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Temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products

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Temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products need special care. When we talk about temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products, we mean any product which, when not stored or transported within the predefined environmental conditions or within the established time limits, degrades to the point that it is no longer effective as it was originally intended, therefore, it is really important to guarantee the conditions of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products. These products need special attention to avoid possible damages or any deterioration in their effectiveness or quality.

The use of an appropriate packaging for the storage or transit time worldwide of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products, serves as a protective barrier for a potentially hostile environment. Temperature controlled packaging not only keeps the product within specific temperature ranges, but also helps the laboratories and other supply management participants meet the standards of Good Distribution Practices (GDP). Careful temperature control not only protects product quality, but also reduces losses due to temperature variations, thus ensuring profitability..

Temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products

The use of temperature controlled packaging is related to the growing need to preserve the cold chain.

Temperature control logistics includes the most sophisticated supply services, a growing interest in insulated packaging and advances in temperature monitoring technology. The temperature of a product can have deep impacts on its stability and therefore on its effectiveness. Because of that it is very important to maintain it under control so that it does not suffer from the different environmental conditions.

Exeltainer has a wide range of insulated solutions for transport, storage and supply management from start to finish, which satisfy all specific customer needs. All our solutions for the transport of pharmaceutical products are designed and qualified under strict quality and safety requirements, so that our customers can be sure of their proper performance. In addition, our solutions for refrigerated transport are qualified with Universal Packout.

If you want to know more about the different solutions for the correct storage and transport of the temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products, do not hesitate to contact us, we will be delighted to assist you and help you in everything you need. Exeltainer is made up by a team of highly-skilled professionals with more than 20 years of experience whose aim is to provide fully customized insulated packaging systems, designed to meet the needs and requirements of our customers in terms of quality, cost minimization, compliance with the cold chain, as well as sustainability.

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Temperature controlled logistics

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Temperature controlled logistics is responsible for the storage, conservation and transport of all cargo sensitive to atmospheric conditions and that need to maintain a certain temperature for proper preservation. This is essential for many pharmaceutical products, since drugs in poor condition can have serious consequences for health and well-being.

Many of the pharmaceutical and biological medicines sold today are extremely sensitive to the conditions in which they are packaged, shipped and stored. Therefore, temperature variations can affect the quality of the delivered product. Temperature controlled logistics helps to improve your distribution process, which must be validated to ensure that there is no negative impact on product safety, efficacy or quality.

Types of temperature controlled logistics

There are different categories in for temperature controlled logistics.

  • Refrigerated vehicles. They are conventional vehicles that have thermostatically controlled cargo compartments, which allow maintaining the desired temperature range. In addition, refrigerated vehicles often come in the form of small vans and trucks, which are usually equipped with electronic control systems to maintain the temperature.
  • Passive shipping container. They are storage containers that use a combination of insulated and electronic materials to maintain a specific temperature range. While they do not require human or external manipulation to function, they can only maintain a temperature range for a set period of time before they expire, which makes them an effective option for short trips. In addition, these containers are often necessary to mitigate any potential damage to the transported cargo. Therefore they are necessary for road transport.
  • Active shipping system. These are similar to passive shipping containers, but have a much greater reach. Active shipping systems are used in airfreight and sea freight transport. They are large thermostatically controlled cargo containers that act effectively. In addition, in airfreight transport, they are usually powered through internal batteries or an external electrical source and maintain energy through large cooling fans and heating mechanisms. Meanwhile, sea freight active shipping systems generally work with the power supply on board ships.

Temperature controlled logistics with Exeltainer

Exeltainer has a wide range of transportation, storage and end-to-end supply chain solutions, which cater for all your temperature specific needs. Our insulated solutions for active transport are designed and qualified under the same requirements than our standard insulated kits. So our customers can be sure about its performance and quality. Additionally, our solutions for refrigerated transport are all qualified with Universal Packout.

