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November 2023

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Dubai impressed by pallet changer

PSV ULTRA makes its mark in the Gulf region

How can the flow of goods be accelerated, supply chains made more secure and workflow more ergonomic? Large companies around Dubai and the Gulf region have discovered that faster pallet changes are key to handling goods effectively. Following successful on-site tests, SW Paratus delivered the first 20 PSV ULTRA pallet changers by air and sea freight to ultramodern distribution centers there. Included was assembly and installation carried out by a team from the manufacturer.

» Our story in the press review

SW Paratus is building on this success and continuing to expand its international network in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The supermodern logistics centers on the Gulf are key transshipment hubs along the highly frequented trade routes from Europe to the MENA region, to India or Asia and vice versa. Here the pallet-sliding device forms the ideal link for switching from reusable pallet systems such as Euro or CHEP to pallet systems usually used in transshipment. Until now, daily pallet switches for arriving goods were carried out by hand. With the PSV ULTRA, pallet changes now take only seconds. In addition to the high efficiency and healthy ergonomics in work processes, Arabian logistics managers are also thrilled about the rapid ROI and resulting cost reduction.

Dubai impressed by pallet changer  
Dubai impressed by pallet changer  

April 2022

(en) automated pallet handling

Pallet changer with automated pallet rack

automated pallet handling

Change and stack pallets with the PSV ULTRA LIFTER

Change pallets quickly and stack source pallets automatically, securely and neatly – the PSV ULTRA LIFTER links and simplifies several process steps, effectively increasing efficiency. The whole system needs little space and combines the pallet pusher with the automated pallet rack keeping the area needed to a minimum.

Operation is simple, the process is smooth: When the loaded pallet is put inside and the source pallet is changed by pushing the target pallet underneath the goods, the source pallet remains in the device’s holding area. In the next pallet change, the stored pallet is pushed through a back opening into the automated pallet rack and exchanged for a new one. The pallet rack takes the pallet and automatically stacks it neatly. When the pallet rack is full, an acoustic and visual signal indicates that the rack can be emptied and the whole pallet stack can be driven away.

The PSV ULTRA LIFTER is available for Euro or industrial pallets and is designed to work with wooden, plastic, metal or aluminum pallets. Our demonstration video shows how the PSV ULTRA LIFTER works.

November 2021

five years SW Paratus

Inventiveness and strategic development go successfully hand in hand

Because sliding and pushing are easier than lifting, we had an idea: an ingenious device could greatly accelerate the arduous task of manual pallet changing. In addition, thanks to the thrust of a forklift, no extra propulsive energy would be required, at the same time relieving employees’ of back-breaking work. Our love for experimenting was triggered and the rapid development of the pallet-sliding device and patented PSV ULTRA was the result.

Hard to believe, but since the founding of SW Paratus on November 24, 2016, five years have flown by. The PSV is making waves and our young company has 400 satisfied users worldwide. This company anniversary is inspiring us to continue driving our ideas forward: The Flexabox® is effectively optimizing processes such as packaging, shipping and storage, the PSV ULTRA is integrating new pallet systems, the pallet stacking station PSS is ensuring order in the logistics workflow. At the same time, we’re incorporating the plate changer and Lifter into automated pallet conveyor systems. SW Paratus – optimizing logistics processes for you yesterday, today and tomorrow!

Rapid development of the pallet-sliding device and patented PSV ULTRA

October 2021

mobile PSV ULTRAs become standard equipment on AIDA cruise ships

Cruise ship sets sail

The brand-new cruise ship giant AIDAcosma leaves the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg for its first voyage to Eemshaven in the Netherlands. At the same time, two PSV ULTRA MAREs are due to arrive in Bremerhaven. In a few weeks, the ship will finally be fully equipped. The special mobile version of the pallet-sliding device by SW Paratus has been custom-made for use below deck and makes manual repacking when loading new provisions unnecessary.

