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| By Suzanne Shelley




Southworth Products

Southworth Products

This device inverts pallet loads swiftly and safely

The PalletPal Rotator Inverter (photo) offers a fast, safe and easy way to invert a fully loaded pallet without the need for labor-intensive, time-consuming manual restacking. The most common use is for switching loads from in-house pallets to shipping pallets. Other uses include replacing broken pallets, replacing damaged boxes or bags, or turning over inventory, says the company. During operation, the load is placed into the unit with a forklift or stacker. The operator then engages the powered clamping mechanism to secure the load. At the touch of a button, an anti-friction turret bearing rotates the load a full 180 deg in about 15 seconds. The rotation can be stopped at any point during the process. The clamping mechanism features adjustable pressure to prevent the crushing of lighter loads. Models are available with a load capacity of 4,000 lb, and clamp openings accept pallet loads as large as 48x48x84 in. — Southworth Products Corp., Portland, Maine