Pallets

AMC Consolidated first product was pallets. These slabs that carry products are produced in the industrial area of Phoenix Arizona, but our product can be shipped internationally. We produce pallets that meet our customers’ high standards and shipment regulations.

Pallets have played a vital role in shipment of products since the early 1920s. This development changed the way products were shipped from production to consumer. Wood pallets provide a smooth surface, even weight distribution, and vertical stacking reducing transportation costs and storage. The greatest advantage was the time to load and unload product in regards to shipping. Creating pallets has specific regulations, needs, and purposes.

Producing pallets requires an understanding of what is the purpose of pallets and where they are going to be shipped. There are several types of pallets produced:

  • Stinger Pallet: A frame of three or four parallel pieces of timber
  • Block Pallet: Utilize both parallel and perpendicular stringers

Pallets can be manufactured under the following names and products:

  • New Pallet: Made from new green lumber
  • Reclaimed Pallet: produced from reclaimed lumber
  • Recycled Pallet: Recondition (used, refurbished) re-manufactured (made from reclaimed lumber), hybrid (combination of new and reclaimed lumber)
  • Grocery Manufactured Pallet: most common type of recycled pallet measuring 48”
  • Soft Wood: this is the cheapest product, but it is usually good for one use and only lift able by the forklift on two sides.
  • Hardwood: This is a more durable and can carry various weights that can be noted by color-coding the pallets.

Construction wood pallets can depend on the use of the pallet:

  • General
  • FDA
  • Storage
  • Chemical
  • Export; the expected load weight
  • Type of wood desired:
    • Recycled
    • Hard
    • Soft
    • Kiln dried
    •  Combo (new & recycle);
  • Type of fasteners to hold the pallet together
    • Staples
    • Nails

Types of wood used to create pallets vary in regions in the United States. Northern regions contain the least amount of wood and are mostly hardwood lumber. Southern and Western regions pallets are made mainly from softwoods. Western pallets use the most wood in production.

The reasons for the differences in regions are:

  • Wood available in the region
  • Industries needing shipment
  • Distance that products are being shipped

AMC Consolidated currently uses KD-HT green Douglas fir, SPF-spruce pine fir, and some hardwoods. This provides a strong pallet that can meet your shipping needs and regulations.

Pallets need to be maintained and follow regulations set by: The following organization requires heat-treating and kilning dry pallets, European Union (EU), American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC), and National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA).

Treating the wood pallets or skids eliminates the following insects and pest groups:

  • Anobiidae
  • Bostrichidae
  • Buprestidae
  • Cerambycidae
  • Curculionidae
  • Isoptera
  • Lyctidae
  • Oedemeridae
  • Scolytidae
  • Siricidae
  • Bursaphelenchus Xylophilus

When purchasing or receiving your pallets internationally look for the stamp that ensures your pallets meet the ISMP 15 requirements for treating pests and any certifications from organizations like, ALSC to ensure you are meeting all standards. To keep costs low and ensure pallets are meeting standards ask the pallet company if they are treating their pallets on site.

Here a few items you need to consider when placing a pallet order.

  • Pallet delivery address.
  • How will the pallets be unloaded: Dock or Ground (Flatbed or Van Trailer)
  • What is the minimum quantity per order for this size pallet?
  • How often is this quantity ordered?
  • Pallet type requested: NewRecycled Or Either
  • Approximate Maximum Total Weight to be placed on pallet.
  • If you have a special service request: export or pallet disposal needs.
  • AMC has the capabilities to heat treat and kiln dry pallets, processes necessary to prepare pallets for international use.
  • Kiln drying and heat-treating are the most environmentally safe methods used in the treatment of wood pallets.

If you do not know your exact pallet specs answer these questions:

If you do know your pallet specifications, these questions may be optional

  • Pallet Jackable: Yes or No
  • Minimum Thickness of Deckboards.
  • Maximum Spacing Between Top Deckboards.
  • If 48″ by 40″ Reconditioned 4-way, Specify Grade: (1 or A, 2 or B, 3 or C)
  • Will Pallet be used in Racking System? Yes or No
  • Describe Products to be placed on Pallets.
  • Will Pallets Containing Product be Double or Triple Stacked? Yes or No

AMC Consolidated creates, heat treats, repairs, and buys used pallets. We are knowledge and experienced. Please contact us or call 602-233-9800 for further assistance.

