Astron manufacture plastic sheet products for improved materials handling. Our slip sheets are a lightweight, space saving, hygienic alternative to wooden pallets. The use of our slip sheets improve efficiencies in handling and transportation as they reduce freight cost per unit of product.
Astron slip sheets assist our clients in the following ways;
- Optimise available space to maximize shipping content
- Reduce environmental and carbon footprint
- Decrease the cost of freight by increase shipping volumes
- Remove the need for pallets in the logistics process – save space.
- 1235mm x 1155mm x 0.9mm thick – Standard Pallet
- 1080mm x 1280mm x 0.9mm thick
- 1130mm x 1300mm x 0.9mm thick
- 1295mm x 2300mm x 0.9mm thick – Double Dairy
- 1200mm X 1360mm x 0.9mm thick
- 1155mm x 1235mm x 0.9mm thick
- 1250mm x 1150mm x 0.9mm thick
How do they Work?
Astron’s recycled slip sheets are a load-base alternative to wooden and plastic pallets. Slip sheets are used in conjunction with a push-pull unit. This unit can be easily retrofitted to a standard forklift within minutes.
Product is stacked on the slip sheets exactly as on pallets. To on-load, the push-pull unit grips/clamps the edge of the loaded sheet and drags it onto a metal plate fixed to the fork-lift.
The push-pull unit has very flat ground level forks that are designed to go under the load. To off-load, the unit gently pushes the sheet and product, while the forklift backs away. This enables the loaded slip sheet to slide off in place.
Woolworths DC Looking to Improve Banana Handling and Ripening
Woolworths’ Distribution Centre (DC) in NSW handles over 2000 cases of Australian bananas every day. The company was keen to increase volume in their ripening room, achieve better loading efficiency and reduce unnecessary handling of perishable bananas.
Astron’s slip sheets were a solution that could cover off each of Woolworth’s objectives. An evaluation and trial lead to remarkable results that have been fully implemented.
The use of Astron’s slip sheets saved the equivalent of one person per day in manual labour (due to reduced manual handling) and increased volume by 12 cases per pallet are just two of the ways Astron slips sheets have made an extraordinary difference to Woolworths.
Multinational Discovers Unexpected Benefits in Slipsheets
One of our customers is a multinational food and agri-business with annual sales of more than $US3 billion.
This company was looking for ways to reduce freight costs AND reduce the number of manual labour hours involved in loading and unloading products.
Astron slip sheets delivered on both of these objectives. There were also a number of unexpected benefits, the most compelling one being an additional 15% product loaded per container.