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Designing insulated packaging: the role of specifications (1/3)

28 January 2014

Specifications play an important part in the design of appropriate cold chain shipping packaging that meets user expectations. In the first of a short series of articles on the subject of the specifications, Sofrigam explains why they are so vital in the proper management of cold chain logistics.

Is there such a thing as the ideal insulated packaging solution?

Designing-insulated-shipping-packaging-solutions-The transportation of heat-sensitive medicinal products demands insulated packaging capable of ensuring the safety and temperature-consistency of products. The ideal packaging would meet the demands of not only quality and performance but also ergonomics, ease of preparation and optimisation by weight and volume, whilst always respecting budget constraints!

In reality, though, every user has his/her own idea of the ideal solution... Notably, it depends on the nature of the product being transported, logistical constraints and numerous other criteria. Specifications help align the user’s expectations with the provider’s recommendations.

The role of specifications for the user: clearly identifying needs

When the user himself/herself draws up the specifications it demonstrates that the need has been defined and clarified internally. That’s an excellent starting point for the design of an insulated box or container.

To get the very most out of specifications we recommend that you involve the various departments (purchasing, logistics, quality control, etc.) so that the needs of each can be voiced and prioritised.

→ An upcoming article will outline how to draw up full specifications.

Role of specifications for the provider: knowing how to satisfy the client

With the specifications as a reference, the provider always knows the user’s precise expectations and which direction to take. This removes the need to ask numerous questions and prevents delays in the project roll-out.

On the other hand, the provider is best placed to weigh up the feasibility of a project. The provider can guide the user and tell them when it is just not possible to meet all the required functions (when the desired performance level, deadline and budget are not compatible, for example). And once the specifications have been agreed, effective collaboration can begin!

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> Sofrigam can help you draft your specifications when designing customised packaging. 

The bill of specifications is a core document during packaging design. Throughout the project it serves as a reference point to help achieve the user’s objectives.

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