James Jones & Sons, one of the UK’s leading timber processors, has revealed a new venture it says will dramatically 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 point of entry on wooden pallets. The company says this means the pallets last longer, need far fewer repairs and stay in circulation for longer than conventional non-protected 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 much 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.