Pallet inverters are usually used on their own and utilize a rotating frame to transfer pallets or stack them in a warehouse, or move them to a shipping container. They are controlled hydraulically by an operator who drives a device similar to a forklift.
The use of pallet inverters gets rid of the process of moving the products from one pallet to another or to stack pallets by hand. One of the main reasons pallet inverters are used by many companies is because they are safe and offer increased productivity. If the movement or transfer of pallets were done by manual workers, they risk of injury and damage to the product would be increased greatly.
Some older pallet designs consist of a machine that simply turns a loaded pallet. Newer and more technologically advanced pallet inverters have changers that are built into assembly lines and re3mote controls.
Customized pallet inverters can be moved from one point to another in a warehouse or plant, and some fully automated ones can place goods at a certain end of a conveyor line and move them onto a new pallet at the other end of the line.
Pallet inverters can typically handle loads up to 4,400 pounds and they are found in pharmaceutical and food processing units where products are being removed from a pallet and placed in more sterile conditions to comply with sanitary standards.
Good are also transferred from in-house pallets to less expensive pallets for the transport of merchandise using pallet inverters. They can also be used to straighten loads that may have slid out of a stack and to remove unwanted good from pallets more rapidly and effectively.
Pallet inverters are also vastly used in other industries like the chemical industry where they are used to avoid contamination from potential leaks of other palletized loads. These pallet inverters can rotate anything on a pallet that needs to be switched or turned around be 180 degrees. They can remove cement from a mold by inverting the load, or even turn bananas stored on a pallet to hasten and enhance ripening.