Our timber department experts at Holmes Mann are always expecting the unexpected when it comes to designing and manufacturing bespoke palleting solutions. Whether we are called on to design and create a complete system to transport vital oil rig components or racing car parts, we have the expertise and know-how to deliver every time.
This is why we are never surprised when we hear how pallets are being used and never question the versatility that they can offer when it comes to transporting different goods. You, however, may be astounded by some of the jobs pallets have carried out in recent weeks.
Holding ‘Ransom’ Cash
The Wall Street Journal has just reported that Barack Obama’s administration was behind the secret airlifting of $400 million to Iran on the same day that four Americans being held prisoner in the country were released. The cash, in euros and other currencies, including Swiss francs, was stacked in wooded pallets.
The American administration deny that they paid a ransom to Iran. Senior officials have said that there was no link between the hostage release and the cash. What isn’t in doubt, however, is that pallets are great for carrying high-value loads!
Transporting Olympic Horses
The end of July saw the first flight take off from Stanstead to transport horses to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 34 eventing horses made the journey in customised pallets on board an Emirates SkyCargo flight.
The 12-hour journey was the first in a series of flights that will see the delivery of nine shipments of horses. The total number to arrive at Rio International Airport is expected to exceed 200. The horses will then travel to Deodoro’s Olympic Equestrian Centre.
The first flight carried ‘palletised’ horses from ten different countries. The nations involved were the UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, China, Italy and Japan.
Carrying Bricks for a Robot
Pallets were used to carry bricks to be picked up and used by a housebuilding robot. Hadrian X, the brainchild of Australia’s Fastbrick Robotics Limited, is said to lay up to 1,000 bricks an hour and can reportedly build a complete house in just two days.
It is claimed that Hadrian X can move four times as fast as humans. Better still – for construction bosses, at least – the robot doesn’t ever need to eat, sleep or go on holiday!