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Our Blog

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Common Misconceptions of New Trends & Technologies



As pharmaceutical and biological logistics spending booms towards an estimated $86 billion dollar industry by 2018, regulatory agencies have begun to place more scrutiny on the adherence of temperature requirements during transportation (1). The sector is racing to catch up to meet the needs of proper temperature management for a wider range of products, including refrigerated, frozen and control room temperatures that are being delivered through evolving methods such as mail orders. As new technologies and practices evolve to provide for the growing demand, it is important to understand their fundamentals in order to avoid misconceptions and be able to detect false claims.

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Understanding the Crucial Variables When Evaluating  Pre-Qualified vs. Customized Shipping Solutions



By simply understanding a few key variables that go into the design testing and real life practices of temperature sensitive shipping containers, it is possible to determine if a pre-qualified shipper or a customized solution would be best based on risk, cost, and ease of integration. Pre-qualified shipping containers are tested using specific criteria, which allows them to be qualified for those specific conditions. If the end users variables are not analogous to the qualification criteria, the pre-qualified container is at risk for not maintaining the appropriate temperature range and may not be cost efficient.

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Thermal Protection for Control-Room-Temperature Products



In our article published in “BioPharm International” we discuss the challenges facing shipments of Control Room Temperature (CRT) pharmaceutical products. Through a better understanding of heat-transfer principles, the effects of environmental temperatures, and the purpose of each packaging component we demonstrate how the development and procurement of thermally protective packaging system can be both cost effective and thermally efficient.

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Understanding the Most Common Problems in Pharmaceutical Mail Order Shipments



In our article published in “Pharmaceutical Outsourcing” magazine we discuss and show examples of the most common problems in pharmaceutical mail order shipments. Seemingly small errors can mean the difference of your shipment arriving at destination in or out of range. By knowing key areas where issues can occur, it is possible to develop packaging solutions, temperature profiles, standard operating procedures, and training that minimize the chance of error and optimize the temperature protection.

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2012 Academic Cold
Chain Forum



The fourth annual Academic Cold Chain Forum kicked off April 11-12, 2012, at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center. The forum invited sixty participants from cold chain related fields such as regulatory agencies, academia, technology providers, transportation, food and pharmaceutical suppliers and retailers. The goal of the forum was to openly discuss advances, issues, and solve problems in the industry related to food and pharmaceutical cold chain products in order to better the entire industry. This multi-day forum offered presentations, panel discussion and hands-on workshops that covered a variety of handling, storage, and distribution issues related to temperature-sensitive materials.

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The High Canadian Arctic – The World’s Most Challenging Cold Chain



We took the farm to fork cold chain distribution process to a whole new level when we went to Watsonville, CA to visit a strawberry farm to analyze and improve the harvest and precooling process. As we stood in the 34°F precooler taking temperature measurements of the strawberries we thought we were cold, little did we know that 2 weeks later we would be seeing these same strawberries at the top of the world at -68°F. After 7 plane rides we made it to Grise Fiord, the northern most civilian community in the Canadian Arctic. Arriving in the middle of January meant 24-hour darkness, and when we say darkness, we mean it. It was blacker than any sky we have ever seen yet so beautiful as the dark sky was hardly even visible through the blanket of stars. If we got lost, too bad because compasses are useless as the small community of 149 people live above the magnetic north pole.

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How to Make Your Cut Flower’s Stay Beautiful Longer



Do you love having fresh cut flowers in your house but hate how quickly they die? Me too. That is why at night or when I am gone for an extended period of time, I place my flowers in the refrigerator. By keeping them cool whenever you are not around to enjoy their beauty, you can prolong their vase life by over a week and a half.

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