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Packaging Concurrent Technologies products for shipment

To ensure your product arrives at our facility safely, please be careful to package it properly and comply with all local and international shipping regulations.

Recommended practices:

  • If possible, ship the product in the original inner and outer packaging.
  • If the original packing materials are damaged or not available, ensure that the item is securely packaged and padded for shipment, movement in the inner packaging should be restricted.
  • Make sure the product is secure in its shipping container, shock absorbing materials e.g. anti-static foam should be used to fill any voids between the inner and outer packaging.
  • Anti-static packaging material – please use only anti-static film, bubble wrap, ESD bags, etc. to insure that ESD susceptible components are not damaged by electrostatic discharges during the packing, shipping and un-packing process.
  • Do not use styrene material – peanuts, foam, or other static generating material between the inner and outer packaging.

ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE

Do not use unacceptable materials, as listed above, when packaging electronic equipment.

Equipment that contains electronic components is susceptible to damage or degradation from electrostatic discharge.

Unacceptable materials can generate static charges in excess of 10,000 volts, causing a high risk of damage to susceptible components.

ESD damage can result in immediate or latent failure resulting in a shortened product life in its working environment.

LITHIUM BATTERIES

Shipping Lithium batteries and product with a Lithium battery installed are classified as “Dangerous Goods” under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations.

The packaging of Lithium batteries and product with a Lithium battery installed, requires that packaging labelling must comply with current IATA and ICAO regulations. Click here for more information.

Using Concurrent Technologies PLC Original Inner Box Packaging

 The original inner boxes used to ship our products are intended to be reusable and when correctly configured provides a secure, shock absorbing, and ESD safe packaging system for our product.

The packaging is RESY (5264) approved and can be recycled along with used corrugated cartons.

The empty packaging can be stored flat, reducing storage space requirements.

When reusing the original packaging it is important that the film that surrounds the packaged product, protecting it from movement, shock and vibration is not damaged. Similarly, the foam attached to the component tray intended to provide additional restriction to movement during transit should be largely intact.

All materials (corrugated cardboard, foam and film) used in the construction of the inner box are ESD safe.

Two inner box sizes used are; designated “Large” and “Small”, care should be taken to ensure that the correct box size is used to provide maximum protection during transit. The “small” box is exactly half the size of the “large” box allowing flexibility in packaging different size product in the original outer packing carton without wasting space.

The film over the product tray in the inner box is designed to conform to a variety of shapes allowing it to be used for a wide range of products.

The packaging has been designed with a selection of folds on the product tray that can be employed to provide sufficient tension on the film to restrict product movement during transit. Please use the example images of correct, box size selection, product placement position under the film and tension fold selection to configure the inner box for the product you are packing.

The rolled side sections can be used to store accessories e.g. cables, batteries or instruction sheets.

PRODUCT REMOVAL FROM THE INNER BOX

 Both the Large and Small inner boxes have basic instructions for product removal printed on the outside, the following contains more detailed instructions.

When removing newly delivered product from the inner box care should be taken not to damage the film and foam on the product tray. The film tension should be released sufficiently to prevent the contents catching on the product tray film or foam.

Do not cut, tear or stretch the film material.

Note: If the film is torn or the films adhesion to the product tray is damaged the inner box should not be reused for shipping. The foam may have some minor damage, as its primary purpose is to assist with the prevention of product movement and not to provide cushioning during transit.

The products contained are Electrostatic Discharge Sensitive (ESDS), it is important that they are only removed from the protection of the inner box in EOS/ESD safe workstations within Electrostatic Protected Areas (EPA).

The following steps should be followed to remove product from the inner box:

  • Place the box on a flat surface, with the Concurrent Technologies logo face down and the “Content Removal Instructions” visible.
  • Open the box by gently pressing the locking tab inwards sufficiently to release the box lid.


Do not over press the locking tab or attempt to force the box lid open without releasing the locking tab as this could result in damage that prevents correct locking when re-using the box.

  • Fold the lid down flat.
  • Unroll the box side rolls and remove if present any accessories, instructions, batteries, etc.
  • Break the ESD warning seal(s) on the back of the product tray back panel. The ESD seals can be peeled off or carefully cut, when cutting care should be taken not to cut into the box material.

Product cannot be removed from under the film on the product tray without damaging the box with the ESD warning seal(s) intact.

  • Fold down the product tray back panel, and lift the product tray to allow the two side film tensioners to be unfolded.
  • To remove the contents fold both of the side tensioner upwards and lift the film to enable the contents to be removed without catching on the film or foam attached to the product tray.


Take care not drag the contents across the foam this may result in damage to the PCB and foam; always lift the contents clear of the foam before removing from beneath the film.

