If I had a penny, (let’s say a Pound), for every time I am asked ‘what is the size of a standard pallet or stillage’, I would be a very wealthy man!
Although there are common sizes used in the manufacture of pallets and stillages, most companies offering these products will offer to manufacture storage containers to suit individual customer’s needs. However, individuals have their own ideas about what ‘standard’ pallet means. I will try now to give a little guidance about what we understand as ‘standard’.
In the UK there are no real ‘standards’ when it comes to sizing cage pallets, box pallets, post pallets and flat pallets. Individuals want steel stillages to suit their own specific needs. A steel stillage is three dimensional, i.e. width, depth and height.
Commonly these will be manufactured to suit trailer sizes in order to make best and most economical use of transport. In the UK, we tend to default to base dimensions of 1200mm x 1000mm, (this stemming from our old imperial 48” x 40”). It is this size that hauliers use to identify that a full size trailer will carry 26 pallet spaces.
Height is often determined by trailer capacity but as trailers vary tremendously in height, this is less quantifiable. It is safe to say that two 1200mm high stillages will fit within the height of most trailers.
In Europe, they have a slightly different idea when it comes to stillage sizing. The European default size tends to be 1200mm x 800mm. Two x 1200mm or three x 800mm will most economically fill the width of a standard trailer. The European Pallet Pool Stillage is nominally 1200mm x 800mm x 970mm high. Up to 96 of these rigid cages will fit within a Mega trailer. Or up to 270 Folding Euro Cage Pallets will fit on a Mega trailer.
Not all metal pallets and steel stillages are designed to go on vehicles. Many are designed to accommodate a specific product and vehicle economy may not be a factor.
At Avatan, we offer the best of both worlds. We have laid out our stall to offer both ‘Standard’ and ‘Bespoke’ Stillages. We carry stocks of European style Cage Pallets and Box Pallets, nominally 1200mm x 800mm, and most commonly 970mm high. We also carry stocks of CubiCages generally based on the UK pallet size of 1200mm x 1000mm.
We also design and manufacture metal pallet cages and steel box pallets and post pallets to order in any size and quantity. From as small as 600mm square upwards. I think the largest stillage we have manufactured in recent years is 5000mm x 1320mm x 1200mm high. Entirely achievable but it did present some logistical issues while handling it through the manufacturing process.
Entirely separate from this blog post, I will also cover the ‘standard’ size of timber pallets, and plastic pallets. I will also cover flat metal pallets manufactured from steel, stainless steel and aluminium.
In answer to the question, ‘ What is the size of a Stillage?’, the response fits another unanswerable question… ‘How long is a piece of String’?
Let us try to help you with answers to your specific questions, call Avatan Handling Equipment today.