Economic pallet marking

EPAL certified printing system for pallets

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Nahansicht des aufgebrannten EPAL Schriftzugs auf einer Palette
EPAL logo branded


Detailansicht des aufgedruckten EPAL Schriftzuges
EPAL logo printed

Pallets as load carriers are used to transport many products stacked (e.g. cartons) or heavy, bulky products safely. The aids significantly facilitate the transport of heavy loads.

There are two distinctions in pallet labeling: The transport label (e.g. GS1), which is often applied directly to the enclosing packaging film, and the marking of the pallet itself.

Close-up view of a pallet with printed QR code

The marking by the label serves thereby the organization, traceability and security of the commodity. The marking of the pallet itself serves to assign it to a specific production regulation with certain quality criteria (e.g. EPAL).

Many pallet manufacturers mark their pallets with branding marks. This results in high costs and inflexible workflows. The pallet industry is therefore increasingly using large character inkjet printers. Large character coders from Diagraph reduce costs and score with numerous advantages: The print image can be changed in seconds, and the flexibility increases speed and productivity at the same time. Make an appointment and digitize pallet labeling via inkjet printer.

Different types of pallets

The term pallets initially represents the short form for the term transport pallets. They are counted among the load carriers. Their use is for the safest possible transport as well as for the storage of stackable goods. Among the common types are differentiated lattice box pallets, tank pallets or flat pallets. With regard to the material, wood, pressed wood, plastic or cardboard are used. If we look at the shipping of goods, the wooden pallet dominates there due to its robustness and versatility.

A distinction can also be made between disposable and reusable pallets. For the one-time transport of a good, the one-way variant is used. Reusable pallets, on the other hand, are used several times, and their production is carried out according to a firmly defined standard. Here, the Europlate dominates, it has the highest level of use and awareness. Euro pallets are internationally exchangeable, durable, very resilient and approved for export. In addition, the Euro pallet allows the use of lifting and conveying equipment.

Marking pallets: Use cases in the industry

In the fields of storage, transport and logistics, pallet labeling is an elementary component of daily processes. Modern industries need precise and reliable industrial printers to mark large quantities of pallets to specification in a time-saving manner.

To be mentioned are:

Food industry

Pharmaceutical industry

Shipping and logistics

Regulations and signs

Pallets can be marked with different information such as logos, logos, data, codes and text. Pallet identifiers such as IPPC or EPAL are applied using a large character coder, while the GS1 transport label is applied using a labeler. In order to be allowed to carry the corresponding logo such as IPPC and EPAL, the respective rules and regulations must be observed.

  • IPPC stands for International Plant Protection Convention: International Plant Protection Convention. It has been ratified by over 180 countries worldwide. The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations is responsible for the administration. The agreement aims to prevent the introduction and spread of diseases and pests to plants and plant products. It is a protective agreement. Associated with the IPPC is the set of rules for importing plants and plant products, which is called the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM). The provisions according to ISPM 15 regulate the handling of solid wood as packaging material for export. The goal is to stop the importation of wood pests into foreign ecosystems. The formulated import regulations and quarantine provisions thus help to protect the native flora of the participating countries. The pallet marking with IPPC states that the applicable regulations are met. The plant protection organizations of the nations are responsible for implementation in each case.
  • EPAL is the abbreviation for European Pallet Association. If a wooden pallet meets the regulations regarding dimensions and components for a Euro pallet, then the product is certified by the European Pallet Association. It then bears the protected EPAL mark and may call itself a Euro pallet. This reusable pallet can be used many times and exchanged several times. Pallet labeling with EPAL also states that the IPPC/ISPM-15 standard is met. The term Europool pallet is sometimes used as a synonym for the common term Europallet. As a load carrier, the Europlate is used primarily in the European region.
Close-up view of a pallet with EPAL printed on it on a conveyor belt
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  • The GS1 transport label contains central information about the pallet. As a standardized pallet label, it is located on the foil. GS1 - also called NVE label or SSCC label - is elementary for the logistic flow between trade and industry. The technology of labelers is used to apply this information.

