The Modern Day Marine expo serves as the premier equipment, services and technology exposition for the US Marine Corps. The expo is more than a show—it provides industries producing support equipment with the opportunity to showcase their new products and speak with marines of all ranks about what works, what doesn’t work and what they would like to see.

At the fall 2010 event, Klinge introduced their new collapsible food storage bins (FSB) for transporting and storing perishable items in ISO containers. Klinge’s sales manager, Jason Flynn, said: “This year’s Modern Day Marine focused on forging a partnership between service members from every branch and companies in order to provide superior, reliable products.”

The event featured a ‘warfighter’s corner’, which provided the defense industry with the unique opportunity to hear first-hand stories of how soldiers were equipped and the performance of equipment.

“During the design process of our food storage bins, soldiers were able to provide their suggestions on how to make the product better. We are very pleased with the final design that met the technical requirements set forth in the contract as well as those raised by the end-users,” added Flynn.

The FSB was designed specifically for 10ft and 20ft ISO containers, so no cargo-space is wasted. With a footprint of 4ft (1.2m) by 3.3ft (1m) and an internal volume of 203gal (770l), the FSB collapses from a height of 33in (839mm) to 12in (309mm). Nearly three of the collapsed FSBs on a return trip can be transported in the space of one. Each FSB only weighs 110lbs (50kgs).

Made of polypropylene, the FSBs are extremely durable and are so strong that six can be stacked fully loaded. The FSBs have passed a number of MIL-STD tests including salt and corrosion, water pressure, transit drop, CL2 high-temp low humidity, vibration, thermal shock, and stacking and leakage.