Tilt Indicators

Tilt Indicators
ShockWatch tilt indicators detect and record unacceptable tilting on goods that must remain upright. When these indicators are used, the product cannot be tipped without indisputable evidence of mishandling.

TiltWatch® XTR

Turns red if the package it is affixed to is tilted past 80° or is completely up-ended. However, it remains unaffected by movement due to normal handling conditions.

TiltWatch® Plus

Indicates whether there has been tilt to left or right, the degree of tilt, or if complete overturn has occurred.


TiltWatch XTR

The TiltWatch XTR is single-use tip indicator used to monitor goods that must remain upright. Once applied to the packaging, the TiltWatch XTR will provide evidence ... view more

TiltWatch Plus

TiltWatch Plus indicates whether there has been tilt to the left or right, the degree of the tilt, or if complete overturn has occurred. TiltWatch Plus is actually ... view more


Reduces mishandling during transportation or storage

Provides indisputable evidence of mishandling

Acts as a visual deterrent to improper handling

Alerts recipient to inspect contents before acceptance

Promotes chain of accountability for all product handling

Confirms effectiveness of packaging

Helps identify trouble spots in supply chain, from production to transportation and storage

Helps increase quality of product from dock to dock

Selection Guide

TiltWatch XTR TiltWatch Plus
Sensor Type Steel disc, non-magnetic Glass balls
Arming Method Remove adhesive backing Remove adhesive backing
Serialized Yes Yes
Indicates Tilt Detection Yes Yes
Indicates Degrees of Tilt No Yes
Inversion Indicator No Yes
Activation Angle 80° ±5° from vertical 10° increments from 30° (±5°)


Tilt Indicators

Why should I use a tilt indicator?

Tilt indicators alert handlers that a shipment must be handled with care.  Alerting handlers that a package is being monitored drives improved handling behavior.


Can I tell how much my shipment has been tilted?

TiltWatch Plus provides the angle of the tilt in 10o increments.  The TiltWatch XTR alerts you if the shipment has been tilted more than 80o


Are ShockWatch tilt indicators resettable?

TiltWatch Plus and TiltWatch XTR are not resettable.


What is a companion label?

Companion labels draw additional attention to a shipment and alert handlers that special handling is required.  The more obvious it is to handlers that special care must be used, the more likely a package will arrive unharmed.


Tilt Indicators

I received a shipment with a tilt indicator on it.  The indicator shows that a tilt has occurred, what should I do?

If the indicator is showing activation, some level of mishandling occurred during transport.  An activated indicator does not mean that the product has been damaged.  Do not refuse the shipment from the carrier.  Note the activation on the bill of lading, inspect the shipment immediately and contact the sender for any additional instructions.


Will random vibration cause the TiltWatch XTR to activate?

No, the TiltWatch XTR has a patented design that prevents random vibration from activating the device.


Why does the TiltWatch XTR need to be mounted low on the shipment? 

The TiltWatch has been designed to withstand the effects of random vibration.  When a tilt occurs, a pendulum swings out of the way for the indicator disk.  If the TiltWatch XTR is mounted high on a package, angular acceleration forces the disk into contact with the pendulum and locks the pendulum in place.  With the pendulum locked in place, the disk cannot roll out of its pen.  The further the indicator is from the point of tilt, the higher the angular acceleration and the more likely the TiltWatch XTR is to be locked.