ICESTONE SHIPPING CRATE

Get it there safer — and greener

Icestone makes brilliant surfaces for countertops and sinks from recycled glass and concrete. They wanted a shipping crate that wouldn’t damage their products, and that aligned with their company vision.

 
 

Role

Project lead, Industrial design

Team

Pratt Design Incubator, Brooklyn, NY

 

The Challenge: Better Protection

Icestone manufactures LEED-Certified counter top surfaces from recycled glass and concrete from their factory in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard. Their business was growing, and they needed a new shipping crate design for their slabs of material that travel across the country on flatbed trucks to fabricators.

The Problem: An Unconsidered Process

The previous design was causing material breakage and water damage, and being made of non-recyclable plastic and foam. By watching workers build and load crates for a day, the team noticed many inefficiencies in materials and construction. Poor assembly techniques not only made the crates structurally weak, but put workers in danger as well.

The Solution: Smarter Materials and Techniques

Exploring designs, the team discovered a wood jointery technique used in home truss construction, and sourced a manufacturer to partner with. After rounds of full-scale prototyping on the road, the final design incorporates pre-assembled trusses of FSC-certified wood, and smart materials like Dupont Tyvek®. Standard Operating Procedures were created for crate assembly, loading and unloading, and transport that ensured proper material handling and worker safety.

 

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