Supplement to Determining Density
When determining density don’t forget to account the size of the skid. Take for example a piece of machinery that is 20X20X48 and weighs 200 lbs if you calculate density of the product alone the product would have a DCPF of 18. Now if you put the product on a 48X48 skid the density drops significantly to a DCPF of 3.13. For certain items this can mean going from a class 70 all the way to a class 250.
As a rule of thumb if you are unsure ask
1) Make sure you have accurate weights, don’t guess
2) Be accurate with your dimensions, include the dimensions of the skid and include whatever dimension is the longest, widest, and tallest. The carrier will take into account the longest of each of the dimensions, overhangs etc. when calculating density