UNIT LOADS, PALLETS, DAMAGE TO GOODS - NOW AND IN THE FUTURE

ENHETSLASTER, PALLAR, GODSSKADOR - NU OCH I FRAMTIDEN

There is as yet no international standard for unit loads. It must be borne in mind that a load spends much longer in storage than in transit, and therefore a unit load must be designed not only in view of transport conditions. The most common unit loads are pallets and containers. There are now about 2 million containers in circulation in the world. Principal dimensions should remain unchanged, but changes occur due to developments. In Sweden, packages for all foodstuffs are based on standard pallet size. Apart from dimensional standards, there must be quality standards for pallets. They must have an adequate reserve of strength. Weight marking is desirable but impracticable. Estimated number of pallets in Sweden is 5 million, and average life is 2 1/2 months. This is far too short and too expensive. Damage to goods is increasing. They must be packaged to prevent damage, and insurers should be given a say in transport planning. Damage can be reduced by measures relating to packaging, handling, operating conditions and physical environment. 40% of damage occurs during handling and only 20% in transit between terminals. Packaging materials should be recycled. Packaging operators should be given training to prevent damage to goods. (TRRL)

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    Sveriges Verkstadsfoerening

    P.O. Box 5510
    S-114 85 Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Publication Date: 1979-9-19

Language

  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 43-48
  • Serial:
    • Verkstaederna
    • Volume: 75
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: Sveriges Verkstadsfoerening
    • ISSN: 0042-4056

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312028
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM