The primary goal of pallet-less handling is basically to replace wooden pallets with slip sheets, which are more affordable, thinner, lighter, and environmentally friendly.
The products are laid out on the slip sheet, which is comprised of HDPE (High-Density Polypropylene) or reinforced kraft liner. The push-pull is a specialised attachment that can be quickly fitted to any forklift truck and is used to push or pull the slip sheet.
Top Industries also provide slip sheet forklift to various material handling industries these days.
Slip sheet forklift attachments
You often require a special forklift attachment for making use of slip sheets. There are two principal choices:
The product and slip sheet are both pulled onto platens, which are broad, thin forks made specifically for use with slip sheets, by this attachment, which firmly grabs the slip sheet.
- Roller forks
With many sets of rollers running the length of your forks, roller forks make it possible to slide beneath slip sheets rather than pulling them with a clamp.
Other items that don’t rely on such slip sheets can also be handled with roller forks.
As these slip sheets are quite inexpensive and also consume very little storage space, hence they are turning out to be a very popular choice in many different industries.
How does the plastic slip sheet work?
For applications involving push-pull equipment, plastic slip sheets offer a cost-effective material handling option. This mechanism enables the flat PE sheet to be moved by putting it under a unitized load.
The product can remain stationary because the top surface of the sheet has a higher coefficient of friction (COF). The unitized load can move easily because the bottom surface, often referred to as the slip region, has a significantly lower COF than the top surface.
Slip sheets versus pallets
Slip sheets offer several benefits as compared to traditional pallets:
- Unit Cost
Slip sheets are a highly affordable option because they usually cost less than $1.00 each, in contrast to pallets that can cost $10 or more.
- Storage density
Pallets take up racking space in a warehouse because they are several inches tall. Pallets can be removed to make room in a warehouse for a sizable quantity of new items.
- Transportation cost
More goods can be loaded onto a certain trailer without the size or weight of pallets, eliminating the need to transfer the additional weight of pallets.
- Labour cost reduction
Slip sheets are much simpler to pick up and move throughout a facility, and they may be easily disposed of.
They are more environmentally friendly than using wood goods because most slip sheets are made of highly recyclable paper or cardboard.
Slip sheets generally work better for uniform commodities than mixed pallets of various carton sizes, shapes, and weights.
In high-volume settings where most or all cargoes can be packed on slip sheets and also the return on forklift attachment expenditure can be justified easily as they make the most sense.
There are YouTube videos available to show the working of slip sheets used by Top Industries.