DEVELOPMENT OF STACKING PATTERNS FOR HANDLING AND TRANSPORTATION UNITIZED SHIPMENTS OF FLORIDA CITRUS

Seven stacking patterns were developed for handling and transporting unit loads of Florida citrus shipped on pallets or slipsheets. Three patterns for the 4/5-bushel fiberboard box, three patterns for the bagmaster fiberboard box, and one pattern for an experimental bagmaster fiberboard box were designed. The payload for each pattern was computed on a per unit (one loaded pallet or slipsheet) and per truckload (18 units) basis. Of the seven patterns tested, the two tight-stacked patterns yielded the best payload and also offered the most efficient use of space for their respective boxes. The air-stacked pattern had a small advantage over the tight-stacked pattern because of its slightly faster cooling rate, but both patterns were found acceptable by the shippers for meeting the transport needs of the fruit. Research showed that the tight-stacked pattern had two advantages over the air-stacked pattern--greater stability and larger payload. With the acceptable cooling rate, these advantages make the tight-stacked pattern more practical than the other patterns.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Agricultural Research Service

    Transportation and Facilities Research Division
    Beltsville, MD  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Anthony Jr, J P
  • Publication Date: 1969-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00051874
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ARS 52-42 Intrm Rpt
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 25 1974 12:00AM