Transportation Packaging

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 (, 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,, 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.

Remain Vigilant on Second-Most-Popular Weekend for Theft

The 4th of July weekend has been the second most popular weekend for cargo theft in the past five years, reports FreightWatch International. Independence Day weekend ranks second only to Thanksgiving, the logistics security firm claimed in a bulletin issued yesterday.

"Shippers, manufacturers, and transportation companies must remain aware of the increased security risks during the upcoming Independence Day weekend," read the bulletin.

Intelsius Adds to Line of Biotherm Packaging Systems

Intelsius, a global manufacturer and distributor of temperature-controlled packaging solutions, has added two new Category A shipping systems to its existing line of Biotherm packaging solutions. The new Biotherm 7 and Biotherm 14 systems were developed using a patent-pending process that is designed to optimize shipping volume and minimize freight costs. Systems are also prequalified to maintain sample integrity during dry ice shipments for up to 240 hours.

Independent Lab Accredited for ISTA’s New Standard Certification

gh Package/Product Testing and Consulting Inc. reported in January that it was the first independent laboratory to be authorized by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) to test and certify temperature-controlled insulated shipping containers for overnight and two-day shipment.

Minnesota Thermal Science Announces Partnership with ATS Healthcare

Minnesota Thermal Science (Plymouth, MN) is partnering with the temperature controlled healthcare transportation provider ATS Healthcare, which will allow each company to offer local support and service and as expand global client relationships.

Surviving the Pandemic

Novartis looks back a year, recounting its filling and packaging scale up and navigation of the global cold chain.

When the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 pandemic in June 2009, Novartis was already busy preparing seasonal influenza vaccines for the 2009–2010 season. “We typically prepare 70–80 million doses for a typical season,” explains Matt Stober of Novartis Technical Operations. “We had to ramp up quickly to be able to provide an additional 150 million doses of H1N1.” In total, Novartis produced over 200 million influenza vaccines.

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