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Isolation Pallet Roll Stabilization

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249449D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 70K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an efficient and cost-effective method to prevent pallets from tipping during handling and shipping. The novel solution is to integrate the sway bar concept utilized in automobiles to prevent body roll in an isolation pallet.

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Isolation Pallet Roll Stabilization

A load attached to an isolation pallet compresses the isolation when the palleted load tips. This increases the tip angle of the load (relative to the pallet frame), which results in the center of gravity moving over the tipping point, causing the palleted load to fall onto one side. This is a significant safety concern.

To prevent the pallet from tipping during shipping and handling, the pallet must be made wider; however, wider pallets increase space required for shipping, which in turn increases packaging and shipping costs. An efficient and cost-effective method is needed to prevent pallets from tipping.

The novel solution is to integrate the sway bar concept utilized in automobiles to prevent body roll in an isolation pallet. The load and isolated portion of the pallet are similar to the body of an automobile and the supporting pallet frame is similar to an automobile's suspension. As the load begins to tip, the sway bar compensates for the tip by utilizing the stiffness and mass of the frame. This method supports a reduced pallet width and/or the transport of a larger, heavier load with the same sized pallet while maintaining a safe tip-over angle.

Figure: Example implementation; variations can include the number of sway bars, attachment points, size and shapes of the various components, etc.