Slip Sheet is an alternative load securement solution to Pallets which 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.
So what exactly are Slip Sheets?
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, 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 channelling 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 you to reuse them without having to transport them back or fear misplacing it 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 were Slip Sheets invented?
Tracing back to the mid-1940s, 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 was getting difficult to maintain and was unsanitary. Furthermore, the cost of the pallets was building up, which made them look for other alternatives. Moving forward to 1991, people discovered to different functionalities of the Slip Sheets through Micropolis, a computer company who revolutionised Slip Sheets by using it 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.
Advantages of Slip Sheets
- Compared to Slip Sheets, Pallets offers a high number of benefits which Pallets don’t.
- 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 cost. 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.
- Hygiene. Slip Sheets helps to keep warehouse cleaner by eliminating rodent and insect infestation due to its depth-free characteristics which prevent the housing of such pests. Furthermore, it can be discarded after each use, eliminating cross-contamination.
- Environmentally friendly. Slip Sheets are 100% reusable and recyclable, which makes it 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 which you should take note to ensure smooth loading and transportation of goods!
- Know the proper unit load for the product. Taking, for example, the specifications of your product before you can determine the suitable Slip Sheet
- The suitable Slip Sheet is based on the unit load, finding the ideal Slip Sheet would allow you to load, unload and transport your 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.
- Lastly, it would be to understand your receiver’s unloading and storage facilities, whether if they have equipment tool and storage place that are applicable for Slip Sheets.