>> Video of the test on board AIDAprima

Goods and supplies are moved from wooden to the required plastic pallets on board at every landing. With the PSV, this task is taken care of in a few seconds and the crew is relieved of hard manual labor. In view of the multitude of pallets that need to be exchanged in port after port as well as the huge time savings the pallet changer guarantees, the two PSVs are eagerly awaited in Bremerhaven already. Together with the crew, SW Paratus looks forward to the first sea voyage and to the continuation of a successful partnership. Like the AIDAperla and the AIDAprima before, every new ship in the AIDA fleet will be equipped with the PSV MARE in the future!

mobile PSV ULTRAs become standard equipment on AIDA cruise ships 

June 2021

clean room production

Pallet changer in high-quality stainless-steel version for pharmaceutical production

“More than clean” is the top priority for clean room production at BISPO GmbH. The pharmaceutical manufacturer is simply thrilled with the PSV ULTRA version made completely of stainless steel. In the production of sterile contrast media used in medical imaging procedures such as CT, MRI and ultrasound, it is essential to prevent the entry of particles of any kind, such as from paint finishes, surface coating or even packaging. Rust-free, abrasion-resistant and hard to beat in terms of its hygienic properties, this unique material really makes the most of its advantages. From the Singen site, aseptic products such as glass bottles, ampules and syringes are then shipped worldwide.

With the PSV ULTRA, goods can be moved and rerouted from individual pallet systems used in production to those used for shipment. For this, the loaded pallet is put in the pallet-sliding device and with the help of a forklift, the target pallet glides under the goods without further energy expense. The stainless-steel design in particular ensures that no materials can enter from the side of the pallet changer. In addition, it is easily cleaned and disinfected as well as being truly solid and robust. The pallet changer in Euro format by SW Paratus is the perfect link for speeding up the flow of goods between production under aseptic conditions and country-specific distribution and logistics many times over.

clean room production  

March 2021

IPPC pallets, ISPM 15 Standard

Stop or go after Brexit — customs officials decide

The IPPC certificate and the ISPM 15 standard are now mandatory for wooden pallets when exchanging goods with Great Britain. With the post-Brexit standard receiving little attention so far, the logistics industry warns of delays, delivery bottlenecks and empty shelves as a result. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) regulation, which has been in place since 2002, is intended to better protect domestic forests and ecosystems and applies to wood packaging for imports/exports in trade with third countries.

Pallets certified according to the ISPM 15 standard can be recognized by customs right away thanks to the IPPC logo: “If the logo is missing, the border guards might turn a blind eye at check-in, if you’re lucky,” say SW-Paratus managing directors Ralf Schauties and Lars Wellerdiek, explaining the unfortunate situation at the port site and Eurotunnel. “However, if a border official takes things very seriously, he’ll refuse the truck entry and simply send it back!”

A quick remedy is the pallet-sliding device PSV, which enables the wooden load carrier to be replaced under the goods in a matter of seconds. Depending on the design, common formats such as Euro (1200 x 800 mm), one-way (1200 x 1000 mm) or US pallets can be changed with the PSV ULTRA, PSV ULTRA COMBI or PSV ULTRA US-GMA without much effort or time delay.

“Play it safe and change the pallet before you start your journey. Especially if one of your suppliers does not comply with valid regulations, re-palletizing to an IPPC-marked wooden pallet will put you on the safe side in no time!” Ralf Schauties and Lars Wellerdiek will be happy to advise you on IPPC and ISPM 15 certification so that customs can finally wave you through!

IPPC pallets, ISPM 15 Standard  

February 2021

AERO project

Successful partnering at the international hub FRA544

The SW Paratus AERO project started together with the Swissport Cargo Services Deutschland GmbH in the brand-new cargo handling hall at the air cargo hub in Frankfurt. The holistic solution concept is tailored to logistics demands in the air cargo industry and reduces manual repacking to a minimum. SW Paratus’ concept covers two modified PSV ULTRAs as well as their specially manufactured steel pallets for storing goods in the airport's logistics hall. For optional shipment without a pallet, the goods can be re-palletized to transfer pallets also developed by us. With these, goods can be moved directly to the floor of the truck.

