The following items were gathered by Plastics News staff reporter Rhoda Miel at the Material Handling & Logistics North America 2002 show, held April 8-11 in Detroit.
Linpac containers get latches, drop doors
Container users can reduce the number of steps they take with reach-through latches on Linpac Materials Handling's Ropak 4548 containers, introduced at the show.
The option permits a user to collapse the sides of the container while standing on just one side of it. Previously, a handler had to walk around a unit to reach handles mounted only on the exterior.
Linpac, based in Covington, Ky., also introduced long-side drop doors on its 641/2-inch by 48-inch extended-length containers. Models also remain available with drop doors on the 48-inch side of the boxes.
Buckhorn bulk boxes offer easier access
Buckhorn Inc. is dropping the door on its bulk boxes, offering a line of injection molded containers that allows easier access for shorter workers.
The extended-height bulk boxes also feature a re-engineered base to offer boxes with heights of 40-50 inches without the use of extension rings.
Also premiering from Buckhorn, a division of Akron, Ohio-based Myers Industries Inc.:
* A redesigned, 48-inch by 40-inch by 46-inch, general-purpose bulk box with 1,500-ton capacity.
* Two new lengths for its extended-length bulk boxes, 25 inches and 50 inches.
* A new line called extra-duty bulk boxes that can handle 2,300 pounds in capacity, a 500-pound increase from the company's standard boxes.
* Extra-duty transport tubs, designed to transport dense, heavy-weight loads in containers ranging in height from 12-26 inches.