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ShockWatch helps Grandeye protect against hard disk damage.

Lamerholm Electronics : 11 March, 2008  (Application Story)
Grandeye ships its Halocorder hard disk drive product throughout the world protected from damage by Lamerholm's smart packaging labels.
Hard disks are notoriously sensitive to physical vibration, shock and extreme temperature fluctuations which means transportation can cause a major headache for manufacturers.

"We were very aware of the effect of shock on our hard disk drive products." said Michael Kirsch from Grandeye. "Sometimes only a slight impact would cause damage to the sensitive components within our equipment and we wanted to avoid this at all costs. Not only did it have an impact on our reputation for manufacturing quality products, but it also cost us money in terms of returned products and repairs."

Grandeye had two objectives for implementing a damage deterrent programme. Firstly, they wanted to ensure that their products arrived undamaged and secondly, they wanted the couriers to be aware that they were handling sensitive goods. Another criteria for Grandeye's selection was that they needed to monitor two levels of impact. One was the impact on individual product boxes that could only withstand a small force without damaging the contents, but they also wanted to ensure that when the products were loaded on pallets and shipped from its manufacturing plant in Singapore, that the pallets were not exposed to mishandling.

"We chose the Lamerholm ShockWatch products not only because they had a choice of sensitivities, but they also provide large companion labels that alert the couriers the boxes and pallets are being monitored with ShockWatch technology and we are able to tell at what stage of the journey the products have been exposed to an impact."

The ShockWatch labels work using patented technology. The self-adhesive labels contain a tube filled with red liquid held in suspension. When the device is subjected to an impact exceeding a specified G-level, the shock disrupts the surface tension of the liquid, releasing the highly visible red dye into the length of the tube. This creates a permanent and immediate indication of mishandling. Once activated, the device cannot be reset. Five sensitivities are available, depending on the size and weight of shipment. A selection guide is available on the Shockwatch website but Lamerholm suggest a call to their office will ensure the correct label is chosen.

"A whole range of sensitive products can be protected in transit using these smart labels," said Ian Robinson, managing director at Lamerholm. "Over 100 million ShockWatch labels have been sold worldwide to safeguard products as diverse as precious artworks, gas turbines and foodstuffs."

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