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Pelican BioThermal offers 12-day Credo Xtreme shipper rental

Ben Welter - Friday, October 02, 2015

Pelican BioThermal is offering a new pallet shipper rental service, with options such as preconditioning and drop-off at consolidation centers worldwide. The company says the service, Credo on Demand, provides a less costly and more manageable alternative to active shipper systems.

"Up to this point, the reusable bulk temperature-controlled market has been dominated by costly active containers, which require advanced notice to book and take up more cargo space on aircraft," said Ira Smith, the company's director of strategic development global transport and logistics. “In addition to a more competitive price point, and a generous rental period, Pelican BioThermal passive containers are more readily available and simple to condition. The Credo Xtreme pallet shipper requires fewer standard operating procedures, and therefore, offers fewer worries.”

The service offers 12-day standard rentals, including qualification reports and a clean, refurbished Credo Xtreme, the company’s flagship pallet shipper. Customers can pick up and drop off a shipper at a Pelican BioThermal service center or return it to a regional consolidation center for an additional fee.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/mfrtech/20151001005843/en/Pelican-BioThermal-Introduces-Cr%C4%93do%E2%84%A2-Demand-Reusable-Cold

Cold Chain Technologies to unveil new pallet shipping system

Ben Welter - Thursday, October 01, 2015

Cold Chain Technologies plans to introduce a new pallet shipping system, the KoolTemp GTS Evolution 1400L, at next week's Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum in Boston.

The Holliston, Mass., company says the 1,400-liter system is designed for high-value, palletized pharmaceuticals and other health care products and offers five-plus days of extreme temperature protection. The system features Koolit advanced phase change material and KoolDesigns thermal modeling. The company says the system is qualified for 2-8º C (available now), controlled room temperature (available Q4) and frozen (available Q1 2016) applications.

The company will also preview its newest innovations, including Koolit advanced PCM gel refrigerants, the KoolTemp GTS Enshield PCM pallet cover and a reusable version of the GTS Excel qualified shipping system.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150930006553/en/Cold-Chain-Technologies-Introduces-KoolTemp%C2%AE-GTS-Evolution

ThermoSafe PCM experts to lead cold chain forum workshop

Ben Welter - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Two PCM experts from Sonoco ThermoSafe – Ken Maltas, director of engineering, and Iftekhar Ahmed, senior design engineer – are among the workshop leaders at next week's Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum in Boston.

Maltas and Ahmed will lead a Tuesday morning session, "Creating a Risk Model for the Development of Passive Shipping Systems: Linking Control and Risk to Total Cost." On Wednesday morning, Sonoco's Ben VanderPlas and Cardinal Health's Chris Anderson will present "Blue is the New Green," a case study on the development of sustainable, affordable and operationally efficient packaging solutions.

Other workshop, training and presentation topics include temperature-controlled clinical trial materials, regulatory guidance, risk-reduction strategies, common shipping problems, data integrity, minimizing the impact of harsh winters and the freezing and preparation of phase change materials.   

Forum sponsors and exhibitors include AAR Cold Chain Solutions, Cold Chain Technologies, Cryopak, EFP Corp., Packaging Technology Group, Pelican BioThermal, Pluss Advanced Technologies and va-Q-tec AG.

Patent application: Convection-based temperature-assured packaging system

Ben Welter - Monday, August 24, 2015

Drawing from convection shipper patent applicationU.S. patent application 20150232266 (applicant Sonoco Development Inc., Hartsville, S.C.):

"A packaging system for a temperature sensitive payload is provided. The system comprises insulative panels, including side panels and end panels, forming a product compartment. Cooling layers within the product compartment are located below and above the products. Channel members affixed to the side panels and/or the end panels create spaces and channels for convective air movement. ... Each frozen component may comprise a phase change material and a protective outer container."

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20150232266.pdf

Market for advanced insulation materials is projected to double by 2019

Ben Welter - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The global market for advanced insulation materials is expected to hit $1.9 billion in 2019, according to a new report from Lux Research.

Revenue for aerogels, vacuum insulation panels and phase change materials topped $1 billion in 2014, with more than 80 percent coming from non-building applications. Among the report's findings:

• "Industrial equipment accounted for 83% of the $177 million market for aerogels in 2014, with Aspen Aerogels and Cabot the leading players. Industrial equipment will continue to dominate for the next five years, with smaller innovative players likely to carve out niches."

