If you need to move an entire department of computers to a new building, or even relocate a small office without breaking everything, is a fragile sticker enough? There are a lot of techniques used to secure a fragile load and keep it safe during the drive, but many electronics have moving parts of loose connections that aren't as easy to secure without the right technique. Here is an explanation for why the standard fragile boxing methods may not be enough for electronics, as well as a few techniques to protect your electronics during a long drive to the next location:

What Does Fragile Shipping Do?

Think of a box of drinking glasses and antique vases. They're fragile, either made out of glass, ceramic, or other materials that could break from simply falling on its side, and need to be protected.

To protect fragile objects, most people wrap the individual pieces in insulation or set the objects in an insulated container. This usually means using a series of foam blocks to isolate each piece, or wrapping bubble wrap around each piece. The more expensive and modern objects may have carrying cases with insulated interiors for exactly this purpose.

Boxes used to move these fragile objects are often filled with extra padding. This means lining the box with some sort of insulating material and making sure that the box isn't so big that large gaps exist inside. With large enough gaps, the objects can move around inside the box and become damaged by their own momentum.

Electronics, unfortunately, have a few inner risks. It's not that computers, video game consoles, or sensors are necessarily more fragile than glass; in some cases, the devices are far sturdier than glass or even thick clay.

The problem is that most people aren't insulating the fragile parts at all. They pad the outside of a computer, which protects the case, but not the inner components. This means that you will have a few components still moving around with every bump in the road. Cards sticking straight out of boards with wafer-thin connectors can snap off, and there's nothing padding the area.

The outer case may be fine, but the inside may be a mess.

Bringing Protection To Fragile Electronics

The easiest way to protect devices that have moving or loose inner parts is to take them apart. This is easiest with desktop computers since they're designed to be worked on at by entry-level technicians and confident, but untrained users.

Any moving parts or components that have a bit of wobble should be removed by a person wearing an anti-static wrist strap, and the components should be placed in an anti-static bag. Not all devices can be worked on as easily as computers due to their obscure designs, so be sure to ask an expert on the device or contact the manufacturer for moving advice.

Speak with local moving companies to discuss moving techniques, as well as container products and trained professionals to make the job easier for you.