Plastic pallet having deck suspension system
The top of a thermoplastic pallet (20) for transporting goods is comprised of a frame (24), which is mounted on columns (28) extending upwardly from a base (30). A subframe (66) is attached to brackets (68, 78) within the interior opening of the frame. The edges of corrugated metal deck (22) is attached to the subframe and spaced apart inwardly from the inner edge (72) of the frame. There are lengthwise spaces between the subframe and the bridge parts (25) of the frame, which bridges span the fork opening spaces (34) between the columns (28). When the bridges are horizontally impacted, they can deform elastically into the spaces without causing any damage to the deck. Preferably the bridges (25) comprise lengthwise impact absorber zones (26) for good compliance to horizontal impacts.
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Publication date: 11-14-2007
Applicant: ENGINEERING PALLET COMPANY LLC (US)
Inventor: MOORE ROY E JR (US); BROCHU RONALD P (US)
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