A software program called FastenerSync™, developed by the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA), demonstrates the performance of fasteners (nails, staples) in a pallet connection. FastenerSync takes the specifications of a fastener (type, length, diameter, etc.) and wood (species, moisture content, board thickness) and predicts the strength of a pallet connection.
FastenerSync allows complete specification of a fastener, and then computes the withdrawal resistance and lateral (or shear) resistance of the fastener in a pallet connection. This provides the industry with an apples to apples comparison between two fasteners, and indicates which could lead to improved pallet performance.
The software also enables fastener manufacturers to “tweak” fastener specifications during product development, showing how a change might improve performance. The documentation produced by FastenerSync is clear and professional. It computes all the characteristics required to compare to the minimum fastener requirements in the Uniform Standard for Wood Pallets.