Newsletter

May 2012  / Issue #1

Pace Pallet Services has launched a new website

Our new website lists the many services that we provide to our clients. These include:

> custom design pallets, skids, crates, boxes
> reconditioned pallets
> special projects
> complete pallet management
> repairs & recycling
> timber packing & dunnage
> pallet collection
Go to www.pacepalletservices.com.au and email us with your comments.

Pace Pallet Services Contributes To Urban Sculpture.

A feature of the Vivid Sydney Festival 2012 in May will be an unusual public sculpture created by the renowned designer William Chan and with materials supplied by Pace Pallet Services. Palette of Urban Green is what William calls a “public art and energy-efficient light installation project” and it consists of six individual light sculptures made out of wooden pallets. These pallets are placed on top of each other and incrementally rotated to create towers that twist up to 5 metres in height.

The pallets have been manufactured by Pace Pallet Services which has a reputation for producing custom pallets, crates, boxes and skids for all manner of purposes. The company has created specialised timber crates for unusual cargo including motorbikes and for architecture including complex-curved steel cladding for the Australian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010…but this is the first time they have been involved in the arts. Chan says Palette of Urban Green is an adaptive re-use of waste products. The pallets used are created from FSC certified hardwood timber and emphasise the importance of sustainable building materials. He adds that Australia is the only country in the world that uses square pallets (1165 x 1165mm) and this unique local design is best suited for his sculpture because it allows for the symmetrical twisting form. Lights in each tower will interact and respond with visitors’ movement as they progress around the towers. Visitors are invited to wander and weave their way around each sculpture and run their hands over the textured grains of the timber pallets.

Palette of Urban Green showcases award-winning SenseIQ motion detector technology which triggers the internal lighting. This passive infra-red technology includes a soft-start module to create the ambient fading of movement. Chan graduated from the University of Sydney with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning’s Convocation Medal and during 2010 he was named as one of Australia’s top 100 ‘Brightest Young Minds’.

Pallet Management – Keeping Your Business Flowing.

Pallet management is a holistic service which helps our clients maintain streamlined delivery of their packaging services to their customers. We work closely with each client and by regularly reviewing and replenishing stock levels we help to ensure that proper quantities are always available when required. Weekly on-site audits provide up-to-date information on quantities and their condition. The combination of our Pallet Manufacture, Collection, Repair and Reconditioning services prevent companies from being in the position of experiencing costly delays or bottle necks due to an unexpected lack of pallets. At the same time, by being aware of future shipments and transport requirements, we contribute to significant cost savings by providing solutions such as pallet alternative and pallet recovery.

For a complete pallet design-manufacture-management solution contact us today on 02 9604 2700.

Pace Pallet Services On The World Stage.

The $61M Australian Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo was an impressive structure with a 50-metre high facade made up of thousands of curved panels of weathering steel. A total of 6,000 square metres of cladding was required. Bovis Lend Lease Projects Shanghai was handed a tight time frame of just 12 months to complete the project which meant that the speed and ease of construction were important considerations, as well as the task of removing the panels to ensure a smooth and rapid disassembly when the 184-day Expo was over. Pace Pallet Services had an integral role in helping to achieve this outcome. The steel panels were individually shaped and cut in Australia to form the overall structure with its curved walls and undulating roof line. They had to be shipped to China and quickly unloaded on-site in the correct sequence.

At Pace Pallet Services we worked on prototypes of a collapsible timber crate which was fully hinged for reuse for later projects in Australia for the Bluescope Facades division. It had to be strong to protect the product but also lightweight for transporting. One design was a complex hinged crate where all sides collapsed and nested into each other to enable easy transport and reuse. We ended up with an A-frame style platform with end protector panels. We supplied it as a flat pack sub-assembly. We were given an item list and product sizes and had to calculate the size of the crates and ensure that they could be driven into a container and stacked on top of each other. We assisted in calculating quantities and scheduling and also assisted in providing conventional crates for various items that were also required for the project. We even went to the extent of producing assembly instructions which detailed every screw position to ensure the strength and integrity of the final product. The crates were designed and manufactured on time, and the structure was fully cladded in just eight weeks.

 

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