APA - The Engineered Wood Association

Publications Featuring Materials Handling

From agricultural products to heavy machinery parts, this section contains APA publications that feature the use of engineered wood products in materials handling.

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Materials Handling

Descriptions, specifications, and fabrication instructions for pallets, pallet bins, liquid tanks and bins, crating, and shelving. Revised January 1995. (Form M200 - 52 pages)

1/31/1995 $3.00 Materials Handling (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Materials Handling (PDF Download)
401 K

Industrial Use Guide: Plywood Pallets in Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems

This Industrial Use Guide includes description of slave pallet features, grade specifications and design recommendations. Available as a downloadable PDF document only. Revised May 2003. (Form S225 - 20 pages)

5/31/2003 Free Industrial Use Guide: Plywood Pallets in Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (PDF Download)
287 K

Industrial Panel Selection Guide

Guides industrial users through APA panel specification process for applications such as materials handling, furniture, and other industrial uses. Revised July 1997 (Form T200 - 28 pages)

3/31/2004 $7.00 Industrial Panel Selection Guide (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Industrial Panel Selection Guide (PDF Download)
1.6 MB

Containers and Bins

Design and specification recommendations for APA's Big Bin and Slim Bin and several proprietary containers. Issued May 1997. (Form X235 - 16 pages)

5/31/1997 $2.00 Containers and Bins (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Containers and Bins (PDF Download)
1.4 MB

Research Report: Plywood for Pallet Blocks

Research Report 136. Describes test program involving impact resistance of built-up plywood blocks with various fastener configurations. Revised December 1997. (Form A225 - 20 pages)

12/31/1997 $2.00 Research Report: Plywood for Pallet Blocks (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Research Report: Plywood for Pallet Blocks (PDF Download)
326 K

Engineered Wood Pallets - A Solid Value

Describes the benefits and design flexibility of engineered wood pallets. Issued December 2001. (Form B695 - 6 pages)

12/31/2001 $1.00 Engineered Wood Pallets - A Solid Value (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Engineered Wood Pallets - A Solid Value (PDF Download)
1.8 MB

Upholstered Furniture Frames

Describes the product attributes and design options that make wood structural panels a cost-effective and efficient choice for upholstered furniture frames. Issued December 2001. (Form B625 - 12 pages)

12/31/2001 $2.00 Upholstered Furniture Frames (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Upholstered Furniture Frames (PDF Download)
1.6 MB

APA Panel-Deck Block Pallet Design and Specifications

Data File includes specification recommendations for block pallet designs. Issued April 1996. (Form V691 - 4 pages)

4/30/1996 $0.50 APA Panel-Deck Block Pallet Design and Specifications (Purchase Paper Copy) Free APA Panel-Deck Block Pallet Design and Specifications (PDF Download)
86 K

APA Collapsible Bin Design and Fabrication

Data File describes features and fabrication details for Big Bin and Slim Bin. Issued February 1997. (Form X350 - 4 pages)

2/28/1997 $1.00 APA Collapsible Bin Design and Fabrication (Purchase Paper Copy) Free APA Collapsible Bin Design and Fabrication (PDF Download)
114 K

Case Study: Lee Industries

This North Carolina furniture manufacturer has converted 65 percent of its frame production to engineered wood, gaining frame strength and faster assembly times. Issued December 2003 (Form D110 - 2 pages)

12/31/2003 $0.50 Case Study: Lee Industries (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Case Study: Lee Industries (PDF Download)
92 K

Case Study: Peshastin Hi-Up Growers

Since 1966, plywood bins are used and reused repeatedly by this Washington apple grower. Issued May 1996. (Form W130 - 2 pages)

5/31/1996 $0.50 Case Study: Peshastin Hi-Up Growers (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Case Study: Peshastin Hi-Up Growers (PDF Download)
124 K

Case Study: Diamond Fruit

Diamond Fruit Growers, Inc. has been using plywood harvest bins for 37 years to store and transport fruit. Issued November 1996 (Form W135 - 2 pages)

11/30/1996 $0.50 Case Study: Diamond Fruit (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Case Study: Diamond Fruit (PDF Download)
169 K

Case Study: Bell and Howell

Plywood pallets and containers are used to ship a variety of fragile mail processing systems. Issued July 1997. (Form X125 - 2 pages)

7/31/1997 $0.50 Case Study: Bell and Howell (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Case Study: Bell and Howell (PDF Download)
63 K

Case Study: Boeing

A variety of plywood container designs are manufactured to ship high-value aerospace components. Issued July 1997. (Form X130 - 2 pages)

7/31/1997 $0.50 Case Study: Boeing (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Case Study: Boeing (PDF Download)
66 K

Case Study: Associated Chemists

Reusable oriented strand board containers with liners are a cost-effective solution for this chemical company. Issued November 1997. (Form X135 - 2 pages)

11/30/1997 $0.50 Case Study: Associated Chemists (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Case Study: Associated Chemists (PDF Download)
62 K