• "Refrigeration held the lion's share of the market for VIPs, 71.5% of a $297 million market in 2014, with companies such as OCI, Suzhou Wei Ai Pu, LG Electronics and Panasonic enjoying distinct advantages."

• "Logistics and electronics will grow fastest for PCMs. Logistics held a 42% share of the $375 million market for PCMs in 2014, with thermal energy storage, textiles and electronics the other major applications."

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/advanced-insulation-materials-more-than-double-to-19-billion-in-2019-2015-07-2

Cryopak opens manufacturing plant in California

Ben Welter - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cryo-Gel packsCryopak, a maker of insulated shipping containers, gel packs and phase change materials, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Poway, Calif. The company, a subsidiary of TCP Reliable, is based in Edison, N.J.

“The addition of local manufacturing will allow us to provide better support to our customers on the West Coast and the important Southern California market," said Maurice Barakat, TCP's president and CEO.

http://www.cryopak.com/en/resources/cryopak-news/2015/07/cryopak-expands-operations-to-west-coast/

Sonoco ThermoSafe's new Via Blood Transporter features PureTemp PCM

Ben Welter - Friday, June 19, 2015

Sonoco ThermoSafe has introduced a new reusable container for the transport and temporary storage of red blood cells and platelets. 

Via Blood TransporterThe Via Blood Transporter maintains red blood cells at 1-6° Celsius for eight hours during transport and 1-10° C for the temporary storage of blood product for a minimum of 12 hours. The container is made of expanded polypropylene and features PureTemp biobased phase change material.

“The Via Blood Transporter was designed in accordance with blood bank user feedback,” said Marianne Hoonakker-Kelly, Sonoco ThermoSafe business development and market manager.  “Unique and innovative features such as the front platelet pouch and affixed assembly instructions not only promote compliance, transport efficiencies and minimized risk of loss due to mishandling – they ultimately promote patient safety. Given the cost pressures applied to health care systems, products like the Via Blood Transporter are critical as they ensure recommended temperature protection while preventing the waste and loss of valuable blood product.”

https://www.thermosafe.com/blog/sonoco-thermosafe-launches-reusable-container-blood-transport-storage/

PCM market projected to reach $339 million in the Americas by 2019

Ben Welter - Thursday, April 09, 2015

The market for advanced phase change materials in the Americas will reach $339.56 million by 2019, according to the latest report from MicroMarket Monitor. That's a compound annual growth rate of 19.9% from 2014 to 2019. The report identifies the shipping, packaging and refrigeration segment as a key driver and attributes much of the growth to initiatives by the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other bodies.

MicroMarket Monitor is planning to release similar reports next month on the PCM markets in Asia-Pacific and Middle East-Africa. The Asia-Pacific market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of 19.2 percent from 2013 to 2018. The Middle East-Africa market is expected see a CAGR of 11.9 percent in the same period.

http://www.micromarketmonitor.com/market/americas-advanced-phase-change-materials-3734986145.html

Connect with PCM experts and industry leaders on LinkedIn

Ben Welter - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Phase Change Matters logoNew on LinkedIn: A group devoted to the discussion of phase change material and thermal energy storage, a place for PCM and TES experts and industry leaders from around the world to gather and share ideas. It's called Phase Change Matters, and it's intended as a highly interactive complement to the blog and newsletter of the same name.

The first topic up for discussion: PCM and off-peak cooling systems:

TES pioneers like CALMAC and Ice Energy have been installing ice-based energy storage systems for years. And district cooling has been around for decades. What are the main barriers to wider adoption of phase change material in these types of thermal energy storage systems? Complexity? Education? Cost?

You are invited to join the discussion. Here's a link to the group:

https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=6953237

Biopharma firms urged to get ahead of the multi-use packaging curve

Ben Welter - Friday, March 13, 2015

Stephen Healy, global sales director at DGP Intelsius, weighs in on the future of reusable packaging in the temperature-control supply chain. He concludes that widespread use of such systems appears to be inevitable and that biopharma companies would be wise to adopt them now:

"In an economy where patient safety, increased legislation and the pressure to use reusable and recyclable materials are rising, turning a consumable ‘single use’ item into a ‘multi-use’ logistics asset would reduce spend, as well as create a more sustainable solution."

http://www.packagingeurope.com/Packaging-Europe-News/62517/Passive-Temperature-Controlled-Packaging-Reuse.html