Designed around a standard 600 x 400mm footprint, plastic Euro containers integrate with common pallet sizes, manual handling equipment and many automated systems. As the name implies, they are the common crate size for use throughout Europe, including the UK.
Euro containers are available in a wide choice of heights from shallow trays to tall crates. Many ranges include half-size versions, with a base size that measures 400 x 300mm, and quarter size models of 200 x 150mm. Totebox also supplies double-size Euro stacking containers with an 800 x 600mm footprint.
Euro containers stack snuggly on both Euro and UK pallets. The containers’ 600 x 400mm footprint stacks in four columns on 1200 x 800mm Euro pallets and in five columns on 1200 x 1000mm UK pallets. Euro containers also integrate with standard handling and storage systems, such as wheeled dollies, shelving units, live storage systems and conveyors.
Euro containers are available in five standard formats: stacking, 180O stack-nest, ALCs (attached-lid containers), produce crates and folding models:
Euro stacking containers
Euro stacking boxes have vertical sides that provide a larger internal storage capacity than 180O, ALCs and produce crates; all of which have tapered sides to facilitate nesting.
Totebox Euro stacking containers allow users to create modular handling and distribution units as containers of different base dimensions inter-stack to form compact loads. 400 x 300mm models stack 2-up (side-by-side) on 600 x 400mm containers, which in turn stack 2-up on 800 x 600mm containers.
Euro stacking containers are available in both solid and ventilated formats. Ventilated stacking crates are widely used for food handling applications because the vented sides promote airflow in fridges & freezers, which help the contents to reach the desired temperature quickly.
Common accessories for all types of Euro container include lids, label holders and dollies.
180O Euro stacking and nesting containers
Designed for efficient distribution operations, Nesting containers nest inside each other when empty to save valuable space on return transport or when not in use.
180O nesting boxes are tough crates that securely stack when loaded and nest when empty by turning through 180o. It is a simple, robust design that is ideal for heavy-duty applications.
Attached lid containers
Designed to protect high-value and high-risk products in transit, ALCs include integral hinged lids that can be fitted with tamper-evident security seals. The containers stack with lids closed and nest with lids open.
Produce crates, also known as Supermarket crates or bale-arm trays, incorporate stacking bars that are pushed inwards to stack and outwards to nest. These crates are used throughout the food supply chain from field or food processor to retail point-of-sale.
Plastic folding crates aim to provide the best of both worlds; vertical sides provide the large internal volume of Euro stacking containers while folding flat to save space when empty.
But there are however a number of constraints that should be taken into account. Folding crates are time-consuming to assemble and fold, there are more moving parts that make the boxes susceptible to damage and they tend to be less strong than stack-only or stack-nest models. Folding boxes are consequently ideal for less-intensive lightweight distribution applications.
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