Proper Packaging Of Computers And Other Electronic Devices

Computers and other electronic equipment are highly sensitive to shock and extreme vibrations. However, they will be subjected to such conditions while they are being shipped. That is why it is very important that they will be packaged properly so they will be safe and sound during the transport. The following are some tips on how to properly pack your computers and other electronic devices.

Components of home entertainment equipment and computers

  • Label your cables and equipment inputs. Use a labeler such as Brother P-Touch with color labels to identify which cable goes to which input on all your audio and video equipment and on your computer before unplugging. This strategy will save you from the trouble of guessing which cable will go to which input when you are going to reconnect all your computers and other electronic equipment when you are ready to install everything in your new home.
  • Pack all your cables and remote controls in the same box. You will no longer need to look everywhere just to find a missing cable or remote control since you will find everything you need to reconnect your equipment.
  • When packaging your electronic equipment, whenever possible, use the original packing materials as they were specifically designed to keep the device safe. If you no longer have the packaging materials wrap the equipment in an old blanket and place them vertically in a double corrugated box which is available from most removals and rental of trucks companies.
  • To stabilize the laser of a CD / DVD player or computer disc drive, reset and adjust the unit. The reset button is usually located on the bottom of the unit or check your manual for more information. Label boxes with messages such as “Fragile" or “This side upwards".

Packing your LCD or LED TV

Another relatively fragile equipment is an LCD TV. The screen can easily get damaged as it is not made of high strength glass.

  • Your plasma or LCD TV must remain upright at all times. It should never be placed horizontally or sideways.
  • Manufacturers recommend covering the screen with a soft cloth to avoid scratches.
  • If you store the original packaging materials that came with the TV, use them. It is the best option and the most economical since the separators are included in the box. Original packaging will have the exact size of your TV.
  • If you no longer have the original packaging materials and your TV is less than 60.”
  • You can buy one of the packaging kits for flat screens specially designed for this purpose that is sold at most of the moving companies.

Another option is to make your own packaging kit for your TV. First, you should look for a box carton or a packing box large enough to place the TV together with the packaging materials. You must place pieces of Polystyrene foam around 3 “to 4" thick. In each of the four corners, so that the unit is raised in the inside of the carton or the packaging drawer. Do not place the TV directly on the bottom of the carton or the packaging drawer. You should place more polystyrene foam around 2 “to 3" thick on the screen and also on the back of the unit.

Basic Tips For Proper Packaging

One of the most important factors, whether items will arrive at their destination safely, is their packaging. That is why logistics companies have guidelines about the packages that they will ship. Objects that are extremely fragile or heavy require special packaging for safe shipping.

The following are some of the basic guidelines of logistics companies for packing items for shipment.

Use Proper Box

Use a Corrugated Box. The box should be large with enough space for the padding or protection of the items. It is also recommended to use new box or box that is sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of shipment.

Use the appropriate tags

For a correct and timely delivery, keep these points when you set the directions on the package. Always include the full address of the consignee with postcodes or as applicable in each case. For international shipments include a contact name, phone number, and zip code or as applicable in each case. Always include the full address of the sender.

Chemical or pharmaceutical merchandise is affected by regulations on hazardous goods must be packaged and identified according to IATA standard and/or ADR.

Protect Content

Pack each item separately. Try to keep as separate as possible from each other. Put additional padding at the corners and sides of the box, to reduce the likelihood that they can be broken or damaged fragile items.

A wide variety of materials can be used for cushioning and protection. These include bubble wrap, molded foam (a foam is compressed and form protective molds around contents), corrugated board and strong wrapping paper or crumpled newspaper.

Use enough cushioning material to ensure that the content cannot be easily moved. Several centimeters mineral type buffer around content should be sufficient.

Secure the items with proper packaging

To lock the box, use a strong tape – five centimeters or more in width – designed for shipping.

Do not use masking tape or transparent cellophane tape. These tapes do not provide the necessary strength to keep the packages tightly closed.

Do not use string or paper wrap the box, as they can tear on automated equipment, resulting in losses of address labels or package contents.

Heavy packing of shipment

Shipments that are classified as heavy must be packed in accordance with the weight and dimensions of the shipment. You must pack your heavy shipment so as to allow other packages to be stacked on top of your shipment. Make sure your heavy shipment is bound and the pallet wrapped with plastic or metal packing strips in both directions. (Pallets secured only elastic tape wrapping are not accepted.)

Avoid corrugated cardboard or chipboard pallets. You must ensure all heavy shipments weighing 50 kg or more are compatible with a hydraulic jack to lift the pallet.

The minimum specifications for a typical base for forklift or jack configuration are:

  • The pallet must have a maximum of 1,000 kgs.
  • The corners should be protected with cardboard or corners profiles.
  • The goods must be secured to the pallet through the gaps.
  • The hole for the blades should be at least 69 cm wide and 9 cm high.
  • If the dimensions of the load overhang the pallet, it should be properly protected, either with a wood or with suitable protective elements.
  • The merchandise exceeding 3 m. in one of its measures, it is outside the norm.