Written By: Narek Hakobyan
When sending items like delicate equipment or liquids, it's important to keep each package upright and stable during the entire trip. This needs to be clearly communicated and the responsibility extends to everyone in the shipping chain, from warehouse staff and delivery drivers to the final recipient.
Clearly mark your packages with "This Side Up" (or Orientation Arrows) or "Do Not Tilt" stickers. For carriers and anyone involved in the handling process, the presence of visible stickers acts as a constant reminder.
Orientation arrows can be required for liquids classified as hazardous materials and subject to regulation by IATA. Place these arrows on two sides, facing opposite directions, and ensure they stand perpendicular to the package's front. Use arrows in red or black against a distinct background for clear visibility.
Choose the right crating materials based on the weight and fragility of your goods. Sturdy wooden crates or heavy-duty cardboard boxes are ideal for protecting against tilts and drops.
Tilt sensors provide a clear and easily interpretable signal indicating whether the cargo has been tilted. Take, for instance, Labelmaster’s Tip-N-Tell Damage Indicator. This device is designed for external application on crates, offering a straightforward indication if the shipment has experienced any tilting during transportation. You can easily install these on crates containing medical equipment, server, robotics and other sensitive instruments.
Consider partnering with a logistics firm known for its high-quality packaging and crating services. These firms can design and execute custom tilt protection solutions that meet your specific requirements.