Euro pallet (EPAL1)

Merkmale Wert
Length800 mm
Height144 mm
WeightAbout 25 Kg
Load capacity1500 Kg

Possibilities and distinctions of pallet marking

  • Marking with branding iron: This traditional method uses branding iron to realize the required or prescribed stamp image on wood, cardboard or other materials. Overall, branding irons fulfill the function of marking materials, applications and workpieces. Example: affixing IPPC markings to Euro pallets, wooden crates, packing cases and packing wood. IPPC branding stamps reach their operating temperature in a short time and mark the objects to be marked with permanent, indelible impressions. These stamps can have different dimensions. They are considered durable, robust and easy to clean. In the context of transport logistics and storage, the stamps can be personalized if required. Nevertheless, marking with branding irons demands more manual effort - and thus time.
Close-up view of the burnt-on EPAL lettering on a pallet
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Pallet labeling in the printing line
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  • Printing digitally instead of burning in: To reduce waste and faulty branding, large character coders are increasingly being used in industry and commerce. The approach differs significantly, because in this modern technology the pallets are no longer marked with branding stamps. Instead, marking is done in the production process using industrial-grade inkjet printers. Practically, these industrial printers are installed with their print heads directly on both sides of the production line. Modern methods of pallet marking thus make it possible to print EPAL logo and IPPC marking on pallet blocks as they pass by.

Pallet marking in use

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Advantages of pallet printing over branding

Direct printing on pallets has numerous advantages over conventional branding irons in terms of speed, quality, operation and cost/benefit ratio. Modern technology in pallet labeling is therefore an essential part of economic activity.

High contrast and top print quality.

No rejects due to faulty branding.

Better productivity due to less start-up and changeover times.

Pallet labeling in the production flow saves time.

No need for a long start-up of the printer to mark the pallets.

Significantly lower costs due to reduced power consumption during digital printing of the pallets.

Large character coders are suitable for the harsh conditions of the pallet industry.

Variable data such as barcodes, logos or text can be applied quickly.

Even with small quantities, the individualization of the pallets is problem-free.

Improve occupational safety by minimizing the risk of fire.

In the marking of pallets, speed and maximum precision are decisive factors for efficient processes. It should be noted that the pallet marking operations are realized in a demanding environment. Many printers are not optimally suited for this. We therefore offer custom-fit commercial solutions in the form of our high-performance large character printers.

Digital solutions for marking pallets

Diagraph makes it possible for every pallet manufacturer to digitize its marking.
After all, as experts in industrial printers, we are familiar with the practical problems involved in pallet labeling. We solve this challenge with a complete pallet printing package certified by EPAL.

The IJ4000 masters all relevant tasks to perfection. Standard applications for the IJ4000 also include printing on cartons. This is where the device really comes into its own: It marks the materials at high speed with product data, codes and logos in the highest quality. Replace outdated branding with a superior system that gives you the best printing results cost-effectively. With one device you can fulfill all customer requirements regarding pallet labeling.

Pallet that is printed
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  • You want to save costs?
  • You want to guarantee high print quality?
  • You want to print your pallets and save time?
  • You want to act environmentally friendly?

Then the Diagraph IJ4000 is just right for you!

What our customers say

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In the past, the labeling on our pallets was often poorly legible and we had a lot of waste.

Since we started using Diagraph printers, every pallet gets a perfect print image and we have been able to reduce our costs in labeling by 50%.

Ingo Mönke, Chairman of the Board PALETTEN-SERVICE Hamburg AG

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The production process has improved significantly:
Increased production, higher quality, zero waste and avoidance of downtime during job changes,
as these are now immediate, safe and reliable.

Pablo Blanco, Managing Director of Embalajes Blanco, Murillo de Río Leza, Spain

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A selection of the requirements for the use of pallets reflect the marks and seals described above, such as IPPC and EPAL. They define regulations for safe pallets in the context of international use.

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