It is imperative for temperature sensitive cargo to be packed appropriately to avoid damage. With the continuous improvement and innovation of new temperature-controlled packaging, there are now various options available. Choosing the right packaging to maintain the required product temperature for the shipment is a vital aspect of the supply chain process. Some of the packaging options are listed below:
• Active packaging system:
Shipping container typically consists of an energy power source and thermostat control that either actively heat or cool the system to maintain the correct product temperatures.
Active system examples include: C-Safe, Envirotainer, Dokasch.
• Passive packaging system:
Shipping containers that are insulated and using refrigerants like Phase Change Materials (PCMs) to maintain the internal contents of the package within the specific required temperature range.
Passive system examples include: va-Q-tec, Pelican, Tower Cold Chain
• Single Use packaging system:
These are disposable, single-use packaging designed to be used once for single leg transportation based on a specific temperature range. They are commonly used when the products to be transported are smaller in quantity and volume. A key consideration for these single use systems is that they generate waste and, hence, are not eco-friendly.
• Multiple use (reusable) packaging system:
These are packaging systems that can be re-used after a particular shipment leg and are meant for multiple shipment journeys. The system, after a transport leg is completed, is recovered and refurbished before being added back to stock. These reusable systems and are generally more environmentally friendly.
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