BMC Description from the Customer’s POV

Guy asks:

Do you have a previous post on the reasons to use an appropriate BMC, (from the consumer’s point of view)? If not, do you know of a good source for this? I found the FBA handbook and the National Motor Freight Traffic Association language to be unclear to someone outside of the industry. Any other ideas?

From the customer’s (packer) point-of-view the use of the BMC is the contractual assurance that if the package and contents are damaged during transit that the carrier will be responsible. If the stamp is not present then the responsibility goes to the packer or the next party in the supply chain. The FBA Handbook has the best wording on this matter. However, I can see where it may not be clear to those outside the industry.

I have always held the opinion that the BMC is not the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Fit-for-use of a corrugated packaging involves so many more variable that cannot be determined by a one square inch burst strength sample of the combined board or the compression strength of a 2×2 inch sample of the structure. Score formation, slot depth, closure strength, storage conditions, warp, case erection techniques, humidity, pallet patterns, deck board spacing and vertical compression loads all have impacts on box compression performance through the distribution cycle and are outside influences not considered with the use of a BMC.

Jump on in folks. Does anyone else have any input they’d like to share?
-Ralph

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