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.
A Slip Sheet is a thin sheet 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before converting to Slip Sheets, there are a few things that users should take note of to ensure smooth loading and transportation of goods.