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Better Carousel Containers Vertical Lift Dividers
Pharmacy And Photo Bins Carousel Containers
Corrugated Plastic Containers Cost Effective Pallets
Ultra Stack and Hang Bins Bulk Containers
Giant Hopper Containers Attached Lid Containers
New Carousel & VLM Totes The Container Quarterly Newsletter
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Modern Materials Handling

DrVita's Healthy Take on Automation

By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor

It's conventional wisdom: Only the biggest retailers and e-tailers can afford automated picking systems. Everyone else starts with a manual system and eases their way into automation as the volume of orders scales up.

But what if conventional wisdom is wrong? That's a question that was answered by Wayne Gorsek, founder and CEO of DrVita.com, an e-tailer of dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products to enhance a healthy lifestyle. When Gorsek launched DrVita about four years ago, he and Charles Woods, the company's chief operating officer, decided to invest in materials handling automation from day one, but do it in a way that would allow them to scale their solution as order volume grows. Continue Reading...



The container inquisition

Answer these 10 questions to find the best fit for your operation.

By Sara Pearson Specter, Editor at Large

It might appear that Ken Beckerman, president of Flexcon Container, is in the business of selling reusable plastic totes and bins. But it turns out that he's really a detective. That's because when someone calls about buying a box, he and his sales team ask questions; no fewer than 10, in fact.

"It's important to ask a lot of questions to narrow the problem into a solution. We try to get intimate knowledge of the system that the container is going to be running on and what the container needs to do so we can offer options to fit an application perfectly," Beckerman says. In addition to an option that meets the caller's specs, alternative might be for containers that are less expensive, more durable, lighter weight (for more content capacity) or save space in the system.

This question list includes:

  1. What will the container do on a typical day?
  2. Will the container leave your facility?
  3. How does the container move through the facility?
  4. If the container rides on a conveyor, what type? Which brand? Are there sensors or gates? Are there inclines or declines?
  5. How much weight goes in the container?
  6. Will the containers go in a freezer or an autoclave sanitization process, or remain at room temperature?
  7. Is this a temporary solution or a long-term investment?
  8. What other reusable container systems have you seen that you like?
  9. When do you need the containers?
  10. What is your budget?

Those last two questions are often the most important, Beckerman says. A rush delivery requirement may limit option to what's in stock. Used or overstock containers might fit tight budgets better than new. And, companies looking to automate should consider the container in parallel with the system's development.

"As a container guy, I'm definitely the last thing they think of, but I've worked through that," he quips. "There are so many standard totes and containers today, it's easier to supply the perfect size container than it was even 10 years ago. There's no such thing as a custom container anymore; it's very easy to pull standard size tooling from the warehouse and make the tote that fits a need, and in a low minimum quantity to make it affordable—just 250 to 500 units."



These steel-reinforced plastic containers are dividable into 1,4,16, or 32 compartments to accommodate the large variety of Brother's parts in a single container design.

Neyl Williams, Brothers Warehouse Manager, reports that the new durable containers offer vast improvements in adaptability compared to the containers that were used previously. They also help to enhance inventory and picking accuracy because of the improved organization they provide. Brother now uses these containers exclusively in their carousels.

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Flexcon's Press Releases

Flexcon Announces New Containers That Make Carousels Better

Pharmacy and Photo BinsSpringfield, NJ (PRWEB) -- Flexcon Container, located in Springfield New Jersey, has recently supplied a major pharmaceutical company carousel containers that help maximize the benefits of the Remstar carousel.

The containers were sized specifically to fit the carousel perfectly. They were also made with the end users inventory in mind. In addition, the dividable containers allow the creation of compartments for a perfect fit. "I believe that we increased the available cube in the carousel by over 20% by making the right container for this project" said Ken Beckerman, Flexcon's Product Manager and Vice President.

The containers were actually made 2" longer than the front to back dimension of the shelf for an additional 8% storage capacity.The straight wall design of the containers makes them substantially more space efficient when compared to containers that have a taper. All of these elements combine to create a container that is nearly 100% space efficient.

The containers have a pick face that is 50% open to allow easy access for part picking and replenishment. They can also be pulled forward to pick larger parts or less active inventory which is stored in the back of the container.

The containers are color coded to enhance the look of the system. Colors and container accessories can also indicates part type, style & golden zone area.

