Recent News: BS 1133-8: Packaging Code revision October 2016. The UK Packaging Code - Wooden boxes, cases and crates, is one part of BS 1133 which is a very detailed standard that covers plastic, paperboard, steel and glass packing in depth. European standards (ENs) have not covered wood whether for small or large cases and crates simply because they are emphasising performance standards. The EN committee set up to produce a design document some years ago rapidly decided to cease any work at all when the complexity became apparent. The UK BS stands as the only design aid in Europe apart from well used commercial documents in France and Germany. Hence BS 1133 Section 8: 2011 Packaging Code continues to exist and be revised or amended from time to time as in recent months. A revision has been made by BSI on Section 8 on compression strengths of wood used in packing cases this year to keep it up to date and rectify errors in the 2011 issue. This document also serves as a reference document for pallets.Visit the News Page
Welcome to our website - PalletLink offers independent industry-leading advice on the technical aspects of pallets and packaging. We offer interpretation of test or performance requirements, we analyse failures, we comment on reasons for collapse, we solve problems in the field of pallets and packaging. We specialise in timber pallets, export packing cases and bulk agricultural box design and the application of BSI, European and ISO pallet and packaging standards.
PalletLink is funded by member subscriptions only. We do not carry advertising, rent, sell, or manufacture pallets or packaging. Our members rate the saving of their time as the main value of membership. Difficult technical questions asked by pallet users, pallet makers, unit-load exporters or warehouse operators, can waste considerable time, but not if you pass them to PalletLink. If you pass them to us you can continue uninterrupted with your sales, admin or production tasks and usually in well under a day you will receive a detailed e-mailed answer. Sometimes entering a keyword into the Quick-Search box above takes you well on the way or even brings up the answer (try it now, you dont have to be a member to search).
The authoritative, jargon-free technical answers that we give on enquiries involving collapse, safe loading, wood species, chemicals, moisture damage, sapstain, food tainting, environmental damage and product testing issues, are second to none. We are recognized as a trusted source by the largest wood pallet and packaging manufacturers and end users and for this reason we run the technical hotline service, not only for direct PalletLink members, but also for TIMCON and NAPD the two largest wood packaging manufacturers associations.
All members have use of a totally free private hotline email to us for technical problems in the wood, plastic and steel pallet and packaging field. With your members password the 200 datasheets on this website can be accessed 24/7. Friendly experienced staff in the office here handle enquiries and the vast majority of members' technical queries are dealt with under our free hotline service.
Examples of downloadable datasheets: (now 200 on this website): Moisure under shrink wrapping, CP1 to CP9 pallet specifications, Europallet use and specifications, German Düsseldorf half pallet specification, French Glass Bottle (VMF) pallet, NATO/MOD Wing Pallet, USA GMA grocery pallet, etc. Not just pallets - packaging datasheets are also available, eg. Avoiding decay in bulk potato storage boxes, Kitemark-Keymark-CE Mark v ISO 9000, Corrosive effects on unprotected steel in wood packing cases, UN approved transportation crates, etc,. You can use Quick-Search to locate a sheet/topic and download using your password.
To give potential members a better idea of what we cover, we have made a small selection of datasheets on the site freely downloadable - all titles in red are free - they are listed at the foot of each page, just click to download.
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