Choosing Industrial Collapsible Containers

4 August 2016
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

Collapsible containers are an excellent option for industrial storage. These containers are versatile and offer a number of benefits in the area of space savings. However, these benefits aren't necessarily inherent. The type of collapsible container you choose is important because it will determine just how much use you get from the unit. Make sure you are choosing wisely.  


What type of material is the collapsible container made from? Ideally, you want to choose an option made from a heavy-duty, reinforced plastic. This is important for several reasons. The process of actually collapsing and assembling the container can result in a great deal of wear and tear.

This is especially the case if you repeat these processes often. With a thinner material, there is always the risk of the container components breaking apart.  However, a heavy-duty material is generally able to withstand this wear without causing damage. Even if you don't need to store heavy equipment inside the container, it's always best to choose a heavy-duty option.  

Stacking Capacity

When it comes to space, being able to stack the containers is important. Make sure you understand that all containers are not created equal in this area. Most manufacturers will have a suggested weight guideline for each container as well as the number of filled containers you are able to safely stack on top of each other.

For example, one option might allow you to stack up to six containers on top of each other, whereas another option might be limited to three. The more containers you can stack, the more space you can save. Always check to see what the stacking capacity of a container is before making your selection.

Drop Gates

Choosing collapsible industrial containers that have built-in drop gates can especially be of benefit when it comes to productivity. A drop gate is somewhat of a door that allows you to easily access the contents inside the storage container without having to open it from the top. Drop gates are generally installed on the side of the unit and roll up or down to open or close.

When you select an option that is equipped with this feature, you can both load and unload the container in a shorter amount of time because you don't have to worry about unstacking the containers to do so.

The more effort you put into making your section, the more use you will get out of your collapsible containers. Take your time and choose wisely.  For more information about your options, contact a company like Al's Seattle Barrel Co.