26 February 2018
James Jones & Sons has revealed a new venture that, it says, will improve the quality, length of life, and environmental benefits of wooden pallets, and significantly reduce their whole life cost.
UPALL manufactures and fits robust protectors at the points of entry on wooden pallets. The protectors are based on the US pointGUARD invention, which UPALL has redesigned and developed for the European market.
Tests on the protectors at Virginia Tech show that they increase the lifespan of a wooden pallet by three times and potentially longer. This is because UPALL-protected pallets experience less damage with significantly fewer wood chippings and debris. This reduces downtime, equipment maintenance and housekeeping, and improves safety.
Gil Covey, chairman of UPALL, said: “The UPALL-protected pallet is a truly innovative and ground-breaking development in wooden pallets, which are critical to so many supply chains.
“Rigorous independent testing and trials show that this proprietary product brings remarkable increases to the lifespan of a pallet and reduces its cost significantly. Meanwhile, the considerable increase in service life gives significant environmental advantages over unprotected wooden pallets.”
The protectors can be supplied in corporate colours, with printed logos and other designs. The enhanced appearance of the pallets makes them suitable for display directly at the point of sale in retailers.