Category: Products and Technology

Product Launch Sneak Preview – Certis® Platform

The Certis Platform of shippers are designed to offer operational efficiency and ease of personnel training using ZERO Bench-Time® technology and same pack-out configuration across durations.  These shippers optimize inventory and provide lowest total cost of ownership utilizing only 3 types of bricks and 8 shippers to create 24 shipping solutions across temperature ranges and duration.

2 Durations: 3-DAY | 5-DAY
3 Temperatures: 2-8°C | 15-25°C | <-20°C
4 Payloads: 6L | 14L | 26L | 56L

Sonoco ThermoSafe Launches Revolutionary Design for Temperature-Sensitive Bulk Air Shipments

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New shipper optimizes cargo capacity, maximizes air freight savings for shipping biologics and pharmaceutical products

Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, has launched one of its most innovative bulk temperature-controlled solutions to optimize air shipments of temperature-sensitive biologics and pharmaceutical products for durations exceeding five days. The new Quarter PMC pallet shipper platform maximizes the space on an LD7 PMC air pallet used in wide-body aircrafts. The platform includes solutions for 2-8°C, 15-25°C and frozen temperature ranges. Each solution has a universal pack-out design to be used in both hot and cold seasons while also accommodating the demands of cross-hemispheric shipments.

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Sonoco ThermoSafe Launches Reusable Container for Blood Transport & Storage


Container will help hospitals and blood banks

Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading supplier of temperature assurance packaging, has launched a revolutionary new product for the transport and temporary storage of red blood cells and platelets.  Following years of end-user research, the innovative Via® Blood Transporter incorporates leading-edge technology in phase change and insulating material to ensure ultimate temperature protection, while its ergonomic features aid in the fast and efficient conveyance of blood when it matters most.

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Sonoco ThermoSafe Offers New Reusable Insulated Container

Optimizes storage and transportation of dry ice and perishable goods across global markets

Arlington Heights, Ill. – Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, has launched a new reusable bulk insulated container featuring a 1,200 mm x 800 mm footprint and 440 liters of storage capacity for storing and distributing dry ice and perishable goods globally.

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Sonoco ThermoSafe is Proud to Present New Live Chat Service!

In an effort to promote the highest level of customer engagement and service, ThermoSafe has launched a new live chat platform on our website  We view this as an extension of our Customer Service team, that is available full-time, Monday through Friday to answer any inquiries or questions in a timely manner.  In just a little over 1 month, we’ve fielded 100+ chats for current and prospective customers.  We encourage anyone that has a question pertaining to any part of our business to send us a message, and we’ll take it from there!

Biobased phase change material and expanded polystyrene

Expanded polystyrene, commonly used in coffee cups, coolers and packaging, will dissolve if it comes in contact with most vegetable oils, including biobased phase change material. The phenomenon is proving effective as a “green” solution to reducing EPS waste. But it demonstrates that care must be taken in both the containment and shipment of organic phase change material.

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Thermal Cycling 101

A thermal cycling study is designed to determine the cycling stability of a phase change material. During the study, a PCM goes through 10,000 or more cycles as quickly as possible to see if any thermal or chemical degradation is observed. The results help determine the useful lifetime of a PCM and its suitability for various applications.

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Guide for shipping infectious substances: focus on Ebola samples

Guide for Shipping Infectious Substances

For the handling and shipping of infectious substances certain precautions and protocols need to be followed carefully to prevent accidental exposure.  Health organizations have put together best practices for following the United Nations regulations for shipping such controlled substances.  The CDC, WHO, and NIH have made resources available to the public to help govern these processes.  In the following sections we will cover the basics of infectious substances, what resources are available, and how Sonoco ThermoSafe solutions can service these applications.

What is an Infectious Substance?

For the purposes of transport, infectious substances are defined as substances which are known or are reasonably expected to contain pathogens. Pathogens are defined as microorganisms (including bacteria, viruses, rickettsia, parasites, and fungi) and other agents such as prions, which can cause disease in humans or animals. Infectious substances are divided into two categories: Category A and Category B.

Given the current environment, a lot of attention has been placed on shipping Category A substances for diagnosis, treatment, or research.  Category A substances are classified as those where if exposure occurs it is “capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening, or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals.”  The UN has produced detailed protocols for shipping Category A materials.  Category A shipments must be labeled with either a UN 2814 or UN2900 designation.

UN 2814: if exposure occurs, causes harm to animals and humans

UN 2900: if exposure occurs, causes harm to animals only

What is required?

In addition to labeling, regulation requires specialized packaging systems which help contain the infectious substances from human exposure.  These systems have several barriers limiting the potential risk of contamination or exposure.  For an example of how Category A substances are shipped in these systems, please click through the presentation below.

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 How Sonoco ThermoSafe Can Help

Sonoco ThermoSafe has several options available to help ensure the substances being shipped are not at risk for exposure.  Our diagnostic and infectious shipping solutions can be found here.

Sonoco ThermoSafe’s temperature controlled shipping solutions have been used in the fight against the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Sky News’ footage of the Ebola virus shows how medicine and samples are transported by aid groups in West Africa.


A tremendous amount of effort has been placed in eradicating the disease in certain areas of the world.  With no licensed vaccine available, significant investment from different organizations have been placed in the research and development of life-saving vaccines.  In order to aid the fast-tracking of preventable and treatable medicines, our ISCLabs® design and testing services are available to provide safe and efficient packaging solutions for vaccine and diagnostic sample shipments.

Sonoco ThermoSafe Introduces New 30 Liter Size to Certis Ready-Engineered Solutions

Sonoco ThermoSafe’s line of Certis ready-engineered solutions are used world-wide to ensure our customers’ temperature sensitive products maintain efficacy throughout the supply chain. Based on market demand for larger payloads, we leveraged the component commonality of the modular Certis platform to create a 30 liter, 2 day, refrigerated solution. Continue reading