The containers are made from resin that is fire retardant to UL flame class 94hb and they are anti-static treated to help prevent dust and dirt accumulation. Accessories for the containers include card holders, esd materials, dividers, covers, and placards.

For more information on Flexcon's line of plastic containers please contact Ken Beckerman at 908-871-7000.

Flexcon Container is a leading provider of plastic totes, containers pallets and bulk containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information, or a full catalog call 908-871-7000 or visit flexcon on the web at www.FlexContainer.com

 
New Pharmacy and Photo Bins Released by Flexcon

Pharmacy and Photo BinsSpringfield, NJ (PRWEB) -- Flexcon Container is pleased to announced its new line of pharmacy and photo bins. These unique bins hold envelopes, bags, photographs and more upright for easy access. The upright storage also allows for quick product identification and optimal use of storage space. The pharmacy and photo bins can be used to easily sort and store items without the need of a divider.

Flexcon's Pharmacy Bins and Photo Bins are made from durable injection-molded polypropylene that leads to long life and reusability for substantial cost savings. Features offered by these bins are non-slip V-groove textured interior bottoms and nestability when empty to conserve storage space.

These bins also have corner ribs that prevent jamming when nested for storage or shipping and a rolled top rim for added strength and durability. These bins come in a package of 10 and can be ordered in either yellow or white. The dimensions for the bin is 16 3/4" x 7 1/2" x 5 3/8". Flexcon's Pharmacy and Photo Bins are perfect for photo lab and pharmacy envelopes, retail stores, parts storage and sorting and craft and hobby supplies.

For more information on Flexcon's line of pharmacy and photo bins plus other plastic containers such as attached lid containers please contact Ken Beckerman
at (973) 467-3323.

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American manufacturer and provider of totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973)467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexContainer.com.

 
Flexcon Container's Corrugated Plastic Containers Offer Versatility and Cost Effectiveness

corrugated plastic containersSpringfield, NJ (PRWEB) – Flexcon is pleased to offer the most versatile storage and material handling container ever designed on the market with its line of corrugated plastic containers. These containers offer unmatched size, style and color options available to meet almost any application's needs. Durability and lightweight design continue to add to the versatility of these corrugated plastic containers. Add to this the vast array of available accessories and the ability to customize the size, shape and color of the containers and the end result is a virtually limitless resource for storage and material handling needs.

Flexcon's corrugated plastic containers are available in over 6,000 sizes and over 20 different styles. Some of the most popular styles are hopper front dividable containers, basic style hopper front containers, stackable hopper front containers, straight wall dividable containers, nestable containers, horizontal carousel containers, heavy duty stackable containers, cases, delivery containers, pizza style fold together containers and the list goes on and on. Also, Flexcon makes partitions for almost any need that can help protect your product and maximize storage density. Almost every type of corrugated plastic container made by Flexcon can be made in ESD safe materials to help protect static sensitive products. Also, Flexcon can custom configure almost any container with foam cushioning to help prevent product damage in transit.

One of the greatest features of Flexcon's corrugated plastic containers is the ability to customize sizes, styles and colors with very little up-charge. This results in the ability to have containers that can hold almost anything and fit almost any need. Corrugated plastic containers offer such versatility at such a great price.

For more information on Flexcon's line of corrugated plastic containers, please contact Ken Beckerman at (973) 467-3323 or visit Flexcon's booth at ProMat 2007 in Chicago, Illinois from January 8 – 11, 2007.

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American manufacturer and provider of totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973)467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexContainer.com.

 
Flexcon Container Announces Ultra Stack and Hang Bins

giant hopper containerSpringfield, NJ (PRWEB) -- Flexcon Container announces its line of low cost ultra stack and hang bins. These strong injection molded plastic bins will help you organize your inventory. They are equipped for easy handling with front, back and side grips. These plastic bins are designed to hang from louvered panels or rails by built in full width rear hangers. An extra wide stacking ledge and anti-slide lock keep stacked bins secure and steady and prevent forward shifting of the bins. A reinforced rib design adds strength and prevents spreading.

