Thermoboxes

Regardless of whether there is active cooling available in the laboratory, warehouse or in the HGV, for temperaturesensitive products a defined temperature range must be guaranteed - with Thermoboxes made from EPS, EPP or Neopor®.

Consultation by Storopack offers expert answers for transportation requiring temperature-control taking all relevant factors into account. For example the climatic conditions during the transport, the pre-cooling of the packaged goods, the transportation time and the coolant used. Storopack offers both customised solutions as well as a standard assortment with 22 different Thermoboxes and system solutions.

For the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Storopack has successfully completed diverse reference
projects. Its other expertise is in insulation boxes for transport and shipping of fresh food products.

Insulating Boxes

  • Neopor box type 211
with accumulators
    Neopor box type 211
    with accumulators
  • Neopor box for medicineNeopor box for medicine
  • Intermediate ring 
for accumulatorsIntermediate ring
    for accumulators
  • System solution type 210
with intermediate ring
for dry iceSystem solution type 210
    with intermediate ring
    for dry ice
  • Resubale box made of
EPP with space for dry iceResubale box made of
    EPP with space for dry ice
  • Intermediate ring for dry
iceIntermediate ring for dry
    ice
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Storopack supplies thermo boxes made of EPS (Styropor), EPP and Neopor for temperature-sensitive products used in the pharmaceutical and food industries which have to be stored and transported within a specific temperature spectrum.

Alongside a selection of 22 different standard boxes and system solutions, we also offer made-to-measure thermo boxes developed precisely in line with specific customer requirements.

A question which frequently arises is the length of time a certain thermo box is able to keep the transported product cool within the required temperature range. It is not possible to provide a generally applicable answer to this question, due to the wide variety of different influencing parameters such as the outdoor temperature, material density of the transported product, pre-cooling, type of cooling elements used and so on. This makes expert advice taking into consideration all these parameters extremely important. Only with the right advice is it possible to configure the ideal insulating box and ensure that the transported product reaches the end customer in perfect condition. Our development team is on hand to offer competent advice at any time to help you find just the right packaging solution. The thermo boxes can also be subjected to practical testing in our own climatic chamber, which realistically simulates external temperature changes and records the internal temperature inside the box by means of a data logger. For more information, go to the section entitled “Climatic chamber”.

If you wish to remain flexible and need small numbers of thermo boxes in different sizes, then our standard range offers a wide selection of boxes in different dimensions, wall thicknesses and volumes. A total of 22 different standard models from “really small” (1.5 liter internal volume) to “really big” (101.5 liter internal volume) offer plenty of scope to find the ideal way of packaging and shipping your products.

For even more flexibility, insulating boxes type 210 and 218 allow optional height extension using a system of intermediate rings. See SYSTEM SOLUTIONS for more information on this option.

When selecting a standard box, not only the required size but also the relevant wall thickness must be borne in mind. The bandwidth here ranges from 20 mm to 50 mm. The longer you wish to keep your product cool, the thicker you should select the wall dimension.

For shipping food items, we recommend Styropor boxes, while Neopor is material of choice for pharmaceutical and other temperature-sensitive products.

To cool your products down to a low temperature, cold packs or dry ice can be placed in the product compartment of all the different boxes. If separate storage of the cooling elements is required, a storage compartment attachment offers the ideal solution. This is available for models 210 and 218. See SYSTEM SOLUTIONS for more information on this option.

We also develop and produce thermo boxes with individual dimensions, volumes and wall thicknesses in line with your specification. Here, you may place your trust in our many years of experience and development expertise. A climatic chamber and a range of supplementary products from cooperation partners complete our thermo box-related portfolio.

  • Development, qualification and validation of all kinds of thermo packs
  • CAD-based design and production of insulating boxes
  • Wide-ranging material spectrum: Expanded polystyrene (EPS), expanded polypropylene (EPP) and Neopor
  • Use of different cooling media and supplementary equipment such as vacuum insulation panels corresponding to the required transit duration
  • Configuration of the transport system in line with requirements
  • Disposable and reusable products

Example of the "Diagnostic box": A transport packaging system for HIV diagnostic products which guarantees a temperature spectrum of +2°C / +8°C over 72 hours.
The insulating performance of the box is reinforced by vacuum insulating panels which offer up to 15 times higher insulating performance than conventional insulating materials. Cooling media may include ice pads or similar.

 

We will be pleased to develop thermo boxes configured specifically in line with your product to ensure the required temperature conditions for transport and storage – always aiming to optimize the packaging process and ensure an efficient packaging solution.

