i-pallets, Inc. has been named a finalist in two categories of Aluminum’s Rising Star of the Year (company) and Best Product Innovation for Metal Bulletin’s Awards for Aluminium Excellence. Winners will be announced live at the awards ceremony taking place on September 18th 2013 in Geneva during MB’s International Aluminium Conference award ceremony.
“It is a great honor to be named a finalist since they received over fifty nominations in each category,’ says Mary Pat Freeman, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for i-pallets . “We also pleased that our products are enhancing product hygiene, demonstrating overall cost-savings, and helping clients achieve Go-Green, eco-friendly initiatives. We are looking forward to attending the International Conference.”
Over the course of the last 15 months, i-pallets, Inc., has introduced 5 new pallet designs globally, each one in the process of becoming patented. i-pallets, Inc. isn’t just putting a new spin on a product that has been around for a while, it is revolutionizing the industry by providing new patented pallet designs that incorporate new design elements specifically configured to make pallets more hygienic and more functional for clients. Their new designs eliminate bacteria harbor points by reducing welds, and adding design features like edges, handling holes, removable corners and/or new leg configurations to make each pallet design more versatile and functional for a client. i-pallets eliminate fire risk, decrease health risk for consumers, is superior to any existing wood or plastic pallet and meets all current FDA and international shipping requirements.
One of the keys to their current success is their client approach. The company offers customized solutions to the customers by offering no-cost design services whereby they visit a client’s facility and working with them to cooperatively develop a design for their specific needs.
The patented top deck is custom designed with a solid plate top deck and strategically-placed laser cut holes to minimize weld breakage while keeping the product light-weight and easy to clean. There are no hollow extruded tubes or fasteners, or welds, on top that can harbor bacteria. It is engineered out of 11 gauge aluminum so is more durable than wood, plastic, or extruded aluminum products. It won’t crack or break under low temperatures, will have no distortion or breakage with air temperatures of 110-120 degrees C, and is 100% recyclable with substantial residual value. The company offers a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty, and additionally, some of their models have RFID for product traceability.
i-Pallets reports that one of its current clients was spending $18,000 per year replacing wood pallets and have determined that converting to aluminum will cost-justify in 3.2 years and with continued use of the pallets for the remaining life of the warranty will result in a overall savings of $119,700.00 – just for one pallet use and one facility. They are now looking at how aluminum will affect all of their 37 distribution locations.