Packaging optimization is a complex research process that involves different variables. One of the first steps consists of detecting the specific threats that are endangering the goods. This might depend on the chosen route or the type of transportation, among other factors. In many cases, you should start by using a portable vibration recording equipment that records the real force of hazards while on the road. 


What is a portable vibration recording equipment?

A portable vibration recording equipment is the perfect tool to determine the real threats to the goods during transportation. This system is installed on a transport to record the tri-axial vibrations, accelerations, shocks and pitch & roll motions that take place along a specific route.

The record of vibrations and other motions thereby becomes a comprehensive tool that allows laboratories and companies to research the real risks that their packaging and products will be facing.

This valuable data is used later on to design a protective packaging that is suitable for the chosen route and transport. While many companies are already aware of the importance of transport simulation, simulation laboratories should count with real data on which to base their tests. This is exactly what a shock recorder offers.


How does it work?

When installed on the chosen means of transportation along a specific route, the portable vibration recording equipment can record the axial and angular vibrations, shocks and accelerations, as well as roll & pitch motions that cargo is subjected to during the distribution cycle. In this way, it can record routes based on the force and frequency of the vibrations during transportation in three dimensions plus a two-axis tilt (roll and pitch). 


The information is recorded on an SD card, and after subsequent analysis, a file (PSD) is generated, which is entered into the machine to perform a test that is equivalent to the forces (vibrations, shock, etc.) endured by the goods under real transportation conditions (means of transportation and route recorded by the data recorder).


Furthermore, the information can be reproduced in another type of simulation equipment, such as the Drop Tester, the horizontal stability testers and the impact testing machines.


The Data Recorder by Safe Load TT has certain technical specifications that make it the best alternative when recording transportation hazards: 


– Compact size (100x100x50mm / 3.9” x 3.9” x 2”) and lightweight (800gr / 28oz)

– Different mounting alternatives: magnetic or secured to the structure

– An intuitive software and simple controls (start/stop button, green and red LED indicators that indicate its operation or the presence of a problem).

– Designed for an easy use with transport smulation tools. 


Its technical specifications include the use of technology that can offer accurate results for each type of motion. Which is why it includes: 


– A Triaxial MEMS 3 axis (x,y,z) vibration accelerometer.

– A shock accelerometer –Triaxial capabilities (x,y,z).

– Dual-Axis MEMS 2 axis (x,y) gyroscope.

– A continuous recording timer. 


How long does its battery last?

In a global market, a great number of loads must travel along long and winding roads. For the most part, the success of companies will be immediately related to guaranteeing that their goods arrive safe and sound to their destination, regardless of the distribution cycle that they endure. 

It is for this reason that the Data Recorder can offer accurate measurements with a long-lasting battery. Depending on which sensors are active along the route and the sampling rate, the internal battery offers a running time of 5 to 10 days. For longer cycles, it is possible to add an external battery that offers running times of up to 90 days. 


What kinds of travels can it be used for?

The electronic vibration analyzer by Safe Load can also be adapted to different types of routes and transports. 

On one hand, it guarantees a long running time for extended distribution cycles. On the other, this portable vibration monitoring equipment con withstand temperatures between -20ºC and 60ºC (-4°F and 140°F), in addition to being able to be installed inside a refrigerator truck. It is, for this reason, a versatile piece of equipment for routes with the harshest environmental conditions. 

In addition, the portable vibration recording equipment is designed to be installed on different means of transportation, with the most common being ships, trains or trucks. 

Advanced technology simulations such as the Data Recorder by Safe Load Testing Technologies are available for companies that need to optimize their packaging. 

Get in touch with us and let’s discuss how you can attain a safer packaging and optimize your costs