Coating benefit for redesigned pallets

Plastics giant BASF has undertaken a project to redesign the humble pallet. Working with Dutch start-up Ahrma Holding, it is coating a robust hybrid pallets made from medium density fibreboard (MDF) and plastic using its Elastocoat C spray system.

The result is that the PU coating improves the resistance and durability of the pallets and can now be sprayed on directly in continuous, automated spraying units. The MDF pallets sealed with Elastocoat C are around 25% lighter than traditional pallets, are lifed at 10 years and also use a wifi enabled connected comprehensive track and trace system.

Using the transponder that is integrated in the pallets, the company is able to record not just the position and movement of the pallets, their ambient temperature, load and any impact or dropping.

CEO of Ahrma Holding, Erik de Bokx, said: “There have not been any innovations in the pallet industry for more than fifty years. Our solution is to lease reusable smart pallets on attractive terms.

“The Elastocoat C PU spray system from BASF contributes to this by enabling continuous and rapid coating in an automated process.”

Justin Cunningham

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