Pallets are flat pieces of lumber to which companies strap their products. However, if not done properly, damage can occur to both the product and the pallet. To prevent this, you need to consider increasing and improving the structure. One way of accomplishing this is by using band grooved lumber.
When companies ship units of products, they secure them on pallets with straps or bands. In order to protect the products from potential damage from the straps, manufacturers employ banding grooved stock. Banding groove is the term used to describe dunnage with a groove. The groove runs down the entire length of the piece of lumber.
Shippers place the band grooved lumber at the base of the shipping goods. The metal or plastic strap helps create a stable environment by preventing the strapping from slipping or sliding off the dunnage/pallet. Such grooves also make it easier for the tines of forklifts to move. They accomplish this by introducing a certain level of clearance at the bottom of the shipping unit.
Companies produce a variety of band grooved dunnage. They come in diverse widths, thicknesses, and lengths. This allows them to restrain differently sized and shaped loads for shipping. Thickness of banded wood ranges varies from 1 ½ inch to 2 1/8 inches while common widths are from 3 inches to 3 1/2 inches. The choice of length depends upon the requirements of the customer.
Applications of Band Grooved Lumber
Banding grooved material is useful in a number of applications. It comes into play when companies are packaging and transporting such items as:
- Automotive Parts
- Industrial machinery and other equipment
- Panels: Wood, aluminum and other metal
- Pipe: This includes aluminum, poly, and steel
- Sheet Metal
- Siding: Aluminum and composite Siding
- Windows and Doors
These are but a few of the many products that arrive safely at their destination because of the use of band grooved lumber.