Material Flow Gets a Website Makeover

Material Flow & Conveyors Systems
Material Flow and Conveyor Systems, Inc. is proud to debut a new look to its website. While the look of the website has changed, Material Flow still offers top-of-the-line conveyors, pallet jacks, shelving and more from some of the best manufacturers in the material handling industry (including Genie® Industries, Stromberg, Vestil Manufacturing and more) at great prices!

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Guide to Effective Storage

Bin Storage Unit

Bin Storage Unit

Nearly every business has some type of items that need to be stored. Some storage areas require drawers, some require bins and some just require basic shelving. Whatever the case, an effective storage system requires a planned approach in order to improve the effectiveness of the storage and picking of inventory areas.

The easiest way to design an effective storage plan is to look at the physical properties of each item that will be stored. An evaluation of each item’s size and weight will determine a good location in a bin, drawer or section of shelving. Items should be divided into groups of small, medium and large as well as light average and heavy. This information is important as it aids in selection the depth of storage unit.

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ESD-Safe Materials

Material Flow carries a wide variety of ESD-safe plastic bins and boxes.

Conductive Material – XL Material is a thermoplastic polypropylene material based upon carbon black that has a surface resistance of less than 1.0 x 10⁴ ohms or surface resistivity of < 1.0 x 10⁵ ohms/square. XL material has a static decay rate from 5000 volts to 0 of less than 2 seconds. This material has a useful temperature range of 40°F to 225°F, with intermittent use recommended at the higher end of the temperature range. The electrical properties of this material are permanent and unaffected by washing.

Dissipative Material – LS Material is a polypropylene material that is on the upper end of the dissipative range. The material has a surface resistance greater than or equal to 1.0 x 10⁸ ohms, but less than 1.0 x 10¹¹ ohms or surface resistivity greater than or equal to 1.0 x 10⁹ ohms/square, but less than 1.0 x 10¹² ohms/square. LS material has a static decay rate from 5000 volts to 0 of less than 2 seconds. This material has a useful temperature range of 40°F to 225°F, with intermittent use recommended at the higher end of the temperature range. Electrical properties are affected by humidity. This material is available on a made-to-order basis only.

Dissipative Material – SD SMC Material is a thermoset polyester based material that is on the lower end of the dissipative range. The material has a surface resistance greater than or equal to 1.0 x 10⁴, but less than or equal to 5.0 x 10⁸ ohms/square and a surface resistivity greater than or equal to 1.0 x 10⁵ ohms/square, but less than or equal to 5.0 x 10⁹ ohms/square. This material has a useful temperature range of -60°F to 250°F, is autoclavable and does not melt at high temperatures making it ideal for handling hot parts. The electrical properties of this material are permanent and unaffected by washing.

Contact Material Flow for more details on other dissipative materials that are available.

Selecting the Right Plastic Bin

Plastic bins are an excellent storage and organization product that can easily increase productivity and reduce lost inventory. There are many styles of plastic storage products, the following guide can help you pick the right one for your needs.

1. Parts Bins: Like their name implies, parts bins store parts and other supplies. Available accessories such as lids, and dividers add more functionality.

2. Shelf Bins: Shelf bins look like parts bins but have a lip on the back that allows them to tilt down and out from shelves. This feature makes parts bins excellent for order picking and inventory control.

3. Divider Boxes: These multi-purpose containers can be used in industrial, commercial, electronics and health care industries for storage, assembly, fabrication and distribution applications. Divider boxes are perfect for compartmentalizing and protecting small to medium size parts.

4. Stack-N-Nest Containers: Stack-N-Nest containers are excellent for storage and transport. Their nesting design takes up less floor space when not in use.

5. Hopper Boxes: Hopper boxes offer storage for large and medium parts.

6. Bulk Containers: Bulk containers offer product protection during picking, assembly, processing, storage and distribution applications in many industries, including pharmaceutical, poultry, automotive, appliance, aerospace, bakery, produce, apparel and electronics.

7. ESD Boxes and Bins: ESD containers prevent the buildup of electrostatic charge, perfect for electronics applications. ESD boxes and bins come in many of the styles listed above.

Check out these sites for all your plastic bin needs:

Buckhorn-Plastic.com
Lewis-Bins.com
Orbisbins.com
Quantum-Bins.com

Choosing the Correct Storage Bins

Quantum Hulk Chrome Wire Storage WR7-20Plastic storage bins are great for storing and organizing parts, screws, tools and many other materials. To get the most out of plastic storage bins it is important to choose one made from a material that works with what is being stored.

Polyethylene Plastic: Offers excellent chemical resistance, strength, toughness and durability. Well suited for typical manufacturing environments. Works well in a wide range of temperatures. At temperatures above 120 degrees the material loses some strength.

Polystyrene Plastic: Known for rigidity and stiffness, much stiffer than polyethylene.

Polypropylene: Same properties as Polyethylene, but can withstand heat of up to 150 degrees without losing strength.

Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester: Dimensional stability, high weight capacity and the ability to handle extreme temperatures (-60 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit) are all properties of fiberglass reinforced bins.

ESD-Safe: Great for rooms with electronic equipment. Protects electronics from damage caused by static electricity.