July-August 2015

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Citrus Schematic The growing appetite for summer citrus led to a marketplace adjusting to the ups and downs of U.S. agriculture. Now, thanks to continuing expansion of citrus exports from South Africa and South America, and to the pallets that transport them, citrus is enjoyed year-round, especially those seedless, easy to peel Clementines that we only saw in December. This pallet was designed to hold 180 boxes of Clementines, weighing 5 lbs. each for a total required load of 900 lbs. Top deckboard spacing was configured to properly support the corners of the boxes. The bottom deck was configured to minimize overall wood usage. A top sheet made of plywood was added to the unit load to protect the product, as the box design for Clementines is open on the top. This top sheet also allowed for the reduction of wood use in the bottom deck. Pallet Specifications: • 48x40 in. • Stringer-class, partial 4-way, reusable, new manufacture Lumber: • Top deck: Nine boards, 5 1/2 in. wide lead boards and 3 1/2 in interior boards, 1/2 in. thick • Bottom Deck: Three boards, 5 1/2 in. wide, 1/2 in. thick • Stringers: Three stringers, 3 1/2 in. high, 1 3/8 in. thick • Species: Medium Density Hardwoods (Species Class 3), standard grade and better, green moisture content Load Information: • Uniformly distributed flexible load, full pallet coverage. Custom load specifications added: Boxes, column stacked, vertical strapping • Max load for racked across the length (44 in. span): 1512 lbs. • Max load for racked across the width (36 in span): 1118 lbs. • Forklift support (42 in. long fork tines): 2366 lbs. • Max load carrying capacity for stacked 1 high: 3893 lbs. • Max load carrying capacity for stacked 3 high: 938 lbs. PC PalletCentral • July-August 2015 23

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