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Best Wooden Containers for Fragile Parts

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From tough tubes to custom wooden containers, the packaging industry offers an abundance of effective products that provide excellent protection for your fragile parts.

These products can help protect your fragile parts against handling and shipping damage that can occur in transit, whether you’re shipping by air, land or sea. They also offer protection against damages that can occur when boxes are moved or jostled while in storage.

While there are many cutting-edge products on the market today, it might take a little legwork to find the best solution for your specific fragile parts. One of the main things to consider is in most cases there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Often, multiple solutions will be used together to adequately protect your fragile part from damage.


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The best wooden containers for your fragile part are custom designed to meet your specific needs.

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You'll want to work closely with your packaging manufacturer to discuss the fragility of your part. Make sure to discuss thing such as:

  • Where the part can be contacted in order to secure during shipment
  • What method of transportation you will be using
  • How you expect it the crate to be handled during loading/unloading
  • Do you have stacking requirements

Even the most heavy duty wooden container will need a little something extra, as a sturdy exterior might not be enough to prevent products and parts form shifting, vibrating and experiencing other movements while in transit or being stored.

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Valley Box offers a wide variety of wooden containers and custom solutions for your fragile shipping needs. The following are just a few extras you can use to help secure fragile parts in wood containers:

  • Dividers
  • Poly Cushioning
  • Saddles
  • Neoprene

If you plan on packaging a large number of the same product consider having a drop test performed to eliminate risks of packaging failure leading to damages. The International Safe Transit Association, or the ISTA, has four basic categories of hazards that may occur during distribution; shock, vibration, compression and atmospheric. Each hazard category has a major test categories associated with it and there are 13 associated test types.

To learn more about the packaging design process check out Valley Box's series San Diego Crating Expert: Transport & Handling. In this episode we cover causes, identification and elimination of damage. Additionally, we present a case study where we show step-by-step how the culprit of "hidden damage" was revealed.

Topics: Wood

Alicia Guillette

Written by Alicia Guillette

Alicia Guillette, is now the third generation of family involved at Valley Box Company. Starting in 2006, she has taken Valley Box into the digital age by developing a new web presence, implementing enterprise resource management tools and expanding the product line to include material handling equipment.