C.A.L. Cargo Airlines has become the first Israeli airline to be accredited as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) at all of its online stations: Tel Aviv, Liège, and New York's JFK. The QEP Program involves specialized training and processes for using Envirotainer’s temperature-controlled air cargo containers.
Handling temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals can be a risky business. The supply chain can be hazardous, subjecting life-saving therapies to potentially damaging extremes.
Pelican Products Inc. has provided high-performance protective cases to medical device manufacturers for more than 30 years. The company has custom-molded cases of all sizes for X-ray units, centrifuges, scopes, and other healthcare products.
Working directly with lifescience companies, Pelican representatives learned that some were struggling with what Lyndon Faulkner, president and CEO, calls “sub-standard packaging solutions” for transporting temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and biologicals.
Modality Solutions, a consultancy offering cold chain management support to biopharmaceutical and health products companies, has hired Shubhra Kochar as a consulting engineer. Kochar will join the existing lineup of subject-matter experts who launched Modality Solutions last year: Gary M. Hutchinson, Paul J. Harber, Daniel J. Littlefield, Brian Wallin, and Donald Wilson. The team offers quality engineering/logistics consulting, systems integration, and simulation laboratory services.
PakSense has launched its next generation BIOmed XpressPDF temperature monitoring label. The flat labels feature an integrated USB connection point that can be plugged into a computer to transmit complete time and temperature history, including graphs and summary data. New features include an embedded Comma Separated Values (CSV) file tied to the PDF that lists time and temperature in five-minute increments.
At Sensors Expo 2012 on June 6-7 in Rosemont, IL, Blue Spark Technologies will highlight the potential use of its carbon-zinc batteries as a primary low-voltage power source for sensors in pharmaceutical, food, beverage, and chemical supply-chain logistics, and other operations.
One of the most common mistakes in preparing products for the cold chain is using the wrong shipping profile, reports Gary M. Hutchinson, formerly director of global transportation at Amgen. “As a result, companies could be over designing or under designing their packaging systems.” Such a mistake means that companies could be spending far too much on their systems—or protecting their products far too little.