- CHAPTER 1: What is TiltIndicator?
- CHAPTER 2: How Tilt Indicators Work? How To Reset Tilt Indicators?
- CHAPTER 3: Top Brand – Leaning Label
- CHAPTER 4: How Do Tilt Indicators Help?
- CHAPTER 5: How To Select Package Package Tilt Indicator?
- CHAPTER 6: How To Correctly Use a Tilt Label?
- CHAPTER 7: Tilt Indicator Price
Cargo insurance can help to cover up the loss of product, however, it cannot help to get and solve the root of the problem. Customers always place complaints about your products or components in all mess upon parcel/shipment arrival and even ask for returns of goods or refunds. Packing employees are always requested to fix the cargo with protection before shipping. However, accidents and unforeseen factors during transportation make your products damaged as arrived in customers.
What should you do for the damaged goods? What if something can help you understand the cause of the damage and solve it? It’s must be an oasis in the desert.
“Tilt Indicator” and “Shock Indicator” can help! You can simply peel and stick to your goods, then the shipping damage problem is greatly decreased. To shorten the article, you will understand how tilt indicator helps with this matter as follows. ( Read more: What is a shock indicator? How do shock indicators help solve cargo damage? )
．What is tilt indicator?
．What are tilt indicators in the markets? What’s the difference?
．When to use tilt indicators?
．How to select package tilt indicator?
．How to correctly use a tilt label?
．Where to buy tilt indicator?
．How much is the price?
Tilt indicator is also known as: tilt and tell indicator, tip damage indicators, shipping tilt indicator, package tilt indicator… etc.
CHAPTER 1: What is TiltIndicator?
The tilt indicator can detect and indicate the tilt degree by the middle window of the indicator. The tilt degree is pre-set and applicable for most shipping situations. The name “tip and tilt indicator” is from different brands from the US companies, but now they become a nouns or a phrase to describe the tilt monitor device
When a cargo is subject to tilt, tip, or overturn during transportation or in storage, the indicator can record the tilt degree, which can make handlers, consignees, or shippers act accordingly. Mostly, indicators are used in the transportation or storage of goods. With different degrees of tilt resistance for each package, select a suitable one for different goods.
There are 3 types of tilt indicators in the market, in order from single function to multi-functions. They’re all in warning colors to draw attention to all relative personnel.
1-1 Function(s) of Tilt Indicators
All tilt indicators are made of “sticker“, “plastic housing“, and “display window.” The contents include a brand name, this side-up arrow, and serial number on the sticker. The arrow reminds handlers to keep one side up. The serial number is to prevent tampering, in case of replacement of the activated tilt indicators.
．Single Function (1st Gen)
The single-function tilt indicator is the first launched. The set tilt angle is 80°. When tilt occurs over 80°, the middle of the label turns red.
．Double Functions (2nd Gen)
The 2nd gen indicator can be viewed as an advanced version, which adds the direction of tilt, tilt to right or left. The activation of the tilt degree is 80°, as same as the 1st gen. Once tilt occurs during delivery, the top display changes from silver to red, and one of the bottom display windows changes to silver.
．Multiple Functions & Multi-Angles Detection (3rd Gen)
The latest tilt indicator combines the functions of 1st and 2nd gens and adds various angles from 30° to 80° with overturn detection. Each section is independent and detected separately. When a tilt occurs, the brass ball rolls into a corresponding track. Relative personnel can check whether the tilt degree is over the requested degree. It is applicable for most shipping transport conditions.
1-2 Tilt Indicator Companion Labels
|Small Warning Sticker
Note: Attached to the top of the product.
To remind handlers of tilt indicator(s) applied to the cargo, one indicator is usually used with a warning label & a small warning sticker. They separately stick to cargo and bill of lading. Moreover, they also indicate what to do if the indicator is activated.
However, the companion label for multiple tilt indicators indicates the unacceptable degree of tilt of the container. Before shipping out, shippers have to fill in the angle in the blank. Without a note of angles, handlers may view it as normal cargo and cause damage.
CHAPTER 2: How Tilt Indicators Work? How To Reset Tilt Indicators?
The tilt indicators, no matter which of manufacturers, take advantage of the “gravity of earth” to change the situation of indicators. It’s just that they have different designs.
2-1 Single & Double Tilt Indicators
Both single and double tilt indicators have a gravity device and fixed-angle side slopes on both the right and left sides. The working principle is as same as you play pinball. When cargo tilts over 80°, the gravity device rolls along the slopes until falls off the slope. The middle window changes from the color of the gravity device(silver) to the background color(red).