Flexcon's ultra stack and hang bins are available in 17 sizes and a variety of colors to meet all types of application needs. These plastic bins are constructed from heavy duty, virgin, high density FDA. Large multiple label slots provide easy label insertion and part identification. This also allows for larger bar code scanning. An optional clear plastic window maximizes storage capacity, provides a quick view of contents, prevents spillage and protects parts from dust and dirt. Optional dividers maximize flexibility for storage options and keep contents organized. These ultra stack and hang bins are designed to be waterproof, rust and corrosion resistant and are unaffected by weak acids and alkalis. These bins are also autoclavable up to 250°F and resistant to extreme cold. A range of bin sizes offer bin capacities up to 50 pounds.

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American provider of pallets, totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973) 467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexconBins.com.

 
Flexcon Container Announces Its New Line of Recycle Containers

giant hopper containerSpringfield, NJ (PRWEB -- Flexcon proudly announces its line of durable recycle bins now available at very competitive prices. These bins are perfect for all types of recycling and provide an easy way to organize almost any recyclable item. They are also designed to meet most municipalities' specifications.

Sizes for these recycling containers range from 4 gallon up to 22 gallon. Lids are available to fit most of the container sizes. These containers are durable and weather resistant because they are made from one piece injection molded high density polyethylene plastic. The recycle containers are available in standard and custom colors. These bins come with either the standard hot-stamping with the recycling loop or can be custom imprinted to incorporate a company's logo.  A large, ergonomically designed carrying lip allows for easy handling and comfortable pick-up. These recycling bins offer a high nesting ratio for compact storage. These durable recycling containers are the latest product from Flexcon which offers a full line of corrugated plastic containers, plastic containers, bulk boxes and plastic pallets to accommodate any application.

For more information on Flexcon's newest line of recycling containers, please visit www.flexcontainer.com or call Ken Beckerman at (973) 467-3323

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American manufacturer and provider of pallets, totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973)467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexContainer.com.

 
Flexcon Container Announces Giant Hopper Front Containers

giant hopper containerSpringfield, NJ (PRWEB) -- Flexcon Container announces its line of giant hopper front containers that come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. Flexcon's Giant Hopper Bins are extra large, high-density, heavy duty open hopper stackable bins and are a perfect solution for storing and organizing large parts. Bins have a stack capacity of up to 100 lbs. and can stack up to 6 bins high. Injection molded from high-density polyethylene, these bins are waterproof, will not rust or corrode and can be cleaned easily. Molded in divider slots and optional dividers keep parts separated and organized. An optional clear window increases capacity. A label holder provides permanent part identification. These bins are available in a variety of colors.

Flexcon's Giant Stack Containers are multipurpose with a wide, open hopper front that provides easy access for large part storage. These containers are ideal for multiple applications in recycling, storing parts, tools and warehouse items. This bin will stack up to 6 bins high creating a sturdy, tall storage system. These bins, which are injection molded from high-density polyethylene, are easy to clean, resist rust and corrosion and impervious to most chemicals. A large label holder allows for quick identification. An optional clear window increases storage capacity and allows for inspection of parts. Optional, six 1/4" drill hole points on the bottom of the bin allow for drainage. These containers also come as Mobile Giant Stack Containers that are ideal for transport of heavy and bulky parts. This type of container comes with 4 swivel, 3" casters, 2 of which have brakes, allowing for up to 250 lb. mobile load capacity. Containers can even stack with the casters in place. . Please contact Flexcon for more detailed information or a "free" sample of either of these cost-effective giant hopper front containers.

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American manufacturer and provider of pallets, totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973)467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexContainer.com.

 
Flexcon Announces Cost-Effective Pallets

plastic palletSpringfield, NJ (PRWEB) -- Flexcon Container announces its line of low cost plastic pallets. Flexcon's export pallets help protect products that are placed on it. They are strong, durable and easy to handle. They have a very wide variety of applications. These high-density polyethylene pallets offer durable one-piece construction, anti-skid surfaces, 4-way hand truck and fork truck entry, and are made in the United States of America. They have a dynamic load capacity of 3,500 lbs. and a static load capacity of 10,500 lbs. This pallet has a length of 40" and a width of 48" with a height of 5.2". Its weight is 18.6 pounds. Up to 1500 pallets can be fit onto a 53' trailer.

Flexcon's recyclable pallets are available in a picture frame style with 3 or 4 runner configurations. These pallets offer 4-way entry and can be stacked or racked. These pallets are strong, yet lightweight, corrosion resistant, durable, and very low cost. These rackable pallets have a 5,000 lb. dynamic load and a 25,000 lb. static load and a racking load of 2500 pounds. This pallet has a length of 40" and a width of 48" and weighs 46 pounds. Please contact Flexcon for more detailed information or a "free" sample of either of these cost-effective plastic pallets.

