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Pallet Observations

Manufacturers Save Money with New Shipping Pallets

Sr Admin - Monday, July 30, 2012

Manufacturers of new goods such as soft drinks, food, and other consumer and industrial goods are looking for ways to increase their profit margin,which leads them to look to cheaper shipping methods. Low cost pallets and logistics are investigated as cost cutting strategies, but it doesn't take long for manufacturers to learn that they have a lot riding on those pallets. How much is one pallet load worth? If a cheaper pallet is used and it breaks during transit, will the load be lost? Certainly it will negate any benefit that a lower cost pallet can provide.

New Wooden Pallets

We recommend wooden pallets that are custom designed for the product you are shipping. Re-used pallets are fine, if they were designed for the same product and load specs each time. Pallets made to your shipping specifications will exceed the strength demanded by the size and weight of the load and conditions.

At Dominion Pallet, we have been manufacturing high quality new wooden pallets for over 80 years. We use software supported by NWPCA and our sales team is highly trained in pallet and crate packaging design.

Get a Pallet Quote

Contact Dominion Pallet online or call 540-894-5401 for a free pallet quote. Keep your products moving and avoid losses due to shipping breakage when you have properly designed pallets the load.

Pallet Delivery

We deliver truckloads of pallets to locations in Virginia (Richmond, Manassas, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Winchester, Chantilly, Centreville, Springfield, Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Charolottesville, Staunton, Abingdon) and Maryland (Rockville, Clarksville, White Marsh, Bethesda, Baltimore). We also backhaul to mutually beneficial locations.

Half Pallets - Are They Trending?

Matt Yancey - Monday, May 21, 2012

Savings Found in Half Pallets

At the NWPCA meeting and Machine Expo in Richmond, VA this weekend, one topic I heard discussions about was the half pallet. It is half the size of a regular GMA pallet and can either be 48 X 20 or 24 X 40.  Shippers use them for smaller sized loads rather than using the full sized GMA. It saves shippers money, space and shipping weight. I have noticed them in grocery stores and big box stores where on display. If you are shipping smaller load sizes a half pallet may be a good solution for you.

Interested in half pallets for your shipping needs? Contact us online or call 540-894-5401.

East Coast Sawmill and Logging Expo

Sr Admin - Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Pallet Expo in Richmond VA

Owners and management of Dominion Pallet will attend the East Coast Sawmill and Logging Richmond Expo on May 18 and 19, 2012.  The Expo features machines from the wood and pallet industry and gives us a chance to see the new machines in action.  Manufacturers from all over the world come to Richmond for the bi-annual event to meet potential customers and showcase their equipment.  In conjunction with the event the NWPCA has meetings and events in Richmond which we will also attend.  We look forward to seeing the newest machines in the pallet industry and meeting with our pallet manufacturing colleagues!

Maybe we'll buy a new stacker at the Expo.  We got this one there, many years ago.

Heat Treating Pallets

Sr Admin - Friday, April 27, 2012

How Long Does it Take to Heat Treat Pallets?

We heat treat two to three loads of pallets a day in our kiln.  Loads take about two and a half hours to cook during the warmer months and up to four hours during the winter months.  Heat treating is done to kill any bugs that are in the pallets before they are shipped internationally.  Because of the extra step in the production process we ask for  a little more lead time when ordering heat treated pallets.

Wood Pallets Loaded into the Kiln

Information Needed to Order Pallets

Matt Yancey - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Our regular customers know the information we'll ask of them to design pallets that meet their shipping needs. However if you are new to ordering a shipment of wooden pallets, here are some of the questions we'll be asking when you call.

What Size Pallet?

For example 48 X 40. 48 represents the length, or runner length. The 40 represents the width, or the decking length. Remember that is just and example. We manufacturer wood pallets of all sizes.

Two way or four way pallet? 

Two way means the pallet's stringers will be solid, and four way means the stringers will have notches for forklift access from all four sides of the pallet.

