At Able Electropolishing, packaging is often a critical part of our process. Expensive and fragile components need proper protection in transit, and we work with thousands of customers worldwide to develop packaging methods that are effective and affordable. With experience spanning over 55 years and hundreds of thousands of packages, we often have the best solution for nearly any part.
We classify our packaging into two main headings: Bulk and Special. Bulk packaging methods offer the lowest cost solutions for protection. Special packaging options can be numerous, much requiring fine detail work.
Bulk — Parts are placed in the returning container from our drying operations. Able Electropolishing’s lowest costing method, bulk is suited for those parts without critical surfaces or dimensions, and are not subject to distortion in transit.
Bulk layer — A common way to group or orient parts with some newspaper or other layering material. Better suited for light parts, the partial separation reduces scratching or other damage in transit. See both videos on this method.
Bulk in plastic bag — We recommend that very small parts, like electropolished fasteners, be placed in a strong bag prior to boxing. If a box is split in transit, the bag often prevents parts from leaking out. The bag also seals parts from dust or other packaging debris.
Bulk in oil bag — Used for steel parts, oil bags are specially coated in rust inhibiting oils to prevent rust. If rust or corrosion are a concern, we recommend oil bags.
Envelopes — Low cost envelopes offer high protection for sensitive parts after electropolishing and other treatments. Though the labor cost to package individually is relatively high, often the envelopes can be cycled and used many times. Specify who should provide the envelopes.
Wrap and stack — Parts are individually wrapped and then carefully stacked or packed into cartons or other containers. We offer a variety of paper options, but can use materials of your choice. Take a look at both videos.
Sealed in auto-bag — Our automatic bagging equipment can handle a wide range of small parts, some with sharp edges. Parts can be bagged with or without an air cushion.
Pre-counted bag parts — We can pre-count and bag parts at Able Electropolishing to customer specification. This allows your assemblers to move these groups into master cartons or assemblies as needed. Please specify the type of bag needed.
Layer with cardboard — The parts are carefully oriented with a cardboard layer. When used with high quality cartons and carefully skidded, this method offers high protection for electropolished parts at a relatively low unit cost.
Cell packaging — Parts are placed in pre-formed cell trays. Trays can easily be recycled back to Able Electropolishing for multiple uses.
Roll Wrap — Ideal for flat or elongated parts, roll wrapping allows for paper to be weaved between metal surfaces. The random bundles are then stacked into containers.
Plastic Bags — We stock plenty of different bags, or can use your material. In addition to offering excellent abrasion protection, the bags keep your parts free of contaminants during shipping and storage.
Stack and Wrap — Parts are stacked and wrapped with an outer layer of newspaper or other material. Ideal for flat and square parts, this method is effective and less costly than individual wrapping of parts.
Place in Brown Paper Bag — We use low cost brown bags, and often form the bag around the part rather than fold or seal the open top. This offers high protection and low cost.
Bulk in Sealed Auto-Bag — Parts are grouped in approximate or exact count and bagged. This method offers excellent protection from dust or other contamination.
Coin Wrap –- This method is effective for use on round parts that nest well. Parts can be wrapped in newspaper or Kraft paper, which keeps them tight and orderly for shipping.
Reusable Crates — For heavy and/or expensive parts, wooden crates with partitions offer excellent protection. When well designed and constructed, crates often last for years.