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Plastic totes are used in a large number of industrial and consumer contexts. On factory and warehouse floors, especially in businesses where small items are manufactured or stored, plastic tote bins are used in large quantities by employees to collect newly manufactured products or to gather customer orders from storage. Read More…

Plastic Totes Plastic totes are plastic containers that are used for the transportation or storage of small items.
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Cranbury, NJ  |  800-260-3786

As a leader in the plastic container industry, Rahway Steel Drum Company supplies a wide variety of precision manufactured products to be used for regulated & non-regulated liquid & solid packaging.

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Rahway Steel Drum Company, Inc. $$$

Chicago, IL  |  800-760-3786

Jakacki Bag & Barrel, family owned and operated, is a plastic container manufacturer. Their products include pails, pallets, gaylords, drums and so much more.

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Jakacki Bag & Barrel, Inc. $$$

Venice, IL  |  800-366-5098

Container Distributors offers a solution for all of your plastic container needs, including all sizes of new and reconditioned plastic containers, as well as steel and fibre drums. We also carry a wide range of cubic yard boxes and IBC/totes.

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Container Distributors, Inc. $$$

Livonia, MI  |  800-915-2262

With over 130 years of learning and leading the packaging industry, we are proud to say that the MJS Packaging advantage is well-established and backed up by the exceptional customer experience we have consistently provided. Our team is ready with expert packaging consultation that can help you locate the best stock item or build a custom solution. We are committed to furnishing superior quality products obtained through our established network of global resources.

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MJS Packaging $$$

Winfield, KS  |  620-221-9464

For the past 30 years, Western Industries has been manufacturing plastic containers for a variety of industries, and fulfilling the needs for businesses large and small. At our 350,000 square-foot manufacturing campus, we have the technology and the expertise to manufacture plastic containers of all shapes and sizes, defect-free.

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Western Industries Plastic Products LLC. $$$
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Plastic totes are used extensively for shipping, short and long-term storage and in private households. A given tote design can have useful applications in many industries because of the durability of its materials, the low cost of production and the recyclability of many plastic tote materials. Totes are ideal for product storage in manufacturing contexts because of the customizability of their design; they can be molded with supports specifically made to fit and protect the contents of the tote.

Liquid-containing totes save on plastic material by having the container itself fabricated into a semi-firm bladder and placed inside a protective metal cage which can be reused indefinitely. Totes designed to transport liquid often have a bottom spout protected by a metal cage while solid and semi-solid storing totes have strong sides, bottoms and lids for easy material access.

Plastic totes are created by injection molding or blow molding. Both processes begin with a collection of plastic resin in a hopper that is then directed into a conveyance channel. A large screw in the conveyance channel then forces the resin, which in its undeveloped form is called stock, toward the mold cavity. A mold cavity is a shaped recess that is designed to shape liquefied plastic into useable products.

As the stock approaches the mold, the pressure of the turning screw and heating elements along the conveyance channel heat the stock to near-liquid state. The stock is forced into the mold where it takes shape. In injection molding, the process would be over at this point. Blow molding, however, has a few more steps. After the plastic enters the mold and takes it shape, compressed air is forced into the mold; this creates a hollow recess in the middle of the newly molded product.

After the molding process is complete, the products are removed from the molding machines, cleansed of imperfections (if present) and either shipped or sent for further processing. Once distributed, plastic totes can remain in use for years. Some manufacturing companies even offer tote cleaning as a value-adding service.

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