How to make a plastic moving tote?

Design and Tooling: The first step is to design the tote using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software. This design is then used to create a mold, typically from steel, which will shape the tote.

Material Preparation: The material, usually a durable thermoplastic like polypropylene or high-density polyethylene (HDPE), is prepared in the form of pellets.

Injection Molding:

1. The plastic pellets are fed into an injection molding machine.

2. They are heated until molten.

3. The molten plastic is then injected under high pressure into the mold.

4. The plastic cools and hardens within the mold, taking the shape of the tote.

Cooling and Ejection: The mold is cooled, which solidifies the plastic. Once cooled, the mold opens, and the tote is ejected.


Trimming and Finishing: Any excess plastic, called flash, is trimmed off the tote. Additional finishing processes, such as smoothing edges or adding labels, may also occur.


Quality Control: Each tote is inspected for defects such as cracks, warping, or incomplete molding.


Assembly (if applicable): If the tote has separate components, such as wheels or handles, these are attached at this stage.


Packaging: The completed totes are packaged, often stacked together to save space, and prepared for shipping.


Distribution: The totes are then shipped to retailers or directly to customers.

The specific details of each step can vary depending on the manufacturer's equipment, the design of the tote, and the intended use of the product. However, the injection molding process is preferred for its efficiency in producing high volumes of durable and consistent products.