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Schaefer Provides the Perfect Container for Delphi

Delphi is currently reaping the benefits of a new bespoke plastic container designed by SSI Schaefer exclusively for the Mercedes Benz C-Class.

SSI Schaefer, the UK's leading storage and material handling equipment solutions provider, was successfully invited by Delphi to participate in a project to develop a bespoke container designed solely for the movement of the Mercedes Benz wiring harness.

Delphi, a leading global supplier of mobile electronics and transportation systems for the automotive industry, had one overriding specification for the container, that it should not only be used as an indoor storage solution but also as a durable transportation container, when transferring product from the production plant to the assembly line.

After a number of in-depth discussions with Delphi over the design, material and finish; a number of 'Cut & Weld' prototypes were built for endurance testing. SSI Schaefer then developed the container using ESD material for maximum protection and durability; based on the stack and nest principle.

The container has a drop end, which can be opened using just one hand – a customer driven requirement that enables the whole harness to slide effortlessly from the container, at the point of fitting, without having to be lifted.

Officially named the FB-K1354, the dimensions of the container were chosen not only to fit the contents but to maximise pallet & truck density, keeping transport costs to a minimum. The reinforced base also enables the container to be stored in an automated miniload buffer system.

The implementation of the new FB-K1354 container has been a huge success for Delphi and while currently only 'in action' with Delphi, this container and other alternatives are receiving further interest from other leading companies across Europe.

From bespoke packaging and mirror-welded containers to vacuum-formed inserts, EPP foam inserts and made-to-measure inserts, there are over 2400 SSI Schaefer containers in production that meet the requirements of today's fast moving logistics industry.

As specialists in storage technology for a broad range of industries, SSI Schaefer offers a unique range of containers in terms of width and depth – from folding boxes to technical containers for fully automated warehouses.


SSI Schaefer is the UK's leading storage and material handling equipment solutions provider.

The Schaefer Systems Group is unique; behind the name is a team of top industry specialists delivering total integrated support to each customer. Each group member use their skills and knowledge of combined standard and automation products to offer the widest range of possible solutions to any company in the market.

The Systems Group is supported by a team of specialist design estimators, structural engineers, project managers and after sales engineers. These individuals are responsible throughout each project to ensure the best solutions are delivered to the customer's satisfaction.

Based in Andover, Hampshire, the company, provider of shelving, racking, containers, workshop equipment, office furniture and waste management systems, has built its reputation on an unwavering commitment to excellence – in the people it chooses to serve, its customers and the products it brings to the market.

SSI Schaefer has developed a unique partnering approach, through which the company works hand in hand with their customers to develop, design and implement the most innovative yet cost effective solution for each project – regardless of its size.

Whether the need is for a new shelving or racking system, additional storage space, a mezzanine floor or the completion of an automated distribution centre, SSI Schaefer prides itself on going the extra mile to fulfil and deliver the best solutions … on time and to budget.

Further information: SSI Schaefer – 01264 386600
Email: Solutions@ssi-schaefer.co.uk

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