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Q & A on Industrial Containers

We asked our users for their input on Industrial Containers. Here are the results of 50 users familiar with Industrial Containers.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing industrial container design?
7 answers
Answers:
Ergonomics; with labor always being an issue, we need to have robotics incorporated to self unload and move.
~Paul K, Research & Development, Palm Coast, FL
The application of composite materials including polymer matrix composites.
~Nuno Aguiar, Mechanical Engineer, Porto, Portugal
Weight reduction Cargo protection
~LEJEUNE K, Technical Support, Brussels, Belgium
Material that they built with.
~Technical Support/Services, Ottawa, Canada
Application of new materials.
~STEVE P, SPECIAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND UK
Materials used
~V M, Consulting design engineer, Comimbatore, INDIA
Metallurgy
~Marketing/Sales, Makassar, Indonesia

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative industrial containers?
5 answers
Answers:
Could not specify a specific company as components are selected on the basis of most suitable for the job in question.
~STEVE P, SPECIAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND UK
ColepCCL Unilever Le Whif
~Nuno Aguiar, Mechanical Engineer, Porto, Portugal
Maersk
~Marketing/Sales, Makassar, Indonesia
Hapag
~Rengasamy Indran, Engineering Consultant, Port klang, Malaysia
Toter
~Paul K, Research & Development, Palm Coast, FL

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used industrial containers for?
16 answers
Answers:
Last ditch shipping of building materials onto building site overseas.The containers make an ideal secure storage for these materials until required to be built in. They can then be given away locally as I have done.
~Gerry Mc, Builder/Contractor, Gold Coast, Australia
Shipping containers (high top). I designed an In Vessel Computer Controlled Composter that fit into a shipping container for ease of shipping and operations.
~Paul K, Research & Development, Palm Coast, FL
Plastic/Composite cans for Sprays and Aerosol Dispensers, instead of the traditional Aluminium cans.
~Nuno Aguiar, Mechanical Engineer, Porto, Portugal
Transport of Industrial Equipment. Currently considering for transport of dry chemical.
~Purchasing, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Storage, inventory control, material planning, logistic, productivity
~V M, Consulting design engineer, Comimbatore, INDIA
Monitoring imports and export of those containers.
~Technical Support/Services, Ottawa, Canada
Packaging Bulk and Drum Industrial Chemicals
~Engineering, Process/Production, Auburn, WA
Want to use contaier base for building sheds
~Manufacturing, Melbourne, Australia
Infection waste, waste water treatment
~Engineering, Other, Cirebon, Indonesia
Sea freight Cargo.., Packings
~Engineering, Consulting, Kimpo,, Korea (South)
Bag in the box,paper boxes.
~Marketing/Sales, Klang, Malaysia
Liquids & dry bulk solids
~LEJEUNE K, Technical Support, Brussels, Belgium
Bulk chemical transfer
~Project Management, Aurora, CO
SEE PREVIOUS ANSWER
~STEVE P, SPECIAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND UK
Delivery of goods
~Marketing/Sales, Makassar, Indonesia
Transportation
~Rengasamy Indran, Engineering Consultant, Port klang, Malaysia

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that industrial containers have been used for.
3 answers
Answers:
For example, the product "Le Whif" is a new Plastic Aerosol Dispenser used in the food industry and I think is a very good start point to invest because we don't have many products like that in the food industry and either the food market is becoming increasingly demanding as they are required in new textures and tastes of consumers.
~Nuno Aguiar, Mechanical Engineer, Porto, Portugal
Rain barrels, composters
~Paul K, Research & Development, Palm Coast, FL
Storage purposes
~Rengasamy Indran, Engineering Consultant, Port klang, Malaysia

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of industrial containers?
2 answers
Answers:
One of the important issues lies in exporting the product to warm countries, where the ambient temperature is high. In fact, a container under pressure with increasing temperature may jeopardize the integrity of the structure when the safety factor used in the design presents a low value (for example, 1.2 to 1.5 ). ColepCCL ,when it opened its two new plants in Brazil, was forced to overestimate their containers. A very important factor is the coefficient of expansion space of the material that may cause the container lost due to increased functional characteristic of the clearances between the device that dispenses the aerosol and the can itself.
~Nuno Aguiar, Mechanical Engineer, Porto, Portugal
Yes! Happened due to insufficient knowledge of the specifics of usage.
~V M, Consulting design engineer, Comimbatore, INDIA

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
7 answers
Answers:
Lighter than the others on the market and with a smooth and curved design in PE (with it we have enough strength that the structure does not collapse during use and the advantage of a different and low cost product).
~Nuno Aguiar, Mechanical Engineer, Porto, Portugal
Collapsible utilizing minimum space for storage when not in actual use. Easy handling aids.
~V M, Consulting design engineer, Comimbatore, INDIA
That it would be constructed from non- ferrous to enhance scrap value for terminal disposal.
~Gerry Mc, Builder/Contractor, Gold Coast, Australia
Lighter and more powerful
~Marketing/Sales, Makassar, Indonesia
More standardization
~LEJEUNE K, Technical Support, Brussels, Belgium
Self unloading
~Paul K, Research & Development, Palm Coast, FL
Special design
~Rengasamy Indran, Engineering Consultant, Port klang, Malaysia

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using industrial containers?
4 answers
Answers:
Yes, I have. They need to be careful to verify that the product is environmentally friendly (ie, if the packaging is easily recyclable and if the product contains no CFC's or Hallons) and contains no prohibited substances (as the case of lead) or harmful substances in some aerosols such as aluminum.
~Nuno Aguiar, Mechanical Engineer, Porto, Portugal
Try to get a first person view of the container you're considering to ensure its going to fulfill your needs with little or no modifications.
~STEVE P, SPECIAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND UK
Recycle old containers
~Paul K, Research & Development, Palm Coast, FL
Choose a good partner
~LEJEUNE K, Technical Support, Brussels, Belgium

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of industrial containers?
6 answers
Answers:
The common errors in the usage of industrial containers are that people want to take advantage of often single-use containers that do not meet safety standards; to pierce the container, fill it, and in the case of volatile materials when drilling, an explosion can occur of higher dimensions.
~Nuno Aguiar, Mechanical Engineer, Porto, Portugal
If shipping overseas second hand containers may not be accepted.
~Gerry Mc, Builder/Contractor, Gold Coast, Australia
Get qualified personnel to select container.
~Rengasamy Indran, Engineering Consultant, Port klang, Malaysia
Understanding the usage completely.
~V M, Consulting design engineer, Comimbatore, INDIA
Make good specifications.
~LEJEUNE K, Technical Support, Brussels, Belgium
Research.
~Paul K, Research & Development, Palm Coast, FL


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