How much weight will you put on this pallet?

This will determine the design of the pallet and the thickness of the boards.

Will the pallet be used for international shipping?

We recommend heat treating all pallets that are shipped overseas to prevent any hold ups in port.

There are other things that go into designing the perfect pallet for your load, but if you know those three things on your first call I am sure we can figure out the rest together.
 

A Pallet's Second Life

Sr Admin - Friday, February 17, 2012
pallet shelf
DIYers are repurposing wooden pallets to serve all sorts of creative functions.
Of course we love pallets, our name gives us away. Thanks to the social media site, “Pinterest”  we know how much other people like to use pallets in their everyday life. Apparently repurposed wooden pallets are used for shelves, art mediums, kitchen tables, coffee tables, bed frames, shoe racks, planters, and many other creative purposes. Some people leave them natural for a rustic look and some paint the pallets for a modern look.

At Dominion Pallet we sell mostly to product manufacturers. If you are a DIYer looking for a pallet for your next project, there may be some used pallets a warehouse or store will give or sell you on the cheap, but make sure you ask permission first. If the pallet is still in good condition, the store/manufacturer is likely going to use it for the product again, so don’t take it before they say it is OK.

We’re looking forward to seeing more creations inspired by wooden pallets!

Behind the Scenes at Dominion Pallet

Matt Yancey - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This video is of our M2L lumber stacker we purchased from the Pallet Machinery Group behind our Newman band saw.  We stack everything from half inch boards  to one 1.5 inch runners on the stacker which can stack up to 12 layers per minute. We have had this stacker for about 5 years and before that we had a similar M2L in the same spot. A different stacker from PMG is behind our notcher.

Lumber Stackers Keep Production of Wooden Pallets Moving Fast

These stackers help keep us rolling here at Dominion Pallet, bringing you high quality, wooden pallets for international or domestic shipping.

Heat Treat All Overseas Pallets

Matt Yancey - Tuesday, October 04, 2011
This morning I spoke with a potential customer who said he was shipping his product out of the country and needed to use heat treated pallets for the products going to China, but not to the rest of the countries to which he shipped.  I told him I thought it was a good idea to heat treat pallets going to any destination overseas.

Don’t Let your Shipment get Quarantined in Port

According to the NWPCA there are some countries that may be enforcing ISPM 15 (a regulation satisfied with heat treated pallets) that are not on the official, published list of countries.  The last thing a shipper wants is to have his product quarantined in port because his wood packaging does not have the ISPM 15 stamp on it.  Heat treating only costs about $1 extra per pallet and that is much less expensive than having a load quarantined.

ISPM 15 Compliance

For wood packaging to be ISPM 15 compliant "Wood packaging material should be heated in a schedule that achieves a minimum core temperature of 56ºC for a minimum of 30 minutes."  Pallets should also be marked with the IPPC stamp.  Below is a list of countries that are enrolled in the program.  

From the NWPCA website:


NWPCA Committee Meetings

Matt Yancey - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Washington D.C. September 20, 2011

Last week I traveled to Washington DC for NWPCA committee meetings in conjunction with Federal Legislative Fly In. At this event, NWPCA members come to Washington to lobby lawmakers and make them aware of issues affecting our industry. This year forty attendees came from all over the country to participate. For me the most exciting news of the meeting was that the newest version of Pallet Design System (PDS 5.0) will be available in late October 2011. 

PDS 5.0 Improvements

This new PDS is 3D and allows the user to design the unit load and pallet together.  Whether you are putting bags, pails, boxes or blocks on the pallet, we will be able to show you how the load fits on your pallet and the pallet's capabilities. This is different from versions past that only allowed for the user to design the pallet without the unit load on it.  PDS 5.0 will also design and analyze larger pallets than previous versions that only allowed for design, but no analysis.

At Dominion Pallet, we are excited to employ this new technology to create and deliver better pallets to you.