The Slip Sheet is an alternative Load Securement solution to Pallets that are unhygienic, expensive, and challenging to keep, handle and maintain due to the constant repairing and treatment required. Unlike Pallets, Slip Sheets are known to be far cheaper, lighter, and hygienic. In addition, it is also wood-free and 100% recyclable.
What are Slip Sheets?
A Slip Sheet is thin sheets used to load and unload goods. Made of paper or corrugated material, it is available in various specifications to meet the different needs. Similar to Pallets, the Slip Sheet functions by being placed under a load with the help of a special attachment on the forklift’s fork known as “Push-Pull”. These attachments can be attached to any forklift truck easily.
How Does it Work?
The Push-Pull functions by gripping and clamping onto the Slip Sheet firmly by the channeling and pulling the load with the Slip Sheet under them onto stable forks, moving it all to a container. This allows the Pallets to remain in the warehouse, enabling users to reuse them without having to transport them back or fear misplacing them in the process of transportation. Other attachments such as Modern Conveyor Systems and Rollerforks can also be used in place of the Push-Pull.
When was Slip Sheets Invented?
Tracing back to the mid-1940s, the Slip Sheet was first used for canned fruits, afraid that Pallets would take up too much storage space. As time progresses, the use of Slip Sheets became more frequent as people realised that Pallets were getting difficult to maintain and were unsanitary. Furthermore, the cost of the pallets was building up, which made them look for other alternatives. Moving forward to 1991, people discovered different functionalities of the Slip Sheets through Micropolis, a computer company that revolutionised Slip Sheets by using them in airfreight. This inspired many to do the same. Today, Slip Sheets can be used in various industries and applications from air, semis, sea to storge.
Compared to Slip Sheets, Pallets offers a high number of benefits that Pallets do not.
- Lower Purchasing Cost
Slip Sheets cost significantly lesser, and unlike pallets, Slip Sheets are cheap enough to be disposed of after each use, eliminating the need for repair, treatment or additional cost for recovery of misplaced pallets.
- Maximises Warehouse Space and Reduce Transportation Costs
Due to the slip and light nature of Slip Sheets, they take up lesser storage space than pallets, maximising the use of vertical storage space, allowing more goods to be loaded.
Slip Sheets help to keep the warehouse cleaner by eliminating rodent and insect infestation due to their depth-free characteristics which prevent the housing of such pests. Furthermore, it can be discarded after each use, eliminating cross-contamination.
Slip Sheets are 100% reusable and recyclable, which makes them a better alternative compared to wooden pallets that often end up in landfills when being disposed of.
Things to Take Note when Converting to Slip Sheets
Before converting to Slip Sheets, there are a few things that users should take note of to ensure smooth loading and transportation of goods.
- Know the proper unit load for the product; Taking, for example, the specifications of a product before determining the suitable Slip Sheet
- The suitable Slip Sheet is based on the unit load, finding the ideal Slip Sheet would allow users to load, unload, and transport goods safely
- Have the proper equipment available and ensure adequate training are in place
- Fully understand the functions of Slip Sheet and how it must match the material handling equipment used
- Understand the receiver’s unloading and storage facilities, whether if they have equipment tool and storage place that are applicable for Slip Sheets