Chapter 1: What is Tilt watch Indicator?
- 1-1 Single Tilt watch Indicator
- 1-2 Left/Right Directional Tilt Watch Indicator (Second Generation)
- 1-3 Multi-Angles Tilt Watch Indicator
- Chapter 2: Top 3 Brand of Tilt Watch Indicator
- Chapter 3: Why Tilt Watch Indicator?
- Chapter 4: Which Tilt Watch Indicator is the Most Suitable for Me?
- Chapter 5: Use Tilt Watch Indicators Correctly
- Chapter 6: 【Tilt Watch Indicator Prices】You Really Need To Know!
You must have encountered the following situation… Customers complain 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, there are accidents and unforeseen factors during transportation. Your products are damaged as arrived in customers.
What should you do for the goods have been damaged? At this time, if there is something that helps to understand the cause of the damage, then you can solve the problem from it.
Tilt watch indicator is also known as: Tip Tell, Tilt Indicator, Tip n tell labels … etc.
Chapter 1: What is Tilt watch Indicator?
Tilt watch indicator can detect and indicates the cargo whether was subject to tilt, tip, or overturn during transportation or in storage.
There are 3 types of tilt watch indicators in the market – single, direction, and multi-angles.
1-1 Single Tilt watch Indicator
I. Components – Single Tilt watch Indicator
The tilt watch indicator is made of only 3 parts – “sticker“, “plastic housing“, and “display window.” There are a brand name, warning slogan, and serial number on the sticker.
The warning slogans can remind the handlers to pay attention to this shipment. The serial number is to prevent tampering. Handlers may replace the tilt watch indicator with a new one when the display window turns red.
II. Principle of Activation
One single tilt watch indicator has a gravity device and fixed-angle side slopes on both right and left sides. When goods tilt over the set angle side slopes, generally 80 degrees, the gravity device rolled over the slopes under gravity. The middle window appears from the initial color of the gravity device into the background color, then achieve tilt indication.
III. Companion Label
Generally speaking, one single tilt watch indicator is attached to a warning label, and one small warning sticker is used on B/L. These two labels can draw attention to handlers and makes the delivery smoothly.
1-2 Left/Right Directional Tilt Watch Indicator (Second Generation)
I. Components – Directional Tilt Watch Indicator
The directional tilt watch indicator is basically no different from a single tilt watch indicator, but tilt direction is added to. The user can clearly see the direction of tilt and understand where the damage issue has occurred.
II. Principle of Activation
The principle is as same as a single tilt watch indicator, however, we added 2 indication windows and fixed the gravity device on both sides. When the gravity device is dropped off, it was fixed to right/left and indicates the direction of tilt.
III. Companion Labels
Same as single tilt watch indicators, a directional tilt watch indicator is attached to a warning label, and one small warning sticker is used on B/L. These two labels can draw attention to handlers and makes the delivery smoothly.
1-3 Multi-Angles Tilt Watch Indicator
I. Components – Multi-Angles Tilt Watch Indicator
The multi-angles tilt watch indicator is made of only 3 parts – “sticker“, “plastic housing“, and “indication display window.”
The sticker has a brand name, warning slogan, and serial number on the sticker. Customers can tear off the small warning sticker directly from the product itself, and then apply it on B/L.
The plastic housing is to make sure each brass ball on its track and to provide a smooth track of an accurate tilt degree. As for indication display windows, there are 3 sections. We will introduce it in the next section.
II. Principle of Activation
The multi-angles tilt watch indicator is made up of 3 materials – PET Plastic Tracks, Non-magnetic Indication Ball (Yellow Brass Ball) and Angle Degree Indication Stickers.
Under gravity, when tilt occurred, the indication ball moved 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.
There are 3 separate indicator sections in the multi-angles tilt watch indicator. Each section monitors the transportation process altogether.
．Section 1: total overturn (180° tilt detection)
．Section 2: a degree of tilt to the left, from 30° to 80°. (Increases every 10°)
．Section 3: a degree of tilt to the right, from 30° to 80°. (Increases every 10°)
III. Companion Label
Since the multi-angles tilt watch indicator requires stricter transportation standards, the warning label refers to its limited tilt angle of the shipment.
Chapter 2: Top 3 Brand of Tilt Watch Indicator
From this chapter, we will introduce the famous top 3 brands of tilt indicators and have a brief of each. There are Tiltwatch, Leaning Label, and Tip N Tell. ( How about the top 3 brands of shock indicators? Please refer to “【Reveal Secrets!】Latest Top 3 Shock Indicator Price, Principle, Function“)
Tiltwatch is the brand under SpotSee. Tiltwatch was originally produced locally in the U.S., but the product line has been moved to Mexico and China. At present, the global market share is about 45%.
There are 2 types of Tiltwatch, which are Tiltwatch XTR and Tiltwatch Plus. Tiltwatch XTR is one kind of single tilt indicator while Tiltwatch Plus is one kind of multi-angles tilt indicator. However, Tiltwatch plus uses glass beads as the indication balls.
2-2 Leaning Label
Leaning Label, the brand under WAN-YO Enterprise, has a price competitive and 30% global market share. The production line is in Taiwan by 100%.
From the Leaning Label series, the most popular are Leaning Label II and Leaning Label Plus. The former one can tell tip direction while the latter one has tamper-proof technology.
2-3 Tip N Tell
Tip N Tell is under Index Packaging and made in the USA locally. At present, the global market share is about 15%. Tip N Tell is currently the only tilt indicator that uses powder as the sensor device, and the tilt detection angle is 45°.
The Tip N Tell indicator has an iron strip on the left, you have to pull it out and then start to detect. Without the barrier of the strip, the powder spills out when tilt occurs. The top arrow turns from white to blue, indicating the shipment was tipped or overturned.