If you want to know more about these systems, don’t hesitate to contact us. Exeltainer is made up by a team of highly-skilled professionals with more than 20 years of experience. Our aim is to provide fully customized insulated shipping systems designed to exceed our customer requirements in terms of quality, minimization of the cost of Cold Chain compliance as well as sustainability. We will be delighted to help you with any question you may have.

Cold-chain logistics

Cold-chain logistics

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Cold-chain logistics involves the distribution activities of temperature-sensitive products through thermal packaging methods as well as logistics planning to protect the integrity of these shipments. The thermal packaging used and an appropriate transport logistics help to maintain the desired temperature range to achieve the objective in order not to break, in any case, the cold chain.

Cold-chain logistics has as its main purpose to guarantee product integrity throughout the supply chain, which requires rigorous processes and experience. The demand for this type of logistics services related to the cold chain is increasing and requires a total rigor in its processes.

Our products ensure the temperature of a pharmaceutical or biotech product at all points in the supply chain. Our experience allows us to offer the best solutions for storing, transporting products that require temperature control to guarantee their integrity.

Logistics process and cold chain:

Logistics is the management of the flow of goods from origin to destination, fulfilling, in every moment, the customer’s requirements. The process affects security, transportation, inventory, storage, information management and packaging. The process includes:

  • Load of the supply in the facilities of origin
  • Storage with the right conditions: controlled or room temperatures
  • Transportation: with refrigerated or ambient trucks, cargo containers etc.
  • Delivery to the final destination that may have different profiles: retail, markets, factory, ports, airport …

Throughout the process it is necessary to monitor and control the temperature and sometimes the GPS location.

Cold-chain logistics distribution

To respect the cold chain during the logistic distribution, storage with temperature control, qualified packaging and tracking and complete location of shipments is needed. The whole process must be focused on satisfying customer demands.

If you think our services and products are interesting or you want to know more about the cold chain logistics, do not hesitate to contact us, we will be glad to assist you.

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Thermal Packaging

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Thermal packaging serves to transport products sensitive to temperature changes that must be protected from shocks, weather volatility and other unexpected circumstances. We work in the design, manufacture and commercialization of thermal packaging solutions with high performance and efficiency to maintain the cold chain during transport and storage of pharmaceutical and biotech products.

Thermal Packaging: what we offer

Exeltainer offers a wide range of thermal packaging to protect temperature-sensitive products and which need to maintain a certain range, +2/+8ºC, +15/+25ºC, negative temperatures, etc.

We can offer solutions that incorporate cold protocols adapted to the requirements of each customer.

Thermal packaging is used to transport pharmaceutical, biotechnical products, medical devices, health care and logistics services. Our thermal packaging is designed to protect those products that require a certain temperature and physical protection during transport and storage, always meeting with the requirements of the cold chain. For this, we work with different types of packaging. The objective is to use the technology adapting it to our customers’ needs.

We put at your disposal different types of thermal packaging to transport the products, such as: Standard P-Tainer Kits, Pallet Shipper, Neox and specific Solutions for Active Transport.

Management of temperature excursion risk management.

Our wide range of Pallet Shipper is designed to maintain + 2ºC / + 8ºC and + 15ºC / + 25ºC. Designed in high density polyurethane to ensure excellent thermal protection and durability, with different formats available to minimize storage, delivery and return costs. The Standard P-Tainer Kits is a highly cost-effective, highly reliable thermal packaging and an excellent option for customers who require a solution that guarantees a temperature range within a specific period of time. For its part, Neox is the highest quality insulating packaging that Exeltainer has developed. It offers a universal packaging configuration thanks to our advanced PCM (Phase Change Materials) gel packs. The temperature must be also controlled during loading and unloading in case of active/refrigerated transport. To avoid any cold chain breaks, our new line of Insulated Solutions, designed and qualified for the active transport, is an excellent option to eliminate the risk of unexpected excursions.

