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Innovative Composite Pallet Gains Strength and Durability from Pultruded Bayer Polyurethanes

28 October 2014

RM2 states it has developed a composite pallet that resolves many of the issues the material handling industry faces related to traditional wooden pallets.

According to RM2 the BLOCKPal pallet is pultruded from polyurethane resin from Bayer MaterialScience. Specially designed for use in pultrusion, Bayer’s Baydur PUL 2500 resin is a two-component polyurethane system that offers excellent composite properties, including superior elongation to failure characteristics, greater shear strength and higher impact resistance.

The company explains that unlike pallets made from wood, RM2 testing of the BLOCKPal pallet indicates it is not subject to contamination from bacteria or insects, or splintering caused by rough or repeated handling. Based on its findings, RM2 claims that BLOCKPal pallets may be up to 20 times more durable than wooden pallets.

“Our innovation in materials and design enables our innovation in economics,” explained Niall Carson, Business Development, RM2. “Because our composite pallets are significantly more durable, we can provide significant economic benefits to our customer base.”

According to Carson, RM2’s out-of-the-box approach relates not only to the pallet material but also to the pallet supply chain: instead of incurring the cost of purchasing and replacing pallets outright, customers lease the pallets from RM2.

“We’re changing the way our customers look at pallets – from a consumable to an asset that can generate significant accretive profit margin,” said Carson.

In addition to supplying the custom polyurethane resin system, RM2 states Bayer also provided pultrusion tooling and process support, part design recommendations, material enhancements and on-site process support. “RM2 is really shaking up the material handling industry with its improved pallet design and innovative business model,” said Paul Platte, Market Manager, Polyurethane Composites, Bayer MaterialScience. “These composite pallets are just the latest illustration of how pultruded polyurethane is delivering significant value to diverse industries.”

RM2 states BLOCKPal pallets are available in standard footprints, as well as in customised sizes for specialised applications. The pallets have been independently tested by leading institutions and, according to RM2, have been shown regularly to outperform comparable products and industry standards. For instance, results following fire testing show the composite pallet pass UL 2335.