Category: Products and Technology

Sonoco ThermoSafe Introduces the Orion r® High Performance Temperature Controlled Box Rental Service

Sonoco ThermoSafe has announced the creation of the Orion r® high performance temperature controlled box rental service. This service will feature the new Orion r® line of temperature controlled packaging, featuring high performance vacuum panel insulation encased in a lightweight, rugged EPP shell for maximum durability and thermal duration. The Orion r® line will also offer optional on board telemetry, allowing biopharmaceutical clients access to cloud-based temperature and geolocation data for maximum shipment visibility and quality assurance. 

Orion’s innovative long-duration design, featuring rugged, lightweight Sonoco-molded automotive EPP, is substantially more reusable than existing rental parcels and enables the pharmaceutical supply chain to cost-effectively and sustainably ship small parcels globally.

“With the introduction of the Orion r® high performance temperature controlled parcel rental service, Sonoco ThermoSafe now offers the only one-stop rental service for every temperature controlled container mode and size,” said Christopher Day, Director of Marketing & Innovation for Sonoco ThermoSafe. “We can customize our supply chain to rent high performance temperature controlled packaging as small as a five liter Orion r® passive unit, to the first passive pallet unit load device, the Pegasus ULD® – all in the same locations. Sonoco’s rapid pre-conditioning deployment model and 300+ company-owned locations enable the ThermoSafe division to quickly and efficiently expand the depot network for leasing Orion r® units across the globe.”

Additional announcements about the Sonoco ThermoSafe rental platform, the Orion r® and Pegasus ULD®, including updates to the global service network, will be forthcoming. Please contact your Sonoco ThermoSafe representative or visit www.thermosafe.com/contact for more information. 

Sonoco ThermoSafe Introduces the Pegasus ULD line of Passive Temperature Controlled Unit Load Devices

Sonoco ThermoSafe announced the creation of the Pegasus ULD® line of passive temperature controlled unit load devices.  The Pegasus ULD will be the first passive bulk temperature-controlled container for pharmaceutical use that is an approved unit load device, which allows it to speed through existing international ground handling and customs processes at the lowest possible cost.

With increasing demands for life science and healthcare companies to ship in larger quantities, the Pegasus ULD was specifically designed to fulfill a gap in the market for passive bulk packaging solutions. Engineered with composite materials, the unit load device will offer a lighter solution that is substantially more damage-resistant than traditional metal containers. Additionally, Sonoco ThermoSafe customers will experience cutting edge integrated real-time data capabilities, including internal and external temperature tracking and robust geolocation. Because risk mitigation decisions are based on accurate and timely data, Pegasus ULD users will be able to count on these capabilities when they need them the most.

To create the Pegasus ULD, Sonoco ThermoSafe signed a long-term exclusive development and manufacturing agreement with AEROTUF, a leading supplier of innovative composite ULD containers (www.aerotuf.com).  The partnership combines ThermoSafe’s expertise in thermal engineering and pharmaceutical logistics with AEROTUF’s materials science and aeronautical engineering capabilities. The first Pegasus ULD model, to be launched in the upcoming months, will be the lighter AKP size, which fits a full US pallet and shares the same footprint of the AKE size without the imbalanced overhang section which accounts for over 80% of transit damage in AKE/RKN containers.

“We are delighted to partner with AEROTUF to create the best-in-class Pegasus ULD® line of passive temperature control ULD containers,” said Christopher Day, Director of Marketing, Innovation and Business Development for Sonoco ThermoSafe. “The rugged, lightweight composite design of this unit load device enables the pharmaceutical supply chain to cost-effectively ship globally across the Americas, EMEIA and Asia-Pacific regions. Additionally, Sonoco’s 300+ global locations allow the ThermoSafe division to quickly and efficiently expand the depot network for leasing Pegasus ULD® units across the globe.”

Additional announcements about the Pegasus ULD, including airline approvals and updates to the global service network, will be forthcoming. Please contact your Sonoco ThermoSafe representative or visit www.thermosafe.com/contact for more information.

Breathing New Life Into The Cold Chain

Transporting temperature-sensitive and critical life sciences products by air has been fraught in the past, given these products have a strict temperature range that cannot be breached. Exposure to divergent temperature ranges en route through airports was always a challenge.

Cathay Pacific Cargo is working with suppliers to offer a range of shipping solutions that use new technologies. They have been designed to meet life-science’s ever more complex and precise cold-chain demands and regulations.

One of the most recent of these partnerships is with Sonoco ThermoSafe and its PharmaPort 360 container solution. Through its patented technology, PharmaPort 360 offers the reassurance of ‘active’ container products alongside the cost efficiencies of passive  products. One of its prominent features is live telemetry recordings of location and temperature, accessible to shippers.

