Pallets are an essential component of the supply chain and logistics industry. In this episode of The Pallet Plug Podcast, hosts Corey and Kyle delve into the grading process of pallets. They discuss the various grades of pallets, determining what is fixable and what is not, and the equipment required for sorting and repairing pallets.
Kyle and Cory start by discussing the different grades of pallets. There are typically three grades of pallets. Brand New, A, and B grade pallets. However, adhering to the GMA guidelines for grading can be confusing. The hosts mention that they follow the seven-method rule, where if a pallet needs more than seven repairs, it is considered a strip pallet. The seven repairs can refer to top boards, runners, and missing boards. Broken pallets can also be classified as B grades, depending on how much effort is put into repairing them.
Grading pallets can vary depending on customers' preferences as well. Some customers may accept a board missing from the bottom, while others may require all boards to be intact. Knowing what customers want is important, and it helps in your sorting process. Different companies may have a need for varying grades of pallets, based on they products they are shipping
They then discuss the characteristics of an A grade pallet. A grade pallets have no broken runners, missing boards, or broken boards. Everything is held down properly, and the gaps are not too wide. The hosts mention that they usually keep a gap of a fist width, which ensures that the pallets can support the weight of the products on them.
They then discuss the various types of new pallets. AAA grade pallets are fresh off the press and are usually heat-treated. These pallets can also be heat-treated.
B-grade pallets are pallets that need repairs, but the repairs can be done quickly, making them good enough for use. C-grade pallets are strip pallets and are considered unsalvageable. The hosts mention that it is crucial to know the differences between each pallet grade so that one can determine the cost of the pallets when removing them from businesses.
They also discuss the equipment required for sorting and grading pallets. This equipment includes a pallet jack, which helps move pallets around, a pallet crowbar, which helps break down pallets quickly, and a nail gun, which helps in repairing pallets. They also mention the importance of having a good workspace to sort pallets effectively. Some other helpful tools to help in the process are pallet dismantlers, sawzalls, and circular saws.
Finally, they touch on the importance of having a process for sorting and repairing pallets. Having a process helps save time and money, and it ensures that pallets are graded correctly. They also mention that it is essential to train employees on how to grade pallets correctly.
In conclusion, this on grading pallets offers a wealth of information for anyone involved in the supply chain and logistics industry. With valuable insights into the grading process, the various grades of pallets, the equipment required, and the importance of having a process for sorting and repairing pallets. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who wants to learn more about the logistics industry and pallets.