The re-usable packaging solutions and pooling specialist for supply chains, Tosca, has introduced the NeRa Pallet – a nestable, rackable and stackable heavy-duty plastic pallet that can deliver efficiencies throughout the automated distribution supply chain.
Designed to outperform wood, Tosca claims the NeRa is the first plastic pallet engineered with PowerDeck strength and fitted with SureFoot legs for seamless automation. It is rated for static loads of up to 3,000kg and is fully nestable – a combination that increases storage capacity while reducing space requirements by up to 2.5 times compared to wooden equivalents.
Its robust yet lightweight design guarantees minimal deflection over time, making the NeRa Pallet ideal for highly automated sectors where it is critical to minimise product damage and avoid cross-contamination. These qualities make it ideal for food supply chain applications – such as heavy bulk liquids (water, beverages, alcohol), bulk dry goods like sugar or flour, prepared foods, ingredients, e-commerce, and packaging. Indeed, the NeRa can offer significant advantages in any storage and distribution application where hygiene is an important factor.
“There are plastic pallets that can carry similar weight in a rack as the NeRa, but this is the first time this kind of strength has been available in a nestable pallet,” said Jesse Sels, President EMEA at Tosca.
The pallets feature a runner-less design that cuts stack heights in half, which not only saves valuable warehouse space, but also makes it possible on average to fit 660 more pallets in each return truck. The NeRa also has a low weight of 18kg, which means you can put more on the pallet and the truck to improve profitability.
Repeated handling makes wood pallets prone to chipping, cracking and warping, with repair costs being passed through to the end-user by the pallet pooler. The NeRa is tough and durable for a long service life. Made from 100% HDPE, NeRa pallets are also damage- and germ-resistant for cleaner overall operations. In fact, NeRa pallets have an operational lifetime that is seven years longer than wood equivalents. They are reusable, repairable, and recyclable. According to Tosca, they can reduce pallet disposal waste and produce 2.5 times less CO2 emissions than wood pallets (based on a distance of 500km and 100,000 trips).
Each plastic NeRa pallet is of uniform weight and size, measuring 800mm x 1,200mm x 157mm. The SureFoot wide lateral legs ensure seamless transfer over conveyors and can be swapped in and out easily and quickly. Supplied with high visibility green legs, the NeRa helps forklift operators navigate loaded pallets safely in the high rack.
Available only for pooling and rent, NeRa pallets are compatible with all standard 100mm and 150mm conveyor roller pitches and fit all standard pallet racking types, including drive-in configurations.
To ensure high-performance logistics NeRa pallets can be outfitted with Tosca AssetIQ, a supply chain IoT service that delivers critical data and insights about supply chain performance, allowing Tosca’s partners to find efficiencies and relieve bottlenecks.