Transportation Packaging

Weighing All the Options

Returning and reusing transport containers can help supply-chain partners minimize waste, but is it always the most sustainable approach?

“Any time a company uses fewer natural resources, it is a good thing,” says Daniel Littlefield, a principal of Modality Solutions, a provider of cold chain management consulting for the biopharmaceutical, health, nutrition, and other industries. “Reusable packaging can be a good option, but companies need to do the math to ensure that it makes sense in all scenarios.”

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Considering Reusable Packaging for Transport

Novation is asking manufacturers and distributors supplying items to hospitals to work together to implement reusable transport packaging.

Novation is working to replace “limited-life” transport packaging materials such as corrugated boxes, wood pallets, and plastic film with durable, reusable alternatives. Serving the members of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association, and Provista LLC, the supply chain contracting company is working with Practice Greenhealth and the “Use Reusables” campaign, a joint project of public agency StopWaste.Org and the Reusable Packaging Association, with financial support from U.S. EPA’s Climate Showcase Community program.

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Considering Reusable Packaging for Transport

Novation is asking manufacturers and distributors supplying items to hospitals to work together to implement reusable transport packaging.

Novation is working to replace “limited-life” transport packaging materials such as corrugated boxes, wood pallets, and plastic film with durable, reusable alternatives. Serving the members of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association, and Provista LLC, the supply chain contracting company is working with Practice Greenhealth and the “Use Reusables” campaign, a joint project of public agency StopWaste.Org and the Reusable Packaging Association, with financial support from U.S. EPA’s Climate Showcase Community program.

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FedEx Explores "Borderless Healthcare"

At FedEx Corp.'s healthcare industry summit held this past week in New York City, FedEx leaders and external experts spoke about the changing healthcare industry and the potential for "borderless healthcare." Developing markets like China and India present significant opportunities for healthcare product manufacturers, so reaching these markets efficiently will give them competitive advantage, speakers suggested. 

Vacuum Insulation Panel Packaging Significantly Reduces Landfill Expansion

Environmentally friendly vacuum panels offer insulation characteristics that can significantly increase the thermal protection of pharma products.

By John V. W. Howe, COO/CTO, Intelligent Thermal Solutions LLC
and Dwight Musgrave, President, Thermal Visions Inc.

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Filling in the Engineering Gap

A new consultancy aims to provide technical support to those preparing products for the cold chain.

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.

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Preparing Combination Products for Transport

At HealthPack in Albuquerque March 6-8, Anthony Alleva, technical services manager, TCP Reliable (www.tcpreliable.com), will speak about preparing drug/device combination products in the cold-chain distribution system. Many of these combination products include both temperature-sensitive and non-temperature-sensitive items, and Alleva will explain some ways packaging engineers can divide these components into separate cavities.

New Site Discusses Sorbents for Transportation

Multisorb Technologies is launching its new microsite, TranSorb.net, to highlight its TranSorb Sorbent Packs for use in freight containers and warehouse storage. These sorbents are designed to absorb large quantities of moisture to protect machinery, canned goods, steel products, and other items against rust and corrosion.

Visitors to the site will find a newly released short video explaining the benefits and applications for TranSorb.

Containing the Costs of Reuse

A company offering reusable shippers works to reduce component replacement costs.

Interest in reusable shipping solutions continues to grow in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, but companies do grapple with cost of ownership, reports Kevin Lawler, vice president, sales, Minnesota Thermal Science (MTS; Plymouth, MN). The company, which has been serving these markets with its Credo Cube thermal packaging systems, has been working to reduce maintenance costs and is set to release its latest solution at IQPC’s 9th Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum this September.

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Southwest Airlines Cargo Using Devices to Track Sensitive Cargo

Southwest Airlines Co. is now accepting cargo shipments containing OnAsset’s SENTRY 400 FlightSafe device to provide location, environmental sensing, and monitoring of temperature-sensitive and high-value cargo, reported OnAsset Intelligence in a press release.

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