MANUFACTURING PROCESSES | ADVANTAGES OF PLASTIC PALLETS
Our experience in the transformation of plastics and parts productiondates back to1975 and our concern for the environment and sustainability has been an ever-present in our industrial work.
We make pallets, crates and boxes to be used in transport and storage which are 100% recycled and reusable, in addition to employing raw materials in our processes. That is why we process recycled plastics that allows us to obtain the basic manufacturing material. Ribawood can recycle its own pallets when they reach the end of their shelf life in order to prevent them polluting the environment.
Since we started manufacturing pallets, we have always pursued quality, professionalism and sustainability, while seeking highly advantageous pricing. At our pallet, container and box factory in Zaragoza, we produce high quality products which are sold around the world. We have a production capacity of 2.5 million pallets per year, making us the leading company in our sector in Spain. We work with world-renowned companies thanks to our versatile manufacturing processes, our ability to adapt and our high productivity, all of which allows us to design tailor-made responses to any need, customising the end product. We make pallets using low-pressure and high-pressure injection moulding, in addition to injection-compression technology.
Using different manufacturing processes, we produce plastic pallets, containers and crates which are 100% reusable and recycled. Ribawood is the leading company in its sector, the result of its vast production capacity.
Injection moulding consists of injecting a cast compound into a closed mould; the process can be performed under high or low pressure. This injection process can be modified to inject the cast plastic into a partly open mould, followed by compression of the mould; this gave rise to injection-compression technology.
For the low-pressure injection, our machines enable the cast material to undergo a nitrogen foaming process; the goal is to reduce the density and improve resistance and dimensional stability of the resulting part. These machines allow us to cast in high density areas via high-pressure nitrogen injection (structural mesh).
In 2005, we installed the first injection mould to manufacture storage solutions for logistics, i.e. pallets, containers and plastic crates. Polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are two of the most widely-used recycled compounds in this industry.
We have recently expanded our facilities to include:
– 3 x 1800 MT high-pressure lines.
– 1 x 1600 MT high-pressure line.
– 1 x 2,500 MT injection-compression line.
– 1 x 3,200 MT combined high-pressure /injection-compression line.
– 1 x 3000 MT line, with a 36-litre injection capacity.
– 1 x 825 MT line, with a 4,5-litre injection capacity.
These 11 major recycled plastics injection-moulding lines, which can achieve a production of 2.5 million pallets per year, have allowed us to become the leading plastic pallets manufacturer in Southern Europe.
High resistant pallets
For the low-pressure injection, our machines enable the cast material to undergo a nitrogen foaming process; the goal is to reduce its density and improve resistance and dimensional stability of the resulting part. These machines allow us to cast in high density areas via high-pressure nitrogen injection (structural mesh).
01. High-pressure injection
This is the most widely-used technology in the European plastics sector.
Ribawood has the following production resources:
– 1 x 825 MT line, with a 4.5-litre injection capacity.
– 3 x 1,800 MT lines, with 10.6 and 14.6-litre injection capacities.
– 1 x 3,000 MT line, with a 36-litre injection capacity.
– 1 x 3,200 MT line, with a 30-litre injection capacity.
02. Low-pressure injection
Ribawood uses this technology to produce products such as pooling pallets or containers.
This technology can include:
– Gas-assist injection moulding with structural mesh technology, for improved injection and hollowed sections to form.
– Gas-assist injection moulding with foaming technology, which allows low density products to be produced with increased dimensional stability.
– 3 x 500 MT lines, with a 2 x 39,7-litre injection capacity.
Perfect for injecting recycled and low-fluidity materials to obtain excellent impact resistance and high load (heavy duty) capacity.
– 1 x 2,500 MT line, with a 30-litre injection capacity.
– 1 x 3,200 MT line, with a 30-litre injection capacity.
Our experience in the transformation of plastics and parts production dates back to 1975 and our concern for the environment and sustainability has always been present in our industrial work.
We manufacture pallets, crates and boxes to be used in transport and storage which are 100% recyclable and reusable, while applying recycled raw plastic material in our processes, as this is used as our basic manufacturing material. Ribawood can recycle its own pallets when they reach the end of their life-circle in order to prevent them from polluting the environment.
Advantages of plastic pallets over wooden ones
The logistics sector finds itself at a crossroads: risk continued stagnation with the traditional wooden pallet or open itself up to the multitude of possibilities of the modern plastic pallet.
Just as more processes are becoming automated and greater emphasis is being placed on key ideas such as product traceability, safety and aesthetic image upon reaching the client, so the new, wide-ranging possibilities of plastic pallets showcase their superiority in many crucial respects.
They are lighter and neither their weight nor their volumeis affected by moisture, occupying far less space when stacked to return.
No anti-insect, bacteria or fungaltreatments are required nor do documents need to be presented at customs(NIMF-15). Speedy pressure or chemical cleaning.
They last much longer than a wooden pallet. They are more impact and intensive use-resistant. Can be repaired in sections.
More adaptable to automation and closed circuits. Can be used in any climate condition and resistant to most chemical products.
Guaranteed by way of bar codes or RFID
Reusable and 100% recyclable. Low weight means CO2 savings during transport.
By not shedding, splintering, or using nails, they are safer to handle and are rejected less often in automated lines, meaning better maintenance of the machines where they are used.
Better image and first impression for the client. Can be tailor-made using custom colours and silkscreen or thermal printing.
A greater initial investment balanced out with ongoing savings through a five-times-longer shelf life.
10. Residual value
The material is resold to be recycled at the end of its shelf life.