Lenoir Mirror Company – Glass and Mirror Packaging
Our goal in-packaging is to provide our customers with product well protected and in a form that is easy to handle. Glass/mirror is both bulky and fragile. That creates numerous challenges that require a balance between protection and ease of handling. Through years of experience, we have identified a number of packaging configurations.
The most common form of packaging used at Lenoir Mirror is the wooden skid or buck. The skid is an L-shaped structure with the vertical side set at a slight tilt. The glass/mirror is packed against the vertical side. When the skid is full, the material is secured with banding and/or stretch wrap. This is an effective package for customers who purchase larger quantities of cut size product. The skids are handled most effectively with a fork lift or jack. When empty, the skids can be accumulated and returned for reuse.
Lenoir Mirror packs large stock sheets of mirror in the original wooden case sent to us by the primary glass manufacturer. These cases weigh 3 to 4000 pounds and should only be handled with proper overhead equipment. Once repackaged, the cases are banded for additional structural security.
Large stock sheet mirrors can also be shipped in sling or stoce pack. This form of packaging is based upon the weight of the product secured around an A frame. The customer must have effective overhead handling equipment and storage facilities to handle this type of package. This can only be shipped in increments of 4 to 6 cases and preferably solid truckloads.
End Caps provide a couple of appealing features. First they provide more stability during transportation and offloading than sling packs. Secondly, there is only a fraction of the wood to be disposed of as compared to wooden cases. End Caps can also be returned to Lenoir Mirror for future use.
Depending upon customer needs, Lenoir Mirror will construct custom wooden boxes in which to package glass/mirrors. These type boxes are usually needed for re-distribution purposes.
Certain items that are shipped to the customer an then re-distributed can be packed in individual corrugated cartons. These items can also be utilized for multiple packs. The packs themselves can be handled separately or packaged in a master carton with other products.
Individual Cardboard Wrap
This form of packaging is used primarily for glass shelves but can also be used for mirrors that are being packed in a master carton. The pack consists of a sleeve of cardboard that is wrapped and taped around the glass/mirror.