Polymer Solutions International Inc. received the “Best Product Innovation” Aqua Award for the innovative design of its ProStack® Double Leg Ratchet Pallet earlier this year. The award was accepted on behalf of Polymer Solutions International by Craig Scott, the company’s Managing Director of International Sales.
Given annually, the Aqua Awards are presented by Watercoolers Europe (WE), previously known as the European Bottle Water Association (EBWA). The award was given during WE/EBWA’s 17th annual convention and trade fair, Water Show 2011, held this year in Odessa, Ukraine.
The Aqua Award’s selection committee found the pallet’s telescoping double leg design to be a breakthrough concept, as it produces superior strength and damage protection to both the pallet and the bottled water products stored and transported on it. The pallet is an integral component of the ProStack PS4 bottled water rack modules.
“Since 95 percent of damage to modular plastic bottled water racks
Featuring a series of interlocking “teeth,” the pallet’s telescoping double legs interlock via ratchet-style construction that secures the top deck to the base. This yields a connection three times stronger than welded or snap pallet construction designs, forming nearly 1 centimeter (0.5 inches) of damage protection, two to three times thicker than that of traditional, single leg pallets.
With enhanced strength and rigidity engineered into the legs, the pallet offers superior resistance to potential damage caused by forklift and pallet jack impacts. Additionally, the pallet’s bottom deck is designed to prevent damage caused by pallet jack over-pumping.
In its choice of the pallet to win the Aqua Award, the selection committee also cited the pallet’s gas-assisted molding process, which yields a super smooth finish, superior stiffness and outstanding impact properties, as well as its hygienic design that resists bacteria, mold and other contaminants with an open-grid top deck that is easy to clean and inspect.
“Polymer Solutions International is honored to be recognized by WE/EBWA for our company’s focus on designing and manufacturing a better bottled water handling system,” said Scott.