The coronavirus has taken its toll on most industries, including in the area of totes, bins and containers. But shipments still need to go out to businesses and the public still needs them to get there. It’s been a year that’s seen growing e-commerce and a larger focus on cleanliness. But for totes, bins and containers, 2020 has also seen a continuation of trends that began years ago. Let’s take a look at where the segment is and where it’s going. After all, so much of this sector is about movement.
Flexcon also featured its newest AS/RS totes, which are compatible with virtually any robotic system.
Flexcon Container exhibited its new Universal and automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) tote boxes, divider systems and pallets. Flexcon's totes and divider systems can handle, store and protect an infinite range of products in any automated, semi-automatic or manual system with maximum space efficiency.
By Bridget McCrea Editor
Flexcon Container (Booth 8625) is exhibiting its new Universal and ASRS tote boxes, divider systems and pallets at Modex. Designed to handle, store and protect an infinite range of products in any automated, semi-automatic or manual system with maximum space efficiency, Flexcon's products help solve companies' most critical fulfillment issues.
Precision matters when it comes to designing and supplying the totes for one of the country's largest independent pharmaceutical distributors and their multimillion-dollar robotic system. Learn how Flexcon's container system keeps the products flowing.
ProMat 2019 partnered with a trade show consulting firm to perform a TSE Gold 100 award winning Eᶾ Exhibiting Effectiveness Evaluation for exhibiting companies. The evaluators also looked for exhibits throughout the show that displayed imaginative, creative, and effective ideas and practices.
Flexcon's booth was one of the exhibits that caught the eyes of the Eᶾ evaluation team and we were awarded the as one of the Standout Exhibits for Effective Visual Communications!
By Abhishek Budholiya Digital marketing and brand development consultant at Future Market Insights (FMI)
ESD Totes Market: Introduction
Electrostatic discharge protection plays a vital role in electrical & electronics manufacturing, fibre optics, telecommunication and other industrial applications. The demand for ESD protective packaging has grown rapidly in the last decade. Digital revolution caused the electronic & electric manufacturing market to grow rapidly to meet the exponentially rising demand for smartphones, smart TVs and the Internet of Things (IoT) technology. ESD totes are box like containers which come with stackable and lidding options. These are basically manufactured on two basic principles: conductive or dissipative.
By Chris Lewis
During a Tuesday press conference, Flexcon Container (Booth S2631) displayed a range of new, evolving products: divider systems, pallets and universal and automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) tote boxes.
Extremely versatile, the divider systems can handle, protect and store virtually any type of product in an automated, manual or semi-automatic system, while offering customers the utmost space efficiency possible.
The company's new AS/RS totes feature reinforced bottoms that repel deflection under heavy loads. As a result, clients' AS/RS systems will run faster, while also enabling a higher product density.
By Brian Reaves MHI Executive Vice President
Days before MHI was prepping to throw open the North and South Halls at McCormick Place in Chicago at ProMat 2017 this past spring, a Board of Governors' member casually noted that multiple exhibitors—and indeed several MHI member companies—would be represented at ProMat by one or more generations of the same family.
Because we don't document or track our members' familial-business relationships, we asked around. To our surprise, we've discovered roughly a dozen such companies among our membership ranks, and suspect there may even be more.
Four companies—Flexcon Container, Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Co., Southworth International Group and UNEX Manufacturing—graciously agreed to take a few minutes at the show to herd their respective family members together and pose for a quick portrait within their exhibits.
By MMH Staff
While in the process of building a new facility, a medical device manufacturer set a few goals including storing and transporting their inventory more safely and in a more organized manner, while also creating a facility that their staff enjoyed working in.
To achieve these goals, the manufacturer decided to use a combination of automated equipment and shelving, along with five different style and color-coordinated blue and red containers and dividers. Vertical lift modules (VLMs) were outfitted with 1/4-inch thick, space-efficient VLM dividers, which are adjustable on 2-inch centers to fit any item in the inventory. The units' 4-inch height also extended the height of the tray, virtually doubling its capacity.
By Sara Pearson Specter
Although fast food slinger Burger King did away with the "have it your way" slogan a couple of years ago, the mantra might as well have been adopted by manufacturers of reusable plastic totes and bulk containers. That's because—although standard sizes and configurations are still offered—customization is king in the industry today, says Ken Beckerman, president of Flexcon Container.
"People will still purchase a standardized, off-the-shelf tote or container, but they often discover they're making the mistake of trying to put a round peg into a square hole," Beckerman explains. "The container might satisfy 80% of their requirements, but when they are looking to maximize handling efficiency and speed, custom tailoring that unit is frequently the best solution."
