|Chemical pallets come in nine different sizes and were originally developed for use by the European Chemical and Plastics Industries to harmonize industry standards. Today chemical pallets are used in many industries and can serve as a good substitute for euro pallets because they have an exchange value in Europe at their “end of life” the supply chain.|
Chemical pallets, known by their abbreviations as “CP-Pallets” are designated CP-1, CP-2, CP-3, CP-4, CP-5, CP-6, CP-7, CP-8 and CP-9.
|The chemical pallet (CP) was created by the APME, Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe, for use by the European chemical industry. There are 9 CP pallet designs. The most common CPs we generate in North America are as follows, listed in order of most common to least common: CP-3, CP-1, CP-2, CP-6, CP-9, and CP-8.|
Chemical companies usually move their products in four primary types of packaging: drums -- both steel and other, supersacks, boxes, and bags. The pallet they choose is usually a function of the type of initial packaging they use, i.e. a "drum pallet" is usually between 44" x 44" and 48" x 48" and fully reversible because four drums will nicely fit on that footprint. CP pallets also generally correspond to a certain type of packaging and a certain type of handling such as racked vs. floor stacked, and single stacked vs. multiple loaded units stacked atop each other. Below are some generalities about each of the CP sizes.
CP-3 and CP-9:
Primarily used for drums and supersacks. CP-3 is the lighter-duty, non-perimeter bottom good for floor stacking, one or two units high. CP-9 is the heavier-duty, perimeter bottom good for floor stacking multiple loaded units high and for racking. The perimeter bottom prevents damage to the lower units by more evenly distributing the load.
CP-1 and CP-6:
These pallets are primarily used with sacks and boxes. As with the CP-3 and the CP-9, the primary difference is the perimeter bottom. The CP-1 is used with lighter loads. The CP-6 is more appropriate for floor stacking multiple loaded units and for racking. The perimeter bottom prevents damage to the lower units by more evenly distributing the load.
This pallet is used solely for supersacks. It is dedicated to particular material handling equipment that allows a supersack to be placed on the pallet upside down, with the nozzle extended from which the material from the supersack can be poured.
This pallet type was designed to be a EUR Pallet replacement. This pallet is sometimes used in place of a EUR pallet.