Transporting fragile, bulky or complex parts and equipment can be fraught with issues. Our Michigan based crating company can provide you with custom solutions and expert crating services designed to overcome a wide variety of industrial packaging challenges. Our custom crates, wood packaging and custom pallets are key to ensuring your items are transported safely and efficiently.

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Benefits of Custom Wood Crates

Choosing custom wooden crates for shipping is a necessity when dealing with fragile or irregularly shaped components, such as military equipment, automotive parts, or massive commercial machinery. Our custom wood crates offer exceptional benefits such as:

  • Minimized Risk of Damage: Custom-designed crates significantly reduce the risk of damage during transit, ensuring that your items reach their destination in pristine condition.
  • Cost-Effective: Custom wood crates can lead to reduced transportation costs due to their tailor-made design, which maximizes space and efficiency.
  • Enhanced Installation Process: Our custom crates are designed to facilitate a smoother and more efficient installation process, taking into consideration the assembly and disassembly of components.

Our Michigan crating company works closely with you to design the optimal crates for your components, taking into account not only the custom wood crate’s design, but also the ideal way to disassemble or pre-assemble components prior to crating. Organizing the crate in a way that makes the most of the space, while also sorting items based on installation steps to improve the efficiency of the installation process.

What Types of Wood Are Used for Crating?

Custom wood crates use a mixture of dimensional SPF lumber, plywood, OSB and other manufactured wood products to create a durable, cost-effective shipping solution. All crates are created specifically for your product, but most use a dimensional wood frame sheathed in plywood or OSB.

Plywood is a popular option at Export Corporation. It’s durable, weather resistant, easy to paint and offers a sleek, professional look. It’s more of an investment than OSB, but these sturdy sheets of wood make a crate that’s often capable of being reused in order purposes.

OSB is a low-cost alternative that still offers impressive strength. A mixture of coarse wood chips and glue, OSB is manufactured in various thin sheets in alternating orientations. The result is surprisingly sturdy, but comes with a few limitations. It’s more difficult to paint OSB. Whether you’re painted it or not, it still doesn’t offer the same stylish look. It also tends to swell and break down in excessively moist environments, so an OSB crate isn’t suitable for outdoor storage.

Are There Weight and Size Limitations for Custom Crates?

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While our custom wood crating capabilities are designed around delivering the solution your project requires, it is also important to consider that the weight and size limitations of your custom wood crates depend equally on your project requirements. i.e. will the custom crates be shipped internationally? shipped by sea? simply stored in a warehouse and stacked?

Size and weight limitations will also come into play depending on your shipping company and their capabilities. Depending on your needs, our team is capable of designing and constructing custom crates to fit your specific size and weight needs. We’ll also work with shipping companies to help you find the ideal way to transport your products.

Are Crates Reusable?

Our durable, custom wood crates can typically be reused, depending on your specifications and the materials used. A reusable crate may cost more, but it can save you money over time. Reach out to us with the specifics of your project and we can discuss solutions available for recyclable and reusable crates.

What Are Military Spec Crates?

Military packaging needs to conform to strict size, material and design features. If you’re contracting with a branch of the military, it’s essential that your custom wood crates adhere to every standard and are created by a certified crating service provider. Our team stays up-to-date with the latest requirements, including

  • MIL-STD-2073
  • MIL-STD-129P
  • ASTM’s
  • SAM registration
  • ITAR registration
  • WAWF documentation
  • NAICS 493110 warehousing

From preservation and warehousing to packaging and labeling, our team understands the strict demands of military packaging and can help you fulfill your contract on time and on budget. Reach out to our team early in the process to discuss your estimated budget for Mil-Spec crates, as these may require an additional investment to create.

Custom Crating Services in Michigan

If you are looking for custom crating services in Michigan, contact our wood crating company today. We specialize in crating, wood packaging, aerospace crating and packaging, mil-spec crates, kitting and assembly, custom pallets and more.