Softbox® SilverSkin® Globally-recognised Thermal Covers
Built around the globally-recognised SilverSkin® brand, our comprehensive range of reflective thermal protective covers is another part of the Softbox® global offering that helps guard temperature-sensitive products against every conceivable eventuality in the transportation process.
Softbox® SilverSkin® thermal covers protect temperature sensitive products against short temperature spikes that threaten product efficacy and integrity. Exposure to changes in shipping temperature can often be faced when temperature sensitive products are held temporarily within uncontrolled transit warehouses, loading and un-loading, and cross docking operations.
In addition to providing the protection you need against contamination, moisture, rain and any other damage, our Softbox® SilverSkin® thermal protective covers significantly slow down temperature exchange.
Manufactured from a range of protective insulation materials to suit a variety of performance levels and budgets, our product portfolio includes a range of covers which offer high-performance thermal protection across all modes of transport. Each innovative solution helps you comply with GDP regulations, reduce product wastage and minimise environmental impact.
Why SilverSkin® thermal covers
Proud winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2018.
We offer consistent quality to our clients from our global manufacturing sites throughout Americas, EMEA, India and Asia Pacific.
In-house production allows us to directly control material specification, quality and lead times.
We help ensure door-to-door temperature compliance.
We use the latest technology and materials to meet the most challenging demands.
We offer a wide variety of material grades and thicknesses to meet a extensive range of applications and operational challenges.
SilverSkin® technical capability
Our technical support is geared around the needs of Logistics, Supply Chain and Quality Assurance Management with professional test chambers and a library of performance test data to support the decision making process.
Located in our UK Headquarters is a state of the art Technical Centre housing a number of calibrated environmental test chambers, simulation software, material analysis equipment, including a heat flow meter to measure thermal conductivity and calculate R-values of insulation.
Approved & Audited
Softbox® SilverSkin® has quickly become the thermal pallet cover supplier of choice for the top pharmaceutical companies around the world. We have been audited and approved by many of our blue-chip customers, allowing ease of procurement of thermal packaging globally.
With key experience in logistics, pharmaceuticals, temperature controlled packaging and passive protection, our management team is highly qualified to run an efficient and responsive organisation dedicated to the needs of all stakeholders.
Softbox® SilverSkin® has invested in plant and infrastructure to manufacture our own thermal insulation packaging materials allowing control of design, specification, quality and lead times.
Control of material specification, quality and lead times ensures we can provide consistently high levels of customer service and satisfaction.
Built Around Global Operations
The business structure was built around the needs of global cold chain operations.
We’ve established one multi-location thermal packaging company, providing global access to a wide range of approved and qualified thermal protection solutions used to protect temperature sensitive air cargo and freight.
Our materials are designed and manufactured using our own unique formulas, either on our own extruder or with trusted partners.
Audits, Quality & Social Responsibility
With both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, Softbox® SilverSkin® can demonstrate a high level of quality control both process, operations and sustainable approach, a key requirement in todays world of corporate responsibility.
All international locations are centrally controlled by Softbox® HQ in the UK. Manufacturing and stock is positioned in key strategic locations in America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Performance Testing for GDP
An extensive test program continually provides supportive performance data to ensure Quality Assurance departments can demonstrate appropriate due diligence in taking a risk based approach suitable for GDP (Good Distribution Practice).
Quick & Positive Service
Our people are passionate about Customer Service, looking after the needs of customers and supporting technical enquiries wherever possible. We take huge pride in being friendly and professional to deal with as well as having immediate availability of common size stock.
Research & Development
A continual development program of research into new materials, advanced performance, product design and intensive thermal testing ensures that Softbox® SilverSkin® Thermal covers continue to be a leading product range.
Our Approach To Sustainability
As a global company, we understand that it is our responsibility to achieve good environmental practices and operate in a sustainable manner. We endeavour to protect the environment by producing innovative, high-performance passive packaging, suitable for transporting temperature-sensitive products, in turn, saving energy and reducing CO₂ emissions in the energy-costly cold supply chain. While the cold chain system is crucial for the worldwide availability of perishable products, there is still 20% of product waste per-year due to breaks within the chain. Our products are designed to face this challenge and decrease the number of perishables wasted, by using the least amount of energy possible.