These solutions are designed and qualified under the same requirements than our standard insulated kits, so our customers can be sure about its performance and quality. Additionally, our solutions for refrigerated transport are all qualified with Universal Packout. Our solutions offer fully customized insulated shipping systems. We invite you to know them by clicking on this page: solutions of thermal packaging.

We take into account the design, testing, qualification and manufacturing of thermal packaging with controlled temperature. If you want to know more about our different thermal packaging solutions, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be pleased to advise you.

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Phase Change Materials

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Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are substances with a high heat of fusion. Melting and solidifying at a specific temperature, is capable of storing and releasing large amounts of energy. Heat is absorbed or released when the material changes from solid to liquid and vice versa. Therefore, Phase Change Materials are classified as latent heat storage units.

These products are ideal for thermal management solutions. Because of they change from one phase to another, releasing thermal energy.

The properties of Phase Change Materials can be used in different ways.

  • As thermal energy storage: heat or coolness can be stored from one period in time and used at a different location or later date.
  • Insulation or thermal barriers: as for example in temperature controlled transport.

The most effective, simplest and cheapest material for phase change material is water/ice. But, unfortunately, the freezing temperature of water (0ºC) makes it unsuitable for most energy storage applications.

For this reason, different materials have been developed to offer products that freeze and melt at temperatures from the cryogenic range to several hundred degrees centigrade.

Categories of Phase Change Materials

Phase Change Materials can be arranged in three categories: eutectics, salt hydrates, and organic materials.

  • Eutectics: solutions of salts in water with a phase change temperature below 0°C (32°F).
  • Salt hydrates are specific salts that are able to incorporate water of crystallization during their freezing process and tend to change phase above 0°C (32°F).
  • Organic materials: polymers with long chain molecules composed primarily of carbon and hydrogen. Mostly change phase above 0°C (32°F). Examples of these are waxes, oils, fatty acids and polygycols.

If you would like to know more information, we invite you to click on Exeltainer Solutions. Our aim is to provide fully customized insulated shipping systems designed to exceed our customer requirements in terms of quality, minimization of the cost of Cold Chain compliance as well as sustainability.

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Cold supply chain

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A cold supply chain can be defined in the life-science industries as the network of facilities to ensure ideal storage and transportation conditions for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products.

A cold chain refers to a temperature-controlled management which continuously maintains the temperature conditions (refrigerated, CRT or frozen) within acceptable limits throughout the supply chain. The aim is to protect not only the shelf life but also the function and effectiveness of the drugs which is vital for pharmaceutical and biotech laboratories.

The biopharmaceutical market is rapidly growing worldwide and its trend is definitely to be temperature sensitive. Given that the cold chain has become an increasingly important component of the overall pharmaceutical supply chain.

Aims of cold supply chain

  • Improve product integrity
  • Reduce costs
  • Reduce wastage and returns of expired stock
  • Increase customer satisfaction

Segments of cold supply chain

  • Storage surface: refrigerated warehouses for storage of temperature sensitive products.
  • Refrigerated Transportation: reefer trucks, containers, ships and trains for transport of temperature sensitive products.
A cold chain is a critical factor for the pharmaceutical industries and the common temperature range for a cold chain in pharmaceutical industries is 2 to 8 °C, but the specific temperature tolerances depend on the actual product being shipped. A cold chain must be managed by a quality management system. It should be analysed, documented, measured, controlled and validated.

To mitigate the risk of cold chain interruption, our new line of Insulated Solutions, specifically designed and qualified for the active transport, are an excellent option to eliminate the risk of unexpected excursions. Our insulated solutions for active transport are designed and qualified with the same requirements as our standard insulated kits, so our customers can be totally sure about its performance and quality. Additionally, our solutions for refrigerated transport are all qualified with Universal Packout which definitely makes packing process easier and avoid unnecessary mistakes. If you find our services interesting, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
Temperature controlled packaging systems

Temperature controlled packaging systems

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Temperature controlled packaging systems are the newest design in packaging. It is useful for controlling the temperature in products. This is really important to maintain the cold chain shipping for clients who deal with temperature sensitive products.