※ Note: The tilt angle of Tip N Tell is smaller than others, please pay attention to tilt requirements you needed.
Tip N Tell – Powder-Sensor Tilt Indicator
Chapter 3: Why Tilt Watch Indicator?
Now, you understand how the tilt watch indicator works and brands of tilt watch indicators in the market, but why tilt watch indicators?
3-1 In What Situation, I Need to Use Tilt Watch Indicators?
When your shipment meets some of the following conditions, the tilt watch indicators are the first choice.
1. Products tipping in a specific direction causes serious damage
2. Products with uneven weight
3. Must keep upright during transportation
4. Contains liquid and cannot overflow by tilt
5. Exports from pallets or plywood case
6. Fragile goods
7. Large equipment
8. Specific transportation requirements
3-2 What Can Tilt Watch Indicator Bring You Benefits?
There are 5 benefits that tilt watch indicators bring.
1. Decrease goods damage by 70%
When tilt watch indicators are activated, it displays immediately after tipping to the shipment. 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 have more sense of responsibility for your goods than other suppliers upon seeing indicators on shipment.
3. Find Out the Reason for the Damage
People can clearly tell tilt and mishandling events 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
Tilt watch indicator is the strong evidence by irreversible structure.
Chapter 4: Which Tilt Watch Indicator is the Most Suitable for Me?
The trait of your goods is the first priority, and then the cost. You can think of the following questions.
The first question is – What’s the unaccepted tilt angle of your goods?
The activation tilt-angle of Leaning Label I and II is 80°. If you need a smaller activation tilt angle, you can use Leaning Label Plus.
Second question – Is there any direction in which your product cannot be tilted?
After confirmation of the tilt angles, you should check your goods whether has a special requirement in direction of tilt. Leaning Label II and Plus can tell the direction of tilt.
Read more: “Just 1 Step: How To Choose A Tilt Indicator?“
If you need to increase brand awareness or consistent with packaging, you can customize a unique tilt watch indicator label.
Chapter 5: Use Tilt Watch Indicators Correctly
From the following, we prepared the correct usage for tilt watch indicators. The tilt watch indicators effectively work out as you do it step by step. We split it into 3 parts.
5-1 Steps for Usage
1. Apply the Warning Label in the correct position
2. Rip off the safety seal of the Leaning Label and Keep it upright. Do Not Shake.
2.1 For general tilt watch Indicators, please apply on the Warning Label
2.2 For multi-angles tilt watch indicators, please apply it besides the Warning Label and write the unaccepted tilt angles of the Goods on the blank
3. Place the Small Warning Sticker on bill of lading as a reminder to handlers.
4. Inspect the Leaning Label immediately upon arrival
How to Fix the Tilt Watch Indicator Firmly?
There are 2 drillings on tilt watch indicator’s top and bottom. You can use nails or screws to fix them firmly in case of removal by external forces.
5-2 Apply Placement
We suggest applying 2 pieces of tilt watch indicators on a shipment for 360° monitor – one is on the font and another is on the side. One indicator can monitor and detect 2 sides only, however, the shipment is tilted in 4 directions during transit.
|Leaning Label I||Leaning Label II||Leaning Label Plus|
Some customers asked: Should I apply a tilt watch indicator on top or bottom? Generally speaking, the placement doesn’t affect a lot because the tilt angle is the same for the same side. In the following video, one indicator is on the top while another is on the bottom. The activation angle is nearly the same.
5-4 What If Activation of Tilt Watch Indicators Upon The Arrival?
The activation of tilt watch indicators refers to tilt event occurred, however, it does not necessarily refer to damage. When you see indicators activated or turn red, please DO NOT REFUSE SHIPMENT, but TAKE PHOTOS and INSPECT CAREFULLY. Certainly, you can record a video to open the parcel with an insurance specialist.
For more details about notes for marine insurance and taking delivery, please refer to the following articles.
△ B2B Skill》Insure Marine Insurance Against for Exporting/Importing Goods
△ 『2 Pointers』Taking Delivery and Claims for Damaged Goods
Chapter 6: 【Tilt Watch Indicator Prices】You Really Need To Know!
Same as the “Latest Top 3 Shock Indicator Price, Principle, Function“, we’re going to share the price for tilt watch indicators and recommend where to buy!
6-1 【Transparent Market Price】: Prices Of Tiltwatch, Tiltwatch Plus, Leaning Label, Tip N Tell
Tilt watch indicator prices are similar and stable because the tilt watch indicators require less technical.
|Company||Product Name||Price (USD)|
|Tiltwatch XTR||$ 1.5 – $ 3.0|
|Tiltwatch Plus||$ 2.0 – $ 4.0|
|WAN-YO||Leaning Label||$ 1.0 – $ 2.5|
|Leaning Label II||$ 1.3 – $ 3.0|
|Leaning Label Plus||$ 1.5 – $ 3.5|
|Index||Tip N Tell||$ 1.5 – $ 2.5|
|Others||$ 1.2 – $ 3.0|
Tilt Indicator Prices in Market
＊The prices above are based on big data statistics conducted by the American Packaging Association. In fact, prices may vary according to different countries, freight, and taxes. This table is for reference only.
6-2 Where To Buy Tilt Watch 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 watch 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.
Shipping Tips for Purchasing a Tilt Watch Indicator?
Tilt watch indicator is convenient to use and buy. Also, it’s cost-efficient for corporations. Just simply rip off 2 pieces of indicator labels and apply on your shipment. The effectiveness of reducing goods damage is significantly decreased for expensive products.
Generally speaking, plywood container or big cargo goes with 2 pieces of tilt watch indicators and impact indicators, in this manner, expensive goods can be fully protected and monitored under impact and tilt detection.