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New shipping services and new containers highlight the annual gathering
Last week’s IQPC Cold Chain Distribution for Pharmaceuticals meeting (Philadelphia, Sept. 21-24) brought out a welter of new products and services. The overall picture is that, while the multiplying options make cold chain shipping a more complicated decision process, shippers will have new, potentially cost-saving options:
But the star of the show might be a new player in temperature-controlled cargo units: Farrar Scientific (Marietta, OH), which has paired up with an air-service company, ULD Logistics (Delta, OH) to offer the PharmaPort 360, an active (powered) refrigeration unit suitable for air or truck shipping (even in-house cold storage). The insulated box has a 1.4-cu. m. volume, and is said to maintain a 5°C temperature for up to 72 hours (with a 30°C ambient) by an onboard compressor and batteries. A datalogging system using the Libero unit from Elpro (Marietta) provides FDA-required documentation.
Appearance-wise, the PharmaPort unit is a simplified version of the unit-load devices (ULDs) available from Envirotainer or CSafe (Dayton), but will be available for lease at prices 20% under those units, according to Bill Toedter, VP at ULD Logistics. ULD Logistics, itself, has a network of service centers at US airports that it expects will help in servicing and transferring the containers.