Buckhorn, a provider of reusable plastic-packaging systems, is now offering a reusable plastic container for use in producing, shipping, storing, and processing bulk natural cheese. This new product is a result of Buckhorn's acquisition of the tooling assets and intellectual property from Material Improvements.
The new plastic 640 Container has a 24 x 30 x 37 inch footprint and a 710-pound fill capacity. It is intended to replacing the wood boxes typically used by the cheese industry, which can splinter and contaminate cheese during the material handling process, according to Buckhorn.
Buckhorn says its 640 Container offers other specific benefits over wood boxes. According to the company, the container does not require refurbishment between uses and is designed for easy cleaning by industrial washing. Its smooth, polished surface enhances the ability to clean the container, while the plastic resin resists deterioration caused by temperature, sanitizers, washes, or lactic acid. It is also an estimated 20 pounds lighter than wood alternatives. The container does not require any horizontal banding, and it has fewer parts than wood boxes, which makes easier to disassemble.
The design of the 640 Container is compatible with industry manufacturing processes including dolly and forklift transport, automation, vacuum chambers, inverters, packaging, and weighing. Additionally, it is interchangeable and stackable with plywood boxes. The 640 Container can be stacked six high, and 470 collapsed containers will fit in a 53-foot truck (versus 363 wood container).
The new 640 Container is approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its composition meets dairy industry 3A Sanitary Standards, which assure the material is up to the challenge of repeat use and rigorous cleaning requirements.
Company: Buckhorn Inc.
Company URL: www.buckhorninc.com