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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.

20th Clinical Trial Supply Europe 2019

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15th Temperature Controlled Logistics in Biopharmaceuticals Europe 2019

Exeltainer is attending the 20th CTL Europe and 15th TCL in Biopharmaceuticals Europe held in NH Milano Congress Centre on 13-14 March 2019. The events offer insight across the clinical trial supply chain and focus on risk mitigation and improving shipping lanes to give a full temperature controlled supply chain outlook.

Temperature controlled logistics

Temperature Controlled Logistics 2019

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Exeltainer is at the TCL Forum in Twickenham Stadium on 29-30 January 2019. It’s the most comprehensive pharmaceutical cold chain and ambient logistics conference in Europe. Stop by stand 14 to learn more about our pre-qualified insulated packaging concepts.

Temperatuz 2018

Temperatuz 2018

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Exeltainer is glad to inform that it will take part at the 3rd annual meeting Temperatuz 2018. The exhibition conference is focused on creating access into practical education on how to overcome key challenges related with cool/cold chain logistics. Come and visit us next June 21st and 22nd in Rome!