Storopack offers insulating box systems made of EPS (Styropor), EPP (expanded polypropylene) and Neopor for temperature-sensitive products which comply precisely with the relevant product and the temperature conditions required for its transportation and storage.

Variable-volume boxes

Using a system of mounted intermediate rings, the basic thermo box element can be optionally increased in height and adjusted precisely to the required packing volume.
The basic element of the standard box type "218" can be expanded, for instance, from 30 liters in steps of 12.0 liters; the smaller box type "210" (basic element 12.5 liters) can be expanded in steps of 6.2 liters. 


Boxes with cooling compartments

Using attachable cooling compartments (accommodating ice packs or dry ice) mounted on the basic element of the insulating box, temperature-sensitive products can also be transported safely to their destination. Depending on requirements, the boxes can also be equipped for deep freeze application or for the 2-8°C range.
The basic elements and attachments for insulating boxes "210", "211" and "218" are all available in both EPS and Neopor.

Flexible ice pads and cold packs

We also offer flexible ice pads and cold packs in a number of sizes to fit our thermo boxes.

The insulation performance tests required to develop new thermo boxes are carried out in-house at Storopack in a climatic chamber, eliminating the need to commission an independent test institute.

The benefit for our customers: The work to produce a new packaging system is not delayed by unnecessary waiting periods, and a fast response is possible to any change in the requirement profile. As there are no external service providers involved, there are no issues with project confidentiality.

The climatic chamber simulates the changing thermal environmental conditions occurring during transport. From the truck to the airport tarmac, from the aircraft cargo hold to the final destination: The thermo box is required to maintain its specified temperature spectrum from start to finish.

In the climatic chamber, temperature scenarios of -25° C to +50°C can be tested. With a footprint of 2.5 sq.m. and a height of 2.75 m, the chamber is easily able to accommodate an industrial pallet.

During climatic chamber testing, data loggers are distributed around the packaging which record the different temperature curves. The results are used to implement constructive improvements and serve as the basis for conclusive quality documents and validation processes.

EPS (Styropor®) offers ideal hot and cold thermal protection and also shock absorbing properties. Using thermo boxes made of EPS, temperature-sensitive products can be quickly dispatched at low cost (for example by courier service). As a rule, this material is used for hygienic disposable packaging which is particularly light in weight and can be returned for simple recycling (green dot).

Environment - REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Expandable polystyrene is composed of 98 % air and only 2 % polystyrene. Styropor® is produced without CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) and HCFCs (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons). Its light weight helps to save fuel during transport. Styropor® is fully recyclable. Disposal into established recycle circuits helps to reduce use of virgin raw material.

EPP is highly suited as a material for the production of reusable boxes. Thanks to its resilience, EPP is capable of withstanding repeated impacts without any recognizable damage, making the thermo boxes extremely tough and durable. EPP is also an excellent thermal insulator, is repellent to water and most oils and chemicals, is capable of withstanding extremes of temperature from -35 to +130 °C, and inhibits bacterial growth. 

Environment - REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Expandable polypropylene is composed of 95 % air and only 5 % polypropylene. ARPRO® is produced without CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) and HCFCs (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons). Its light weight helps to save fuel during transport. As a result of multiple uses material can be saved. ARPRO® is fully recyclable. Disposal into established recycle circuits helps to reduce use of virgin raw material.

Neopor is characterized by its outstanding hot and cold thermal insulation properties (a further 20% over Styropor), its high compressive strength, shock absorbing properties, low weight and insensitivity to moisture. It also contains infrared absorbers and reflectors. Compared to conventional insulating materials, they diminish heat conductivity and lend the material its characteristic silver-grey color.

Environment - REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Expandable polystyrene is composed of 98 % air and only 2 % polystyrene. Neopor® is produced without CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) and HCFCs (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons). Its light weight helps to save fuel during transport. Neopor® is fully recyclable. Disposal into recycle circuits helps to reduce use of virgin raw material. Established Styropor® recycle circuits can also be used for Neopor®.

Contact person

for France:

Aude Mabit
T +33 (0) 240 800 914
aude.mabit@storopack.com

for Spain:

Christine Garcia
T +34 948 335113
christine.garcia@storopack.com

for Germany:

Daniela Haug
T +49 7123 164 2311
daniela.haug@storopack.com

for Czech Republic:

Jiri Tomes
T +420 602 678 691
jiri.tomes@storopack.com