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The Early Days of CDC Packaging

On the occasion of CDC Packaging’s 25th Anniversary, President Bob Cook, reflected on the company’s origin: What do the letters CDC stand for? It’s the first initials of the last names of the three guys who started the company. Eventually, the other two partners moved...

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The Evolution of CDC Packaging

On the anniversary of CDC Packaging’s first 25 years in business, President Bob Cook, shared the story of the company’s evolution: Is CDC a regional or national business? Both! At least 80% of our customers are located in New England because the crating business tends...

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What to Expect from a Mobile Packaging Team

If you have ever hired movers to pack up and relocate all your belongings to a new house, you know that it’s not quite as simple as welcoming them into your home on the day of the move and then heading out for a coffee while they take care of all of the heavy lifting....

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Packaging for International Shipments

When you order crates and skids, you probably expect to provide details on the size, shape, and weight of your product. But knowing the final destination of your shipment is also vitally important to the people responsible for the packaging. Just like it’s important...

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Reduce Shipping Stress with a Mobile Packager

Does your manufacturing facility have an in-house packaging team? If not, your shipping routine probably involves either: 1) Pre-ordering custom crates that your employees can assemble at your location or 2) Transporting your finished product to an industrial...

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A Passport For Export Shipments

You would never drop an envelope in the mailbox without the proper postage. Or expect your vehicle to pass inspection without a current registration sticker. But you might not know that a shipping crate won’t clear customs on arrival unless it sports a specific type...

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The Secret to Super-Strong Shipping Crates

What makes one shipping crate stronger than another? You might guess that it’s the thickness of the lumber or the size of the nails used to fasten the planks together. Starting with quality materials is always important, but two crates made with very similar materials...

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What Your Packager Needs to Know

Your weekly calendar reveals that you are scheduled to meet with an industrial packager on Friday to discuss how best to ship your new product overseas. Suddenly, you feel just like you did back in school when the teacher announced a pop quiz. You know that safely...

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Steady As She Ships!

When you think of protective industrial packaging, you likely think of a sturdy wooden shipping crate supported from below by a hefty skid. There’s no question that the crate and skid are important elements of any successful shipment. But to see the real heroes of...

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Game Plan for a Successful Shipment

There’s no question about it. It’s nerve-wracking to send the product you have spent months designing, manufacturing, and calibrating out into the real world. Having done everything you can to create a perfect product, it’s natural to be nervous about the perils it...

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How to Avoid a Nightmare Shipment

The long process of design, manufacture, and testing is finally completed and your product is ready to ship. Understandably, you’re nervous. Sending your carefully constructed product out into the world can be a scary prospect because your package is likely to face a...

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Partnering for Better Industrial Packaging

How often do you interact with the people who package and transport your product? Is an industrial packager on speed-dial? Or would you be hard-pressed to pick your packaging team out of a line-up? It’s easy for the design and manufacturing of your product to...

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Winning at the Game of Shipping

The New England Patriots football team has achieved great success by encouraging each player on the team to “do your job.” Applying that same mindset to supply chain logistics can put your business on the road to victory. On a football team, every player has a...

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How to Hire a Cleanroom Packager

The good news? Business is booming. Your customer base is expanding and orders are rolling in. The bad news? Some of your new clients are from an entirely new market sector with requirements your business has never had to worry about before. Case in point: The specs...

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A Greener Way to Ship

Businesses large and small are exploring new ways to go green. It may be more expensive in the short-term, but making environmentally-friendly choices can have long-term benefits for your bottom line. Even when it may be difficult to quantify any cost savings, there...

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Protect Your Package from Particulate

If you find a fly in your soup at the local diner, it’s undeniably gross. But it’s a problem that’s quick, easy, and inexpensive to fix. Send your order back; wait a few minutes for a new bowl; and you will probably enjoy the whole meal on the house. But finding an...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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ISO Certification: Our Commitment to Our Customers

In October 2015, CDC Packaging began the process of being certified to ISO 9001:2015. Over the next several months, we will formalize and document the quality management processes and manufacturing procedures that have earned us such high customer satisfaction ratings...

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Preventing Shock and Vibration During Shipment

It’s a nightmare common to all manufacturers of delicate equipment: The machinery leaves your facility in mint condition, calibrated for peak performance at your customer’s location. But when the machinery is unpacked at its final destination, it is out of...

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How to Schedule a Shipment

It’s a common scenario: A product is conceived, designed, and manufactured with immense care and attention to detail. Every step in the process from concept to finished product is scheduled, prioritized, and mile-stoned, except for the final task: Delivering that...

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Protecting Your Shipment from Moisture Damage

Shipping Day has finally arrived. The equipment that your company has spent months manufacturing and calibrating is carefully packed into custom-built padded crates and loaded onto a truck to begin its journey to your customer’s site. You are confident that your...

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