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The Differences Between ShockWatch 1 and ShockWatch 2

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The original ShockWatch (which we will call ShockWatch 1) and ShockWatch 2 are both examples of impact indicators that can be used to monitor and detect mishandling or damage to products during storage and shipment.

This means that ShockWatch indicators are great to provide accountability throughout the supply chain, saving time and reducing costs by showing if a package has been mishandled. In fact, they can potentially reduce damage up to 80%, proving a very worthy investment!

Choosing the correct ShockWatch label is crucial as it ensures that any mishandling or impact caused to a product is accurately detected. In order to make an informed decision, you may be wondering what the difference is between ShockWatch 1 and ShockWatch 2. Within this article, we will explore the differences between these two shock watches so you can decide which is the best one for your business and the products you aim to ship.

ShockWatch 1

The original ShockWatch is a single-use high impact indicator utilising old technology made from glass. The glass tube is filled with a red dye, and when a package receives even the smallest impact or shock that exceeds a predetermined level, the glass tube will break, and the red dye will be released. This will then clearly show that the product has been mishandled so the appropriate action can be taken.

ShockWatch 1 is usually used for monitoring individual shipments as it is compact in size. It can be attached directly to a package or product and can be activated quickly and easily just through a simple pull tab. Thanks to the ease of use that ShockWatch 1 provides, it can be placed on individual shipments without needing any special equipment or training to use.

The device is a cost-effective solution for individual shipments and is relatively inexpensive to purchase. This makes it the most popular choice for companies looking to protect their products without spending a lot of money on specialised equipment or training.

ShockWatch 2

The main difference between ShockWatch 1 and ShockWatch 2 is that the latter is a reusable impact indicator that can be used on multiple shipments, not just individual ones. It is also much less sensitive compared to ShockWatch 1, as the original ShockWatch is a high sensitivity indicator that is triggered by low impacts. While ShockWatch 2 is a medium sensitivity indicator that is only triggered by moderate impacts.

Unlike ShockWatch 1 that is a mechanical device, ShockWatch 2 is an electronic device containing an accelerometer that can detect and record the magnitude and duration of impacts or shocks that a product could be exposed to during shipment. This data is then available to be downloaded and analysed to check for any potential issues in the supply chain.

Unlike ShockWatch 1, ShockWatch 2 does not use glass so there is no need to worry about protecting them to prevent the glass breaking before use, especially since ShockWatch 2 is only activated once stuck onto the packaging. This makes ShockWatch 2 more cost-effective in comparison.

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Which ShockWatch Impact Indicator is best for my business?

When choosing a ShockWatch Impact Indicator out of these two options, it all depends on the type of products being transported and your desired level of impact sensitivity.

If you are looking to monitor individual shipments and require a cost-effective, single-use solution then ShockWatch 1 could be the best choice for you. This is because it is a simple mechanical device that can detect if a shipment has been damaged or mishandled quickly and easily. As ShockWatch 1 is more sensitive, it will indicate damage in situations where ShockWatch 2 would not.

However, if your business is one that needs to monitor multiple shipments and have access to impact data for analysis and supply chain improvement, then ShockWatch 2 is likely to be the better choice. Due to its reusability and the fact that it can store impact data for analysis, by choosing ShockWatch 2 you will be able to gain valuable insights into your supply chain and see where improvements are needed.

To find out more about the Impact Indicators we have available and their various benefits, visit one of our latest blog articles on how to select the right impact indicator for your needs.

ShockWatch 1 and 2 from Swiftpak

As you can see, the choice between ShockWatch 1 and ShockWatch 2 ultimately depends on your specific needs and requirements. Therefore, we recommend evaluating the features and benefits of each option carefully in order to choose the best ShockWatch for you.

If you are in need of any further advice on protecting your products, feel free to contact our friendly packaging team today who are always more than happy to help.