A shock recorder is an essential device that allows you to record shocks, vibrations and accelerations that take place during product transportation.
Collected through the use of shock sensors for shipping and a gyroscope, this information can be later used in the design and/or optimization of a packaging that protects products during transportation.
What is a shock recorder and how does it work?
A shock recorder is a recording device that, once installed in a means of transportation (truck, train, ship, etc.), records and stores data on the shocks, vibrations and accelerations experienced by the load during transportation.
In this way, the shock recorder lets you accurately know the conditions and hazards experienced by the goods during transportation.
This information will later be used to provide products with an optimized package that is able to protect them, among other things.
Why you need a shock and vibration data logger
A shock recorder is an essential device for designing an optimized package that can guarantee the safety of products.
The use of a shock recorder during the packaging research process is essential for determining the specific threats to the goods during transportation.
This allows you to:
Reduce damages to the cargo during transportation
Through the use of a shock data logger, it is possible to know – and later foresee – the shocks, accelerations, vibrations and pitch and roll motions that can endanger the cargo.
This way, the shock recorder will allow you to take the appropriate measures for each case, and reduce damages resulting from impacts or other motions during transportation.
Obtaining accurate data regarding the chosen means of transportation
This is an essential piece of equipment to adjust to real transportation conditions.
While many companies have realized the importance that transport simulation has in a laboratory when improving the safety of their products during transportation, they need real data on which to base their research.
Through the use of a shock recorder, one can obtain a log of shock and vibration data and 3 axis accelerometer data logs that will let laboratory simulations to be adjusted to real transportation conditions.
Optimizing the packaging and reducing costs and losses
An optimized package is the one that is tailored to the product to be transported and the chosen route so that it offers protection to the goods based on these two variables.
This allows for two types of savings:
- It eliminates product losses due to shrinkage during transportation, in addition to a bad image before the end consumer.
- It avoids unnecessary costs by establishing a packaging that is tailored to real conditions. In this way, over-packaging – a packaging that uses too many materials, or materials that are more expensive than necessary – is avoided.
Advanced packaging technology solutions are now within reach of anyone wishing to protect their goods.
Therefore, in order to optimize your packaging, you will need to study how the product to be transported behaves (in regard to fragility, hazards, etc.) in relation to the route chosen for its transportation.
This is possible through a transport simulation and a shock recorder that provides data on the transportation route and the hazards that arise in the form of vibrations, shocks, accelerations and pitch and roll motions.
innRecord characteristics: Safe Load Testing Technologies’ transmonitor
The innRecord product family includes the shock recorder developed thanks to the 20 years of experience of Safe Load TT as a leading team in packaging research.
It offers everything that is necessary to record data during transportation thanks to its features:
- It allows for the logging of acceleration data and 3 axis acceleration data.
- It includes a shock and vibration data logger. On one hand, its shock sensors for shipping log data for the shocks received by the load during transportation.
On the other, innRecord family devices can record routes based on the force and frequency of the vibrations during transportation (PSD) in three dimensions, as well as 2-axis rotations (pitch and roll).
- The shock recorder includes an internal battery that allows for continuous logging during transport. This allows for its recordings to be stored for 5 to 10 days on its internal battery, and up to 90 days with an external battery.
- Its design is closely linked to the transport simulation machines.
The information logged by the Safe Load TT’s shock recorder is stored in a micro SD card.
Then, the collected and subsequently analyzed information can be reproduced in the transportation simulators of the innDrop, innSlide, innWave and innShock product families, allowing the effects of the real conditions in which the cargo is transported to be foreseen.
- It is adapted to real transport conditions and the changing environmental conditions that may be found.
This being the case, Safe Load Testing Technologies’ innRecorder can withstand temperatures between -20º and 60º Celsius and can be installed on a refrigerated truck.
Thanks to these features, Safe Load Testing Technologies’ shock recorder is a unique solution on the market to optimize your packaging and learn about the hazards faced by your products during transportation.
Get in touch with us and we will provide you with advice and guidance on the best practices for protecting your products during transportation.