Friday, June 6, 2014

Empty Boxes and Blue Tape.

 A box came in today which I thought contained 10 batteries for yellow dog's bark collar but when I opened It I was puzzled to see what appeard to be a box of broken styrofoam.  Upon a little spelunking I realized the hidden treasure. (forgotten purchase)

 after peeling off the masking tape... yes masking tape not packing tape! I saw my favorite packing aid... the blue tape.

unlike packing tape...both the masking and blue tape easily peel off and the cartridge in need of a makeover is safe.... can't wait to take a dremel to it.

In contrast to this experience I just received an order from Mouser that had all of the panasonic TSHA caps in pairs and rolled in bubble wrap.  In order to secure the bubble every exposed surface of the bubble wrap was then secured with packing tape.  I used a band saw to open them.  Here is a good lesson.  Take a prized tube and wrap it in bubble wrap and then completely cover the bubble with packing tape.  Now attempt to open it.  If everything went fine, repeat with 10 tubes.  Eventually a tube or a finger is going to take one for the team.

If you must use packing tape to secure bubble wrap, use one small piece and fold an edge of the tape over to provide an obvious access point.

Thank you for reading this installment of Ghetto Packing & Shipping 101.


1 comment:

  1. You must have been thrilled to see that forgotten purchase in the box. Its packaging method puzzles me too. I understand the object is delicate, but I don’t get the need for the huge box and loads of Styrofoam to secure it inside. In that case, using bubble wraps and packing tapes is much preferable, if not less wasteful. Thanks you for that little packing tip!

    Lauren Woods @ Adhesive Tapes


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