One of the worst things that can happen to a cargo is to suffer damage. As a customer, this is a frustrating moment because you have waited for long periods for a package and when it comes to you, it is broken and unfunctional. There are various reasons why a package gets damaged and broken the moment it comes to your doorstep.
Perhaps, the most obvious reason why a package is damaged is because of shock and impact. If a shipping truck suddenly is involved in a car accident, there might be a chance that a package can get damaged. The kinetic energy on impact will see the items deform, which will absorb most or all of the force of the collision.
Another cause of cargo damage is vibration. It is important to determine the natural frequency of your items and compare this with the vibration characteristics of your chosen packaging. When packaging materials, it is important to know the right packaging such as a box containing foam, sponges, bubble wrap or anything that absorbs vibration.
Moisture can take the form of leaks, spillages, rain and even atmospheric conditions. All can prove fatal for your products or equipment. Moisture is the enemy of electronics as it can cause short circuits e-routing the power current to paths of lower resistance. Moisture can also cause corrosion when in contact with various connections.
Temperature and humidity can also be a factor for package getting damaged. Mostly, these happens to food and beverages that is why logistics companies have special containers for these packages. For other packages, extreme heat can cause parts to become pliable and even melt, whilst low temperatures can cause materials to become brittle and degrade.
There are ways that you can prevent shipping damage and if you want to know these ways, you can read this Excelsior infographic.