Protecting What Matters

Cold Chain Package Design

The design process for a cold chain shipment is the first step to ensuring your packages arrive safe and properly conditioned. The Center of Excellence lab is ran by a team of experienced scientists and engineers ready to create a qualified shipper designed specifically for your products. Our research into thermal properties, heat transferring, and computer modelling of packaging transits combined with experience in the shipping industry allow us to create a successful solution at an expedited rate.
 

Simulation

The design process is centered around your product with a focus on safe transit both physically and thermally. Cold chain shipper designs will start with thermal modelling performed by our design engineer. This can show potential hot spots for your package, as well as give the best configuration for optimized shipping. The computer modeling process also eliminates the "trial-and-error" portion of design which will greatly expedite the qualification of you shipper.


Thermal Testing

After a passing configuration is found for your desired temperature range, thermal testing will begin to confirm the simulation. Thermal chambers are used to test a pack out of your product that will simulate either industry standard profiles such as ISTA 7D or your own custom profile that matches your shipping lanes. Thermocouples within the chamber and your shipper will monitor for any temperature deviations that may occur during the transit providing the customer with proof that their shipments stayed at a desired temperature throughout the transit.

After Testing

The design process ends with the client receiving a full lab report of their passing shipper. Clients can then proceed with 3rd party verification testing, drop testing to see how durable the packaging is physically, and real time monitoring with data loggers that will verify the shipments are staying in their temperature range during an actual transit.
 
 
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J.B. Pointdexter EFP Corp

Will Your “Pre-Qualified” Cold Chain Packaging Pass Performance Testing?

Specialty Pharmaceutical Distributors are being tasked with proving their cold chain packaging will stand up to real time temperature protection.

The accepted method of pre-qualification of parcels used to deliver prescriptions to patients or providers is static testing in thermal chambers. These tests expose the package to various, sometimes extreme external temperatures with the goal a surviving a minimum of 24 hours within label claim temperature ranges.

This testing is also subjective. The products are typically simulated using bottles of water. Probes are placed at the technician’s discretion.

URAC and other accreditation services are asking for “shipping lane testing” as further qualification of cold chain parcels. If you want to be ahead of the compliance curve, EFP can help you confirm the performance of your current cold chain packaging. Contact PharmaTuff to learn more.