Top 5 Uses for Corrugated Plastic Containers in Material Handling

Corrugated plastic totes, bins and containers have a nearly unlimited range of material handling uses. For example, organizing parts in assembly operations, organizing and distributing mail within your facilities, warehousing parts and products, or transporting parts and products within a facility or to your other facilities or customers.

nestable postal totes

Drone view of vertical lift dividers, conveyor totes, shelving bins and nestable postal totes

Following is a list of the five leading ways for using corrugated plastic mail totes and containers—and the advantages they offer to the businesses that depend on them daily:

1.  Postal totes

The U.S. Postal Service uses 15 million postal totes to collect, organize and transport letters and parcels. The reasons that the U.S. Postal Service chooses corrugated plastic containers are the same reasons they would benefit your business:

  • They’re lightweight and made with cut-out handles, so they’re easy to carry
  • They’re also very sturdy. They stand up to constant, high volume use and the bumps and scrapes that go with it.
  • They’re made even stronger, to handle heavy loads, with steel rod reinforcements
  • They can be used hundreds of times, resulting in a low cost per use, compared to the one-time use of corrugated cardboard containers
  • They’re 100% recyclable, so they make responsible use of resources and keep waste out of landfills
horizontal carousel totes

Custom horizontal carousel totes to store the inside of car doors!

2.   Shelving and carousel bins

Postal totes and flat tubs work in a wide range of shelving and carousel configurations, because they’re available in thousands of sizes. In fact, they can be custom designed and made in any size—and in 10 colors—to perfectly fit any need you have.

When used in carousels or other storage systems, mail bins, totes and containers maximize available cube. This maximizes the amount of product you can handle and store. And it minimizes wasted space.

Space age bins and containers made by Flexcon are used in more than 8,000 carousel systems with capacities up to 130 lbs. and more

3.     Automated storage and retrieval systems

Corrugated plastic postal mail totes work well in automated storage and retrieval applications because they meet virtually any deflection criteria. In addition, they are dividable with drop-in partitions. This expands their versatility, to adapt to changing needs.

The bottoms of space age totes feature pitched drain holes. In the event a sprinkler system is set off, these holes allow water to drain out, preventing collapse of your automated system.

4.    Cases and shipping containers

The strength and durability of corrugated plastic mail totes make them the perfect solution for shipping. They hold contents perfectly in place, protecting them to their destination. And they’re reusable hundreds of times.

VLM dividers

VLM dividers adjust to fit your needs!

5.      Dividers and dunnage

Corrugated plastic containers, tubs and totes and available dividers and dunnage provide excellent protection of product in manufacturing, storage and shipping applications. Flexcon containers are fully dividable to meet current and future storage needs. While protecting product and parts, these dividers prevent migration, keeping everything where it needs to be.

To learn more about the innumerable uses for corrugated plastic mail totes, contact a Flexcon sales representative today.

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