Storage and handling: how to protect your high-tech goods until they reach their destination?

Storage and handling: how to protect your high-tech goods until they reach their destination? The logistics of a warehouse and the traceability of shipments are based on good inventory management. Indeed, the preparation of packages of high-tech equipment to be shipped involves packaging and shipping equipment to protect the goods. Here are some basic rules for optimal control of the product storage and handling process.

Storage and handling: rely on packaging suitable for transport

Whether shipped by sea, air, or land, goods are subject to the risk of breakage, tearing, or opening. Precautions should therefore be taken, starting with the choice of packaging and effective means of protection. To this end, the team of experts at supports you in preventing risks for the storage and handling of your goods.

The choice of the cardboard box

The smooth delivery process is one of the benchmarks for consumers. Suffice to say that for a large majority of customers, the care taken in packaging parcels encourages them to buy back. If you call on a professional, you will have all the necessary equipment for the marking, protection and traceability of your shipments. Remember that packaging remains a marketing asset that greatly contributes to the customer experience. Of course, it serves to protect the products, but it also reflects the image of the company. In other words, it’s all about the “first impression”.

As you will have understood, the choice of packaging will not be random. The dimensions of the box will therefore be determined according to the type of goods, its weight and the degree of fragility. For reference, a double corrugated carton is suitable for a package less than 50 kg. If the goods weigh in the 70 kg range, opt for a heavy quality double fluted cardboard instead. And even if you advocate recycling, never reuse old boxes that do not sufficiently protect your products.

Wedging and protection for your goods

In addition to the cardboard, the wedging or padding system aims to protect the products during shipping. The objective: to protect the goods against blows and shocks during handling and transport. In this sense, we will favor materials such as paper, foam, polystyrene beads, or even air cushions. The choice of wedging will be made according to the fragility of the product to be secured.

In terms of protection, you will find in particular kraft paper, a biodegradable and recyclable material. It helps to wedge the products in their packaging. In addition, its weight must be consistent with the weight of the object to be transported. For light objects, 70 g/m of kraft paper is more than enough. For heavy objects, it is better to favor a weight of 90 g/m.

In addition, bubble wrap is also in demand in the parcel transport industry. This protective plastic film is used to wrap fragile products. Bubble wrap can be used as cushioning, preventing objects from banging together during transport. It thus fills the gaps without increasing the weight of the package. And don’t forget to choose a strong, tamper-proof adhesive.

Package labeling

The transport of packages involves a lot of handling, hence the need to label each box. Labels placed in good and due form inform the carrier of the contents of each package. They also provide information on the degree of fragility of the shipments. In this regard, the most common statements on the labels are: “do not spill”, “top, bottom”, “fragile”, “Dangerous product” or “do not return”. The labeling aims above all to inform about the nature of the product, its designation, and its quantity.

Manual handling

First of all, there are several manual handling techniques. It is better to opt for manually pushed trolleys or for on-station assembly using a storage device. The dynamic shelving and conveying system is also practical because it is the product that comes to the operator.

Automatic handling

This type of handling relies on automation means such as pallet trucks, stackers, front-end forklifts, and three-way trucks. You can also count on the special trolleys and the “little train” trolley.

Manual palletizing

This technique consists of placing the crates or boxes on the pallet. The filming will therefore be done manually in order to stabilize and secure the shipment. This method requires physical movements that are often painful. To remedy this, there are also portable machines that can film pallets almost 2 meters high. They are very easy to use, which minimizes physical effort.

These machines are mainly used for small volumes of pallets. They are also essential in the case of heavy loads, thus limiting the movement of the pallets.

Autonomous or automatic palletizing

This palletizing technique saves time and efficiency. In addition, operators working on the logistics platform are less at risk of musculoskeletal disorders. Paddle strapping machines come in different types including needle strapping machines and mobile strapping machines.

Needle strapping machines operate independently. As a result, the operator will only have to pass the strap under the pallet to retrieve it from the other side. As for the mobile strapping machines, they move around the warehouse as needed. Note that the machine takes care of the tensioning of the strapping and the welding. Automation solutions are suitable for high-speed palletizing needs.

Management and optimization of storage spaces

It is your responsibility to choose the storage method that best suits your business. If you opt for manual handling, you have the choice between storage on aisle shelves, storage on mobile racks, or mass storage on pallets.

In addition, automatic handling is suitable for various possibilities of storage systems. In particular, you can opt for storage on pallets or storage on racks. On the other hand, if the aisles are narrow, it is better to provide storage at height. Otherwise, storage thanks to the accumulation are very practical when it is necessary to handle beverage packs.

Finally, storage on a mobile base is more suitable for cold stores. However, this solution is more expensive and difficult to implement. Regarding shelving, the choice is very wide between versions in epoxy steel, and galvanized steel. Also, count on the chipboard tray or prefer the pallet racking.

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