The PharmaPort 360 is also incredibly easy to operate – it requires a 12-hour charge for the container to operate to its full potential and has few complex moving parts.

HOW IT WORKS

PharmaPort 360 doesn’t use traditional refrigeration methods, but rather a patented system with a hot and cold plate. It can be fully charged in 12 hours and offers a stable internal temperature of 5°C for up to 72 hours when the container is in an ambient temperature of 30°C. ‘It can add flexibility to journey times and routings,’ says Gary Sze, Cathay Pacific Cargo Products Manager.

As soon as the PharmaPort 360 is charged and unplugged from the electrical supply, the internal temperature is maintained by a constantly running fan that circulates air from the stored thermal energy of the plates. The plates are exposed from behind insulated vacuum panels as and when required.

‘This enables us to be super- precise in terms of temperature,’ says Chris Day, Director of Global Business Development at Sonoco ThermoSafe. ‘Because the fan is always on, the temperature gradient is smoother than containers that use compressors, which requires spikes of energy and create more of a zig-zag temperature profile over the course of the shipment,’ he adds.

EASE AND CONVENIENCE

Unlike compressor boxes, PharmaPort 360 boxes do not exhaust hot air and they can therefore be stored next to perishable shipments and transported in an ambient truck, which can help keep costs down. They are also solidly built and have fewer moving parts than some active containers.

In other products, temperature excursions are usually caused by mechanical failures, such as a refrigeration compressor failing or because of a human element. ‘It might be that it’s not programmed properly,’ says Sze. But, as the PharmaPort 360 is set to operate to one temperature (at 5°C, which covers 80 percent of biotech shipments) it doesn’t require programming. ‘You simply plug it in and unplug it before shipping – that’s it,’ adds Sze. It travels with a bag of 10 different adaptors and can use any local power supply.

REAL TIME TELEMETRY TRANSMISSIONS

PharmaPort 360 proves its reliability by transmitting data from its integrated network of sensors. Sonoco ThermoSafe’s Day says: ‘The sensors capture and transmit data all the time – the temperature inside, the ambient temperature outside the container, plus GPS positioning and all the mechanical functions, such as battery life, and the energy levels in the thermal plates.’

The in-air segment is not transmitted due to inflight regulations, but there’s a solution for this too, as Cathay’s Sze explains: ‘PharmaPort 360 is approved by the FAA because each is fitted with an accelerometer, altimeter and an algorithm that can detect when the aircraft is taking off. At takeoff, transmission stops but recording continues. On landing, the transmitter is switched back on and a batch transmission is sent out.’

PharmaPort 360’s data is dense and accessible. Day says: ‘We can replay every trip and if there are investigations, we can get answers in minutes rather than months, and we keep the data for five years.’Cathay Pacific’s Sze says: ‘This product is a generation ahead. We’re proud to offer this innovative product to our customers.’

This article was originally published in the February 2019 issue of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packing Sourcer.  Click the link to access to full feature: http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=f48356d6-bff9-4ba4-82ea-30c8001c14dd&pnum=19 .

ChillTech®: A Reusable Range of Shipping Solutions for Temperature-Sensitive Pharmaceutical and Biological Shipments

Chilltech

We’ve launched a new range of reusable, universal solutions for the pharmaceutical and biologics markets. ChillTech® is a pre-qualified range of 2°C to 8°C PCM systems providing exceptional temperature control from 2 days up to 6 days for payloads from 4L to 40L. ChillTech® utilizes Sonoco ThermoSafe’s patented Zero Bench-Time® technology, where systems can be packed-out straight from the freezer, saving customers space, time and money.

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Product Launch: Cost-Effective Range of 48-Hour Pre-Qualified Temperature Controlled Shippers

Certis NEW Hero

We have expanded the Certis® brand of one-way shipping solutions to include a 2-day platform for the express distribution of pharmaceutical and biological products. Just as in the award winning* Certis® 3-Day & 5-Day Platform, the Certis® 2-Day Platform utilizes the same pack-out for 2-8°C, 15-25°C and frozen shipments. Using just three types of refrigerants and four shippers to create 12 solutions, the Certis® 2-Day Platform maximizes the number of solutions while minimizing the number of components. The new platform is sized to accommodate 7, 13, 27 and 56 liters of product. Each of the new solutions feature a year round pack-out designed for use in both hot and cold seasons.

