The Slip Sheet is an alternative load securement solution to Pallets that are unhygienic, expensive, 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. Besides, it is also wood-free and 100% recyclable.
What are Slip Sheets?
Slip Sheets are thin sheets used to load and unload goods. Made of paper or corrugated material, they are available in various specifications to meet different needs. Like Pallets, Slip Sheets function 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.
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 progressed, Slip Sheets’ use 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 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.
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 transporting 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.
Compared to Slip Sheets, Pallets offers a high number of benefits that Pallets do not.
- Lower Purchasing Cost – Unlike pallets, Slip Sheets are cheap enough to be disposed of after each use, eliminating the need for repair, treatment or additional cost to recover 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 and allowing more goods to be loaded
- Hygiene – Slip Sheets helps keep the warehouse cleaner by eliminating rodent and insect infestation due to their depth-free characteristics, which prevent the housing of such pests. It can also be discarded after each use, eliminating cross-contamination
- Environmentally-Friendly – Slip Sheets are 100% reusable and recyclable, making them a better alternative than wooden pallets that often end up in landfills when disposed of
Things to Take Note of when Converting to Slip Sheets
Before converting to Slip Sheets, there are a few things that one should take note of to ensure smooth loading and transportation of goods.
- Know the proper unit load for the product – For example, taking 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 their goods safely.
- Have the proper equipment available and ensure adequate training are in place
- Fully understand the functions of the Slip Sheet and how it must match the material handling equipment used
- Understand the receiver’s unloading and storage facilities, whether they have equipment tool and storage place applicable for Slip Sheets