Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Weatherproof Corrugated Crate Boxes Save Parts Distributor Time and Money

An international distributor of heavy equipment parts is forced to purchase wood Nefab crates due to a requirement to store product outdoors.  The wood crates are expensive and difficult to assemble.
Nefab boxes with required hardware.
Eco-Shield boxes require no hardware



Ox Box designs and manufactures economical Eco-Shield corrugated crate boxes.  The Eco-Shield crates are weatherproof, extremely strong, and easy to assemble.  New technology that incorporates plastic from recycled water bottles enables the corrugated material to withstand exposure to the elements.  Stacking strength of the Eco-Shield crates exceed 1000 lbs.  Designed for quick assembly, the Eco-Shield crate boxes enable the distributor to pack and ship efficiently.  In addition, the Eco-Shield crates are recyclable.      

* Eco-Shield crate boxes save money.  Fraction of the cost of expensive wood crates.
* Eco-Shield crate boxes reduce packing time and increase output.
* Lightweight to reduce shipping costs.
* Eco-Shield is recyclable with other corrugated materials.

Click here for Eco-Shield product information.

Eco-Shield Weatherproof Crate Boxes

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Kiln Dried vs. Heat Treated Wood Packing Materials

The term "kiln dried" relates to the moisture content of wood which is typically defined as 19% or below. The term "Heat treated" relates to the core temperature of wood which needs to reach a minimum 133° F for at least 30 minutes in a controlled environment (i.e. a heat chamber or kiln). It is important to realize that wood used in the manufacture of WPM and WPM itself can meet one specification but not the other. If moisture content is the only concern, this can be reached without the required temperature needed to be considered heat treated. Likewise WPM can be heat treated but this process may not allow the wood to reach the minimum moisture content to be considered kiln dried. If you see wood or WPM marked with the term "KD-HT" this means it has met the requirements for both kiln drying (19% or below MC) and heat treating (133° F minimum for at least 30 minutes).

Note: The 133° F temperature can only be used after a verification study is completed on the heat chamber and thermocouples must be calibrated annually. Most facilities operate at 140° F thereby avoiding the above requirements. See ALSC WPM Enforcement Regulations 8.a 2  for more information.

Source: Timber Products Inspection, Inc.