“When designing the Certis® 2-Day platform we focused on minimizing overall cost of ownership. Not only are these new solutions cost effective, but users will also see additional savings through operational efficiencies. With the use of our unique ZERO Bench-Time® technology our customers can immediately pack-out each solution and reduce their assembly time and space requirements,” said Ben VanderPlas, global product manager. “In combination with our Certis® 3-Day and 5-Day platform of solutions, the Certis® product line now offers a complete portfolio of temperature ranges, durations, and payload sizes.”

The Certis 2-Day Platform is designed to Sonoco ThermoSafe’s ISC Regional™ ambient temperature profile for short term shipments. Available in both U.S. and European facilities. Visit www.thermosafe.com/certisplatform to learn more.

*2016 Cold Chain Global Forum Excellence Awards – Most Innovative New Cold Chain Technology of the Year, Winner for the Certis® 3-Day & 5-Day Platform.

Sonoco ThermoSafe Expands Range of LD7 Pallet Shippers For Temperature-Sensitive Bulk Air Shipment

QMPC HPAG

Sonoco ThermoSafe, a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging,  leverages award winning technology to expand its line of pallet solutions with the launch of the LD7 Half PAG pallet shipper. The Half PAG solution is designed to ship multiple pallet loads, whilst reducing the cost and operational complexity of bulk shipments by optimizing the use of aircraft ULDs (LD7 air pallets). The Half PAG is available for 2-8°C or 15-25°C temperature ranges with durations in excess of five days. Each solution has a universal pack-out design to be used in both hot and cold seasons while also accommodating the demands of cross-hemispheric shipments.

“The new Half PAG pallet shipper features the same award winning* and innovative patented and patent-pending design technologies used in the Quarter PMC, most notably ConvecTECH™ and the unique interlock L-shaped panels. ConvecTECH™ technology, maximises the natural convection to eliminate side refrigerants, maximising payload space, reducing shipment weight and simplifying packing procedures. Additionally, the unique interlocking L-shaped panels eliminates corner leaks and drastically reduces edge leaks,” said Ben VanderPlas, Global Product Manager, Sonoco ThermoSafe.

LD7 Half PAG is part of a wider family of space and weight optimized pallet solutions, designed to offer loading and carrying compatibility on modern passenger/freighter aircrafts. Please visit www.thermosafe.com/palletsolutions for additional information on our range of temperature-controlled packaging pallet solutions.

*2016 Cold Chain Global Forum Excellence Awards – Most Innovative New Cold Chain Technology of the Year, Runner Up for the Quarter PMC Passive Pallet Shipper.

Shipping 800,000 Years of History…

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Shipping temperature sensitive items has always proven to be a tough thing to perfect.  There are so many variables: ambient temperature, shipping lanes, travel conditions, delays, and much more.  Now, imagine having to ship samples of ice cores drilled from the South Pole that can date back 800,000 years.  Those are the kinds of challenges faced by the scientists at the USGS National Ice Core Lab in Antarctica.

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ThermoSafe Awarded “Most Innovative New Cold Chain Technology” at CCGF 2016

Most Innovative New Cold Chain Technology of the Year

As the largest and most recognized annual industry event, the IQPC Cold Chain Global Forum looks to honor and celebrate innovative thought leading professionals and organization’s that have exceeded industry standards.  The Most Innovative New Cold Chain Technology of the Year award is a software, solution or platform that is breaking new ground in the temperature-controlled arena; offering new levels of supply chain visibility, improved product quality and compliance, and/or reduced costs and temperature excursions.

1st Place
Certis Platform of Universal Parcel Shippers

1st Place

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Our Certis Platform of universal shippers are ideal for one-way shipments of temperature-sensitive products and utilizes the same universal pack-out configuration regardless of season for refrigerated, CRT and frozen solutions forboth 72 hour and 120 hour durations.  They’ve been designed to offer operational efficiency and ease of personnel training using ZERO Bench-Time® technology and same pack-out configuration across durations. These shippers optimize inventory and provide lowest total cost of ownership utilizing only 3 types of bricks and 8 shippers to create 24 shipping solutions across temperature ranges and duration.

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Runner Up
LD7 Quarter PMC Pallet Shipper

Sonoco ThermosafeLD7-Refrigerated
 

 

 

The LD7 Quarter PMC passive pallet shipper delivers improved performance, driven by innovative new technology, and offers design simplicity. Patented unique “L” shaped insulation panels eliminate corner leaks and drastically reduce edge leaks through interlocking design.  In addition, the patented ConvecTECH™ dispersion panels promote natural convection and enable simple pack-out procedures.  These innovative new technologies have improved the thermal performance capabilities of a passive pallet shipper while drastically simplifying the pack-out procedures.  Furthermore, the LD7 Quarter PMC passive pallet shipper optimized the footprint within a wide-body aircraft further reducing costs.

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