A wooden crate has a self-supporting structure, with or without sheathing. For a wooden container to be a crate, all six of its sides must be put in place to result in the rated strength of the container. Crates are distinct from wooden boxes. The strength of a wooden box is rated based on the weight it can carry before the top (top, ends, and sides) is installed, whereas the strength of a crate is rated with the top in place. In general conversation, the term crate is sometimes used to denote a wooden box.
There are many variations of wooden crate designs. By far the most common are 'closed', 'open' and 'framed'. A Closed Crate is one that is completely or nearly completely enclosed with material such as plywood or lumber boards. When lumber is used, gaps are often left between the boards to allow for expansion. An Open Crate is one that (typically) uses lumber for sheathing. The sheathing is typically gapped by at various distances. There is no strict definition of an open crate as compared to a closed crate.
ISPM 15 - Heat Treated Wooden Crates
Heat-treated Wooden Crates
Pokar Enterprises complies with the strictest international heat-treatment standards (ISPM-15), guaranteeing the annihilation of all larvae and parasites that may be present in the wood used to produce our wooden pallets and crates. Heat-treatment is different than kilning; as heat-treatment completely eradicates any living organisms in the wood, whereas the goal of kilning is to simply dry the wood.
Our thorough heat-treatment process meets the strictest international standards (ISPM-15) and offers the following benefits to our clients:
1) Our heat-treatment process is recognized by all countries participating in the Wood Packaging Certification program
2) Your packaging weighs less and offers significant cost savings due to the reduction in moisture content from the heat-treatment process.
3) Any parasites (in all life stages) found in the wood are destroyed
4) Your cargo is permitted to move freely across all continents
5) The risk of cross-contamination of shipped products is eliminated
Pokar Enterprises guarantees that our wood packaging products meet and exceed the most stringent hygienic and sterilization standards currently enforced in the food, pharmaceutical and other industries today.
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