Where cylinders cannot be shipped in returnable containers or custom made crates or baskets, they should be placed parallel to each other on standard plastic pallets. The fully extended shaft must be protected with hard plastic PVC or the equivalent. If the size of the cylinder is greater than the width of the pallet, the pallet must be designed to accommodate the part length and weight, keeping the material within the confines of the pallet. Unique sized pallets may be required to accommodate shipment of larger cylinders. In general, the pallet depth should never exceed 48″, instead, it is the pallet width that should be sized to the part length. Where necessary, blocking may be used to keep the cylinders from shifting. A minimum of two bands must be used to secure the load to the pallet. Additional bands should be added, depending on the size, weight, and number of cylinders on the pallet to insure the load is safely secured to the pallet.