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Thermoset vs Plastic

Over the past several years, plastic pallets have been increasing in market share, helping many companies resolve costly issues with wood pallets. FIT Pallets strives to proliferate this trend and continue to improve upon benefits to the customer.

Conventional plastic pallets are made from thermoplastic resins. By definition, these pallets soften in elevated temperatures and creep or deform even at room temperature, under load. By contrast, thermoset resins undergo a chemical change as they are molded, which gives them both outstanding strength and creep resistance. The enhanced engineering properties garnered from the thermoset resin provide superior protection for your products.

Conventional plastics require toxic halogenated fire retardant chemicals to meet FM and UL fire requirements. FIT Pallets advanced material formulation meets the appropriate fire requirements without the addition of hazardous materials.

FIT Pallets are thermoset, which provides the following additional advantages:

  • Certified by FM for 4996
  • Maintains structural integrity in heavy weight bearing applications, even in unsupported racking environments
  • Maintains structural integrity in extreme temperatures, such as repeated steam sterilization
  • Will not bend or creep

A side benefit of our advanced material formulation is that it can only be used for recycling in the FIT Pallets manufacturing process. Consequently, FIT Pallets are unlikely to be stolen to be used in the thermoplastic recycling industry. Theft of the conventional plastic pallets for this purpose has evolved into a significant issue for pallet owners and law enforcement.

While conventional plastic pallets and FIT Pallets use oil based resins, the FIT Pallet uses about 80% less resin than conventional plastic pallets. The FIT Pallets not only preserves a valuable natural resource, it also provides isolation from higher pallet cost, based on rising oil prices.

FIT Pallets was created by Plastics Research Corporation (PRC) in order to bring this high strength thermoset composite technology to the pallet industry. Since the early 1970’s, PRC has had composite materials in the field successfully withstanding the most rugged conditions.