ShockWatch Company Profile
More than 35 years ago, ShockWatch turned a simple idea into a global resource. The company’s first proprietary indicators and condition-based monitoring devices were used to detect mishandling of sensitive computer media in transit. We found this simple concept so effective tha...
More than 35 years ago, ShockWatch turned a simple idea into a global resource. The company’s first proprietary indicators and condition-based monitoring devices were used to detect mishandling of sensitive computer media in transit. We found this simple concept so effective that the product was leveraged into new markets and additional technology was developed for many other applications.
ShockWatch, a division of MRI, evolved with each new innovation. Our expert resources help customers around the globe find the right solutions to deter mishandling and reduce costs.
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Assessing the Total Cost of Damage
Compartmentalization is one of the biggest hurdles to saving money and increasing efficiency throughout an organization. There’s a naïve belief in organizations that if each department operates efficiently, the overall organization will be efficient too. While this is true to a degree, it overlooks the ways decisions in one business unit affect outcomes in another.
Developing a Risk Management Program
Multiple types of monitoring devices are available to ensure shippers have the data they need at a price they can afford. For example, electronic data loggers monitor a range of impact thresholds, the direction and duration of impacts, and their G-force, along with the event’s GPS coordinates and time of occurrence. Some options record thousands of shipments and can generate trend reports that span months to years.
Supply Chain Conditions May Damage Even Rugged Consumer Electronics
A cell phone, dropped from ear height, can experience an impact of up to 1,000 Gs. Even though that phone, like other consumer electronics, is designed to withstand a certain level of impact, it still can be damaged. During shipping, even though devices such as cell phones, laptops, televisions, headphones, video game controllers, etc. are protectively packaged, they are still at risk from supply chain mishaps. The damage from these events may go unnoticed, however, unless a package shows visible signs of damage – a crushed corner, for example.
Minimizing Unsalable Product
For the customer, receiving goods with dings, dents or temperature issues may indicate serious problems in the supplier’s logistics organization. Even when there is no actual product damage, the appearance of damaged packaging makes buyers question the reliability of the product and the commitment of the manufacturer to develop and deliver products that meet agreed-upon standards.
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