Technical Note: Slave Pallets -- Four Corner Supports and Four Point Loads

Testing and development of design method. Also gives section properties for plywood slave pallets. Updated April 2003. Available only as a downloadable PDF. (Form G220 - 8 pages)

4/30/2003 Free Technical Note: Slave Pallets -- Four Corner Supports and Four Point Loads (PDF Download)
77 K

Technical Note: Design of Plywood Pallets for Rack Storage

Design method for plywood stringer and block pallets intended for storage in warehouse racks. Updated January 2006. Available only as a downloadable pdf. (Form L210 - 5 pages)

1/17/2006 Free Technical Note: Design of Plywood Pallets for Rack Storage (PDF Download)
99 K

Technical Note: Plywood for Pallet Blocks

Suggestions for pallet blocks of built-up plywood. Revised August 1996. (Form A211 - 2 pages)

8/31/1996 $1.00 Technical Note: Plywood for Pallet Blocks (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Technical Note: Plywood for Pallet Blocks (PDF Download)
59 K

Video: Plywood Pallets Deliver The Goods (VHS)

Identifies the features and benefits of plywood pallets and includes testimonials from several companies that have used plywood pallets successfully for years. 21-1/2 minutes. VHS format. (Form VT-0024)

$10.00 Video: Plywood Pallets Deliver The Goods (VHS) (Purchase Paper Copy)

Video: Engineered Wood Containers (VHS)

Several container manufacturers and international companies explain the benefits of plywood and oriented strand board containers, including durability, flexibility, and cost savings. 10 minutes. VHS format. (Form VT-0025)

$10.00 Video: Engineered Wood Containers (VHS) (Purchase Paper Copy)

Research Report: Big Bin Performance and Testing

Research Report 153. Summary of structural testing on a 300-gallon bin design. Revised May 1998. (Form P200 - 28 pages)

5/31/1998 $2.00 Research Report: Big Bin Performance and Testing (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Research Report: Big Bin Performance and Testing (PDF Download)
1.8 MB

Research Report: Slim Bin Testing

Research Report 155. Summary of structural and durability testing on three 55-gallon liquid-storage container designs. Issued September 1990. (Form Q425 - 16 pages)

9/6/1990 $2.00 Research Report: Slim Bin Testing (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Research Report: Slim Bin Testing (PDF Download)
1.3 MB

Research Report: Plywood Floors for Lift-Truck Traffic

Test results from research that duplicated actual service conditions. Research Report 123. Available only as a downloadable pdf file. Revised May 2004. (Form W900 - 52 pages)

5/7/2004 Free Research Report: Plywood Floors for Lift-Truck Traffic (PDF Download)
440 K

Research Report: Plywood Pallets

Research Report 107. A progress report on test programs in both laboratory and service. Revised December 1995 (Form R230 - 60 pages)

12/31/1995 $4.00 Research Report: Plywood Pallets (Purchase Paper Copy) Free Research Report: Plywood Pallets (PDF Download)
344 K

Binder: Building Material Dealers and Distributors Reference Materials

APA product data and application reference binder specially designed for dealers and distributors. Note: this information is also available on a CD. Go to Form CD-D100. (Form BD-1000)

$32.00 Binder: Building Material Dealers and Distributors Reference Materials (Purchase Paper Copy)

Pallet Facts: Fire Safety

A comparison of the flammability of high density polyethylene (HDPE}plastic pallets as opposed to plywood pallets. Issued December 2003. (Form D698 - 1 page)

12/31/2003 Free Pallet Facts: Fire Safety (PDF Download)
114 K

Pallet Facts: Pallet Durability

Research from the Pallet and Container Research Laboratory of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute that found plywood pallets superior in durability and performance to both plastic and timber pallets. Issued February 2005 (Form D699 - 1 page)

2/12/2005 Free Pallet Facts: Pallet Durability (PDF Download)
50 K

Product Advisory: Imported Chinese LVL Scaffold Plank

Includes test results from limited samples on the bending stiffness of imported Chinese laminated veneer lumber (LVL) scaffold plank products. Available only as a downloadable PDF. Issued March 2008. (Form SP-1139 - 2 pages)

3/19/2008 Free Product Advisory: Imported Chinese LVL Scaffold Plank (PDF Download)
119 K

Pallet Facts: Ergonomics and Safety

This fact sheet provides a summary of OSHA's lifting recommendations and how engineered wood helps meet the guidelines. Issued November 2003 (Form D695 - 1 page)

11/30/2003 Free Pallet Facts: Ergonomics and Safety (PDF Download)
41 K

Pallet Facts: Export Economics

This one-pager separates fact from fiction on the state of phytosanitary regulations for N. American based exporters. Issued November 2003 (Form D696 - 1 page)

11/30/2003 Free Pallet Facts: Export Economics (PDF Download)
45 K

Pallet Facts: Pallet Finance

This document covers a number of cost factors to aid the buying decision lease. Also addresses the type of pallet to purchase. Issued November 2003 (Form D697 - 1 page)

11/30/2003 Free Pallet Facts: Pallet Finance (PDF Download)
46 K

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