Shipping Materials Ensure Product Safety

A variety of shapes and sizes help protect items against shock and extreme temperature.

Three molded-foam shippers are ideal for pharmaceutical shipments of insulin, compounded pharmaceuticals, and other temperature-sensitive medicines. The ThermoSafe insulated shippers are lightweight, which saves on shipping costs, yet the insulation allows critical temperatures to be maintained when used in conjunction with the company's UTEK refrigerant gel packs. An outer corrugated carton is also available for the shippers. Polyfoam Packers Corp., Wheeling, IL.


A honeycomb, which is made entirely from paper, features honeycomb cells that have been precrushed to enable repeated shock absorption. This new version of the patented Cushion-Comb structure minimizes the transfer of "road shock" to products being shipped. Typically, the honeycomb is oriented and affixed to a sheet of corrugate and placed into a master shipper, enabling precise positioning of the material. Because the Cushion-Comb is made entirely of paper, it can be disposed of along with the corrugated shipper. Pactiv Hexacomb Honeycomb, Palos Hills, IL.

Lightweight, water-resistant protective shippers offer cost-effectiveness. The Super Protective Shipper's interior foam walls, which conform to any shape, provide shock absorption and insulation. The exterior envelope provides box-like rigidity. The shipper is well suited for mail-order pharmaceuticals because it protects temperature-sensitive items. Xpander Pak Inc., Richmond, VA.

A 17-in.-high shipping container has ergonomic handles for easy lifting. With a 21 x 15-in. footprint, the container offers the capacity and durability needed for large-item shipping. The stackable, attached-lid containers are also available in 6-, 9-, and 12-in. heights. The lids feature the company's patented interlocking-finger design for secure closure. The reinforced tie holes in the lids are compatible with a variety of closures for added product security. In addition, the containers are 100% recyclable. Buckhorn, a Myers Industries Inc. company, Milford, OH.

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