Crates and boxes are containers used to store and transport a variety of products. They are used in many sectors, such as agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, warehousing, etc. They can be of different sizes and capacities. Depending on the use, they are equipped with open or closed handles, lids, and their bottom and sides can be solid or perforated. For agricultural and fishing uses, the bottoms can be perforated, curved or smooth.
Flat Closed Bottom Closed Sides Closed handles Complies with European standards Stackable Volume : 5 LitresFor UK, ask for your quote Maximum load : 10 kg Weight : 0,38 kg See also 6 liters 10 liters 15 liters 20 liters
Perforated bottom Perforated Sides 4 open handles Bi-Color & Stackable Nestable 50% Volume : 22 litresFor UK, ask for your quote Maximum load : 20 kg Weight : 1,30 kg Also see Sides closed Black and green 25 liters Special freezer
Flat Closed Bottom Closed Sides 2 open handles Fully foldable Ultra-light Quick and easy to useFor UK, ask for your quote Volume : 20 litres Weight : 0,79 kg Also see 18 liters 39 liters 40 liters 47 liters
Flat Closed Bottom Closed Sides Closed handles With 2 door lid Stackable & Nestable Can be secured by leadFor UK, ask for your quote Volume : 23 litres Maximum load : 20 kg Also see 46 liters 54 liters 67 liters 25 liters
Reinforced & Perforated bottom Perforated Sides 2 open handles Stackable in HDPE Volume : 20,5 litresFor UK, ask for your quote Maximum load : 25 kg Weight : 1,10 kg Also see Handles closed Corrugated bottom
Flat Closed Bottom Closed Sides 2 open handles Bi-Color & Stackable Nestable 50% Volume : 22 litresFor UK, ask for your quote Maximum load : 20 kg Weight : 1,47 kg Also see Sides perforated 25 liters 34 liters Special freezer
Crates and boxes can be made from different materials such as wood, metal, plastic, cardboard, etc. The method of manufacture varies according to the material used. The method of manufacture varies according to the material used.
Wooden crates or boxes
Wooden crates or boxes are made from hardwoods such as oak, maple, birch, ash, as well as softwoods such as pine, fir, Douglas fir etc. The wooden boards are cut into different sizes according to the specifications of the box or bin to be manufactured. The boards are then joined together with nails or screws to form the box or crate. Wooden crates can be treated to resist water, insects and rot over time. The type of treatment can vary depending on the species but is generally referred to as autoclave treatment. Autoclave treatments can also be used to stain the wood brown, blue or green.
Plastic crates and boxes
Plastic crates and boxes are made from different types of polymers such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polycarbonate, from the plastics industry but increasingly from recycling channels. Moulds are created and used to make the different shapes and sizes. Plastic crates and bins are lightweight, impact resistant and easy to clean. They are also approved for food contact.
Cardboard crates or boxes
Cardboard boxes or bins are usually made from recycled paper in the form of corrugated kraft or honeycomb. The cardboard sheets are cut into different sizes according to the specifications of the box or bin to be manufactured. The cardboard sheets are then folded and glued to form the box or crate. Cardboard boxes and bins are lightweight and the least expensive.
Metal crates and boxes
Metal crates and boxes are usually made from steel or aluminium. The metal sheets are cut into different sizes according to the specifications of the crate or box to be manufactured. The metal sheets are then folded and welded to form the crate or bin. Metal crates and bins are impact resistant and weatherproof.
The different uses
Crates and boxes are containers, often made of plastic, used in many industrial and commercial sectors. They are used to transport, store and organise products, raw materials and other types of goods. In this presentation we will look at the different uses of crates and bins in different industries.
For the food industry
They are used in the food industry to store, transport and handle food products, such as fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. Crates are often designed with ventilation slots to allow good airflow and to prevent the build-up of moisture, which can lead to the growth of bacteria. Plastic crates are also used to store food in refrigerators and freezers.
For Logistics and Warehousing
Cratesare widely used in logistics and warehousing operations. They are used to store and transport products, raw materials and goods. Crates and boxes are often stackable, which maximises the available storage space. They can also be equipped with wheels or mounted on trolleys to facilitate the transport and handling of products. Crates and bins are also used for order picking, more commonly known as Picking.
For the retail trade
Crates are used in retail shops to store and display products. Crates can be used to store products in shop warehouses or backrooms, while bins are used to display products on the sales shelves. Bins can be stacked to save space and are often transparent to allow better visibility of products.
boxes are also used in agriculture to store and transport crops. Crates are often used to store fruit and vegetables before they are shipped to market. Bins can be used to transport agricultural products from the farm to the point of sale.
For the manufacturing industry
In the manufacturing industry, crates and bins are used to store and transport raw materials and finished products. Bins can be used to store parts during production or to organise components and tools for assembly lines.
For the automotive sector
They are used primarily to store, transport and organise a wide variety of automotive parts, from small parts such as bolts and nuts, to large parts such as bumpers and car doors. They allow for intra-factory flow exchanges and also exchanges between suppliers and customers. Plastic crates and bins for the automotive industry are mainly standardised according to the manufacturers. For example, Odette or Galia homologation.
Plastic crates are widely used in automotive factories for the storage of parts, as they are strong and durable, and are often also designed to be stackable. Crates are often fitted with lids to protect parts from damage, dust and protection during transport operations. Crates can also be labelled or marked for easy identification and traceability. In some cases they will be fitted with RIFD tags or more recently with IOT chips.
Other uses include organising parts in automotive repair shops and again for temporary storage during repair operations, as well as organising tools and supplies. The bins can be equipped with handles for easy handling.