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Choosing the Right Size Insulated Shipping Box

Posted on: November 3rd, 2014 by travis

It is important to select the right size insulated shipping box for your frozen and refrigerated products.  A box that is too small may not be able to contain both your product and the amount of refrigerant you will need to keep your product in the required temperature range.  Choose a size that’s too big and you may find your product thawing quicker due to empty space inside the container, increased damage from a lack of structural support, and unnecessarily high shipping costs.  Here we have provided you with a quick and easy guide to selecting the K-Lock™ Insulated Shipping Box that is right for you!

1.  Arranging the Pack-out

Arrange your products on a flat surface as you intend to pack them inside the cooler.  It is important to minimize the size of the shipping container by keeping your arrangement as compact as possible.

2.  Plan ahead for Gel Packs or Dry Ice

If you plan on using a refrigerant with your shipment, be sure to allow space for these at this stage of the process.  We recommend using gel packs on as many sides of the product as possible, but at a minimum allow room for the gels to be placed on top of the product.  The dimensions of K-Lock™ Gel Packs are as follows:

 6 oz:  4″ x 4″ x .75″          8 oz:  6″ x 4″ x .75″          12 oz:  6″ x 6″ x 1″          16 oz:  6.25″ x 6″ x 1″

 24 oz:  8″ x 6″ x 1.5″        32 oz:  8″ x 8″ x 1.5″       48 oz:  10.5″ x 8″ x 1.5″

3.  Add “Finger-Room”

Remember to add just enough space to make it easy for your customer or end user to be able to reach in and remove the product with ease when it has arrived at it’s destination.

4.  Select your Insulated Shipping Box

Go to our catalog of K-Lock™ Insulated Shipping Boxes and find the shipper with the smallest possible shipping box that will accommodate the dimensions of your final pack-out.  Be sure to select a model number ending with A (for assembled) if you want your cooler to come inside a corrugated shipping carton.  If you only need the foam cooler, select a model number ending in FO (for foam only).  Before shipping, remember to fill in as much extra space inside the shipper as possible.  You can use newspaper, extra refrigerant, packing peanuts, or some other form of dunnage to maximize the shipments insulation capabilities.