New Flexcon 600m x 400mm ASRS totes, VLM dividers and other container solutions will be on display at MODEX 2016
By MATERIAL HANDLING
Atlanta, GA, April 4-7, 2016 – Flexcon announces the debut of its new look and new products at MODEX 2016 in Booth 4046. Flexcon Container Solutions help protect and organize goods and optimize space utilization throughout the supply chain.
Flexcon's Solutions help make Carousels, ASRS, VLMs and virtually any form of automation, storage and production line work more efficiently by providing the ideal container, divider, pallet or bulk box system to protect products as they move through the supply chain.
Heavy-duty containers made from oscillating corrugated plastic
Re-engineered from heavier duty material, a line of containers by Flexcon Containers now incorporates oscillating corrugated plastic for increased strength and durability comparable to that of molded plastic units.
Ideal for use in automated storage and retrieval applications, the containers come in more than 3,000 standard sizes–ranging from 20 x 12 x 6 inches to more than 40 inches in length–and can be made in any custom size with a minimum quantity order of 250 pieces.
By PurchasingB2B Staff
Atlanta, GA—Flexcon announces the debut of its new look and new products at MODEX 2016 in Booth 4046. Flexcon said its container solutions help protect and organize goods and optimize space utilization throughout the supply chain.
Flexcon's solutions help make carousels, ASRS, VLMs and virtually any form of automation, storage and production line work more efficiently by providing the ideal container, divider, pallet or bulk box system to protect products as they move through the supply chain.
By Sara Pearson Specter, Editor at Large
In a press conference on Tuesday, Flexcon Container's (Booth 4046) president Ken Beckerman unveiled the company's new display design, as well as several new reusable systems for organization of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) and vertical lift modules (VLMs).
"The new, streamlined look of the booth represents how we help people address their organization, security, process optimization, growth or consolidation challenges," he said. "We have a solution for companies, regardless of where they are in the supply chain—manufacturing, storage, transport and distribution."
By Josh Bond, Senior Editor
A major parts distributor was in a bind. It was out of space, but it needed to add 6,000 new SKUs to its line. Already, the company's error rate was almost twice what it had been just three years earlier. An investment in vertical lifts and an organizing totes/divider system (Flexcon Container, 908-324-5283, www.FlexContainer.com) allowed the company to maximize the use of space and considerably reduce errors.
After reporting a 46% savings in space and a reduction in errors of more than 82%, the company plans to implement the same concept in eight other locations.
By Josh Bond, Senior Editor
Many manufacturers and distributors turn to vertical carousels and vertical lifts to store more in less space. But without the correct size container that fits both the unit and the products to be stored, this automated solution can waste just as much space as standard shelving. A New Jersey manufacturer of car parts recently found a custom container solution that improved organization and cut storage space by 19%.
The company chose a 24 x 4 x 2-inch tote that can hold as many as 12 different parts of small items. Managers say the containers work very well and are fully adjustable with no danger of part migration. For larger parts, the company chose a 24 x 9 x 8-inch container with a closed front. This design allows workers to load the containers with no danger of product falling out of the front. Easy pull handles in the front of the tote make picking parts a breeze and dividers adjust to create the correct size compartment for almost any part. The containers have a perfectly straight wall that helps to increase storage capacity.
By Lorie King Rogers, Associate Editor
Imagine how many parts go into the manufacturing of an aircraft, especially a military one. Now imagine handling those parts and accessing them in an efficient manner. That was a mission-critical situation for one military aircraft manufacturer.
Because the number of SKUs kept on hand had grown by 40%, meaning there are now more than 30,000 different part numbers at the ready in the facility, the manufacturer needed a way to organize and store the aircraft components that increased inventory and accuracy.
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, alternatives might be for containers that are less expensive, more durable, lighter weight (for more content capacity) or save space in the system.
By Josh Bond, Senior Editor
A major U.S. commercial and military aircraft manufacturer recently implemented the use of color-coded hopper-front dividable containers for its horizontal carousel system.
The director of distribution and inventory was looking for a simple way to organize, categorize and unitize his huge inventory while also making it look good. The answer was to categorize the parts into different groups and families and to strategically locate parts in different areas of the system.
By Josh Bond, Senior Editor
Facing a near-universal challenge in the materials handling industry, a New Jersey automotive parts manufacturer sought to store more in less space. The company had already deployed a vertical carousel and vertical lift to help achieve this goal. By installing a series of right-sized containers, the company further reduced wasted space within its carousels.
Without the correct size container that fits both the unit and the products to be stored, the company found that the vertical carousel solution could waste just as much space as standard shelving. The new containers (Flexcon Container, flexcontainer.com) helped the manufacturer organize its parts and increase storage capacity by more than 19%.
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.