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1) Container

A receptacle (such as a box, enclosure) or a formed or flexible covering for the packing or shipment of articles, goods, or commodities. Containers may be constructed of plastic, welded wire, corrugated steel or aluminum. To obtain more information on the features and benefits on materials used to construct containers, please click below: Industrial Metal Containers and Wire Decking (IMC&WD) Reusable Container & Pallet Association (RCPA)

2) Container washing

Service to clean and maintain containers.

3) Conductive container

Container that is permanently static dissipative.

4) Bulk container

Bulk containers are heavy duty containers designed for bulk storage material handling.

5) Collapsible container

A container (metal or plastic) that may be disassembled or dismantled into separate pieces or folded in order to save storage space. These types of containers can be reassembled or unfolded for future use. A container whose sidewalls collapse.

6) AIAG Container

A container that meets the recommendations of AIAG/Automotive Industry Action Group for configuration/dimensions and load capacity.

7) Attached lid container

Just as the term denotes, any material handling container (steel or plastic) that includes a lid that is attached to container and is an integral part of the design and function of the container.

8) Container load capacity

Maximum content weight a container can safely hold.

9) Container return ratio

Comparison of the number of collapsed containers that equal the height of one upright container.  The higher the ratio, the higher the savings with return shipments.

10) Corrugated plastic container

A plastic container with walls designed with two "faces" of plastic with ridges and grooves sandwiched between them. Such corrugation adds strength and stability to the walls of the container.

11) Corrugated steel container

A container fabricated from corrugated steel sheet as a completed assembly for containment, with the possible addition of structural sections for additional strength and with optional hardware added for specific use and application.

12) Containerization

The process of packing or shipping materials in containers.

13) Carton

A corrugated cardboard container filled at the facility for handling (shipping).

14) Cross stacking

The ability to inter-stack different heights and sizes of containers due to the rib design on the container base.

15) Bearing plate base

A base of an industrial container with bearing plates and steel stacking legs.