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What Is The True Value Of Small Footprint Pallets?

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by Avatan

When it comes to the large scale movement and transportation of goods – generally speaking, bigger is better. Yet, this isn’t always the case – there are occasions when specially designed small footprint pallets can be a much better choice for factories and retail sales floors. The particular benefits of small footprint pallets are still relatively unknown, because they’re still emerging as a crucial industry tool. For the movement of goods, it often goes without saying that a larger footprint equates to greater efficiency – the bigger your pallets and stillages, the more product you can move at one time. If you have the right infrastructure in place to support large footprint pallets, this can be the most efficient system.

The question is – are there any real benefits to reducing the size of your pallet footprint? These days, the industry cannot really afford to ignore warnings about the environment. With the price of fuel constantly on the rise and the government looking to penalise businesses that don’t adhere to increasingly strict green targets, it’s about time that the commercial transportation industry started to think about reducing its environmental impact. The smaller and lighter the pallets, the less fuel will be needed to transport them – plus, the packaging materials needed to protect and secure them will also be significantly decreased. Here are just a few of the reasons why small footprint pallets can be a valuable benefit to your company.

Commercial Or Domestic – a lot of companies use small footprint pallets, because they’re much easier to transport and handle – especially when it comes to the final customer. If you’re not dealing with enterprises or corporations, there’s really no need to use large scale equipment. In fact, it’s probably more of a detriment to your customers than anything else. If pallets are being delivered to domestic addresses, they need to be small enough to fit through domestic sized doors and spaces, or having been left on the vehicle following delivery are a hindrance to drivers attempting to deliver subsequent deliveries.

Utilise The Space – obviously, pallets and stillages can be very bulky things. If you’ve got multiple large footprint pallets on a trailer, you may find it difficult to fully utilise the space. With small footprint pallets, this may lessen the problem – they can be slipped in the partial pallet positions left on a trailer. There might not be enough room for additional standard footprint pallets, but you’ll save money if you can slip in a few little ones. It’s all about efficiency, remember?

A Wider Range – for those who manage warehouses or retail floors, there’s nothing more important than product logistics. The placement of your merchandise is vital, especially if you want to make sure that trained pickers can locate and identify specific products as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you want to maximise shelf space, it is sometimes necessary to increase the number of products displayed on one length of aisle. In order to do this, you might need to utilise pallets with a smaller footprint.

A Smaller Shipment – last but not least, it isn’t always necessary to use a large footprint pallet for shipments. When smaller items or small quantities of smaller items are despatched, there’s no need to use larger equipment than needed – if you do, you’re only losing out on space, time and efficiency.

When it comes to the large scale movement and transportation of goods, there is nothing more important than effective pallet management. Whilst it’s true that pallets play a basic role in the chain of supply and demand – they are ever present and absolutely vital. In order to fully maximise their value, we need to change the way that we think about them and the ways in which we use them. Without pallets, very few supply chains can function effectively – yet, they can also pose some unique supply chain problems. If your company is going to be successful, it needs to take these four factors into account – associated costs, safety, ease of use and environmental impact. In the interests of small footprint pallets, environmental impact is the most important.

The issues surrounding green transportation are only going to grow in significance for the industry. Fortunately, it is getting easier and easier all of the time to make eco-friendly choices. For example, companies can now choose to invest in reusable plastic pallets, as opposed to the less green timber alternatives. When a timber pallet breaks, it is usually burnt – its lifespan is short, because it hasn’t been designed for extensive use. You could say the same thing about plastic pallets, except for the fact that they last a lot longer and they can be fully recycled when they eventually do break down. A plastic pallet, though strong, is also much lighter than a timber one – this means that it needs less fuel to be moved and transported. And then of course, there are steel, aluminium and stainless steel. Although not indestructible, their life expectancy is massively longer than timber and plastic options. Unlike plastic pallets, steel pallets may be manufactured economically and easily in bespoke smaller footprint sizes and in any quantity, without necessity for expensive tooling but do weigh more than plastic or aluminium pallet options. For further efficiencies, pallets may also be hired rather than purchased, maintaining cash flow flexibility for future growth and prosperity.


