The larger the unit, the more packaging material, installation time, and truck space you’ll need. All this impacts cost.
The more units you ship, the higher costs will be across labor, material, and warranty categories.
Every packaging material has its own set of pros and cons: price, installation time and efficiency, level of protection, recyclability, storage space, etc.
Shrink film and shrink-wrap are the most common packaging methods for large industrial equipment. They have a low cost of material but lead to higher labor costs and potential warranty / repair costs due to the inconsistency of protection. Shrink film can also require many extras to help secure the fit – tape, rope, etc.
Crating usually provides excellent protection due to its pseudo-indoor nature. However, crating can be expensive, both in labor time to install, and in raw material costs.
Tarping services are usually performed by the trucking company you select, using the tarps or covers they offer. This option can increase the throughput of your production and eliminate your own labor costs internally. The drawbacks of tarping are the potential high costs charged by the trucker or transit company, and the inconsistency of protection that can lead to damaged equipment.
PVC covers installed internally are a quicker option vs. shrink films and crating, especially if they are custom made. These types of covers can also provide more durability and quality of protection for your equipment. Of course, with a higher quality of material, comes a higher material cost. This option also lends itself to poor installations, especially if the cover is one-size-fits-all and not custom-fit, requiring extras like tape, rope, etc., to ensure a secure fit.
The more expensive your item is, the more you’ll pay for warranty claims and repairs if damaged. So, a higher quality packaging is recommended.
The type of transport trailer you use effects potential risk for equipment damage and should determine the packaging you select.
This is the most common trailer type for large industrial equipment. If you’re selecting this type of trailer, be sure your equipment has a durable packaging application to endure high winds and road debris.
This is the safest option for equipment protection, if your units can fit inside of a standard dry van trailer they’ll be in a covered environment, safe from moisture, road debris, and road grime. Even still, as a best practice, many manufacturers will package their units with some form of shrink film, PVC cover, or even a crate in some cases.
A Conestoga or partial cover trailer can provide a pseudo shelter for your equipment while being transported – resulting in protection from basic road debris, moisture, and road grime. This type of trailer is one of the hardest to come by and is typically more expensive when compared to dry vans and flatbeds. Like dry vans, and even more so, it’s a best practice to still package units with some form of protection for added assuredness.
The farther your units travel, the higher the risk of equipment damage on the road. It’s best to select durable packaging to keep your equipment safe.
Time stored outdoors effects the risk of equipment damaged from the elements. Select packaging that can provide adequate protection.