Take a look at all of that cardboard sitting in your warehouse. Is it really providing the protection that it should to the things that you are packing inside of it? The truth is that while cardboard is cheap, it is quite often not the best option for shipping. Cardboard just doesn’t provide the support, protection and safety that your shipment might need.
Having wooden crates custom built for your shipment might be more expensive than cardboard, but you have to balance out the benefits. Wooden crates will help to ensure that your shipment arrives intact and in perfect condition.
If you are thinking about shipping using a wooden crate, then you should know about the different types that are available. Not all crates are created equal.
This is probably what you think of when you consider a wooden crate. It is a fully closed crate made typically of ply wood. There are no openings in the crate at all, and it is typically nailed or screwed closed.
These crates are great for transporting items that have no need for ventilation. They are also good for carrying items that are a risk of spilling things that could contaminate or damage other items around them. Spills in a closed crate tend to stay self-contained and will isolate any damage to the contents of that crate alone. Spills outside of a closed crate have a hard time getting inside, so your goods remain protected.
Unlike the closed crate, a frame crate is probably something that you would never think of when trying to picture a shipping crate. Frame crates are exactly what the name suggests. They are a constructed frame of wood that is nailed together. A frame crate has no top or sides (called sheathing). You can see directly inside of the crate to see what is stored there.
Frame crates are typically used to transport things that need support but don’t need protection. Large machinery, custom metal parts and other heavy gear are candidates for frame crates.
An open crate is a crate that is constructed of wooden planks instead of sheets of plywood. A frame is constructed and the planks are attached to the frame either by nails or screws. Open crates are still closed on all sides, but there is typically a gap between the planks that will allow airflow into the crate.
Open crates are great for shipping things that need air and ventilation. Produce is a good example of items that would typically be shipped in an open crate.
Stitched and Wire Bound Crates
These “recycled” crates are typically made of pieces of thin pieces of wood that are held together using wire or banding for support. Triangular corners are used to add strength and reinforce weak spots.
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