Crate Pro 6 includes hundreds of style templates to make getting from quote to cut sheets to floor quickly and accurately. Style templates are based on international standards and common modifications. Crate Pro 6 is designed for the custom crating company, and while its perfectly acceptable to use a style template exactly as is, its common to make multiple tweaks after you've created your design.
To make Crate Pro most effective for you, its important to choose the style templates that most match your construction methodology. While you have access to all the crate style templates, having a Preferred list allows you to most quickly get from entering the ID or content dims to having a final design.
As part of your initial setup and configuration support, we help you understand and select your Preferred Style Templates.
Based on narrowing done your preferred construction, go to the Image Gallery to see all templates that meet that criteria,
Note: Style templates are not determined by the materials but by the method of construction or how the components are oriented to each other.
THE FIRST LETTER OF A STYLE IS PRIMARILY DEFINED BY THE BASE -- Light Medium Heavy
THE SECOND LETTER DETERMINES THE SHEATHING P-plywood (and material that fills this role such as corrugated) L=lumber M = mixed
THE THIRD LETTER DETERMINES THE FRAMING CLEATING / BATTENS I = inside cleated O= outside cleated N - some panels do not have cleats
1> BASES FIRST
- First review the base construction method. What direction do you run your skids/stringers? What direction do you run your lumber when building a lumber based style? Do you use segmented rubbing strips?
- Based on the majority of internationally published standards - the terms 'light', 'medium' and 'heavy-duty' are not indicative of the load capacity but are used to describe a construction method.
- While the images show headers and/or load members - your designs can be modified to not include them
2> CAP CONSTRUCTION SECOND
- After selecting each primary group as determined by your base configurations, review crate style templates based on your cap construction within those groups.The second level groups under light-duty, medium, duty and heavy, duty, are broken down to plywood, lumber or mixed sheathed crates. The third level is separated by inside, outside or no cleats. These groups are categorized into groups in the Image Gallery.
Within each main group if crate styles they are further defined by the cleat arrangement and Base-On-Cap or Base-Inside-Cap construction.
Interlocking cleats on plywood styles and medium-duty styles are predominantly determined by the cleating intersection across the top of the End and Side panels. Interlocking cleats on light-duty lumber styles are determined by the association between the Side Panel Top-to-Base cleats and Top Panel Front-to-Aft cleats.