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When to Replace Desiccants in Shipping Containers

Sep 29,2023 | Bond

Shipping containers are essential for transporting goods across long distances, protecting them from moisture-related damage. Desiccants play a crucial role in maintaining the dryness inside these containers. In this blog post, Absorb King will guide you on when to replace desiccants in shipping containers to ensure effective moisture control throughout the transportation process.

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  1. Monitoring Moisture Levels: Regularly monitoring the moisture levels inside shipping containers is essential to determine when desiccants need replacement. Absorb King recommends using moisture indicator cards or electronic moisture meters to assess the humidity levels. If the humidity exceeds the desired range, it may be time to replace the desiccants.

  2. Duration of Transit: The duration of transit impacts the lifespan of desiccants. Absorb King advises considering the expected time it will take for the shipment to reach its destination. Typically, desiccants can effectively absorb moisture for a specific duration. If the transit time exceeds this period, it is advisable to replace the desiccants to maintain optimal moisture control.

  3. Environmental Conditions: The environmental conditions during transit significantly affect the effectiveness of desiccants. High temperatures, extreme humidity, or exposure to moisture can accelerate the saturation of desiccants. Absorb King recommends assessing the expected environmental conditions during shipping and adjusting the replacement schedule accordingly. If the conditions are particularly harsh, it may be necessary to replace the desiccants more frequently.

  4. Desiccant Saturation: Desiccants have a saturation point, after which they become less effective at absorbing moisture. It is crucial to understand the saturation capacity of the desiccants being used. Absorb King provides guidelines on the saturation levels of our desiccant products, ensuring that you know when it's time for replacement. Once the desiccants reach their saturation point, they should be replaced promptly to maintain optimal moisture control.

  5. Visual Inspection: Regular visual inspections of the desiccants can offer valuable insights into their condition. Absorb King recommends examining the desiccant packets for any signs of leakage, damage, or clumping. If the desiccants appear compromised, it is advisable to replace them to ensure proper moisture control during shipping.

absorb king cargo desiccantEffective moisture control is essential during the transportation of goods in shipping containers. By monitoring moisture levels, considering the duration of transit, assessing environmental conditions, understanding desiccant saturation, and conducting visual inspections, you can determine when to replace desiccants in shipping containers. Absorb King is committed to providing high-quality desiccant solutions that help protect your cargo from moisture damage. Trust Absorb King for reliable moisture control throughout your shipping journey.