Pallet Slip Sheets
Ever find Pallets expensive, unhygienic, or often needed to be repaired or treated, making them very difficult to keep, handle and maintain? Say goodbye to Pallet and introduce an alternative, the Slip Sheet! Like Pallets, Slip Sheets are used in materials handling for utilising space. However, compared to Pallets, Slip Sheets, on the other hand, are far cheaper, lighter, hygienic, wood-free, and 100% recyclable.
What are Slip Sheets?
Slip Sheets are thin sheets used to load or unload goods made of paper or corrugated materials, which come in various specifications to meet different needs. Similarly, Slip Sheets are placed under a load, and with the help of the forklift’s fork, it is being pushed or pulled by a special attachment such as the “Push-Pull,” which can be easily attached to any forklift truck.
The Push-Pull grips and clamps onto the Slip Sheet tightly by the channelling, and by pulling the load with the Slip Sheet under them onto stable forks, it moves it all to a container. This allows the Pallets to remain at the warehouse, allowing you to reuse them without transporting them back or fearing misplacing them in transportation. Of course, other attachments, such as the Rollerforks and Modern Conveyor Systems, can also be used in place of the Push-Pull!
Tracing back to the mid-1940s, Slip Sheets were first used for canned fruits. Afraid that pallets would take up too much storage space as they had a significant depth, people opted for Slip Sheets to reduce storage costs. As time progressed, Slip Sheets’ use became more common as people realised that not only were Pallets challenging to maintain and unsanitary, the cost of Pallets was building up, which made them make the switch.
Moving forward to 1991, people discovered the many practical uses of Slip Sheets through the act of a computer company, Micropolis. Micropolis revolutionised Slip Sheets by using the application in airfreight which inspired many others to do the same. Today, Slip Sheets can be seen in various industries and applications, from semis, air, and sea to storage.
In comparison with Pallets, Slip Sheets offer a significant number of advantages that Pallets don’t.
- Lower Purchasing Cost – Purchasing Slip Sheets cost significantly lesser, and unlike pallets, Slip Sheets are cheap enough to be disposed of after each use, and most importantly, it doesn’t need to be tracked or repaired. Slip Sheets eliminate the need to track your wooden pallets and argue with customers over disappearing pallets or even paying to return and repair used pallets, leading to more cost and spending.
- Maximises Warehouse Space – Due to the slim nature of Slip Sheets, Slip Sheets take up significantly lesser storage space than pallets. Slip Sheets help maximise vertical space use, allowing more loads to be placed and stacked.
- Lower Transportation Cost – With their light-weighted design, Slip Sheets can reduce storage space, allowing more goods to be loaded, which in turn helps to reduce transportation costs dramatically.
- Hygiene – Slip Sheets help to keep the warehouse cleaner by eliminating rodent and insect infestation. As pallets often prove home to such pests due to their depth, Slip Sheets, on the other hand, are depth free, which reduces the likelihood of pest infestation. Furthermore, since Slip Sheets can be discarded after each use, it eliminates cross-contamination from other warehouses or previous users.
- Environmentally-Friendly – Slip Sheets are 100% reusable and recyclable, making them a better alternative than wooden pallets that often end up in landfills when disposed of.
Before converting to Slip Sheets, you should note a few points to ensure smooth loading and transportation of goods.
- Know the Proper Unit Load for the Product – For example, taking the specifications of the product before determining the suitable Slip Sheet
- Suitable Slip Sheet – The suitable Slip Sheet is based on the unit load. Finding the ideal Slip Sheet would allow users to load, unload, and transport goods safely.
- Have the proper equipment available and ensure adequate training is in place
- Fully understand the functions of the Slip Sheet and how it must match the material handling equipment used.
- Lastly, it would be to understand the receiver’s unloading and storage facilities and whether they have equipment, tools and storage places applicable for Slip Sheets.
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- Reduces the cost of materials, freight, labour, repair, storage, and disposal
- Environmentally friendly, wood-free, hygienic, and 100% recyclable
- Compatible with standard forklifts outfitted with Push-Pull attachments, roller forks, and modern conveyor systems
- Ideal for both domestic and international shippers
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