Pallets for food processors

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by Avatan

It has always been one of Avatan’s main aims to supply high quality storage equipment for all areas of industry. Food and Pharmaceutical industries are no different and we work hard to ensure that our product range includes aluminium and stainless steel pallets, designed and manufactured to order, to suit individual customer requirements.

It is always our intention to supply aluminium and stainless steel pallets to best suit each customer. If a client wants something out of the ordinary, we will endeavour to supply it. There may be good reasons for most to adhere to a standard size product, for example 1200mm x 1000mm, in common with the usual British pallet size but we do appreciate this does not necessarily suit everyone. A little larger or a little smaller, the manufacturing process is the same and we are all too happy to consider making our products to best suit each customer.

Although aluminium suits most food processors, especially as the cost is reasonably economical, others require the significantly more costly option made from stainless steel. We tend to find that processors with salty environments prefer stainless steel and we have great success in supplying stainless steel pallets to fishing and offshore industries. Chemical and Power Generation industries also often opt for the improved corrosion resistant properties of stainless steel.

Both aluminium and stainless steel pallets may be manufactured with a planked, easily cleaned design but may also be supplied with a flat sheeted top. A lip may be added reducing the likelihood that the pallet contents can slide off the surface. Similarly pallets can be designed with sides, changing the pallet from and ordinary flat pallet into a Stackable Stillage. The pictured pallet is a Stackable Pallet recently designed for a well known manufacturer of preserves, where they wished to make better use of headroom when storing crushable plastic buckets of processed fruit.

If you have unusual needs, let us apply our experience to your particular storage conundrum. Please call Avatan or email through our contact and enquiries pages.


Be Prepared for Seasonal Peaks

Posted on: August 2nd, 2013 by Avatan

We may well have just experience the hottest August day since 2003 but do bear in mind that Christmas is around the corner. Being prepared for Seasonal Peaks requires warehousing managers to plan ahead and ensure adequate provision is available for the build up of stocks ready for the December and January retail peaks.

At Avatan Handling Equipment, we carry rental stocks of stillages and roll containers. Our rental fleet of Cage Pallets, Postracks and Roll Containers, stored in our Taplow and Stevenage storage yards are available for long or short term hire.

Euro 91 Cage Pallets are ideal for rental purposes as they are fully collapsible and may be economically and efficiently transported throughout the UK. These versatile cage pallets, with sheeted steel base and mesh sides, fold flat for empty storage and transportation but may be re-assembled within seconds ready for use. Stackable four units high and fitted with a half drop gate on one long side, these cages may be used for storage or distribution purposes. Hypacages are also available for this purpose.

Avatan also offer two styles of demountable Postrack. The first being rectangular and ideal as an alternative to conventional pallet racking in that they will safely carry 1200mm x 1000mm 1350mm high palletised loads. Unlike conventional pallet racking however, the Postrack may be block stacked to make best use of limited space. The second Postrack is squarer and offers an excellent means for storing rolls of materials or underlay. It lends itself to carrying longer lengths of extruded products and again may be safely and securely stacked, unstacked, dismantled and stored.

Roll containers are also like proverbial gold dust in the pre-Christmas build up. Avatan offer four sided mesh security roll containers, also for sale or hire.

Avatan invite Warehouse Managers to plan ahead and not to leave planning their peak until it is upon them. Wanting things ‘Yesterday’ tends to leave buyers disappointed. If you do expect to need storage equipment over the months running up to Christmas and the January Sales, please call Avatan today.


Avatan – Bringing Out the Versatility of Pallets

Posted on: October 8th, 2010 by Avatan

There’s no doubt at all that pallets serve a tremendously useful and highly versatile purpose within warehousing, storage and the transportation of goods. However, it’s very easy for small and medium businesses to overlook the fact that pallets can be even more versatile than is currently thought. Companies such as ours are able to provide a wide range of types of pallets, which can help in the storage of goods.