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Wood Pallets Provide Great Use, Reuse, and Protection

Heat Treating Pallets

AMC Consolidated provides pallets that meet or exceed industry standards for shipment and storing of products. AMC Consolidated wood pallets are made with uses KD-HT green Douglas fir, SPF-spruce pine fir, and some hardwoods. This allows for AMC Consolidated pallet to be:

  •      Bio Degradable
  •      Affordable
  •      Reusable
  •      Durable
  •      Heat Treated according to the ISPM 15
  •      Recyclable
  •      Do not require chemicals for production

Reduce, reuse, and recycle are important factors in keeping the earth cleaner. AMC Consolidated pallets being biodegradable and reusable allows for our pallets to be earth friendly and a sustainable product. Wood pallets reuse can include:

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Biodegradability of AMC Consolidated pallets provides a product that can be, “broken down in a reasonable amount of time.”  The ability to remain a green company is a priority for AMC Consolidated.

We have taken the time to ensure that our pallets are meeting the ISBM standards and our customers’ needs. Our pallets are created with the process of sustainability incorporated. We heat-treat our pallets according to ISMP 15, we produce our pallets for the ability to be reused, biodegradable, and reduced.

AMC Consolidated produces high quality pallets meeting local and international regulations. We are the only local pallet yard that heat-treats their pallets for shipment. We have sent pallets worldwide and look forward to assisting your company with your material handling needs. Please contact Ed or call 602-233-9800 for further assistance.

The Value of The Environment at AMC Consolidated

Reduce Reuse Recyclle AMC Consolidated is proud that we heat-treat our pallets. What is the process of heat-treatment? Why is it such an important factor of pallet distribution? In 2002, members of a UN convention developed publication 15 of The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM): this has set regulations to help prevent the spread of diseases and pests. Some of the most common insects that have caused harm through pallet shipment are:

These bugs are responsible for the depletion of many trees, and likely aided with untreated wooden packaging materials. All wood-based products that are imported or exported other countries must be fumigated with Methyl Bromide, or they must be heat-treated. Chemical treatment can be detrimental to our health and the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a health hazard for the following side effects:

  • Short-term inhalation may severely injure lungs
  • Long-term inhalation can lead to neurological damage ( both humans & animals)
  • May cause cardiac arrest
  • Corrosive to skin
  • Corrosive to eyes
  • Contributes to the destruction of the ozone in the upper atmosphere

Chemical treatment is not practiced at AMC Consolidated. We protecting our employees, the environment, and consumers is a high priority at AMC. Heat-treatment on the other hand is a safe alternative to the toxic process. The heat treatment process consists of subjecting pallets to a constant temperature at least 140f thirty minutes. The high temperature and longevity the wood must withstand these. Ensuring that any insects or diseases potentially inhabiting our pallets are killed off. The heat-treating process is an uncomplicated one, for it requires only a few basic steps.

  1. Pallets are debarked.
  2. Pallets are placed in a heat-chamber (like you would place cookies in an oven).
  3. Pallets receive a stamp that certify they have complied with ISPM guidelines.

Heat Treatment Pallets ISPM 15 It is important to ensure that all pallets are free from diseases and insects; however, this precaution should not come at the cost of endangering the environment through chemical exposure. Heat-treatment is an environmentally and people-friendly process. AMC Consolidated is the only local company that has an on-site kiln to heat-treat for our pallets. Our process includes “kiln” is a process of drying in order to prevent the wood from mold and mildew. Kiln-drying is the extra step taken to guarantee safe, and good quality wood pallets. AMC Consolidated provides onsite heat-treating pallets for international shipments, Peco Pallets, a place to purchase older pallets, as well as a site for pallet production. We have the knowledge and expertise to meet your product shipping needs. We can assist with any of your questions regarding pallets. Please contact us or call 602-233-9800 for further assistance.