Don't Be Fooled by Packaging Myths!
We've explained some common packaging myths below, use this
information to avoid making packaging errors:
Peanuts are always the best choice
often do a very good job of
protecting the contents of a package, they are not always the best choice. Small
items packed in peanuts can easily shift in transit, exposing them to possible
Air-filled poly pillows
can often provide better protection for certain
items, are lighter than peanuts, and can help reduce shipping costs.
provides excellent protection without the potential messiness of peanuts. And
Instapak Quick® foam-filled bags
are a great cushioning option for irregular or
You can put up to 200 lbs. in a 200 lb. test corrugated box
No, you cannot put up to 200 lbs. in a 200 lb. test corrugated box. The test ratings on
cardboard boxes are an important way to help you determine how the corrugated product
will perform under tough conditions. The test rating, known as the Burst Test or the
Mullen Test, is the force of pounds per square inch that would be required to rupture or burst
the box and shows its ability to withstand force from rough handling or during the shipping
process. For example, a box with a 200 lb. test rating can withstand 200 lbs. of pressure
per square inch.
The ECT, or Edge Crush Test, is another rating that is often listed with the test rating. The
ECT measures stacking strength and is measured by the amount of force that is required to crush
the box by standing it on its edge. This test is measured in pounds per square inch. For
example, a box with a 32 lb. ECT rating can withstand a force of 32 lbs. per square inch before
Damaged shipments mean the packaging has failed
Even though ample packaging may be used to protect a
shipment, items can sometimes be damaged through rough handling. To alert others
of any special handling needs, be sure to use Associated Bag's attention-getting
shipping and handling labels
. And adding our
indicator labels to your packages can help determine if any improper handling
has occurred in transit.
All zipper bags are watertight
While this may be true of some supermarket brands, most
industrial and commercial
are, in fact, not approved for use with
liquids. There are several types of zipper bags, however, that are specially
made to hold liquids.
Bitran® leakproof zipper bags
come in both a
document pouch style
. Be sure to ask for them when your application requires a
If you are unsure of the best way to protect your items, please give our
packaging experts a call
, or email:
. They're ready to help you make
the right choices.