PRODUCT PACKING INNER BOX

The following instructions should be used to select the box size (Large or Small), product orientation on the component tray, and the fold configuration when a “Large” box is used. Note: The “Small” box only has one-fold configuration.

Product can generally be categorised into one of the following groups:

6U                     -“E”, “K” and “N” grade (Front panel)
6U RA               -Rugged Air-cooled (Front panel)
6U RC               -Rugged Conduction-cooled
6U RTM            -Rear Transition Module (Front panel)

3U                     -“E”, “K” and “N” grade (Front panel)
3U RC               -Rugged Conduction-cooled
3U RTM            -Rear Transition Module (Front panel)

AMC  -Advanced Mezzanine Card (single width)
AMC  -Advanced Mezzanine Card (double width)

PMC/XMC        -PCI/Switched Mezzanine Card

Format Description Box Size Fold Orientation on product tray Position on product tray
6U “E”, “K” and “N” grade (Front panel) Large 1 & 1 Landscape Ejector’s *1
6U RA Rugged Air-cooled (Front panel) Large 1 & 1 Landscape Central
6U RC Rugged Conduction-cooled Large 1 & 1 Landscape Central
6U RTM Rear Transition Module (Front panel) Large 1 & 1 Landscape Ejector’s *1
3U “E”, “K” and “N” grade (Front panel) Large 2 & 1 Landscape Ejector’s *1
3U RC Rugged Conduction-cooled Large 2 & 2 Landscape Central
3U RTM Rear Transition Module (Front panel) Large 2 & 1 Landscape Ejector’s *1
AMC Advanced Mezzanine Card (single width) Small N/A Landscape Central
AMC Advanced Mezzanine Card (double width) Large 2 & 2 Portrait Central
PMC/XMC PCI/Switched Mezzanine Card Small N/A Landscape Central

*1. “Ejector’s” the board should be positioned on the component tray with the ejector handle(s) between the two white printed guidelines.

Table 1. Box size and packing orientation by product format.

 Images of each general product category above are shown below:

Note: These images are only intended to be representative of the format, and therefore may not look exactly like the product being packed.

6U “E”, “K” and “N” grade (Front panel)
6U RA Rugged Air-cooled (Front panel)
6U RC Rugged Conduction-cooled
6U RTM Rear Transition Module (Front panel)
3U “E”, “K” and “N” grade (Front panel)
3U RC Rugged Conduction-cooled
3U RTM Rear Transition Module (Front panel)
AMC Advanced Mezzanine Card (single width)
AMC Advanced Mezzanine Card (double width)
PMC/XMC PCI/Switched Mezzanine Card

PACKING INSTRUCTIONS – INNER BOX

  • Using the above general product images determine the product format.
  • Using Table 1, select the appropriate inner box size [Large / Small].
  • Place the box on a flat surface with the printed face downward, the product tray end nearest.
  • Fold the product tray over; the tension film should now be visible.
  • Fold both of the side tensioner upwards. The small box has only one fold position on each side; the large box has 2 positions on each side. For the large box refer to the “Fold” column on Table 1. to select which fold lines to use.
  • Carefully lift the tension film and place the product on the product tray in the position and orientation indicated in the last 2 columns of Table 1.


Do not drag the product across the foam on the component tray or the tensioning film.

  • Fold each side tensioner under the product tray; be careful to keep the product in the position set in step 6.
  • Fold the back edge of the product tray upwards (vertical).
  • Fold in the side rolls.

Insert any accessories/documentation into the side rolls.

  • Fold in the side roll bottom end flaps and fold in the side roll top end flaps.

Note: For the large box when side tensioner fold 2 is used the side roll top end flap should be folded to create a box to prevent sideways movement of the product tray (as shown). If fold 1 is used the side roll end flap should folded across the top of the component tray back edge.


Note: Examples of each product format positioned correctly on the product tray are shown in Appendix A.

  • Fold up the lid and insert the locking tab.
  • General

The retention of the product on the product tray is determined by the film tension it is therefore important to use the component tray folds and to orientate the product so that the ends of the product are as close as possible to the edges of the component tray.

Always ensure that the product is completely covered by the tension film such that the film edges are lower that the surface of the product.

APENDIX A – BOX SELECTION, TENSIONER FOLD SELECTION AND BOARD ORIENTATION

6U “E”, “K” and “N” grade (Front panel) or 6U RA Rugged Air-cooled (Front panel)


6U RC Rugged Conduction-cooled


6U RTM Rear Transition Module (Front panel)


3U “E”, “K” and “N” grade (Front panel)


3U RC Rugged Conduction-cooled


3U RTM Rear Transition Module (Front panel)


AMC Advanced Mezzanine Card (single width)


AMC Advanced Mezzanine Card (double width)


PMC/XMC PCI/Switched Mezzanine Card


Front Panel Ejector handle alignment