Anyone who uses pallets to store goods knows their biggest limitation: When they’re full, they’re difficult to move. When they need to be tipped or inverted, or when goods need to be switched from wooden to plastic pallets, it presents a big problem. Pallet why us have the strength to do the job easily and much more quickly than human labor could do, saving time, work and money.
One of the main uses for pallet inverters is easy retrieval of broken items on the bottom of the pallet. When bags of powdery substances such as cement are stacked on pallets, there is often some inevitable breakage of bags near the bottom. Without an inverter, this would mean unloading the entire pallet to get at one or two broken bags, then replacing all the unbroken bags on the pallet. A pallet inverter can flip the entire pallet, placing the broken bags on top and making them easy to reach.
Inverters are also used in food or pharmaceutical industries, where goods often need to be switched from wooden pallets to more hygienic plastic ones. A versatile pallet inverter can lift the contents of the pallet as a single mass and make the switch in one move.
Pallets are expensive, and if a business has invested in good ones, they are understandably reluctant to part with them. Shipping skids are cheaper and serve perfectly well for transport, so there’s no need to use high-quality pallets for that purpose. It makes sense to switch cargoes to shipping skids before sending them out, and a pallet inverter makes it quick and simple.
When shopping for a pallet inverter, customers will find quite a bit of variety. Inverters come in several sizes for different size loads. If none of the standard sizes are applicable, manufacturers will often make bespoke items for special functions.
Some inverters load flush at the floor, some load from a ramp and some can be used either way. Buyers should be sure to get a unit that loads correctly for their situation. Inverters have differing jaw and table sizes for various items, and customers should make certain they are getting the right size for their job.
Pallet inverters are made for specific types of load, and manufacturers will use phrases such as “suitable for all types of palletised load” or “specifically for steel/paper/board.” Buyers should heed these specifications. The makers know their products, and buying the wrong kind of inverter simply because it is cheaper would be a big mistake.