At a total of 4 production sites in Germany and the Netherlands it produces well in excess of 1 million m3 of blocks annually.
PARTICLE BOARD BLOCKS AND PACKAGING TIMBER TESTED
Quality is no matter of chance. Instead, it's the result of an interplay between materials, manufacturing competence, quality assurance and customer orientation that make up the excellent reputation of EUROBLOCK products. But what characterises good components for wooden pallets and how are their high quality standards secured?
EUROBLOCK pallet blocks made by the Pfeifer Group are based on natural softwood shavings. Presswood International B.V. also uses recycled wood shavings. Both materials are dried, glued and pressed at high pressure and temperature. This yields a high-quality homogeneous wood material that can be further processed into various sizes and is suitable for export as an IPPC non-timber product.
With its wide range of sizes as well as light and dark blocks EUROBLOCK helps the dynamic pallet industry respond quickly to the market’s requirements.
Putting its performance into numbers: At a total of 4 production sites in Germany and the Netherlands it produces well in excess of 1 million m3 of blocks annually. However, quantity alone is not enough to score points in tough daily logistics activities. Whether a block will withstand loads in the long term depends on criteria such as dimensional stability, density, nail pull-out resistance, swelling properties and friction. All those are features that can be positively influenced during the production process.
In Lauterbach, the Pfeifer Group runs a test facility used for regular planned product tests. In order to specifically evaluate test series for the further development of the product, there are laboratories at the various locations. Here, the blocks are tested with regard to quality properties such as nail pull-out, transverse pull and swelling. In-house tests offer the advantage of being able to evaluate tests promptly.
The testing systems comply with the relevant guidelines (UIC/EPAL/CHEP) and are regularly maintained and calibrated. The tests regarding the qualitative properties of the pallet blocks are carried out, documented and evaluated by trained personnel at all locations.
Throughout the entire production process, the employees pursue the goal of selling only blocks of standardised quality. All processes are subject to strict specifications and are constantly monitored and controlled. For online monitoring, control units are attached to each press so that these parameters are continuously recorded.
Experience with the product and feedback are actively obtained and showcased in success stories. After all, our distribution company not only sees itself as a supplier, but also as a partner, companion and initiator for the industry. As such, EUROBLOCK stages its EUROBLOCK-Forum – an important industry meeting – every three years, takes part in trade shows and is actively involved in associations. Together with its customers, EUROBLOCK also engages in talks with end customers, promotes standardisation, certification and product development, for instance the intelligent EPAL pallet iPAL.