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What is the best way to package small OD tubing?

The best way to package small OD (outside diameter) stainless tubing for shipment depends on several factors, such as the length of the tubing, the quantity being shipped, and the mode of transportation. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Protect the tubing ends: Use plastic caps to protect the ends of the tubing from damage during transportation.
  2. Bundle the tubing: Bundle the tubing together in small groups, using rubber bands or plastic ties to hold them together.
  3. Wrap the tubing: Wrap the bundles of tubing in bubble wrap or foam padding to protect them from scratches and dings.
  4. Choose appropriate packaging: Choose a sturdy box or shipping container that can withstand the weight and rigors of transportation. Use packing peanuts, air pillows, or other cushioning materials to fill any gaps between the tubing and the container walls.
  5. Label the package: Clearly label the package with the contents, quantity, and any handling instructions, such as “fragile” or “handle with care.”
  6. Consider temperature control: If the tubing is being shipped in extreme temperatures, such as during winter or summer months, consider using insulated packaging or temperature-controlled transport to prevent damage to the tubing.

It is important to ensure that the tubing is packaged securely and handled with care during transportation to prevent damage or bending, which could lead to work hardening or other defects in the tubing. If you have any doubts about the packaging or shipping methods for your specific application, it is always a good idea to consult with your shipping or packaging provider for guidance.