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 a crate style template is your starting point for your design.


To make Crate Pro most effective for you, its important to choose the style templates that most closely match your construction methodology. 


As part of your initial setup and configuration support, we help you understand and select your Preferred Style Templates.


At this time the Upcoming Styles shown in the Image Gallery have been added to Crate Pro 6. 171102


This solution article will help you understand how the style naming convention is set


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   L= lumber    M = mixed  B = both

THE THIRD LETTER DETERMINES THE FRAMING CLEATING / BATTENS    I = inside cleated     O= outside cleated   N = some panels do not have cleats  = Skid

            

            PAL are pallet styles

            SKD are skid bases


1>  BASES FIRST: Review the construction shown to select the first letter in the style template designation:  L, M, H

  • First review the base construction method. What direction do you run your skids/stringers? Length or Width? What direction do you run your lumber when building a lumber based style? Length or width? 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> SHEATHING AND CLEATING:   P, L, M

  • The 2nd letter is based on selecting a plywood or a lumber crate or a combination (mixed) such as art frame style crates which may have lumber sides and ends but a plywood top and base (deck)



3> CAP CONSTRUCTION : The cap is comprised of the Top , Ends and Sides. 

  • The 3rd letter determines if your primary cleats are on the outside, inside or if they're not included on some panels such as the top or side panels. Skids will have 'S' as the 3rd letter

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NUMBERING SERIES: The numbering groups after the first 3 characters further define the construction methodology:



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.















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