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# How to calculate capacity of 40 foot container?

Thu 9 Feb, 2006 09:08 am
Hello all!,
How would I calculate how many 420*360*290mm boxes will fill a 40 foot container? Thanks for your help!
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engineer

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Thu 9 Feb, 2006 10:39 am
What is the shape of the 40ft container? What are it's other dimensions? The maximum possible is the volume of the container divided by the volume of the smaller box, but you probably will have some dead space in the larger box.
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FastPack

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Thu 9 Feb, 2006 10:45 am
That I do not know. Just assumed the there was a standard size for a container. I am new to this.
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FastPack

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Thu 9 Feb, 2006 10:46 am
It is not a HD, I know that much, not sure any other dimensions?
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FastPack

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Thu 9 Feb, 2006 12:17 pm
Ok, I have dimensions from supplier now.
In feet:
39.5'x7.57'x7.805'
or
12045mmx2309mmx2379

Any idea how many 420*360*290mm boxes will fill a 40 foot container with the above measurements, or just a formula to calculate in myself?

Thanks!
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markr

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Thu 9 Feb, 2006 03:04 pm
no more than 1,496
no fewer than 1,344

I see a way to get to 1386:
Call a 2300x2370 side the floor.
Stack all of the boxes on this floor so that they are 360 high. There will be 33 layers.
Each layer will consist of 4 rows of 8 boxes with their 290 edge parallel to the 2370 edge and 2 rows of 5 boxes with their 420 edge parallel to the 2370 edge.

I'm not claiming that this is optimal.
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Jim

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Thu 9 Feb, 2006 06:09 pm
One thing you may want to consider: is there a weight limitation? Just because you can physically fit so many boxes inside the container, the truck or train that will transport it may have a limit on what the total weight can be.
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Lyanette

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Tue 28 Nov, 2006 02:06 pm
There are 67.0 cbm in a standard 40'
Converted to inches 420 x 360 x 290

16.5 x 14.2 x 11.4 x 1 number of pieces ( this is 1 box)= 2671.02

Divide by 1728 = 1.5457291 cu ft

Divide by 35.314 = .043771 cbm

67.3 cbm in a standard 40'

67.3/.043771 = 1537.5476 of these boxes will fit in a 40' container,

Now you have to tell me who you work for!!!
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