Every piece of equipment that you ship needs to be protected against shock and basic forces, but what about equipment that is susceptible to damage if the temperature changes? Harsh and unpredictable weather changes can reduce the equipment's viability and efficiency. This can even cause the equipment to break if it goes through rapid heating and cooling as it travels. Here are a few features that you should consider when buying a transit case to ensure that your equipment is protected.
Thick and Cushioned
The truth is that every custom transit case offers some type of temperature control because the thick body and foam cushioning will make a barrier against the heat or cold. This ensures that the equipment stays at a relatively moderate temperature. Not only that, but these materials take a long time to got hotter or colder, which ensures that rapid changes do not occur within the case.
At the same time, you should only rely on this if the equipment isn't really affected by temperature changes and if the temperature is fairly moderate throughout the equipment's course. If there are harsh changes, then there is only so much that a regular transit case can do.
Nearly every quality transit case is sealed against environmental damage, but it's still worth checking since there are a few cases that don't properly do this. Environmental sealing means that the equipment is protected against anything in the surrounding area, such as moisture, rain, humidity, chemicals or even insects.
This environmental sealing will slow any temperature changes, and it will also keep any associated moisture from sneaking into the equipment and destroying it from the inside. Moisture can be the enemy of efficiency, and your equipment will have to go through a lot of it if there are major temperature changes.
The best way to keep your equipment from feeling the effects of temperature changes is to buy a temperature-control transit case. These cases come with fans, heaters, air conditioners and a range of other mechanisms to keep the equipment at a certain temperature. These cases are used very frequently with medicine and edible products because they are very susceptible to spoiling if the temperature rapidly changes.
If you have a case like this, then you can easily control the temperature. It will heat the product if it's too cold, and cool it if it's too warm. Not only that, but it will keep the internal temperature consistent. Most cases promise a one-degree difference at most.
The only challenge is ensuring that the transit case lasts long enough. These cases require a lot of energy, and most of them can only last a few hours unless they use a passive system to keep the temperature consistent. Be sure to find a case with an appropriate battery that can last as long as needed, and also ensure that the battery can be easily charged so that the equipment doesn't succumb to rapid temperature changes.
Humidity and Temperature Indicators
Another major feature to get is an indicator. Most of these indicators will be able to check the humidity and temperature, but there might be some that only check one or the other. These indicators are essential because they will show you if the temperature was too much for the case.
If this occurs, then you should definitely check the equipment for any damage. You should also consider a different case that's better at controlling the temperature. Some industries are even required to use these indicators. If you are thinking of shipping medical or food-based products or equipment, then most distributors and end-point companies will require these indicators so that they can verify the equipment's temperature before using it.
The other benefit is that these indicators present an unbiased view of how the temperature and humidity changed during travel. It can be hard to tell if there were any major changes, but the indicators will tell you exactly what happened.
Protecting your equipment against temperature changes isn't difficult, but it does require the right type of transit case. If there are extreme and rapid temperature changes, then you need a case that can heat or cool the equipment to ensure that the temperature is consistent.