Painted in a special shade of orange (RAL 2002), the two PSV ULTRAs have not only adapted their color to the corporate design of the operating company. The customized measurements as well as the load capacity of 1200 kg are also aligned precisely with the Swissport pallets (1200 x 1200 mm) used in-house. When goods arrive on PMC or ULD pallets, they are manually repacked onto these in-house pallets and stored temporarily in high-rack storage. When the goods are subsequently ordered, the AERO concept offers Swissport two possibilities for shipment: The goods move with the PSV ULTRA from the storage pallet to the one-way shipping pallet, or the forklift driver transfers the goods directly onto the SW Paratus transfer pallet and pushes the load onto the loading area in the truck. The concept calls for the wooden storage pallets used by Swissport at the beginning of the project to be exchanged for SW Paratus steel pallets.  These not only score points due to their significantly higher durability and corresponding long service life, but they also have a water permeability of 70%, relevant in high-bay warehouses for fire protection reasons.

AERO project  

December 2020

second PSV Ultra

Pallet changer doubles capacity at Grass logistics center

At the Grass logistics center, a leading specialist worldwide for high-quality movement systems for furniture — all processes concerning incoming and outgoing goods, unloading and loading, as well as commissioning are fully automated. A pallet-sliding device was added to this high-tech distribution center at its launch at the beginning of 2020. Since then, the PSV ULTRA has proven itself as a small component of high efficiency ensuring smooth operations in the automated supply chain through quick pallet changes of non-standardized, unsuitable or defective pallets.

Organizing the 38,000 pallet spaces in their high-rack and manually run storage has shown that pallets need to be switched more often than expected. For this reason, Grass has ordered an additional pallet changer to double capacity in the short term. The second PSV ULTRA will be delivered by SW Paratus to the Austrian town of Hohenems in Vorarlberg before the end of the year. The Grass company belongs to the Würth Group and serves 200 distribution partners in 60 countries.

second PSV Ultra  

November 2020

PSS’s modular structure

Sales start in Eastern Europe

Logimarkt is successfully marketing SW Paratus' pallet-sliding device in Eastern Europe. The specialist for logistics equipment aims at creating solutions that are adapted to the operators' posture and support their natural patterns of movement. The improved ergonomics of customized packaging, equipment or storage systems promotes concentration and motivation in the work place, and minimizes sick leave and risks of injury.

Our portfolio is now expanded with our newly developed PSS pallet stacking station: Eight 10-pallet modules as well as four 5-pallet modules will be on view as a model system at the company's site in Bucharest, Romania. The modular system is made of robust 4 mm sheets of steel, its special edges giving it reliable stability. For individual heights, modules are combined and tightly screwed together. It can also be retrofitted with additional 10-pallet or 5-pallet modules. With this clever system, you can stack a maximum of 25 pallets cleanly and securely in minimal space. Fully in line with the logistics provider, the PSS optimizes pallet handling in all aspects of handling goods and organizing warehouses.

PSS’s modular structure 

September 2020

US model

PSV-ULTRA US-GMA speeds up New York

Thermo Fisher Scientific terms itself "the worldwide leader in serving science". Solutions by the American technology company are used for lab analytics, studies or targeted research in laboratories. Now the renowned company is taking advantage of our German engineering skills.

Shipped from Hamburg's harbor with destination New York, the PSV ULTRA in the US version is designed for GMA pallets measuring 48×40 inches. Re-palletizing with a little trick: since the industrial truck is able to enter US pallets from all four sides, the source pallet can be turned 90° and placed on the slider. This way, the upper layer of boards on the pallet lie in sliding direction and the load glides smoothly onto the target pallet. To adjust for pallets with widely varying heights, the slider can be quickly modified with polyamide plates. The quick pallet change optimizes pallet handling at the New York location and speeds up the supply of goods to pharmaceutical manufacturers, the biotech industry, diagnostic facilities and research laboratories around the world many times over.

US model  

August 2020

clean logistics

Into the pharmaceutical sector with PSV ULTRA

Anyone who is committed to GMP, GSP and GDP takes quality assurance very seriously. At SK Pharma in Bielefeld, the certificates for Good Practice in Manufacturing, Storage and Distribution reflect the company's philosophy. This is because our logistics service provider places the highest demands on product handling, where the strictest quality and safety standards apply. And that is where the PSV ULTRA by SW Paratus comes into play: seamlessly integrated into the internal processes of finishing, packaging, storage and transport, the pallet-sliding device enables reliable processes and smooth pallet changes in daily logistics operations.

