The after effects of Global recession are still felt in business environments in India & furniture industry is no exception. But this crisis  has provided  an opportunity to re think the strategies, ways of working and the methods. It also compelled us, to device new techniques to make the industry more efficient in production & innovative to offer better products to the market.
The fierce competition has shrunk the margins, compelling the producer to reduce the costs. Unfortunately while reducing the costs the quality also went down. This aggravated the situation.
A smarter way of working is the best remedy for the situation.
We have seen in the earlier article about the painting and finishing of the Solid Wood Furniture. In the current article we will explain  the various methods  to do proper packing and handling of the furniture so as to avoid the damages that may be caused during transportation and handling. It is observed that the good quality furniture is frequently damaged due to faulty packing and wrong way of handling.

Packing and handling of the furniture
This is one of the most important aspects in the furniture factory. Wooden furniture is quite susceptible to damage during the shipment of the furniture items from factory to the end customer. The furniture products need to be safely delivered to the customers place without any damage. Any damage will result in  lot of rework, loss of time / money / reputation/ customer satisfaction and will eat into a large portion of profits.
In order to avoid the damage we need to make sure that the entire wooden furniture is properly wrapped and protected prior to moving out of the factory.
Modern packing materials like PVC film, Poly ethylene film, Bubble film, packing paper, corrugated paper – board -are available for use in the packing of the furniture. These can be used in both ways – manually and with automatic packing machine. The packing material is selected depending on the type of the material to be packed.
There are several types of packing machines used in furniture industry. These are mainly wrapping machines, strapping machines etc.
We have observed  a lot of simple mistakes that are made when packing and moving wood furniture . These can be avoided with least efforts &  common type of damage can be easily prevented.
Wrapping and packing furniture
Use of paper, poly film, corrugated paper, bubble film and foam padding is done whenever possible. When it comes to delicate wooden furniture, there is no such thing as “too much” protection. It’s always better to be safe than sorry for the damage when you are wrapping up your wood furniture, do it as thoroughly as possible and cover every square inch of exposed wood. Even wrap it multiple times if you have to.
When packing, there is no formula to use for every item. Different products require different types of packing materials and procedures to keep them properly protected during the transportation. Some packing materials can be harmful or ineffective for certain items, find out what ones to avoid and when. Following are some of the packing material used.

Paper: Newsprint is often used as a substitute for packing paper to wrap and protect fragile items. However, the ink can often rub off on the wooden surface and leave impressions and stains. Instead, opt to use blank newsprint / packing paper to wrap the furniture products. Paper protects the furniture from scratches and also absorbs the humidity if present.
Bubble Wrap: While bubble wrap is highly effective for protecting fragile items from sustaining damage, there are certain circumstances its use should be avoided.
Avoid using Bubble film directly on the glass surface. Before wrapping your glass table top in bubble wrap, be sure to first wrap it with packing paper. Allowing the plastic air bubbles to come in direct contact with glass can leave unsightly impressions behind.
Direct use of bubble film on the wooden surface should be avoided. While you may want to wrap your wooden table legs in protective bubble wrap to guard against dents & scratches, plastic materials should not be used directly against wood’s surface. It can trap condensation and cause moisture damage to the delicate finish. Before wrapping wood furniture, frames, etc. in bubble wrap, cover them with packing paper first and then follow with the bubbles.
Shrink Wrap
While shrink wrap can be effective for protecting your furniture and other items from dirt or damage, its use can also ruin certain surfaces. The products should be wrapped in packing paper / corrugated paper and then shrink-wrapped.

Remove items like drawer handles, knobs, and casters. Before wrapping the furniture, remove all of these pieces and safely pack them away in a brown envelope or zip lock bag. NEVER tape any drawers or doors shut on a piece of wood furniture. This will leave a glue marks that is very difficult to remove.
Remove all legs and place extra padding on any corners and handles.

Edge protectors: Edge protectors are designed to protect, stabilize and reinforce palletized loads during transit and storage. They target the edges that are most vulnerable to damage when in the supply chain.

Edge protectors have two major benefits: firstly, they dramatically reduce the damage to products in the supply chain, therefore giving huge savings to you; secondly, they create a reduction in raw material as they protect only the damageable edges, rather than excessive solutions which needlessly protect the whole product.
Edge protectors are supplied in a heavy-duty corrugated board and manufactured bespoke to the length and level of protection required. This ensures maximum protection whilst using a minimal amount of material and reduces the in transit damage of the furniture products.

Automatic polythene Stretch Wrap packaging systems
These machines automatically pack the product with plastic foil and stretch wrapping polythene. This is obtained by tailor wrapping the plastic foil over the product and horizontally stretch wrapping it with polythene. Stretch wrap Polythene packaging is suitable for assembled furniture manufacturers and single/stack panels.
The automatic polythene stretch wrap packaging lines are designed on customer needs, and they must involve requested capacity production, kind of production with its own peculiar needs of packaging during handling and transport.

Automatic polythene Stretch Wrap packaging systems
These machines automatically pack the product with plastic foil and stretch wrapping polythene. This is obtained by tailor wrapping the plastic foil over the product and horizontally stretch wrapping it with polythene. Stretch wrap Polythene packaging is suitable for assembled furniture manufacturers and single/stack panels.
The automatic polythene stretch wrap packaging lines are designed on customer needs, and they must involve requested capacity production, kind of production with its own peculiar needs of packaging during handling and transport.

TURNTABLE STRETCH WRAPPING MACHINES
The Turntable Stretch Wrapping Machines are our most popular general purpose stretch wrappers which are designed to wrap the majority of all pallet loads. This is a perfect machine for the semi-automatic machine to pack material kept on pallets. The pallets are kept on the turn table and the machine warps the film around it to keep the material in place during transportation.

Fully automatic pallet stretch film wrapping turntable machines for wrapping palletized loads with polyethylene stretch film.
Robopac Sistemi turntable machines can be fitted with a power pre stretch film delivery system which reduces film usage by up to 50% compared with hand film wrapping and substantially increases the output.
We can conclude safely that one should decide the packing as per the requirements of the road and handling conditions.    Proper care in packing finished furniture products will save lot of hassles and financial losses in transit damages.