Thinking Outside the Box -- or Maybe Just About the Box
Movie of the construction of the RSC
It is difficult to conceive of how a blank sheet of cardboard with cuts at appropriate points and to particular lengths is transformed into a box that is commonly used across the shipping industry. In order to get a clear sense of this, we provide a link to a movie that shows the SWF Companies (n.d.) CE-451 manufacturing a Regular Slotted Container.
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What one sees in this movie are the blanks being loaded into a hopper and the robotic elements of the CE-451 taking those blanks and converting them into RSCs. What it does not show is how the cardboard was sliced, the positioning of those slices and how the slice lengths help maximize the volume capacity of the RSC.
Meel, David and Thomas Hern, "Thinking Outside the Box -- or Maybe Just About the Box," Loci (August 2009), DOI: 10.4169/loci003321
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