Shipping environments can be hard on your industrial equipment or product no matter how well it has been packaged. Frequently the entire transit path of the equipment includes a variety of modes of transportation such as truck, rail, air, and sea and may involve multiple handlers. One way to ensure the best treatment for your equipment is to use shock or tilt indicators because handlers may be held responsible for equipment damage if the indicator was triggered under their care. These monitoring mechanisms can be easily installed on crates containing, medical equipment, semiconductor equipment, IT servers, automotive, robotics, and other instrumentation.
The biggest cost is your time!
At a few dollars per label, the cost of shock and tilt indicators are a fraction of your packaging costs. That amount is almost insignificant when you consider the total costs of transporting your equipment to its final destination which includes: the packaging, logistic costs, program management, and the high costs of any equipment that was damaged in transit.
Think of these indicators as inexpensive insurance.
Shock indicators are very simple, and their true value lies in their visibility. If handlers in the distribution network see them, they tend to handle the package more carefully. Place an indicator on an end-panel and one on a side-panel to maximize visibility. Some indicators such as Shockwatch-2 contain a serial number so that you can confirm that the indicator has not been replaced after it has been triggered. Alternatively, an additional indicator can be placed inside the crate, or place markings such as a logo on top of the exterior indicator to ensure that it cannot be replaced.
Tips and Tricks
- Put the indicators in a visible location such as an end-panel and a side-panel
- Place an extra indicator on the interior of crate
- Add marking on top of indicator to prevent replacement
- Use multiple indicators for different orientations with Shockwatch-2
- Spray glue makes a superior adhesive on wood crates
Get help from a packaging expert.
Shock and tilt sensors are one of many ways that you can improve the protection of your equipment during transit. Select a packaging partner with knowledge and experience that can help you navigate the problems of today’s shipping environments. At Larson Packaging Company, Our team can identify your packaging options to make sure that your product will always arrive safely.