Rotational molder Jeco Plastic Products LLC has created a product that enables companies to move bigger parts.
The Plainfield, Ind., company recently produced a one-piece, low density polyethylene pallet more than 9 feet long to help an undisclosed maker of over-the-road trailers move the large, flat, metal sheets it needs in its processes.
``The pallet was designed for the metal flow in the manufacturing process of a very large manufacturer. They had large sheets of metal [that] were also very delicate and had to be protected,'' said Kim Kensill, Jeco's vice president of sales, in a telephone interview.
Jeco produced the steel-reinforced, rotomolded pallet, measuring 117 inches by 54 inches, to allow forklift access from all sides.
``One of the reasons we were able to do it is because we have a [13-foot] oven,'' Kensill said.
Jeco fashioned the one-piece pallet to handle a 36,500-pound stationary load or a 24,500-pound dynamic load. The product has quarter-inch-thick walls and is made with 100 percent virgin resin and ultraviolet light stabilizers.
``It's the biggest single pallet we have made to date and it has created a little interest,'' Kensill said.
Jeco has a lot of experience with materials handling, Kensill said, and if it can help customers move larger amounts of material at one time, Jeco can help them reduce costs.
The company, which was founded in 1973, uses rotomolding and thermoforming to make a variety of plastic pallets and containers.
``We like to deal with material handling, but we are involved in almost every industry from bottled water to automotive. The one common thing is that someone has something they want to move,'' said Kensill.