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American manufacturer and provider of pallets, totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973)467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexContainer.com.

 
New Carousel & VLM Totes Maximize Density

carousel containersSpringfield, NJ (PRWEB) -- Flexcon introduces a complete line of cost effective totes designed specifically to work with all the sizes and styles of carousel containers and Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs). Over 200 standard sizes are available to maximize the cube of virtually all the bins, carriers, trays and pans used in North America.

The carousel and VLM line of totes are anti-static treated to help reduce buildup within automated equipment. Seven standard colors are also available to express corporate identity or help increase accuracy and throughput. By color coding locations or designating a color to a specific family of parts operators are able to store and replenish quickly and accurately.

From order picking and distribution applications requiring hopper fronts to Zero-Migration Dividers to create multiple cells within a tote for manufacturing applications, Flexcon's new carousel and VLM totes are designed to meet a wide range of applications. This new line of totes is available with weight capacities up to 130 lbs. per tote to meet the demands of today's warehouse environment.

"We were able to cost effectively maximize every inch of our carousels and VLMs by purchasing Flexcon's carousel and VLM totes. They were durable and kept parts from migrating which keeps our operation running efficiently," said John Williams of Subaru of America.

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American manufacturer and provider of totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973)467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexContainer.com.

 
Bulk Containers

bulk containersSpringfield, NJ (PRWEB) -- Manufacturing space and storage space are precious commodities. Since its inception over 35 years ago, Flexcon's goal has been clear: To provide durable, cost-effective containers that enable our clients to put their valuable space to work with "total efficiency." Flexcon has the containers that hold the answers to storage and retrieval problems. No matter what size or style is required, Flexcon has them, and can get them delivered when needed. This flexibility is made possible by the unique ability to make containers in hundreds of different sizes and dozens of styles without charging for tooling. This tradition is continued with bulk containers.

Flexcon now offers a complete line of bulk containers and accessories. Sizes range from 6 x 4 x 4 to 96 x 48 x 52 and capacities range from 1,500 lbs. to 4,000 lbs. These dividable, lightweight containers are available in a range of colors and styles. These bulk containers can be used to transport and store your products within your facility and/or transport them between different facilities. The containers can stack up to five high and collapse when not in use. The boxes have four way forklift entry and are available in 40 sizes. Some of the accessories available for the bulk containers include: drop gates, cardholders, imprinting, placards, covers, gravity flow doors & slip sheets. For more specific information or to request a catalog about our bulk containers, please visit www.flexcontainer.com/ bulk-boxes.htm.

Many of the containers offered by Flexcon are available for immediate shipment. As always, Flexcon guarantees low prices that will save at least 5 %. Dealers are welcome as well.

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American manufacturer and provider of totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973) 467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexContainer.com.

 
Attached Lid Containers

attached lid containersFlexcon's attached lid containers are now available in 106 standard sizes and a variety of colors. (To see size list, go to www.FlexContainer.com/attached-lid.htm). Most of these sizes are made from heavy duty polyethylene plastic and have plastic hinges for long life, improved worker safety and recyclability.

Flexcon's attached lid containers also have an anti-jam feature, improved nesting ratio and a larger area for hot stamping customer information.

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American manufacturer and provider of totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973) 467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexContainer.com.

 
Vertical Lift Dividers

Flexcon now has vertical lift dividers for virtually any application. Sizes range from 12" – 120" and heights from 1 ½" to 20". A few of the options are to divide the tray on ¼", 2", 4" and 6" centers. These dividers are generally half of the cost and weight of traditional metal dividers.

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American manufacturer and provider of totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973) 467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexContainer.com.

 
Carousel Containers

carousel containersFlexcon now has over 270 standard size carousel containers for most any application. This allows the user a perfect fit with virtually zero wasted space. Carousel containers are available in a variety of colors and with the option of length and/or width dividers. Styles include straight front, nestable and hopper front. They are also available in standard and esd safe material.,/

Flexcon Container, Inc. is a leading American manufacturer and provider of totes and containers for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For more information or full catalog on Flexcon Container, call (973) 467-3323 or visit the Flexcon web site at www.FlexContainer.com.