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In the complex world of logistics, the myriad of circumstances that can arise during the transportation of goods presents countless challenges that packaging must be prepared to face. Conducting Mechanical Shock Analysis is a preventive measure that thousands of companies employ to better understand the nuances of their logistical routes.

Whether by land, sea, or air, impacts can occur to varying degrees. This is why gathering this data with a data logger can reveal numerous optimization opportunities that are crucial for companies. It’s not just about safeguarding the product’s integrity, but also about optimizing logistical routes, as well as enhancing the company’s brand image and business operations.

Mechanical shock analysis on the land

The roads of Europe continue to be a fundamental pillar for connectivity and economic development in the region. However, the quality and state of these roads vary significantly among countries, reflecting differences in economy, geography, and political priorities. Among these, road conditions and obstructions play a pivotal role. From the deterioration of road surfaces to unexpected blockages, these factors can disrupt the smooth flow of goods and require dynamic and strategic responses from logistics companies. Below, we delve into the specifics of how road conditions and obstructions can affect terrestrial distribution logistics.

Road Conditions

Road conditions are a critical aspect of terrestrial distribution logistics. Potholes and the general deterioration of roads can cause significant damage to transport vehicles. This compromises the integrity of the transported goods, especially if they are sensitive to impacts.

Moreover, in addition to the condition of the roads, the driving style of each driver must also be considered. The way they enter roundabouts or brake, whether it’s an emergency stop or not, will have a direct effect on the transported goods

Mechanical shock analysis by land

Road Obstructions

On the other hand, road obstructions pose a significant challenge in land distribution. This forces transporters to seek alternative routes, which are often longer and less efficient. Traffic accidents, especially more severe ones, can also act as significant obstructions, closing lanes or even entire roads. In rural areas, the presence of animals on the road can be an additional problem, causing accidents or delays.

Mechanical shock analysis on the sea

In maritime logistics distribution, various challenges and shocks can significantly impact the efficiency and safety of operations. Among these, adverse weather conditions and mechanical issues in vessels are particularly noteworthy. These factors not only affect the timeliness of deliveries but also pose risks to crew safety and cargo integrity. Below, we explore how adverse weather conditions and mechanical issues in vessels can impact maritime logistics

Mechanical shock analysis on the sea

Highly variable distribution routes

Adverse weather conditions and shifting tides are significant threats to the maritime distribution chain, primarily due to the potential physical impacts on the cargo units themselves. These natural phenomena can lead to rough seas and unpredictable movements, increasing the risk of collisions or jostling within the cargo hold. Such incidents can compromise the integrity of the product or its packaging, leading to potential damage or spoilage.

The constant movement and heavy swaying caused by turbulent waters can strain even the most secure packaging solutions, posing a risk to the quality and safety of the goods being transported. This challenge is particularly acute for fragile or sensitive items, where even minor impacts can result in significant product loss.

The direct physical impact on the cargo units underlines a critical vulnerability in maritime distribution, where the forces of nature can directly affect the condition and viability of the shipped goods.

Mechanical shock analysis on the air

The transportation of goods by air freight presents unique challenges that can affect cargo safety and integrity. Key concerns include in-flight turbulence, ground handling at airports, and the handling practices of cargo personnel.

Understanding and addressing these issues is essential to ensure the safe and intact delivery of goods.

Turbulence

Turbulence during flight is a common phenomenon that can vary in intensity. It can cause abrupt movements and unpredictable jolts inside the aircraft, leading to the sliding or sudden shifting of cargo packages. If not properly secured, these packages can collide with each other or against the aircraft’s walls and doors, resulting in physical damage.

Fragile or poorly packed items are particularly vulnerable to these impacts. Severe turbulence can also compromise the structural integrity of packaging, increasing the risk of content damage. Therefore, packages must be well-secured and protected against these unforeseen movements.

Mechanical shock analysis on the air

Ground handling

Ground handling of cargo at airports, involving multiple stages like loading, unloading, and on-ground transport, exposes packages to various impacts. Improper stacking can damage items at the bottom, while loading and unloading processes might lead to falls or accidental hits by service vehicles. Such impacts are especially harmful to delicate items. Proper staff training and specialized handling equipment are key to minimizing these risks.

The solutions: mechanical shock analysis

Controlling all these events becomes extremely complicated if we lack, at the very least, a basic understanding of how they occur. To gain such comprehension, it is essential to conduct a mechanical shock analysis, allowing us to measure and accurately assess the impacts and forces involved.

In this context, the use of a data logger emerges as the best option, as it facilitates the collection and recording of crucial data to comprehend and effectively manage these events, providing a valuable tool for control and informed decision-making.

While it is true that our data loggers, specifically those within the innRecord family, are capable of capturing shocks, vibrations, and environmental conditions, we will currently focus on their ability to measure shocks.

Within the innRecord family, the SF-DR4 and SF-DR4-03 models stand out as they possess the capability to swiftly and precisely characterize a shock profile. The newly introduced and user-friendly innSoft-Analyzer software enables seamless data uploading for thorough analysis. This valuable information can subsequently be employed in the design and optimization of packaging, ensuring the safety of goods during transport.

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These innRecord data loggers,  are not only compact but also exceptionally powerful, making them portable and efficient for shock profile characterization. With their small size, they pack a significant punch in terms of functionality, offering a potent solution for capturing and analyzing data related to shocks and vibrations.

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Additionally, these recorded data can seamlessly be incorporated into our innSoft Analyzer, a powerful tool that yields dependable insights into the shocks experienced within distribution chains.

By configuring the parameters according to the specific criteria of each industry, companies gain the capability to measure and analyze the information effectively.

This data-driven approach empowers businesses to optimize their packaging strategies, tailoring them to the unique requirements of their operations. As a result, not only can companies enhance the safety and security of their products during transit, but they can also achieve greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the overall distribution process.

The innSoft Analyzer serves as a valuable asset, facilitating informed decision-making and continuous improvement in packaging practices.

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Safe Load Testing Technologies and it’s innovative tools: the innRecord + the innSoft Analyzer

Discover the power of Safe Load Testing Technologies’ innRecord devices – your ultimate solution for precise shock measurement. Our SF-DR4 and SF-DR4-03 models, compact yet powerful, are equipped with cutting-edge technology. Utilize the intuitive innSoft Analyzer software to gain reliable insights into shock profiles within distribution chains.

At Safe Load Testing Technologies, we offer more than just products; we provide comprehensive solutions to empower your business decisions. Elevate your packaging strategies, enhance product safety during transit, and revolutionize your approach to shock measurement. Choose the industry’s best – choose Safe Load Testing Technologies.

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