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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

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

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

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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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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