Packaging Solutions for Lithium Ion Batteries
The most common means of selecting a packaging for dangerous goods is based on packaging that has already been approved for the product in question. However, this is not always possible or feasible due to various factors, such as the product’s weight, dimensions or handling requirements. If this is the case, we can also develop a new type of packaging for you. At Nefab, we can guide you through the process to help find which method fits best with your application.
Nefab has a multitude of certificates for dangerous goods, covering over 600 different boxes, all of which are accredited according to UN standards. All of these boxes, as outer packaging, or together with internal packaging, make up complete packaging solutions for dangerous goods. To determine if our approved solutions can be used with your product, we will first investigate what packaging types are approved to use with the dangerous goods class of your product and your intended method of transportation. Then, we will calculate the gross weight of the shipment and see if we have an approved dangerous goods certificate that matches your product.
Expendable Corrugated Solution
This solution is a BC flute corrugated packaging with EPP foam inner fittings. Due to the dimensions of this solutions, several of the boxes can be secured on the same pallet by means of strapping. The combination of this efficient utilization of space in its transport with its low weight can lead to significant cost reductions by means of space and weight
Returnable Plywood Solution
The RePak TC a returnable packaging solution made from a combination of plywood and steel. This solution is a strong, lightweight box that is suitable for bulky or heavy shipments. A huge advantage of the RePak TC is that it is collapsible within the pallet dimensions, significantly reducing space required and costs in return freight.
Designing New Packaging
If there is no pre-approved packaging which fully accommodates your product, Nefab can develop a new packaging. Due to the stringent requirements stipulated by the UN for dangerous goods packaging, the developed solution must go through a type approval test before it can be used to ship these goods. International agreements for the carriage of dangerous goods require packaging to be of a design-type, certified by a national competent authority. This involves testing the packaging against the appropriate UN specifications to ensure its suitability for the carriage of certain dangerous goods. Our engineers have the skillset and experience to take new dangerous goods packaging through this process.
UN Marking and Certification
On the side of boxes that are certified to transport dangerous goods, you will see a number which designates certain characteristics of the packaging itself. This system was put in place in order to account for a multitude of different variations in packaging for dangerous goods. To get a better idea of what each part of the number represents, please see the diagram below: