The heat is on at the Glendenning premises of Sydney-based pallet manufacturer and recycler, Enviro Pallets (NSW), with its heat-treatment module working 12 hours a day treating pallets marked for export.
All timber pallets used in the export of goods from Australia must comply with international standards for phytosanitary measures publication 15 (ISPM 15).
ISPM 15 is a measure developed by international plant protection convention (IPPC) that directly addresses the need to sanitise certain material used to ship products between countries.
It affects items like shipping pallets and requires that pallets be heat-treated or chemically fumigated, or made from alternative material, like paper (cardboard).
Enviro Pallets (NSW) has adopted the heat treatment method because it gives pallets has a much longer life-span than those which are chemically fumigated.
The pallets must be heated to a minimum core temperature of 56C for at least 30 minutes. Pallets treated under this method are branded with the initials HT and the IPPC logo.
Such has been the demand for heat-treated pallets, not only for Enviro Pallets-produced products but from outside manufacturers, the module staff normally put through three treatments per day.
Depending on how much stock is in the module, it sometimes takes several hours to get the heat up to 56C throughout the module.
Previously pallets marked for export were transported from Glendenning to a heat-treatment plant, unloaded from the truck to wait in queue to be in-turn loaded into a heat treatment facility.
The pallets are then finally treated, unloaded from the facility and loaded onto a truck and then taken to the client, a terrible waste of valuable manpower, time-consuming and all adding cost to the end product.
Enviro Pallets’ installation of the heat treatment module ensures that export quality pallets can be treated and delivered on the same day.