Pallet Racking and Stacking Safety

Smithers Pira is a leading testing facility providing independent evaluation of pallets and stillages. With over 50 years of experience, Smithers Pira offers a complete testing service from benchmarking to bespoke test programmes which include distribution testing of a returnable packaging system.

By using recognised standards in a controlled environment, repeatable testing is employed to:

  • Assess the safety of product for double stacking
  • Evaluate the suitability of loaded pallets for pyramid stacking
  • Confirm the performance of the product when placed on racking
  • Evaluate changes made

The testing turnaround at Smithers Pira depends on the scope of the work.  However, we work closely with our clients to meet their deadlines.

Standards

Internationally recognised and accepted test methods are used to assess a sample's ability to safely carry a load when stacked and/or racked in a warehouse. These provide qualification testing for a range of wood, metal, plastic, paper and corrugated fibreboard products.

ISO 13194: 2009 - Box pallets -- Principal requirements and test methods

ISO 8611-1: 2011 - Pallets for materials handling. Flat pallets. Test methods

ISO 8611-2: 2011 - Pallets for materials handling. Flat pallets. Performance requirements and selection of tests

ISO 8611-3: 2011 - Pallets for materials handling. Flat pallets. Maximum working loads

ASTM D4169-16 (2016) - Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems

ISTA 3E (2018) - Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems

Testing Capabilities

Our comprehensive testing facilities enable us to offer a wide range of standard tests which we can combine to create custom testing programmes to simulate real life storage.

  • Compression
  • Pallet racking, stacking and forklift testing

Accreditation

Our laboratory is ISTA certified and UKAS accredited.