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How to Inspect Rack Crates

Posted by Joe Marcal

Jun 15, 2017 1:37:24 PM

 

A well-made rack crate should open and unload easily, the loaded rack should slide smoothly up or down the ramp and fit snugly against the foam and blocking inside the crate. Unfortunately, when receiving empty crates, you will have to do your best with a visual inspection and a tape measure. Get a copy of the design and critical dimensions to confirm that the construction matches the specification.

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Topics: Crates, Server and Storage Racks

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

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

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

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

Wood Packaging - Smart Solutions to Common Purchasing Problems

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Sep 11, 2014 5:07:00 PM

When it comes to running your business, wood packaging issues should be the least of your worries. That said, mistakes do happen and they can be costly. Larson Packaging Company (LPC) realizes that finding the right solutions for your company can be a tedious processs so it pays to get smart about the basics of your product needs. An independent study of wood packing/crating vendors keyed in on five problems common to businesses when buying wood for this purpose. To make sure you get the most out of your wood products purchase, Larson has reviewed each of the five issues and provided solutions on how to avoid these common difficulties.

 

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Topics: Packaging, Crates

Wooden Shipping Crates & Packaging: Balancing Cost and Quality

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Aug 25, 2014 4:32:00 PM

The High Price of Low Cost Packaging

Benjamin Franklin, renowned for his sage advice on a wide range of subjects, was once quoted as saying that "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." This adage remains as valid today as when the words were first spoken. If you are in the business of shipping a product or equipment from a manufacturing or distribution location to the point of use you have a lot at risk. That's why investing in and partnering with a reliable industrial packaging company that provides top quality products and service is so important to your business. 

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Topics: Crates

A Primer on Industrial Crates

Posted by Mark Hoffman

Jul 18, 2014 3:22:00 PM

Wooden Shipping Crates and Heavy Duty Skids

Wooden shipping crates and heavy duty skids are designed for the size, weight, shape, fragility, sensitivity and destination of the items to be shipped. They may include floater bases and foam lining or supports for shock and vibration protection. Specialty hardware, blocking and ramps may be included to facilitate reuse or loading. Overdesign means paying for more wood, hardware and labor than you need, and underdesign can lead to damaged equipment and other consequential expenses.

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Topics: Crates

International Packing and Crating Compliance: China

Posted by Mark Hoffman

May 6, 2014 12:21:00 PM

 

Requirements for Wooden Packaging Materials

Background:

The government of the People's Republic of China established requirements concerning the importation of coniferous solid wood packing material. This was in response to China's desire to prevent the introduction of exotic pests, especially the pinewood nematode.

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Topics: Crates

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