Totes or hand held containers – Are transported or handled by hand, often with molded-in handles. Totes are offered in three styles: nestable, stackable and stack and nest. Nestable totes feature sloped sidewalls created from a base footprint smaller than the top opening. This permits the units to be nested inside each other when empty. Stackable totes have an identical footprint top and bottom, and feature an integrated lip that prevents shifting when stacked. Stack and nest totes can be stacked and nested in 90- and 180-degree combinations.
Optional Lids may be attached to the top of the tote, hinged on either long side and meeting in the middle when closed or they may be separate from the totes all together. Dimensions vary widely based on both industry and application. Typical maximum capacities range from 40 pounds for totes handled.
Bin – A box used for storage and organization of small parts prior to use in manufacturing and assembly, frequently with a hopper (or open) front. Bins are generally stackable, and may feature an integrated tab in the back that permits them to be hung from a louvered storage unit. They may be constructed of solid or corrugated plastic. Often found in work cells, bins rarely leave one area. Lids are incorporated in clean environments. Dimensions range from 3 x 3 inches to 24 x12 inches.