Build your pallets as needed. It is an option that few companies consider, but as supply chains have suffered through pallet shortages and shocking price increases in recent times, many companies find themselves looking for fresh alternatives. One option worth considering, especially for companies requiring custom or large pallets, is to build your pallets with an easy-to-use Pneumatico nailing machine. Pneumatico machines allow a single operator to build custom and large pallets, offering quick changeovers, and featuring a compact footprint that means there will almost always be room for installation.
If you haven’t performed a “Make or Buy” analysis for your pallet needs, it just might be the time to perform one. Here are three reasons why building your own pallets with Pneumatico is a winning idea:
1 Build your pallets on short notice
Pallet companies have been very busy while suffering from challenges such as labor and freight availability. As a result, delivery timelines have become longer. A lack of pallets, when you need them, can result in shipping delays and a poor customer experience. No pallets and shipping delays can also mean that those products consume valuable warehouse space, requiring costly multiple handlings and increasing the likelihood of damage.
If your company requires shipping pallets on short notice, a move to build your own pallets just might be a better idea. One Pneumatico customer, a shower cabin manufacturer, relies on its PT-3300 to quickly build specialty shipping pallets as needed. Another short notice situation where Pneumatico works great is for storage companies receiving unique items requiring palletization so they can be expediently placed into storage racking systems. Pneumatico is also a perfect solution for producing GMA or europallets, for example, when they are needed immediately.
2 Cheaper to make than buy
As mentioned above, pallet buyers have seen historic prices increases as pallet producers manage high input prices and brisk demand. Price increases are especially relevant for buyers of large pallets and modest orders of custom pallets – the types of orders that are not particularly interesting to pallet producers which prefer longer runs on automated pallet nailing lines. And given labor availability, they are less interested in manual production than using their staff to run automated production. As a result, pallet prices are typically marked up to cover the inconvenience and opportunity costs of building your order.
By building your own pallets on a Pneumatico pallet machine, you avoid the pallet company markup. And if you have any underutilized labor hours due to the ebbs and flows of your business, they can be utilized for pallet building. Additionally, one Pneumatico customer, a furniture manufacturer, saves additional money by utilizing lumber residuals for pallet components. It is diverting solid waste and saving money by reducing the need to purchase wood for its pallets.
3 Custom pallets when you need them
Smaller orders of custom pallets can pose issues for pallet buyers similar to the sourcing of large pallets. They just aren’t that attractive to pallet companies, and they may not be interested in quoting, or if they do, pricing will reflect that inconvenience.
That’ is where Pneumatico shines. Pneumatico can be changed over in mere minutes to provide the stringer or block pallets you need – as well as standard pallets not typically available from U.S. pallet manufacturers such as europallets, CP pallets and more.
Given the current pallet buying environment, it might be well worth your while to undertake a pallet make or buy analysis. Pneumatico can enable you to make pallets cheaper, on short notice, and to the specifications you require. Watch our Youtube channel to see how simple pallets can be built with the right machine, and contact us today to help end your pallet supply problems.