How Custom Pallets, Skids, & Bases Streamline Manufacturing

In heavy equipment manufacturing, agriculture, and the steel industry, industrial packaging is needed long before it’s time to ship out a finished product. The custom pallets, skids, and bases we design not only help store heavy duty products, they assist in the manufacturing process and simplify packaging by eliminating double handling.

How Custom Pallets, Skids, and Bases are Designed & Built

After conducting a walk-through or obtaining a product drawing, our packaging engineers design custom pallets, skids, or bases from a combination of hardwood, softwood, panel products, and foam. Each order is developed according to the customer’s unique needs and can be adapted for both storage and transport in any warehouse, shipping container, or workcell.

Some design elements are used to streamline the manufacturing process. For example, packaging engineers may include casters for manual movement from workcell to workcell, or raise the height of a pallet, base or skid so that a forklift can pass under it. By improving transport during manufacturing, custom industrial pallets, bases, and skids help to maximize productivity and eliminate waste.

Around 65% of the total industrial packaging produced by Timber Creek Resource is ISPM 15 certified for international shipping. Hardwood pallets, skids, and bases are sometimes subject to heat treating for this purpose. All softwood materials arrive to our facility kiln-dried and marked with the heat treat stamp. The ability to source these materials from our own mills bolsters sourcing integrity and lowers the final cost of pallets, skids, and bases for the customer.

How Custom Industrial Packaging Prevents Double-Handling

The better suited a custom pallet, skid, or base is to the overall operation, the faster and more cost efficient that process will be. With a little creative engineering, it’s possible to use the same custom bases for both internal and external logistics. This eliminates the problem of double-handling and streamlines both packaging and manufacturing.

By securing a corrugated enclosure on top of an existing custom base, we can form a shipping box around the product. Like custom industrial pallets, skids, and bases, these enclosures are unlimited in size and volume. To keep the packaging process fluid, enclosures can be quickly and easily nailed to the base or banded at the end of the manufacturing process.

Other customizations secure products without the need for additional packaging, no matter where or how they’re likely to be transported. For example, it’s possible to run the top boards of base on a CNC machine to create mounting hole patterns. This allows heavy machinery to be anchored down for both secure shipping and internal transport. A design can also utilize V-notched saddles to cradle heavy components and keep them from rolling off while in motion. Radius blocks are also sometimes bolted to the decks of a pallet for the same reason.

For more information on custom pallets, skids, and bases at Timber Creek Resource, contact Tom Nelson by phone at 414-755-4922 or by email at

Cut Costs With This Wood Pallet Alternative

Getting creative in cutting overhead is how heavy industry stays competitive, and swapping out traditional pallets for more cost effective storage and packing solutions is just one way to do that. As a wood pallet alternative, band notched lumber is not only less expensive, it’s customizable and adaptable to modern automated packing systems. In the right applications, band notched lumber could be the wood pallet alternative you’re looking for.

How Does Band Notched Lumber Work?

For operations moving, stacking, and storing high volumes of large or lengthy self-supporting materials around a facility, traditional wood pallets may not always be adequate. This is why band notched lumber was developed as a heavy duty wood pallet alternative for applications in construction, automotive, and defense industries.

Band notched lumber acts as a pallet-crate hybrid for long pieces of material such as metal products, tubing, piping, or plywood. Each piece of lumber is cut to a specific length and strategically grooved. Between two and four pieces of band notched lumber is typically placed underneath or around a product, while steel or plastic banding is wrapped up and over the material to secure it in place along each groove. This notched design also allows a forklift to slide under the unit for efficient internal transport without the risk of damaging product. In some cases, band notched lumber can also work as runners on skids to allow for banding to slide freely under the skid and around the product being supported.

Band notched lumber is intended for shipping and for use in facilities where a durable, reusable storage solution is required.

What Makes Band Notched Lumber a Great Wood Pallet Alternative?

The number one reason to consider band notched lumber as a wood pallet alternative is the price point. Band notched lumber can be inexpensively shipped across hundreds of miles, requires less storage space than wood pallets, and being reusable, can help maximize your investment in essential industrial packing materials.

However, cost savings isn’t the only benefit of making the switch to band notched lumber should the job call for it. At Timber Creek Resource, we specialize in custom industrial packaging, and like most of our products, band notched lumber can be cut to a wide variety of sizes to accommodate unique specifications. Lengths typically range from 24 to 96 inches, while the number and type of bands used depends on the size and weight of the material.

Timber Creek Resource is ISPM 15 certified, accommodating companies that need to adhere to international policies.

Not only is band notched lumber cost effective and customizable, it can be used in both manual and automated processes. As a matter of fact, Timber Creek Resource offers facility visits where our packaging engineers can take a look at your total operation or automated packing system to make an assessment of what industrial packaging solutions might be best. Whether band notched lumber is the right wood pallet alternative for you, our team is committed to finding a true solution for your precise needs.

To request samples of band notched lumber or find out more about the custom industrial packaging and storage solutions provided at Timber Creek Resource, contact Tamra Kegler at 715-623-7907 or