There are items that require ultra-special handling during manufacture, storage, and distribution. Care that is needed when dealing with something that is temperature sensitive. Vaccines are also usually stored in breakable vials so they need extra packaging to keep them from breaking in transport.
Pharmaceuticals, medicines for clinical trials, blood products, organs, and biological substances, as well as certain food products all require a particular temperature to remain consistent throughout the distribution chain. When drugs or biologicals are in cold storage, they are generally in a relatively stable and controlled thermal environment but what about when the items are shipped? How can you guarantee that the cold chain remains intact? Part of the solution is to use temperature-controlled packaging.
Various methods are used for packaging and distributing temperature sensitive products and one of the most effective and efficient options is the use of polyurethane foam insulated shippers. Polyurethane is a better insulating material than Styrofoam, which is also sometimes used for cold chain packaging. Using standard couriers, items in polyurethane foam packaging can last up to six days with their temperature reliably maintained, ranging from Frozen + 2 to 8 degrees Celsius or + 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.
For cold chain packaging, cold gel bricks and frozen gel bricks can be used to ship frozen goods, while chilled gel packs are used for chilled goods. Of course, part of the shipping service is to safely monitor product temperature during transit. Packaging typically comes with recessed cavities for inclusion of temperature data loggers. It is precisely moulded and constructed to prevent leaks as well as to provide great thermal properties. Entire kits include the gel packs, the polyurethane container, and the product carton.
To ensure that shipping is in compliance with pertinent regulations, the design of the boxes used in temperature-controlled packaging should have been tested to ISTA and Australian Standards, validated both in the laboratory as well as in actual cold chain, and pre-qualified for summer, winter, and other extreme weather shipping conditions. These shippers can normally be re-used with replacement cartons so that they can be put to optimal use without compromising the appearance of any of the ensuing shipments.
The cold chain should not be put at risk. Certainly, the use of temperature-controlled packaging greatly contributes to ensuring its integrity. Call Lyn Radnell at CoolPac on 1300 266 555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk to us about your cold chain packaging requirement.