Then, why do double tilt indicators indicate the direction of tilt? Remember the falling gravity device? As long as give the gravity device a track to roll to the left and right sides and fix it. Isn’t it simple?
|Single Tilt Indicator
|Double Tilt Indicator
2-2 Multi-Functional Tilt Indicators
The multi-functional tilt indicators are more simple than the previous one. Each indication ball moves in its track until the tilt angle is smaller than the next space. The indication ball stopped over the max tilt angle space, indicating the max tilt angle has occurred to this shipment.
CHAPTER 3: Top Brand – Leaning Label
( Read More: What are the top impact indicators?)
3-1 Leaning Label
Leaning Label, the brand under WAN-YO, has a 30% global market share, 100% made in Taiwan. Leaning Label II and Leaning Label Plus are the most popular.
|Leaning Label II
|Leaning Label Plus
CHAPTER 4: How Do Tilt Indicators Help?
Now, you understand how tilt indicators work and brands in the market, but what exactly they can do for you?
4-1 When to Use Tilt Indicators?
When your shipment meets some of the following conditions, the tilt indicators are the first choice.
．Products must be kept upright
．Hard to confirm the damage by appearance
．Damaged goods as arrived in customer’s hand causes bad reputation.
．No idea of where the goods are damaged.
．Shipping company shrinks responsibility and makes excuses for damaged delivery.
4-2 What Can Tilt Indicators Bring You Benefits?
5 benefits tilt indicators bring.
1. Decrease goods damage by 70%
When indicators are activated, it displays immediately after tip. As a result, handlers will always “handle with special care” when you use the indicators on shipments.
2. Promotes a Better Corporate Image
The customers understand you do care about their upset and have more sense of responsibility for products.
3. Find Out the Reason for the Damage
People can tell tilt and mishandling to shipment during transportation or in the factory.
4. Spend Penny, Save Pound
It only takes a little cost for better protection for expensive goods. Once the goods are damaged, the amount of loss is terribly high.
5. Strong Evidence
Acts as strong evidence by irreversible indication.
CHAPTER 5: How To Select Package Package Tilt Indicator?
Though each package is different in its traits, we recommend the latest gen because it fits most transportation situations. However, customers have consideration in cost, so we strongly suggest the 2nd gen.
CHAPTER 6: How To Correctly Use a Tilt Label?
From the following, we prepared the correct usage for tilt indicators. The tilt indicators effectively work out as you do it step by step. We split it into 3 parts.
6-1 Instruction for Use
1. Apply the Warning Label in the correct position.
2. Rip off the safety seal of the tilt and Keep it upright. Do Not Shake.
▲ For general indicators, stick to the warning label.
▲ For multi-functional indicators, stick beside the Warning Label and write the unaccepted tilt angles of the goods on the blank.
3. Place the Small Warning Sticker on a bill of lading as a reminder to handlers.
4. Inspect the indicator(s) immediately upon arrival
．How to Fix the Tilt Indicator Firmly?
You can use nails or screws to the drill on top and bottom firmly in case of removal by external forces.
6-2 Apply Placement
To monitor 4 directions of tilt, apply 2 pieces of tilt labels on 1 cargo. One is on the front and another is on the side. One indicator can monitor and detect 2 planes only, but the package is tilted in 4 directions during transit.
“Should I apply a tilt label on top or bottom?” No matter on top or the bottom, it doesn’t affect a lot because the tilt angle is the same for the same side. The activation angle is nearly the same.
6-4 Tilt Label(s) Is Red, What to Do?
The activation refers to tilt that occurred, however, it does not necessarily refer to damage. When you see indicators activated, DO NOT REFUSE SHIPMENT, but TAKE PHOTOS and INSPECT CAREFULLY. Certainly, you can record a video to open the parcel with an insurance specialist.
CHAPTER 7: Tilt Indicator Price
There are many brands of shock indicators on the market, what is the difference? What are the reviews?
7-1 【Transparent Market Price】: Leaning Label
Tilt indicator prices are similar and stable because of less technology.
|$ XX – $ XX
|Leaning Label II
|$ XX – $ XX
|Leaning Label Plus
|$ XX – $ XX
Tilt Indicator Prices in the Market
7-2 Where To Buy Tilt Indicator Labels?
We strongly suggest a source from local agents or distributors. On the contrary, OEM delivery is another choice for non-distribution areas because each tilt indicator has a safety seal on its back, it only activates after ripping off. The worry about activation, when shipped, is not a problem. However, impact indicator is always live when shipped.
The tilt indicator is convenient to use and buy. Also, it’s cost-efficient for corporations. Simply peel off 2 pieces of indicator labels and stick to your shipment. The cargo damage is significantly decreased for expensive products.
Generally speaking, plywood container or big cargo goes with 2 pieces of tilt indicators and impact indicators, in this manner, expensive goods can be fully protected and monitored under impact and tilt detection.
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