Shipping container innovator CakeBoxx Technologies recently announced the introduction of their new ThermoBoxx refrigerated containers. This is the latest eye-opening intermodal two-piece shipping container to come out of the McLean, Virginia based company in the last several months and follows on the heels of both their 12’ wide hi-cube refrigerated two-piece CakeBoxx containers delivered to a US Government agency early last year and their purpose-built CoilBoxx rolled out to the steel and aluminum coil industry last Spring.
CakeBoxx Technologies designed these new models as a time saving, cost-effective solution for the movement of temperature-sensitive cargos that would normally be difficult to load and unload through conventional reefer container doors due to their size, shape or weight. The side and top loading capability is a key differentiation from conventional containers and provides a strong value proposition for speed of loading, product safety, security and loss prevention.The ThermoBoxx line of refrigerated containers incorporates the company’s unique two-piece deck and lid design and will initially be available in both 20’ and 40’ hi-cube versions.
As with all CakeBoxx models, fully customized versions of the ThermoBoxx are expected to follow shortly, including both 45’ and 53’ hi-cube models. The new ThermoBoxx containers combine the industry standard cargo loading doors on the rear end with the removable CakeBoxx lid. This combination of loading options will enable shippers to load cargos from the top or side by removing the CakeBoxx lid (with full 360° access to the deck) or through the rear doors as with conventional reefer containers.
This container was specifically developed to address the growing need for environmental control that shippers require for electronic equipment, machinery, composites, defense materials, pharmaceuticals and similar products that cannot be adequately served by conventional reefer containers. Notably, the combination of both the removable CakeBoxx lid and the rear loading cargo doors offers a unique ability for shipping both temperature-sensitive and general cargo.Unlike standard reefer containers, the CakeBoxx style two-piece reefer container can also be delivered with ‘no doors’ for customers with special transportation or storage security needs. The CakeBoxx two-piece doorless reefer container is the only container available with the US Government’s SAFETY Act designation as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT). All CakeBoxx two-piece reefer containers are fully ISO compliant and CSC certified for global intermodal use.
“Our new ThermoBoxx was specifically developed to support the transportation and security needs of the expanding array of temperature-sensitive products in the defense, aeronautics, composites and electronics markets. As more and more of these types of products are being produced for global markets, shippers want to take advantage of container-based shipping. It is increasingly clear that conventional rear loading refrigerated containers are not a great solution, and in many cases are marginally adequate – so we built an alternative. In some respects, we plan to fill the need for the cold chain that open-top containers offer for dry cargo," CakeBoxx Technologies CEO Daine Eisold says.
"Risk and loss prevention managers worry about damaging their extremely high value, mission critical equipment during container loading, transport, and discharge operations. Our goal is to give them less to worry about. CakeBoxx containers have long been associated with the shipment of sensitive, high value cargo and this new product line will expand this capability into the cold chain,” Eisold continues.