Are shipping cases better than boxes?
Choosing the the correct case
Shipping cases provide a convenient packaging alternative to shipping boxes as they offer additional protection against damage and the elements. Materials typically used to mold shipping cases include plywood, metal and rigid plastic.
While shipping boxes may be suitable for everyday items, fragile and dangerous goods often require additional protection during shipping. Shipping cases are usually airtight, waterproof, dustproof and vibration resistant. The majority are also lined with foam inserts made out of shockproof polyurethane or polyethylene to ensure maximum padding during transportation.
Computer and Laptop shipping cases:
Computer parts and electronic equipment should always be stored in specialized shipping cases. Laptop and plasma screen shipping cases are usually custom made, with their interiors being carefully molded to snugly encase and secure equipment and accessories. The custom molding process is designed to minimize movement during transit, thereby decreasing any chance that equipment may become damaged. Molding and thermoforming processes are also used to create custom cases for items such as musical instruments and military goods.
Hazardous materials should be stores in heavy duty cases that are corrosion, moisture, vibration, shock and temperature resistant. Cases should be clearly labeled as dangerous or hazardous. Liquids are best shipped in durable cylindrical cases that are designed to remain upright during transit. An upright arrow label should be securely fixed to the front of cases. Electronic, aviation and telecommunications equipment should be stored in cases that are resistant not only to the elements, but also to static and magnetic fields.
Choosing the best shipping case for the job:
When selecting a shipping case, it is important to take into consideration factors such as the size and nature of your shipment as well as the dimensions of shipping cases and their capacity. Have additional locks fitted to cases containing valuable goods to ensure maximum security during transportation. Fragile goods requiring additional padding should be placed well away from the edges of cases. For smaller shipments and those that are not too heavy it is advisable to fit handles and wheels to the base of cases to allow for easy loading and unloading. In the case of larger items, consider using collapsible cases that can easily be broken down as soon as goods are unloaded.