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About Bob Cook

Bob Cook has 35 years of experience in the packaging industry. He founded CDC Packaging, Inc., in 1993 to provide custom packaging solutions for challenging shipments, such as heavy, expensive, delicate equipment that needs to be packed following clean room protocols.

Cleaned, Sealed, and Delivered

A successful packaging job usually means doing everything possible to keep the product “comfortable” during transit. The packaging team is likely to focus on preventing damage from things like rough handling, accidental drops, and changes in temperature.

As a rule, packaging for sensitive equipment needs to protect against the three big dangers during shipment: shock, vibration, […]

When NOT to Use a Pallet

How is a shipping crate similar to both your home and your most intimate relationship? Each one is only as strong as the foundation upon which it is built.

Just like you wouldn’t expect a partnership to thrive without shared values and mutual trust, you can’t expect a crate built on a sub-standard base to survive […]

Critical: Tips for Shipping Medical Equipment

The manufacturing team triple-checks the specs and declares the medical equipment ready to ship. Gleaming, spotless, and painstakingly calibrated, this machine is destined for a hospital operating room, where it will act as the beating heart for a patient undergoing cardiac bypass surgery.

But first, it has to travel hundreds or thousands of miles from the […]

How to Pick a “Just Right” Crate

You make packaging choices every day. You put last night’s leftovers into Tupperware or Ziploc without a second thought. You probably never falter when asked “Paper or plastic?” at the grocery store checkout. But choosing the right shipping crate can be surprisingly complicated!

Infinite Variety
You might imagine that shipping crates are a one-size-fits-all solution for shipments […]

How to Choose the Best Shipping Crate

At first glance, it might seem like all wooden shipping crates are created equal. In fact, it might be tempting to simply choose the cheapest option because boxes made of wood can’t be all that complicated, right? But shipping your product in a poorly constructed shipping crate can have serious consequences. Here’s how to spot […]

Where to Pack Your Shipment

When your product is ready to ship, do you imagine ordering in some custom packaging supplies and crating it on-site? You might be surprised to learn that packaging it off-site could be a better choice.

There are a very few circumstances when packaging MUST happen at your site. For example, if your product:

Is so delicate that […]

Do I Need a Custom Crate?

How will your product be packaged when it’s ready to leave your facility and travel to your customer’s site? Nestled in packing “peanuts” inside a cardboard box? Or secured on a custom-built skid, cushioned by foam cut to match every contour, and protected from all sides by a wooden shipping crate?

Some products will travel well […]

Special Case: Shipping Electronics

Shipping any type of equipment requires careful attention to packaging and handling, but manufacturers of electronic capital equipment face a special set of challenges.

Whether you’re delivering a control unit to help power a nuclear plant in Dubai or shipping the electronics for a vacuum chamber that draws chemicals into pressure-treated lumber, small decisions can have […]

How to UNPack Your Shipment

 The shipping crate has arrived at its final destination. Now your customer can tear off the packaging and start using their new equipment, right? Not so fast! The final step in your shipment’s journey requires a bit more planning and care than a wrapping paper free-for-all under the Christmas tree.
Follow these steps for a successful UNpack:
1. […]

Consolidation: Peace of Mind in a Crate

Imagine that you’re a major player in the telecommunications industry. You recently shipped several packages to a customer in Asia. Yesterday, your installers flew out to complete the installation.

But now, the phone rings with bad news. The installers have arrived at your customer’s site to discover that one of the packages has not yet arrived. […]