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1) Rigid container

A rigid wire, steel or plastic container with a rigid structural framework for strength and stiffness and is not capable of being folded flat.

2) Returnable plastic container

Refers to collapsible, hand-held plastic containers used mostly for produce handling in closed loop packaging systems.

3) Returnable container labeling

The method used to mark/identify returnable/reusable container and pallets to insure that they return to the proper destination.  Can be as simple as stenciling or as sophisticated as barcoding.

4) Reusable plastic container

Storage or transport vessels made of durable molded plastic.  Intended to be used more than once.

5) Reusable Container & Pallet Association (RCPA) Industry Group

The Reusable Container & Pallet Association (RCPA) members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of the reusable/returnable industrial plastic containers, pallets and packaging. They supply solutions worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector.

6) Plastic bin

Reusable container used for storing and shipping materials.

7) Pouch placard system

An identification/labeling procedure that utilizes plastic or paper pouches to house or container any necessary paperwork that should accompany a container, pallet or box.

8) Polypropylene plastic

A thermoplastic resin that is hard and tough and has increased optics.  Functions well in thermo-formed applications such as pallets and containers.

9) Read/Write Tag

Technology that allows for a identification tag to be programmed and revised while the tag is still on the container, rack or pallet.

10) Runner bar

An element of the base of an industrial container that provides additional floor bearing area and improved conveyor movement.

11) RPCPA

The Reusable Plastic Pallet & Container Association (RPCPA) was created by a group of visionary manufacturers who design, fabricate and apply Reusable Plastic Pallet and Container Solutions on a worldwide scale. A product section of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), RPCPA members make a substantial commitment of time & resources to the long-term health and welfare of the industry. RPCPA programming is intended to: Create awareness and recognition of Reusable Plastic Pallet and Container Solutions as environmentally friendly and cost effective platform for material handling and logistics Develop and deliver important information on proper application and use through publications and educational activities

12) Pallet stacking frame

A load securing device that often can take the place of containers or bins. This device consists on iron posts and connecting frame members resting on the four corners of a pallet creating an open container in appearance with a certain amount of load retention ability. The frames are removable for storage, but when in use, the loaded pallets can be block stacked on the floor. This is a particular advantage for unit loads that would not stack safely without the rigid frame. There are other attachments such as special metal frames and welded wire gates, but none of these allow for pallet stacking.

13) Rack Manufacturers Institute, Inc. (RMI) Industry Group

The Storage Manufacturers Association (SMA) members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of industrial storage equipment. They supply storage solutions worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector. Industrial storage equipment includes steel shelving, industrial work platforms (mezzanines), work and assembly stations, modular drawer equipment, clothing storage lockers, movable base storage equipment, storage containers and directly related equipment.