The Returnable 30×16-Inch BulkTote from ORBIS finds sweet spot between collapsible bulk containers and handheld baskets for heavier items, features four way base entry and unique top fork openings
ORBIS Corporation has launched the BulkTote. For its size, this marks a first in terms of providing fork truck entry on each of its four sides, enabling greater versatility and easier handling for part delivery to line-side. The BulkTote creates opportunity through reducing nearly in half the line-side space requirement, or alternately allowing manufacturers to double the amount of SKUs at line-side in the same amount of space.
Normally, ORBIS observes, the internal capacity of collapsible bulk containers as well as handheld totes had a tendency to be underutilized when holding heavy, dense parts due to high weight loads or slower velocity. Wire baskets and smaller handheld containers would not necessarily have the weight capacity to hold heavier loads of metal stamped parts. Such totes would also require palletization, fork truck positioning, and generally, greater difficulty in handling. The choice of large bulk containers also can prove to be sub-optimal where heavy or dense components such as gears or metal stampings under-utilize the container, resulting in significant vertical space going unused.
Given the constraints of both handheld and full size collapsible bulk bins, ORBIS identified the urgency for a simple bulk solution that better served companies on their production lines in terms of space utilization and flexibility.
“Our new 30” x 16” BulkTote adds efficiency to line-side presentation of heavy, dense parts,” said Alex Hempel, product manager – BulkPak. “With the ability to present its shorter side to the line, it will reduce line-side space to nearly half while delivering the same amount of product to the line or doubling the amount of SKUs in the previous 32” x 30” line-side footprint.”
With a capacity of up to 500 lbs, the BulkTote provides an attractive alternative to steel tubs, wire baskets, as well as wood or corrugated packaging. The long-lasting BulkTote is a fully reusable handling solution, designed for durability in heavy-duty applications. Worker safety is enhanced through the unique fork opening at the top of the container which enables the safe presentation of the short side of the container to the assembly line. With the 16-inch side facing the line, more containers can be fit on the line, resulting in efficient utilization of space and a safer environment for workers.
At a weight of under 30 pounds when empty, the handling of empty BulkTotes is a breeze. Its unique stacking ridge allows for secure nesting when stacking and unlike wire baskets, the BulkTote’s all-plastic, smooth interior design will not rust or damage parts and is cleanable.
The BulkTote is structural foam molded in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) for a long service life, and can be fully recycled at the end of its life. Additionally, all ORBIS bulk containers can be fitted with custom protective ORBIShield™ dunnage, to ensure product inside is moved safely throughout the supply chain.
ORBIS has been serving the industrial and automotive industries for over 25 years, and with manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Mexico, leading OEMs and suppliers have come to rely on ORBIS to provide the most diverse packaging solutions and versatile materials available in the marketplace. The 30” x 16” BulkTote provides these customers with an innovative solution to move product faster, safer, and more cost-effectively within their supply chains, while helping reduce overall impact on the environment.
To learn more about this new product, visit http://www.orbiscorporation.com/bulktote.