Pallet EPAL description

The pallet Europe or Euro EPAL, in the past called euro pallets, is a wooden pallet with four entries which answers the regulations of UIC 435-2-0 (for manufacture) and 435-4-OR (for repair) notes and the "technical Regulation" of EPAL. It also answers to the Assurance Qualité Ferroviaire AQF 335 norms.

EUR / EPAL pallet

EUR mark

The EUR mark is the property of the operating company Austrian railway network ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahn). This mark was the subject of an Austrian deposit (N°85513 of the 20/01/1977 and 11/05/1977) and of an international deposit (N°430-337 of the 11/05/1977) at the OMPI. At the end of a convention in September 12, 1995 and March 1, 1996, ÖBB conceded with the SNCF the exclusive right of use of the EUR mark in France.

EPAL mark

EPAL Mark is the property of the association of the same name based in Hagen, Germany. It was the subject of a German deposit (N° 2054520 of the 17/10/1992 and 18/01/1994), of an international deposit (N° 617158 of the 16/03/1994) at the OMPI as well as a Community deposit (N° 000472415 of the 5/02/1997) at the OHMI.

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EPAL pallet

The EURO EPAL pallet was designed to carry out several rotations and to thus contribute to the reduction of waste of industrial packing. It can be repaired and integrates the file of recycling at the end of its lifetime.

dé palette eur - epal In order to be easily identifiable but also to avoid the counterfeits, EUR/EPAL pallets comprise various markings on the intermediate elements (dice): EUR logo, EPAL logo for the pallets manufactured after 1995, initials of railroad company (the SNCF for France, dB for Germany,.) and possibly logo of manufacturing, the latter like the repairers of EURO EPAL pallets have to have the approval for manufacture or repair as well as the right of use of the protected marks.

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In the same way, a reconditioned EPAL pallet will have to be repaired with stamped nails EPAL and will be easily identifiable by staples, a plate or a nail posed by the repairer.

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Fastening and nailing of reconditioned EPAL pallet

Dimension of 1200x800mm and a weight of approximately 30 kg, a EURO pallet EPAL support a dynamic head ranging between 1000 and 1400 kg. The wood essence used for their manufacture is mainly the pine and the poplar.

Three million new EURO EPAL pallets were manufactured in 1997, more than 36 million in 2002 (source EPAL). Food industry is the largest consumer of this type of pallets.

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