More Pallet Inverter Information
Buy or Rent A Palomat from £40 a week
We are very proud of our status of being a major distributor of the Palomat pallet dispenser (also called a pallet stacker). We have them on rent through out the country and have also sold many over the years. What our clients don't always realise is that it is possible to rent or buy a Palomat pallet stacker from us for as little as £40 a week. Give us a call and we'll talk you through it.
Buy, Rent, Lease Or Try A Machine - Call Us Today
Long or short term rental is available on our standard range of machines. A proportion of payments can be offset against later purchase if required.
We can also arrange a 2 week trial of a machine at your factory or arrange for you to see a machine working here at our factory of at an existing customer’s site.
You can also lease a machine from us. Ring for details.
Premier Pallet Systems Ltd. are the world's leading specialist in pallet-to-pallet transfer equipment.
Our policy has always been to encourage customers to trial the equipment before purchase or where it is not possible, to visit an existing client. We want you to be 100% happy with the inverter we supply you. We always have machines available for rental, either short or long term and we are entirely flexible about converting this to lease or straight purchase later.
We Ship Across The UK And To Every Continent.
We are very proud to be able to offer our Pallet Inverters to every continent. We can arrange shipping to every part of the globe and also can often provide you with a local knowledgeable agent in your country to assist you.
Who Uses Our Pallet Inverters
Broadly speaking you could say that any company who handles their product on pallets has a potential need for a Pallet Inverter.
Generally, customers can be broken down into 4 categories, one of these being to recover broken pallets or damaged goods at the bottom of a stack. It is fair to say that almost every inverter ever sold has at some time been used to give quick access to the bottom of the stack; many of them for only that purpose. Good housekeeping and better presentation to customers are two good reasons to have a pallet transfer device available at short notice when product starts to spill.
The biggest users of inverters are undoubtedly food and pharmaceutical companies who need to switch incoming goods from wooden to hygienic pallets for use in production areas. This principally applies to factories who manufacture products with a wide range of ingredients e.g. biscuits, cakes, snack foods, ready meals, health foods etc. Often the packaging material as well as the foodstuffs have to be transferred.
Hygiene is becoming increasingly critical and it is now out of the question for a wood pallet which could harbour any amount of chemicals or contamination from previous uses, to be allowed into a clean zone.
Any company that runs a high-bay warehouse or coldstore will be aware of the dangers of racking a broken or unstable pallet. Therefore, inverters are also used to guard against sub-standard pallets entering the system where they can cause delays or accidents.
The same hygiene and safety-conscious companies who employ an inverter on the incoming side of their operation may also use one for outgoing goods too.
Pharmaceutical products in particular are often palletised on plastic or other top quality skids in the factory but are switched to cheaper expendable pallets for distribution. A pallet transfer device gives the option to put goods on to the most suitable type of unit for distribution immediately prior to shipping. A producer may not know the destination of the goods at time of production, but now has the flexibility to transfer them to the most suitable pallet for the market concerned.
The fourth category of pallet inverter user is the company who simply needs to turn something through 180 degrees. There are many examples:
1. Printers who need to print on both sides of the sheet of paper.
2. Producers of laminated product such as MDF board.
3. Cheese producers during the maturation process.
4. Vineyards will allow the cork to expand in the neck of the bottles then turn them through 180 degrees for long term storage.
5. Concrete sections can be inverted to remove the steel mould.
6. Bananas are turned after ripening for better presentation in the supermarket.
Just when we think we have heard every reason for 180 degree inversion, our customers will come up with one more.
History Of The Pallet Inverter
The concept of pallet to pallet transfer has been around almost as long as pallets themselves.
The earliest models were usually referred to as load tippers or tipplers and were invariably put together in local workshops. 180 degree inverter attachments on forklift trucks were also developed early on, with Cascade's Turnaload being among the first commercially available inverters on the market. Attempts were made to mount these attachments onto fixed 'A' frames with very mixed results.
The earliest applications were with agriculture-based industries such as chemical fertiliser and animal feeds. The turnaloads were used to invert stacks of bagged goods through180 degrees. This was to recover damaged sacks and to switch loads to customer pallets.
The first recognizable free-standing pallet inverter was developed in Norfolk in around 1976. It was built using the hydraulics salvaged from a dustcart! The concept proved very popular with ICI Fertilisers who bought at least 60 rotators for their distribution stores and factories throughout the country. The use of the machines cut their pallet losses enormously and helped to contain spillages in the warehouse.
It soon became apparent that the inverter could handle loads other than bagged product. The next wave of users were in the general warehousing and distribution field transferring tinned goods from white to Chep rental pallets. The market continued to grow with all the early machines loading at a raised height by forklift truck.
Many coldstores were among the first companies to take up the idea. Broken or poor quality wood pallets present a significant danger if they are put away in the racking system. Frost on the steel racking has led to a number of serious accidents usually triggered by a damaged pallet.
The inverters were sited off the edge of the loading dock so they could be accessed by the same powered pallet trucks which emptied the freezer trailers. Clearly a better solution would be a pallet changer which had a floor-level loading table. Hence the pallet retriever was designed to tip the load on its side and slide the load away by gravity enabling pallet exchange. Where the original pallet inverters were designed with a 2000 kgs capacity, the retriever was rarely required to handle over one tonne.
Not all loads reacted well to being rested on their side while the pallet was exchanged so the next aim was 180 degree inversion whilst still loading by pallet truck at floor-level. Therefore, the next advance was a floor-to-floor style inverter working on a principle rather similar to a see-saw. This machine had a limited loading capacity and although it worked perfectly well in practice, it occupied a lot of space and was difficult to relocate.
The ideal solution was a free-standing inverter which loaded and unloaded from the front but which could be accessed by pallet truck. Hence, in the early eighties, the dual clamp style of machine, such a Premier Pallet Systems' FS DC model, have come into prominence. This is now recognizably the most versatile pallet transfer system on the market. It can be designed to handle heavy weights and a wide variety of load heights.
Premier perfected this design further with their FDL model which has enclosed working parts and was aimed specifically at the food and pharmaceutical industries. In recent years, these operations have provided the key market for inverter suppliers.
With increased hygiene standards has come the requirement to eliminate wooden pallets from production areas. From the late eighties, the move was heavily towards plastic pallets which were easier to keep clean. We have reached the point now where perhaps 40% to 45% of the pallet inverters in use are employed to switch food and pharmaceutical ingredients from wood to plastic.
One further development was required to perfect the concept of pallet inversion. With most machines it was still necessary to remove the recovered pallets manually. Premier's Pallet Changer takes things one stage further by loading at floor level, tipping the product on its side, then re-presenting the pallet back to the floor for removal. The cost of this system is relatively high in comparison to the still-popular simple FLT loaded models. However, it is an indication of the importance of the pallet inverter in most warehouses now, that it is a price many companies are prepared to pay.