buy the wrong boxes!!! Plastic storage boxes are manufactured in many
types and all shapes and sizes which can make choosing the right box
following information is provided is to help you choose the best plastic
storage box, tote or container for your requirements.
Our sales team can offer advice based on many years experience of matching
customer’s requirements to boxes from our range. Please telephone
or email us. We will endeavour to find the best suited storage solution
for you. Alternatively for more information please read our below introduction
to the various types of storage product available:
* Small: Designed for small parts picking & components storage.
Often used with storage racks or louvered panels.
* Medium: For all general purpose storage, distribution, automated and
manual handling (as long as manual handling safe weight regulations).
Available in a large range of sizes and mostly rectangular in shape.
Depth can vary greatly from very shallow to as deep as length of box.
Some boxes are designed to be modular (e.g. 2 small sized boxes will
stack on a large size)
* Large: For High volume, bulk & all big capacity requirements.
Static / mobile storage tanks for storage of liquids, solids, waste.
Suitable for internal / external use. Pallet sized plastic containers
and collapsible bulk boxes for static storage and distribution / transport.
These are designed for easy moving with handling equipment such as pallet
trucks or forklifts.
All of our storage products are made from plastic with nearly all being
either a type of Polyethylene or Polypropylene. The strength of the
material comes from the density / type plastic used and the design of
the box. Reinforced bases, sides and corners provide extra strength
& rigidity therefore increasing loading capacity. All of these factors
also influence how well the box protects contents / resists damage to
Strength needs to be considered as a priority when buying any box, tote
or container. Also the box has to perform well enough for the task in
mind. E.g. a lightweight material box is no good for building sites
/ van distribution. If the contents are heavy there is a need for a
box with a reinforced base, which will adequately support the load.
Nearly all of our plastic
boxes, totes and containers stack securely on top of each other,
this is essential for safe storage in a warehouse or transport on a
vehicle or pallet.
The European Standard Range (ESR) of boxes are designed on a modular
system, meaning two smaller boxes will stack on one larger and so on.
Most industrial boxes and ESR boxes are designed to fit exactly onto
standard size or Euro pallets, ensuring optimum handling and maximising
use of space in the warehouse or when transported.
The maximum stacking height and loading capacity of any plastic box
or container will depend on weight of stored items and strength of material
and design of box. This must be considered when planning highly stacked
storage with heavy contents. Failure to do this can lead to possible
collapse of the box with potential dangerous consequences.
Storage when not in use / Nestability
A great advantage of most plastic storage boxes is their ability to
save space when not in use.
Nesting is when one box will go inside the other when empty therefore
only taking up a fraction of the space.
Nesting boxes are ideal for distribution or warehouse storage as these
containers use approx 60-80% less space when nested. Ideal for when
not in use in the warehouse or on return transport, therefore offering
a potential saving on distribution costs.
Various boxes stack or nest in different ways, some containers are designed
with bale arms, which swing out to support stacked boxes but otherwise
nest if these are not in place. Attached lid boxes stack with lids closed
and nest inside each other with the lids open alongside the box.
The final common method is where the shape of the box is moulded in
such a way that swivelling the box 180 degrees will allow easy stacking
Most containers, boxes and totes are open topped unless otherwise specified
on our website. Lids are ideal for extra protection or for keeping contents
secure. Lids are available for many boxes and these are available in
Attached lid containers ensure the lid can never be lost. These can
either be hinged on one side, normally with catches to secure in place,
or split down the middle into two hinged halves, this type allows easy
stacking / nesting as above.
Drop on lids are the norm for all Euro stacking containers, tanks and
large bulk containers and pallet boxes.
Ventilated boxes are required for applications when contents require
breathing or drainage. Examples can be wet contents or fresh items such
as produce. Ventilated boxes are commonly referred to as crates.
Crates can be supplied with a ventilated base, ventilated sides or a
combination of the two when maximum airflow / drainage is required.
Colour & Visibility
Industrial containers are normally produced in grey as standard. Some
items have colour options and these are always highlighted on our website,
there may be a minimum order quantity on some colours.
Coloured containers can be used as a basis for a colour coding system
for contents or process stage identification. Obviously a range of colours
can also be used for aesthetic reasons.
We also supply two ranges of boxes and totes in clear transparent plastic.
Obvious benefits are visibility and easy identification of contents
without having to access the box.
We can offer a range of plastic boxes that can give an extra level of
security for more valuable contents. All attached lid boxes can be supplied
with tamper-evident security seals that have to be broken to open the
lid. This can be ideal for distribution purposes.
If higher value items are being stored we have three ranges of plastic
boxes and trunks from our big boxes range that feature in-built padlock
fittings or fitted locks.
We offer the UK's widest range of open fronted / easy access boxes,
crates, containers and picking bins. Some feature an open partition
for access, other containers feature a hinged Perspex door that can
enclose contents and protect from dust etc…
All boxes provide easy display / identification and access to contents
making them perfect for order / stock picking, warehousing, site office,
component storage, garment storage, motor / garage / workshop parts
Food Grade Storage
Most of our boxes and containers are manufactured from material that
is food grade and suitable for fresh or unwrapped food stuffs. The only
exception is recycled material boxes, which are black in colour and
not suitable for any food grade storage. If in doubt please ask us for
Used Boxes/ Second Hand Crates
Second hand plastic storage boxes are normally available. They are commonly
large industrial distribution type stacking containers or attached lid
boxes, which are designed for easy palletisation.
We only supply better quality used boxes, which are relatively clean,
structurally sound and in good condition. Choosing the used option over
new obviously can provide significant cost savings to the end user.
plastics buy used plastic boxes, totes, crates and containers from all
over the UK. We are always on the lookout for new stocks of second hand
boxes. Please contact us with size details, quantities and ideally a picture.
We can then make an offer to purchase and collect.
Heavy duty electro-conductive plastic boxes and containers are available
that are designed for protecting electronic components from damage due
to electrostatic discharge during assembly, storage or transport.
Internal divisions and inserts
Internal dividers and inserts are available that allow subdivision inside
the individual box into further small compartments. Inserts and dividers
are generally only available for the Attached lid and Euro stacking container
Labelling and Printing
Some of our box and container ranges feature specific areas for labelling
of contents. These can include drop-in slots, Perspex covered label holders
and dimpled areas that allow easy removing of labels after use.
We can also offer logo and text printing directly onto some ranges of
boxes. This can assist with identification and also branding when a logo,
web address etc. is used.
Most of our industrial boxes and totes feature smooth bases which
allows the box or container to move efficiently through an automated handling
Handling and Mobility
We offer dollies or skates to aid handling of containers or boxes. These
consist of a rigid frame with four heavy duty castors and are designed
to provide easy manoeuvrability to single or stacked boxes.
We offer four plastic trunks from our big boxes range with in-built wheels
and handle. These are ideal for handling and transporting heavier items
over long distances or during travel / on rough services.
Many of our large bulk containers and pallet tanks also feature large
in built castors which can assist greatly in moving heavy high capacity
loads around a warehouse or outside area.
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