and replaces its nearby service centre in Avonmouth.

The new facility can process about 100,000 pallets a week and is manned by 95 full-time employees working across a three shift pattern for a 24-hour, seven-day operation. Processing throughput will reach peaks of 1,200 pallets per hour.

THAT IS OVER 10 MILLION A YEAR AT ONE SITE.  WHAT IS THE PALLET POPULATION?

NO DOUBT MORE AUTOMATION IS ADDED TODAY SO REDUCED COST.

HOW MANY REPAIR DEPOTS ARE THERE?  WHAT IS THE COST?  HOW MANY REPAIRS ARE MADE AS OPPOSED TO PALLETS PROCESSED AND CHECKED? WHAT PERCENTAGE OF REPAIR TYPES APPLIES?  LEAD EDGES WOULD BE HIGHEST.  DYOR

 

Posted on 16 December 2018 | 5:30 pm

27,481 lbs CHEP TEST 2005

Yes, the edge rack support (creep) test showed the load at failure was 27,481 lbs using a vintex air bag to distribute the load over the full pallet area supported on “I” beams each side.  I remember one person in authority saying the air bag burst.

That is near enough 12.5 tonne, much more than sufficient and with a large safety factor.

The steel material was less than 1mm thick.

BUT IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE THAT STRONG.   MOST LOADS ARE UNDER 800KG.

Posted on 16 December 2018 | 1:08 pm

Steel Pallet Systems – THE NAME

This business name, company name, protected website name steelpalletsystems.com and descriptive name was thought of, created and originated by this writer thirteen years ago (2005).  Since then others have adopted the name and description steel pallet systems (including in China) because they realize there IS something to it.   We have no connection with JNI Pallet Systems who have despite a complaint entered “steel pallet system” to their Google page.

They have nothing to do with us even though “nearby”.  They are NOT on the same page and never will be.  They do not understand the significance behind the name’s origin and do not comply with it in practice.  To them it just sounds good, and it is.

None of their range of products is compatible with ours.  This will be obvious to anyone checking up in detail.

This is no negative reflection on their business and products.

This is for readers clarity.

Posted on 15 December 2018 | 10:32 pm

A FAILED COPY – HOW NOT TO DO IT.

Yes in Malaysia.  A good looking duplicate and a COPY.  But they got it wrong.  They did not ask.  THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN JUST APPEARANCE.

The lower picture shows 6000kg of bagged cement being carried by a fork lift on one lightweight steel pallet at the bottom during a 100% successful testing sequence.

How Not to Do It

6000KG on fork lift 1

 

Posted on 12 December 2018 | 10:02 pm