Convinced by successful tests on site, SK Pharma decided on two PSV ULTRAs and a PSS pallet-stacking station. For the pharmaceutical company, fast re-palletizing saves lots of time and makes work easier. As the connecting link in the production, wholesale and storage of human and veterinary pharmaceuticals and narcotics, the PSV ULTRA now contributes to clean, ergonomic logistics processes. Delivery included installation service and commissioning, a third system is already in planning.

clean logistics  

March 2020

PSV-ULTRA goes aboard

AIDA cruise ships get support from pallet-sliding devices

This is the cruise they had always dreamed of. Almost unnoticed, the Provision Master in the huge hull of the AIDAprima is responsible for providing all goods that crew and passengers need. The 100-120 tons of food and consumer goods needed for a seven-day cruise are loaded by logistic professionals within a few hours. In the future, two PSV-ULTRAs will be supporting the crew. Instead of manually transferring fruit crates and vegetable containers from wooden to plastic pallets, now it will take only seconds to change pallets with the PSV-ULTRA.

While curious passengers go ashore and new guests check in, there is a lively hustle and bustle going on below deck. The short, expensive layover times in ports create enormous time pressure: palletized food and ship equipment are placed in cargo hatches via forklifts, transferred to industrial trucks inside the ship, distributed to the different decks via elevator, then repalletized and stored at their destination.

From now on two PSV ULTRAs will streamline transfers from wooden Euro-pallets to the hygienic plastic load carriers that are mandatory in cold storage and food areas. In Kiel’s harbor, the AIDA took the PSV ULTRAs aboard. Instead of the strenuous manual transfers, 70 pallets with about 40 tons of goods were repalletized with the pallet-sliding device in a multi-hour test. The PSV ULTRA successfully carried out all required tasks and convinced the Provision Master of its advantages in productivity and efficiency. For good measure, a special frame allows the PSV ULTRA to be used flexibly at different locations. In the medium term, more of the fleet’s ships will be equipped with PSV ULTRAs.

Welcome aboard!

June 2019

masterpiece for octabins

Now change pallets under octagonal bulk boxes easily

The operation begins impressively when the forklift drives in with the octabin on the pallet and the pallet-sliding device encloses the octagonal bulk box in a virtually form-fitting way. As soon as the pallet is set down, it is replaced immediately: With the help of the forklift and a new pallet on the fork, the operator pushes the old pallet out of the back opening of the PSV. Your actual freight, the filled octabin, moves smoothly to the target pallet. Perfectly positioned, it goes straight to where it is needed.

The PSV for octabins is tailor-made for octagonal bulk boxes that are used for transporting and storing goods particularly in the chemical industry. Typical transport goods in this heavy-duty packaging solution are pellets or granular, bulk or ground materials. The PSV is designed for octabins on a standard square pallet measuring 1140 × 1140 mm (CP3, CP8, CP9). Other sizes and models such as stainless steel upon request. For daily use, the pallet-changing station is extremely robust. The construction is reinforced with crossbeams and is anchored to the floor on site. Due to the heavy weight of filled octabins (up to 1000 kg), the use of our polyamide rails for side and middle support is advised.

masterpiece for octabins 

January 2019

among the top ten

US model Nippon Express

Not only the unusual inch size of 48” × 40” (approx. 122 × 102 cm), but above all the construction design featuring top deckboards applied transversely to the regular sliding direction challenged our engineering skills: Nippon Express, a renowned top player among the top ten logistics groups working worldwide, asked for a pallet-sliding device that could be used for American GMA pallets. Our solution: We just slide the four-way-entry pallet transversely to the usual direction!

