Dunnage helps prevent product damage when using shipping racks and shipping product or component parts. It acts as a buffer and protects items in the event of bumps or movement. It also secures your products within your shipping containers and helps keeps inventory organized.
Each type of dunnage has its benefits and which type you use will depend on a couple of things. The type of materials you work with and which types of shipping containers you use will be the two biggest factors when choosing which dunnage is best for you.
- Expendable/Corrugated Dunnage: Commonly referred to as cardboard, its used as internal disposable dunnage to protect products. It’s also used in Gaylord’s for one-way shipments. Disposed of once it reaches its destination, which ends up costing money after maintenance and disposal costs. This option is becoming less popular in favor of cost saving reusable dunnage that’s better for the environment.
- Expendable packaging is commonly used in conjunction with storage bins, particularly corrugated steel containers, collapsible steel containers and bulk containers. This combination helps keep shipments secure and organized.
- Foam: Foam dunnage works well for storing parts. A custom mold can be created around a particular product, like an engine part or a tool. Foam dunnage is a great choice for customers who work with the same product again and again because they can reuse it each time, and they can trust it to secure their items.
- HDPE: HDPE is used as a buffer between parts and steel racks. It’s durable and absorbs shock, so it’s a popular choice in automotive shipping racks. It’s reusable, which can help slash shipping costs – just make sure you get it back! HDPE dunnage is affixed to the arms of shipping racks to prevent damage to parts.
HDPE is often added to the bottom of the feet of wire containers and portable racks to prevent scratching of floors. It can be used with shipping racks and shipping containers, including steel containers, collapsible steel containers, heavy-duty rigid wire containers, and bulk containers. It can also be used with wire containers, which adds to its versatility.
- Vinyl: Vinyl dunnage is a used primarily in bag racks. It creates pouches that keep delicate parts from getting scratched in transit. Vinyl is used to create bags that are used internally in stackable shipping racks creating a product commonly called a napkin rack.
- P-Corr: P-Corr dunnage is used in P-Corr Racks and is a great option for customers who need to safely store and transport oddly shaped items, such as automotive component parts. It’s returnable, reusable and durable, so customers like this option because it helps them cut down on their shipping costs. It also gives them peace of mind that their products will be secure.
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