Safety Concerns For High Volume, High Tech Moving

If your business needs to move a large number of computers, copiers, displays, and other important electronics to another location, how safe is the actual drive? Loading and unloading is a challenge for almost any fragile objects, and while those same fragile objects can be damaging during a shaky drive, electronics have a few unique challenges when it comes to stability. Here are a few transit risks to consider as you look for a commercial moving team with the right answers.

Some Shock Problems Can't Be Padded Easily

Fragile shipments are padded on the outside and sometimes the inside to prevent breaking. Bumps on the road can be enough to cause glass and other fragile objects to break as they clash against other objects or simply crush from the force of hitting a surface with a lot of momentum.

Usually, the most expensive objects will have individual packaging. This means that glassware and clay will be wrapped in a material that absorbs shock, and may be placed in a container with slots and additional padding to reduce further shock. If you pad it enough, your objects could even survive a plane crash.

The problem with electronics is that the fragile parts are often in areas that the average person can't access. It takes a technician to open up systems and safely remove, pad, and seal electronic components.

Safely is the important word there, because improper handling means more than just being gentle. Static shock is enough to completely fry an electronic board, such as a video card and a sound card inside computers. Such cards are actually the biggest risks because they can shake and snap due to their overhanging position inside computers.

How Should A Moving Company Address Fragile Internal Components?

This part gets a bit tricky, because how can a moving company prepare against damage that they don't know about? How can you tell the movers what to protect if you don't know about it? Not all electronics have fragile internal components that shake around, so be sure to task a technician to figure out what's going on inside your most valuable devices.

Once identified, it's best to seal any loose/easily dislodged components in anti-static storage. Many components can be placed inside anti-static bags that are available wholesale or individually, which can reduce the amount of static exposure.

Make sure that anyone inserting or removing these components are using anti-static wrist straps to avoid shocking the components before they make it into anti-static storage. That would be a tragic failure with good intentions, but it happens a lot.

Contact a commercial moving company to ask about their fragile storage and static protection planning, along with any other techniques that may be useful for electronics.