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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

Refurbishing Wood Crates - Combining Economics and Sustainability

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Nov 7, 2014 12:42:00 AM

Refurbishing Wood Crates Can Work for You

In our last blog we talked about the 3 R's of the recycling world. Today we are focusing on another version of the 3 R's, Repair, Refurbish and Reuse, three key components of Sustainability. Sustainability has become an integral part of our process at Larson Packaging Company (LPC) because:

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Topics: recycling

Big Load to Ship? Get a Pro to Do the Heavy Lifting & Package Testing

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 28, 2014 6:25:00 PM

Testing Carries the Bulk of the Burden

Large pallet loads, bulk boxes, large wooden boxes and heavy crates can be evaluated by several of the package testing methods mentioned in our previous blogs. A variety of test schedules or protocols are available to gauge transport durability across different logistics systems. Depending on the nature of what is being shipped, test packaging may be limited to measuring for general ruggedness while others replicate stresses known to be encountered in distribution and report upon the effects. When appropriate, packaging may be tested according to formal studies of the distribution environment, including instrumentation, data loggers and observation. Test cycles with these additional documented elements tend to more accurately simulate specific shipping environments.   

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Topics: Crates

Get the Best When You Package Test

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 22, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Test with the Best

No business wants to risk suffering losses or incurring potential liabilities when shipping their products to their customers. That's why at Larson Packaging Company (LPC) we work with you to design and test packaging that can withstand the many stresses of global transit. Over the years we have found that most of our clients benefit from contracting out their package testing needs. We believe that it's appropriate to rely upon an outside expert when:

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Topics: Packaging

Test Product Packaging - Make Sure Yours Passes

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Oct 6, 2014 2:47:00 AM

Why You Need an "A" on This Report Card

A first-rate crating company should be able to help you design and build affordable, reliable and durable crates for your particular product needs. While most shipping performance can be observed and measured, there may be times when it becomes important to test your crating for regulatory and safety reasons. For instance, you may find yourself shipping goods that need to be UN certified or ISTA compliant, etc.  Alternatively, if you are bringing a new product to market you may need to test for specific shock and resonant frequency dampening before shipping. Whatever you require, packaging failures are disruptive and potentially far more expensive than testing. In short, it pays to test.  

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Topics: Packaging

ISPM-15 Ship Internationally in Compliance with Wood Packaging Rules

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Sep 30, 2014 12:24:00 PM

Treatment of Wood Packaging Materials

The Importance of ISPM - International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 

The advent of global trade and travel has had many benefits, but has also occasioned some annoying liabilities. As goods are being shipped around the world, pests have a tendency to hop along for the ride. In response to the continuing spread of wood destroying pests, the European Union has initiated measures to mitigate further destruction. 

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Topics: Packaging

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