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Re-Usable Shipping Carrier for a Data Processing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120140D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 87K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cieslak, RD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a packaging method for handling and shipping electronic sub-assemblies utilizing a reusable vacuum-formed carrier (pallet or skid).

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Re-Usable Shipping Carrier for a Data Processing System

      Described is a packaging method for handling and shipping
electronic sub-assemblies utilizing a reusable vacuum-formed carrier
(pallet or skid).

      The most important function of any packaging method is to
provide protection of the items being shipped.  A poor packaging
method results in damage and is costly in terms of financial loss and
customer satisfaction.  Other important functions in the design of a
packaging method are usability, storage and reusability.  In prior
art, these other functions were often overlooked in the design
process, resulting in higher labor, space and materials costs in the
manufacturing, packaging and warehousing processes.  The method
described herein incorporates all these functions into a single
design for the most efficient handling and shipping process.

      Fig. 1 illustrates an assembled load of six electronic
sub-assemblies.  The packaging consists of 3 identical vacuum-formed
carriers and plastic strapping material.  The load is assembled by
placing 3 sub-assemblies onto a carrier with the bottom pedestal of
the unit fitting into a mating cavity, as shown in the cross-section
view in Fig. 2.  A second carrier is seated on top of these 3 units
with their tops fitting into a reversed cavity from the underside of
the carrier.  A secondary reversed cavity provides clearance for
protection between this carrier and delicate plastic tabs protruding
from the...