Packaging Advice

TiltWatch XTR: Safeguarding delicate machinery in transit

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Transporting delicate machinery is no easy task. From mishandling to tilting during transit, even the most robust packaging solutions can occasionally fall short.

When these risks translate into costly repairs, operational downtime, and unhappy customers, the stakes become even higher.

To address these challenges, tilt indicators offer a reliable solution that records and deters the tilting of goods during the supply chain. In this article, we explore the leading tilt indicator, TiltWatch XTR, including how it works, its key features, and benefits.

Understanding the need for tilt indicators

Machinery and equipment often travel long distances before reaching their destination. During this journey, they often face various challenges, from rough handling by personnel to vibrations and tilting in transit. These issues can cause significant damage, leading to costly repairs or replacements and potential downtime for businesses relying on these machines.

Using tilt indicators helps businesses to identify when and where mishandling may have occurred during shipment, providing valuable information for insurance claims, accountability, and improving handling procedures in the future.

What is the TiltWatch XTR?

The TiltWatch XTR is a simple yet highly effective device that provides a visual indication when a shipment has been tilted beyond a certain angle, typically more than 80 degrees. It functions as a passive, single-use indicator that is applied to the exterior of a package. Once activated, it visually records any tilting beyond 80 degrees, making it immediately apparent to handlers and recipients whether mishandling has occurred.

Key features of TiltWatch XTR

  • Unmatched precision: The TiltWatch XTR® indicator activates immediately if your package is tilted beyond a predetermined angle. This precise monitoring ensures that any improper handling is captured without fail.
  • Clear visual alerts: Featuring a clear and permanent colour change, the indicator provides a straightforward visual alert that cannot be reset or tampered with, offering irreversible proof of tilting.
  • Simple application: Easily attachable to any package, TiltWatch XTR® requires no special tools or complicated procedures. Its user-friendly design makes it an efficient and effective tool for all types of shipments.
  • Versatile use: Suitable for a wide range of products, including delicate electronics, laboratory instruments, pharmaceuticals, and more.
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How does TiltWatch XTR work?

The TiltWatch XTR uses a simple yet clever mechanism that cannot be tampered with once activated. It contains a red slider that shifts within the indicator if the package tilts beyond the preset angle and locks into place. This shift is irreversible, causing the indicator window to change colour and remain in its activated state. This simplicity ensures that the device is robust and reliable, functioning effectively regardless of external conditions like temperature or humidity.

Application and installation

Applying the TiltWatch XTR is a straightforward process:

  • Clean the surface: Ensure that the surface of the package where the TiltWatch XTR will be placed is clean and free from dust or debris.
  • Peel and stick: Remove the backing from the adhesive on the TiltWatch XTR and firmly press it onto the package.
  • Placement: Position the indicator in a location that is visible, typically on the side of the package. This helps to deter any mishandling from taking place.

Benefits of using TiltWatch XTR

  • Enhancing accountability: By providing a clear visual record of tilting, the TiltWatch XTR helps in holding transporters accountable. Knowing that their actions are being monitored can encourage better handling practices, reducing the risk of damage to shipments.
  • Supporting insurance claims: In cases where damage occurs, the activated TiltWatch XTR can provide crucial evidence for insurance claims. It helps when pinpointing where the damage may have happened, supporting the claims process, and potentially speeding up resolution.
  • Cost Savings: Preventing damage through better handling and monitoring can lead to significant cost savings. The relatively low cost of the TiltWatch XTR compared to the potential expenses of damaged machinery makes it a wise investment for businesses.

Tilt indicators from Swiftpak

At Swiftpak, as part of our condition indicator range, we offer TiltWatch XTR as a leading solution. Whether you require solutions for heavy machinery parts or complete fragile machines, our expert team can offer the advice your business needs.

Protect your shipments, safeguard your reputation, and save costs with TiltWatch XTR indicators. Why not contact us today to discover how we can supply a solution to fit your specific needs and take your packaging solution to the next level.