Tilt Sensors and Indicators: How to Ensure Proper Handling

Tilt sensors and indicators help monitor the proper transport and handling of goods such as liquids, batteries, flowers, electronics and machinery. Why? Because if these goods are tipped over, they can be damaged, or even end up completely destroyed.

How do they work?

A tilt indicator works by giving a visible sign when an object has tipped on its side or completely tipped over. For example, our tilt indicator lights up red if the container has been tilted by more than 80 degrees. The receiving personnel can then check the indicator and determine if the item has been handled properly.

Why is that so important?

Many tilt sensors detect an inclination of more than 80 degrees. If certain items are tilted beyond this angle, they can be damaged.
Chemicals and other liquids are good examples. If these critical goods are tipped, they can leak. This can pose safety and health risks. In addition, a triggered tilt indicator can mean that the liquids were being churned during transport and handling.
Even if there are no safety risks, proper handling of the goods is important. One reason is compliance with regulations. A further reason is to show the recipient that the delivery company handles shipping and handling responsibly.

Why are the tilt sensors so effective?

Many tilt indicators form a permanent bond with the container as soon as they are attached. This way, they cannot be replaced, and delivery personnel will no longer be able to remove the evidence of improper handling.
Both recipients and inspectors of the goods can be certain that the items have been properly handled. Tampering and exchanging the indicators is next to impossible (or obvious if someone tries).
In addition, false-positive and false-negative results are prevented. The entire indicator is tamper-proof and resistant to moisture and wetness. The construction of these indicators even takes into account normal handling conditions (e.g. aircraft take-offs, sea freight).
That is why many companies use these indicators for the delivery, handling and reception of critical goods. They are very effective in determining whether goods were mistreated or not.