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Tips for Shipping Your Hi-Tech and Robotic Equipment

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Apr 9, 2015 11:44:00 AM

 

Valuable Hi-Tech Products Deserve Innovative Package Design

In today's hospital environment, the nurse coming into your room may turn out to be a five-foot tall robot, fully equipped to take your vital signs and call for assistance if needed. Staying at a luxury hotel or spa? A charming mechanical butler may answer your room service call and appear at your door with dinner. No longer fiction or fantasy, highly complex machines are becoming part of our everyday lives.

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Topics: Packaging

Best Practices for Medical Equipment Packaging and Shipping

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Apr 7, 2015 8:08:51 PM

Plan Ahead When Shipping Medical Devices

In our increasingly complex, technological world, hospitals and doctors have become major consumers and providers of sophisticated medical equipment. While health care professionals grow accustomed to their changing environment, little has changed at the points of delivery where medical equipment is accepted.  Many clinics, offices and other facilities lack appropriate loading docks and/or personnel to handle receiving bulky, high-tech shipments.

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Topics: Packaging

Design Issues to Avoid When Shipping Server Rack Crates

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Mar 25, 2015 7:35:00 PM

Avoid Common Problems When Shipping Server Rack Crates

Shipping rack-mounted servers can be challenging. By their very nature, rack crates are top heavy, awkward and difficult to handle. What's more, they are high-value, high risk cargo where any damage comes with a potentially high price tag. The best way to prevent problems is to be proactive before your equipment is shipped. Knowing the difference between quality server shipping crates and sub-standard design and packaging, can help insure a safe journey.

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Topics: Packaging, Server and Storage Racks, Cloud

A Day in the Life of a Server Rack Crate

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Mar 16, 2015 11:53:05 AM

In the Beginning

The job of a server rack crate is to protect your sensitive equipment through all the trials of transit. In fact, the familiar police motto "to serve and protect" describes the role precisely. At the beginning of it's lifecycle, the crate undergoes custom design and engineering and is fitted with the right kind of wood, hardware and foam materials to hold up under severe challenges from the shipping environment.  

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Topics: Crates

Are Your Wooden Shipping Crates Made with Precision Engineering?

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Feb 12, 2015 6:10:00 PM

There's Science Inside Wooden Shipping Crates and Cases

If answering the question posed in the title of this blog was difficult for you, you're in good company. When your equipment (rack systems, medical devices, lasers and optics, robotics, etc.) is delivered without a hitch, you know that it was packed and handled correctly, but do you know why? Or if it was just luck? Conversely, if something goes wrong do you know what questions to ask your shipper? Can you zero in on what went wrong with the shipping crate so it doesn't happen again? Can you prevent it from happening before the fact? Understanding the art and science of building wooden packaging is one of the best skill sets you can acquire to protect your valuable cargo. 

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Topics: Packaging

Protect Valuable Shipments with Tilt and Impact Indicators

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Feb 6, 2015 4:49:00 PM

Invest in Protecting High Value Sensitive Shipments

It's obvious to anyone shipping high-tech electronics or other high value and fragile cargo that the equipment must be properly packaged in wood shipping crates or state-of-the-art transit cases. The question still remains though, is this the most that can be done to protect sensitive goods? The bad news is that even using the highest quality, custom crates available on the market today, some electronics including server and storage racks, medical equipment and devices, as well as specialized lasers and optics, may still be vulnerable to threshold vibrations and shocks. The good news is that there are cost effective ways to reduce this risk.

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Topics: Packaging, Packing Server & Storage Racks, Cloud

Use Cost-Per-Trip Model When Costing Out Wood Shipping Crates

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Jan 16, 2015 11:00:00 PM

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Think Cost-Per-Trip Not Price-Per-Crate

At Larson Packaging Company, there is one area in particular where we continually see well intended crate buyers lose sight of the big picture, and that is in evaluating the cost of wooden packaging for valuable equipment. One of the most important ideas we can impart is to recommend using a long term cost-per-trip costing model as opposed to a short term price-per-crate model.

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Topics: Packaging, Crates, Packing Server & Storage Racks

How To Choose a Project Partner When Making Facility Moves

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Jan 15, 2015 2:44:00 PM

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Select a Project Partner

Moving an entire operation from one location to another can be a daunting experience. That's why choosing a reputable and knowledgeable packing and crating company is so important. To that end, we've created a basic check list of factors to consider before finalizing your decision.

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Topics: Packaging

5 Things You Need To Know About Shipping Rack Server Crates

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Jan 7, 2015 11:39:00 AM

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Fundamentals of Shipping Rack Server Crates

This is the first in a series of blogs about the art and science of safely crating and shipping server racks. Our intention is to start with a brief overview which we will follow with more detailed blogs about specific areas we consider essential at Larson Packaging Company. As many of you already know, the demand for cloud computing and storage devices is experiencing exponential growth, a trend that is predicted to continue into the foreseeable future. The goal of this series is to provide information that promotes safe transport and delivery of this valuable equipment. To that end, we recommend the following basics:

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Topics: Crates, Packing Server & Storage Racks

Don't Be a Hazard - Package Test Before Shipping Dangerous Goods

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Nov 14, 2014 12:49:00 PM

It Pays to Play it Safe

One might say it's complicated - deciding what's hazardous and what's not. Perhaps equally complex are the number of regulatory agencies and organizations involved in setting standards and enforcing compliance. In this alphabet soup there are the governmental groups such as the US DOT for commercial transport; the US DOD for shipping military supplies and ordinance; and US DOT PHMSA that tests package designs for pipeline materials. There are also private organizations such as ASTM, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials that establish voluntary standards, recommend test labs to meet your specific product needs, develop testing methods and advise on "best practices" for packages being transported globally.

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Topics: Packaging

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