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Special packaging: what types are there and what are they used for?

Discover some of the most common types of special packaging and their scope.
Never before in the history of humanity has there been so much diversity of companies and products, nor so much facility to export and import objects of all kinds to the most remote places on the planet. This fact has also been possible thanks to the ability of the packaging companies to provide solutions to the very diverse needs of the industry for the transport of goods, both through standard packaging and special packaging designed to allow transport insurance of products with needs that fall outside the norm, either due to its dimensions, such as its delicacy, danger, etc.


In this sense, the diversity of special packaging is, by its very nature, almost unlimited. However, there are some common characteristics that allow us to classify them into several types, among which we will see some of the most used.

Perhaps the clearest example of special packaging is the type of packaging for dangerous goods. These packages are necessarily designed to ensure the transport and storage of all merchandise such as flammable liquids, corrosive materials, toxic gases, etc., capable of damaging people, the environment or the material goods in their environment. Because the safety in these cases is especially important, it is essential that they are approved and properly labeled packaging according to the different regulations.

As for their composition, these special packages are made of very diverse materials, the most common being different types of plastics and metals, and they are classified into three groups according to the level of danger of the cargo they protect.

Another type of special packaging is called technical packaging. These packages are mainly used to transport and handle especially delicate and high-value products such as telecommunications equipment, audiovisual equipment, medical equipment, etc.

They are usually suitcases and flight cases that, in their outermost part, are made entirely of aluminum or PVC coated wood, but with metallic elements such as hinges or corner reinforcements. The inner part, usually consists of foams or soft plastics that adapt to the pieces to be transported avoiding their displacement inside the packaging.

On the other hand, when the load to be transported are light products, of somewhat resistant structure, but with delicate surfaces such as, for example, upholstery and interior parts of vehicles, it is usual to use special cardboard packages tailored to the piece to be packed. The possibility of creating these custom packages allows the correct fixation during transport, as well as during the loading and unloading of the merchandise.

This type of special packaging combines the lightness and low cost of the cardboard, with the possibility of reinforcing the critical points of contact with the piece to give robustness and special protection to its most delicate parts, and can also be combined with other more robust outer packaging of wood, plastic or metal.

In the cases in which the products to be transported are very heavy and bulky objects, without the possibility of dividing them by parts, such as large statues or heavy non-detachable machinery, the most common is to design special custom wood packaging.

In these cases, it is also very important to carry out a good trenching of the merchandise that ensures the load before possible displacements during the period of transport and handling.

Finally, it should be remembered that, as important it is to choose the special packaging suitable for the needs of the goods to be transported, such as the execution of the transport of said goods. In this sense, it is always advisable to hire companies for the packaging and transport of special goods that, like Embalex, have extensive experience in these two tasks, so that they can handle the entire process in the safest and most efficient way, to through an own transport service.
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The heat treatment of wood is a critical process used to eliminate pests and diseases, as well as to comply with international regulations governing the trade of wood abroad. The NIMF-15 standard, in particular, establishes the requirements for the heat treatment of wood used in packaging used in international trade.

In this sense, heat sealing for wood packaging is an effective technique to ensure that these regulations are met. By using this technique, the risk of pests and diseases entering the destination country is avoided, which could lead to serious economic and environmental consequences.
It is important to mention that heat sealing for wood packaging is a process that must be carried out by trained professionals and with the appropriate machinery to guarantee its correct application.
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