Simply by turning the GMA pallet by 90°, the deckboards run parallel to the sliding direction. The US PSV model masters all the other demands through its customized design taking adjusted specifications for length, width and height into account. Three polyamide rails guarantee smooth gliding and also prevent the pallet from sagging. Hardly five weeks later, our specially designed PSV, sandblasted and powder-coated in fancy anthracite grey, was ready for take-off to the other side of the Atlantic. Transporting it to Los Angeles and San Francisco was virtually a cinch for Nippon Express’ automotive and aircraft fleet. In sunny California, by the way, mainly boxes with fruit and vegetables change pallets.

among the top ten 

June 2018


PSV-ULTRA equalizes the difference in height

Regardless of height, material or packing size, with our PSV-ULTRA you are well advised in case of changing pallets! Major height differences between both pallets are no problem, whatever pallet type you choose, our newly developed PSV-ULTRA handles them all: plastic pallets (also H1* with edges) to aluminum or wooden pallets. Even smaller or variable shaped goods will be transfered onto the new pallet whatever height differences might come in the way.

This means, despite all the difficult conditions, the pallet change with the PSV-ULTRA is done in seconds! Adjust the loaded pallet as usual, push the new pallet with the forklift under the load from the front and slide out the old pallet to the rear. The heart of the PSV-ULTRA is a high-quality ball-bearing sliding element, which, like the device itself, is designed for maximum robustness and the longest service life. After removing the changed pallet, the drawer (with the old pallet) is returned to the device.
Test and information directly on request at SW-Paratus.

* H1 = hygiene pallet


March 2018

packaging system "FLEXABOX"

Always the right packaging

Maybe you have already faced this problem:
You want to pack and ship something, but you just do not know which carton and system is best for your packaging problem? The devil is in the detail – as you say. That's why we thought about finding a solution for our customers. Our new FLEXABOX Packaging System offers a customizable design of the shipping package. Due its modular construction, our package system offers an ergonomic filling of the shipping box, as it can adapt cardboard rings piece by piece for an individual filling.

The basic structure always is a cardboard bottom, from which the individual rings are adjusted. With our FLEXABOX Corners, the basis for another carton ring is created – thus creating a stable shipping carton level by level. Finally, a lid is placed on the carton and the shipping unit is ready for strapping.

We are happy to provide the complete FLEXABOX-System including the cardboard rings in any quality specialised for our customers needs. Of course it is also possible to procure the cardboard rings separately as well. Also you will receive our custom build connecting corners – so you will get your own individual, innovative FLEXABOX Packaging System.

packaging system

September 2017

now extra-lightly palletized

Successfully with crispbread

The world's largest crispbread specialist with the crown on the S asked us if we could test his products for him. Not on the tongue but directly on the carrier. And that with several pallets! Why the demand? Well, the food company Wasa/Barilla pays particular attention to its quality in the face of many pallet-changing operations per week: each pack should be just as intact in the trade as it leaves the production.

So do we have to put on velvet gloves? In short: no! In our test series with all sorts of varieties, the pallet change with the PSV worked smoothly as usual. And a touch more elegant, if the cardboard we recommend is laid under the product. Conclusion: When palletizing with our pallet sliding device PSV the sensitive crispbread certainly does not crack. No matter if Whole Grain, Light Rye, Hearty – we'll do a good job!

now extra-lightly palletized 

May 2017

make a wish in sapphire blue

Make your dreams come true!

ABUS, a German quality manufacturer offers a large product range of innovative security solutions. Preferred material: Steel of all grades. The weights that come together in manufacturing and shipping are therefore regularly in the mid-hundredth range. Reason enough for the security specialist to be on the safe side in pallet handling as well: individually dimensioned plastic pallets are used in production!

Our task: the change to disposable wooden pallets for trucking.
Our solution: A pallet sliding device, adapted in width and length to the individual pallet size. Our addition: paint in the corporate color sapphire blue as the icing on the cake. PSV or PSS, we like to realize your special solution. Make your dreams come true!

make a wish in sapphire blue  

March 2017

great demand

Big interest on the LogiMAT 2017

The logistic sector is curious: in the short time of the fair our innovation got a great response, we’ve had very positive feedback. Representatives of well-known companies expressed their enthusiasm. Thank you very much for your interest and the informative conversations. A lot of international requests and new established contacts encourage us: our patented idea is the perfect solution for exchanging pallets in the area of logistics.

great demand 
great demand 
great demand 
great demand 

January 2017

Visit us at our stand at LogiMAT 2017 

Visit us at our stand at LogiMAT 2017

East entrance | Stand ES07

15th International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling and Information Flow

14. – 16. March 2017 – Stuttgard Trade Fair Centre