For example, pallets with solid walls provide a much more effective solution for delicate or small items. Some pallets with solid walls have one wall which can be opened to allow access even when pallets are stacked. Mesh sided pallets provide strength and convenience, whilst also allowing products to be seen clearly when pallets are stacked. Look at the range of pallets available with us


Low cost Half Euro Hypacages

Posted on: September 8th, 2010 by Avatan

Avatan is currently carrying extensive stocks of used cage pallets including nearly 500 low cost half euro hypacages. These used stackable and collapsible cage pallets have two thirds drop gates on one long side. Formed from rod, the cages have all four sides hinged to the base of the cage making sure the cage remains complete. These small but effective storage cages are currently available from


Lifting Stillages By Crane

Posted on: August 12th, 2010 by Avatan

More and more we are being asked to supply cages for building sites where the requirement is to lift laden stillages from ground level up many floors to working areas. The steel crane lift stillage needs to be strong and secure. Risks need to be eliminated and design must overcome any possibility of contents falling from the cage while being lifted.

A recent site where space was at a premium demanded that the crane lift stillages should be rolled onto the trailer and upon arrival at the site would be lifted off only by crane. Site safety procedures demanded that operatives should be able to secure the crane hooks to the cage from ground level without getting on the trailer. This required special hinged lifting eyes welded to the base of the cages. These would lay flat against the cage but would be easily accessible from ground level. More commonly, lifting eyes are bolted or welded to the top of the structure.

Crane Lift Stillages manufactured by Avatan Handling Equipment are sent for independent assessment to load test and certificate each unit individually. The cages will be lift tested for double the load they are intended to carry and a certificate is issued for each stillage.

The unit pictured is mounted on castors but these are optional. Instead, the stillages may be fitted with conventional pallet feet for stacking purposes.

If you have any need to lift stillages by crane, give Avatan a call to discuss your own special needs or have a look at the wide range of other steel pallets and stillages at www.avatan.co.uk


Making a Difference in Storage with Plastic Pallet

Posted on: July 13th, 2010 by Avatan

Fed up with your wooden pallets splintering and your steel pallets scratching and becoming rusty? That’s why we offer our range of industrial standard plastic pallets. The plastic pallet is robust and available in various strengths and some are suitable for storage within pallet racking. They are


Plastic Containers – Commonly Overlooked Issues to Consider

Posted on: May 26th, 2010 by Avatan

Isn’t it easy to assume that plastic containers are all alike, and that ordering plastic containers for your business involves little more than choosing the size and quantity? However, there’s a great deal more to choosing plastic containers, and if you make the wrong choice when ordering them you could find you’re facing problems ahead.

One of the perennial problems facing many small and medium sized businesses is storage space. Often floor space is a premium, and choosing the right plastic containers to begin with can make a great deal of difference.

For example, stackable plastic containers maximise the floor space you have whilst nesting plastic containers take up very little room when not being used. Plastic containers with mesh sides allow viewing of the contents when stacked, all of which add up to a range of choices worth considering before you order the next set of plastic containers. For more information, visit https://www.avatan.co.uk.”


Plastic Containers

Posted on: May 5th, 2010 by Avatan

Isn’t it easy to assume that plastic containers are all alike, and that ordering plastic containers for your business involves little more than choosing the size and quantity? However, there’s a great deal more to choosing plastic containers, and if you make the wrong choice when ordering them you could find you’re facing problems ahead.

One of the perennial problems facing many small and medium sized businesses is storage space. Often floor space is a premium, and choosing the right plastic containers to begin with can make a great deal of difference.

For example, stackable plastic containers maximise the floor space you have whilst nesting plastic containers take up very little room when not being used. Plastic containers with mesh sides allow viewing of the contents when stacked, all of which add up to a range of choices worth considering before you order the next set of plastic containers. For more information, visit https://www.avatan.co.uk.


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