Why do you need temperature controlled packaging systems?

The temperature controlled packaging systems are created by our team of experts and they hold a quality certificate. Also are tested to the highest standard. We have a full range of different shipping products which are efficient and to ensure that the required temperature is maintained and controlled. Furthermore, this products are environmentally friendly.

In Exeltainer, we have different solutions that offer fully customized insulated shipping systems. We invite you to know them by clicking on Exeltainer Solutions. Our products consists of shippers, envelopes, pallet shippers and so on. All temperature sensitive products need to be kept in a controlled environment. We provide this with the cooling system. For these reasons our products are really effective in hot and cold conditions.

In sensitive temperature materials as biological and pharmaceutical products, a minor temperature change could affect its integrity. Because of this, it is really important to have temperature controlled systems that clients can rely on. We ensure the integrity of what’s inside is maintained until it arrives at its destination.

Our insulated solutions for active transport are designed and qualified under the same requirements than our standard insulated kits. So our customers can be sure about its performance and quality. Additionally, our solutions for refrigerated transport are all qualified with Universal Packout.

If you want to know more about these systems, don’t hesitate to contact us. Exeltainer is made up by a team of highly-skilled professionals with more than 20 years of experience. Our aim is to provide fully customized insulated shipping systems designed to exceed our customer requirements in terms of quality, minimization of the cost of Cold Chain compliance as well as sustainability. We will be delighted to help you with any question you may have.

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Cold chain shipping solutions

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The temperature control is a very important factor for cold chain shipping solutions. The network set up to ensure that the required temperature is maintained is called the cold chain which is vital for storing and transporting vaccines, medical supplies, therapeutic food… Mainly in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Exeltainer create insulated packaging solutions for design, test, qualification and manufacture of temperature controlled packaging.

Cold chain shipping solutions: What do we offer?

Our solutions offer fully customized insulated shipping systems. We invite you to know them by clicking on Exeltainer Solutions. Our aim is to provide fully customized insulated shipping systems designed to exceed our customer requirements in terms of quality, minimization of the cost of Cold Chain compliance as well as sustainability.

We have different types of cold chain shipping solutions:

  • Active transport: designed to endure possible Cold Chain breaks for those customers that are using refrigerated transport.
  • Pallet shipper: designed for +2ºC/+8ºC and +15ºC/+25ºC and available in 5 different payloads. Ranging from 140L up to 700L. They are engineered to fit every possible transportation option, including narrow body aircraft or low level deck. Made from high-density polyurethane for thermal protection and durability.
  • Neox: is the highest quality insulated packaging Exeltainer has developed. The NeoX is definitely the best alternative solution for extreme temperature control which guarantees robust performance at the range of +2ºC/+8ºC as well as +15ºC/+25ºC for up to 7 days. The NeoX offers universal pack-out configuration thanks to our advanced PCM (Phase Change Materials) Gelpacks.
  • KIT P-Tainer: an excellent option for customers who require a Qualified Insulated Solution with all the necessary components to ensure a range of temperature within an specific amount of time.

The temperature must be also controlled during loading and unloading in case of active/refrigerated transport. To avoid any cold chain interruption, our new line of Insulated Solutions, designed and qualified for the active transport, are an excellent option to eliminate the risk of unexpected excursions. Our insulated solutions for active transport are designed and qualified under the same requirements than our standard insulated kits. So our customers can be sure about its performance and quality. Additionally, our solutions for refrigerated transport are all qualified with Universal Packout.

Exeltainer will be attending LogiPharma 2019

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Exeltainer will be attending one more year LogiPharma in Montreux on 9-11 April 2019, the largest global end-to-end supply chain event for pharma industry which brings together supply chain leaders with their logistics, transportation and distribution, planning teams, quality, sourcing and procurement. We very much look forward to meeting you all in Montreux.