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25th June 2020
Here at Logos Logistics, we take our case making and export packing service very seriously, and you should too. No matter what heavy, awkward or sensitive equipment or machinery you wish to move, ensuring that it is securely packed is imperitive. How the tool or machine is packed can often be the difference between a safe, successful shipment and a costly exercise in terms of both time and money, leading to a high cost of moving heavy machinery.
For that reason, this blog will give you our best 5 tips for successful pallet packing so you can ensure an effective relocation
Your pallets or timber bases need to be in good condition. Firstly, you must check that they are actually rated to support the total weight of your equipment for shipping. If your pallets or bases are in poor condition or there is any doubt about their rated capacity, it is best to check with an expert about how best to proceed.
Another key check is making sure that the surface area is large enough to accommodate the unit at its largest length and breadth dimension without any overhanging.
Poorly designed and constructed bases, or those in poor condition, can lead to them giving way under the loading of your equipment which can lead to machinery damage or injury. If you have any doubt of the quality, rating or sizing of the pallets/bases, please get in touch for information on replacing them.
If your pallets do not meet the quality and size criteria, it may be beneficial to invest in some new ones to be on the safe side.
If there’s anything you take from this article, the most important thing is not to overload your equipment onto one pallet, do not allow overhanging, and do not place heavy machinery at the top when stacking.
It may be tempting to try and ship as much as you can at once, but you are far better off simply splitting your equipment between 2 pallets rather than placing too much on 1, even if you have bought the strongest pallets in the market.
Again, the last thing you would want is for the pallets to break mid machinery move process and damage very heavy and expensive equipment all because you wanted to take a risk in an attempt to use less pallets.
The reason why we advise to place your heaviest equipment at the bottom is to minimise chances of tipping occurring during machine moves. Proper weight distribution will help a great deal with this machinery moving process.
Pallet packing supplies such as shrink wrap, banding, and even paper as a filler will help with secured wrapping.
Using shrink paper and banding will ensure minimal occurrence of shipment moving unnecessarily, and using the paper to fill in any gaps will help with this too.
The heavier your machinery is, the more important it is to wrap and band around the base of the pallet, not just the equipment you want to move.
Just like it is important for you to check that the strength of the pallet is sufficient to withstand the weight of your equipment, so too is checking that the casing you are using is strong enough.
Knowing what kind of case you use will help minimise the chances of damage even more than just checking the quality of the pallets.
Whatever kind of case you use, make sure these are stacked corner to corner and avoid any pyramid shapes to increase stacking strength.
Also, we strongly recommend that you place a slip sheet, appropriate to the size of the pallets you are using, on top of the pallets and before you start stacking your equipment on top of them. This is to minimise chances of slips occurring during the machine move.
Finally, if you are reusing boxes, check for labels. If you do spot any on them, remove or scratch them off before releasing them into a machine move project.
Place your own labels onto these boxes. This is simply to ensure that if an unavoidable accident does occur, and your boxes come apart during the machine move process, it will be a lot easier to trace your boxes back to you and avoid any confusion.
Make sure your new labels are actually stuck to your boxes and not on the wrapped material on the outside.
The team at Logos Logistics follow all of these steps, and more, to ensure that we provide excellent timber base and cases, and pallet packing service. All of our timber cases are manufactured in accordance to ISPM15 standards, meaning that they are suitable for use in international shipments by air, road or sea.
Our certified service means that whether we are supplying the case, handling the export packing or managing the freight, you can be sure that your machinery is in safe hands.
COVID-19 Update From Logos Logistics