As we only ever want to do more, we minimize the carbon footprint of our products during the entire life-cycle by continually looking for environmental improvement and creating market-facing sustainable solutions. Furthermore, Softbox® SilverSkin® is proud to be ISO 14001:2015 certified. This provides assurance to our customers and partners that our environmental impact is being measured and continuously analysed to reduce the negative impacts. We are committed to maintaining and continually improving our environmental management system as an integral part of our business strategy. As an example, this year, we move to a solution in which zero waste goes to landfill. We also communicate and promote environmental awareness throughout the company; and where possible, provide information and assistance on the environmental impact associated with our products and services. (Ask for our MSDS document or see our end of life recommendations).
End of Life Of Products
The “Waste Hierarchy” ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment. The key to preventing waste is to use less material, which is one major Softbox® SilverSkin® Design Strategy. At Softbox® SilverSkin®, we do everything to abide by this. Whether you need one hour of protection or eight, we carefully select the best solution to serve your performance and logistical needs while minimising the environmental impact. If the product cannot be reused then the second step in the hierarchy is recycling, followed by energy recovery and last of all, disposal by landfill.
All of our products are non-hazardous and use recyclable materials, however, their composite nature makes them less easy to recycle. Such recyclable technology does exist, but due to the commercial viability, it is limited. Although, recycling solutions are emerging and continue to be improved for gaining value from end-of-life composite materials, contributing to a circular economy.
At present, it is actually more economically and environmentally viable to use ‘waste to energy’ schemes for disposal and the end-of-life of our products as they have a high calorific value. To facilitate waste management and reduce your environmental footprint, we offer a list of the 25 biggest waste-to-energy companies with their operational locations. If you need more information on products to support waste-to-energy, feel free to contact us.
What is Energy Recovery
Waste-to-energy technology is one of the most robust and effective alternative energy options to reduce CO2 emissions and save limited fossil fuel resources used by traditional power plants.
Waste-to-energy (WTE) recovery is the conversion of waste materials into useable heat, electricity, or fuel through a variety of processes, including combustion, gasification, pyrolization, anaerobic digestion, and landfill gas (LFG) recovery.
By this conversion to heat and electricity generating a renewable energy source, WTE helps to reduce both methane emissions (a potent greenhouse gas) from landfilling and CO2 emissions that would have been produced if the amount of energy was generated in conventional power plants. For example, in Europe, depending on the fuel you replace – gas, oil, hard coal or lignite – between 10 – 49 million tonnes of fossil fuels emitting 24 – 49 million tonnes of CO2, would have not needed to be used by conventional power plants to produce this amount of energy provided by WTE in 2015.
For more information and any other questions, you can visit the website of Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants.
Ingress Protection (IP)
What is an IP rating?
IP stands for “Ingress Protection”. It is a standard established in 1989 by the International Electronic Commission (IEC). It was subsequently adopted by the European standard EN 60529.
It indicates the degree of protection of a device against the intrusion of solid or liquid bodies. It therefore consists of two digits: the first indicates the degree of protection against intrusion by solid bodies, while the second digit indicates the same thing but for liquid bodies.
When one of the two elements (solid or liquid) is not necessary, the number is replaced by an “X”. This is often the case for products for which it is considered that only water protection is sufficient: the first digit is often replaced by an “X”.
Level 4 (liquid protection) protects against water splashing from any direction providing no harmful effect, utilizing either: a) an oscillating fixture, or b) A spray nozzle with no shield. Test a) is conducted for 10 minutes. Test b) is conducted (without shield) for 5 minutes minimum.
Why SilverSkin® Thermal Covers?
A number of our SilverSkin® thermal covers are IPX4 certified which will help you to protect your shipment from the rain or other water splashes. This means that products that are water-soluble, such as cardboard boxes, will be protected from such environmental hazards.
As we continue to improve the thermal performance of our thermal covers, we also take steps to ensure the all-around protection by providing additional benefits such as ease of use and protection against temperature spikes.