Our expert Michigan crating company has spent the past 70 years serving as the one-stop packaging division for military, aerospace, automotive and commercial manufacturers and producers. Some of the crating services we provide include custom crating, custom pallets, military packaging, automotive packaging, aerospace packaging and more.
Your business succeeds or fails not only on the quality of your products, but also on the quality of the packing and shipping containers you use to get your products safely and securely from your location to those of your customers. We work as your partner to meet all your industrial packaging needs from design and engineering to assembly and kitting to warehousing and distribution of your products with the markings and documentation required for domestic and international shipping.
Depending on your needs the benefits of using a crating company range from knowing that your products or items are expertly packed and secure. Items which are not securely packaged can easily be damaged in transit, whether it is being shipped simply to another state, across the country or overseas. Variables to take into consideration when packaging and crating include: temperature, moisture, dirt and dust, and shock and vibration.
Custom bracing and custom crating should be considered for maximum safety when transporting. Protecting your cargo is our number one priority to ensure that your crated merchandise arrives to it’s destination in perfect condition.
Crates can be designed to be reusable. For example, if the crate is being shipped back to you at the end of the cycle, you can reuse it for subsequent shipments. Not only is this better for the environment, it can also boost your bottom line. While reusable crates typically cost more to make, they also pay for themselves after so many shipments. If a crate can’t be reused, it can still be recycled.
A professional crating company makes sure that your goods and products are properly secured by using proven packing practices. Eliminating excess space within the crate is crucial to prevent items from being jostled in transit. It is also important to make sure crates are packed as full as possible by using additional material to fill-in excess space within the crate. Items can also be wrapped individually for an added layer of protection.
When packing items of various sizes and weight which are to be shipped, put the heaviest items on the bottom and the lightest on the top. This prevents delicate components from being crushed.
Once the crate is completely packed, use easy-to-read labeling to ensure it’s handled accordingly. If the items within are fragile and must be handled with care, make sure the crate is labeled appropriately. You will also want to affix the packing slip and bill of lading, so the package can be easily identified.
Many people ask “what is export crating?”. By definition, export crating entails everything you need to properly package, crate and document your products so as to meet the requirements of not only the countries to which you’re sending them, but also of the various shipping modalities – air, sea and ground – you may be using.
Each aspect requires careful consideration in the design, composition and size of your crating materials. Considerations include the following:
Wood crates offer the best protection for your important products and parts. Here at Export Corporation, we use CAD and Crate Pro to design and build the following types of wood packaging:
In terms of our export wood boxes and crates, rest assured that our ISPM-15 Heat Treat Certified export compliant industrial packaging meets all international standards and requirements.
The terms crates and wooden boxes often get used interchangeably and can be confusing. Especially since crates are usually box shaped. A crate could generally be described as large durable box used for storage or transport which provides excellent protection to an item. A box is simply a container in which items can be stored, which often includes a lid and can be designed (depending on the material of construction) to be collapsible. If we are specifically speaking of wooden boxes (rather than cardboard or plastic) then wooden box packaging is very similar to a crate.
Some options you may want to consider when crating and or having a custom wood container built include the following: