Temperature controlled transportation- game changer for the cold chain industry
While you may be working with high quality packaging, transportation vehicles, and have everything else in check, the one thing that is not always controllable is changes in temperature, especially if you are using a non PCM based technology.
With temperature changes during transportation, the consignment can get severely damaged. What happens when it gets damaged? It can be harmful if consumed by customers, especially pharmaceuticals, whereas food waste is known to contribute heavily to the emission of GHGs.
When transporting the consignment from place A to B, a lot of factors can lead to delay or error. One being Indian traffic, unforeseen weather conditions or just mishandling of the consignment during onboarding and offboarding.
To avoid the above mentioned factors, there are two solutions for an effortless supply chain. One of them would be to make the change to a more sustainable solution such as PCM technology, whereas the other would be to use remote monitoring systems which give updates throughout the delivery process.
Referring to the first solution, PCM technology, it is a cost effective and sustainable option as it is engine and fuel independent. At Tessol, our PCM cartridges are conditioned in our warehouse to the required temperature. Depending on the consignment, the temperature range can vary from 2 to 8C and 15 to 25C. These conditions work well with Indian ambient temperatures and also have a retention time of up to 48 hours.
The PCMs work across the supply chain be it secondary, tertiary or last mile deliveries. PCMs for last mile deliveries usually have a retention time of 8-12 hours and work well with fresh to frozen products.
Products such as ice creams, require temperatures of 0-4 C, and need to withstand external temperatures. For ice cream deliveries, TESSOL’s ultra cool trucks can be used for a larger distance and ensure constant cooling to retain the shape and form even on delivery. Our IndiWrap ice cream solutions on the other hand work well for intercity delivery, are easy to use and maintain the required temperature and also help increase delivery radius by 60+mins!
For fresh, frozen and ambient food products, our secondary distribution solutions such as the plug and chill truck, which gets charged before placing the PCM in the compartments, and tertiary solutions such as insulated active and active Zen boxes are used. With each section being cooled accordingly, the consignment is then placed in the section it is required to be in. The temperature is retained for up to 12-14 hours at temperatures from 2-8C and -25 C.
For pharmaceutical products, along with the above mentioned zen and last mile boxes, our multi and single use shippers and our multi/single use passive boxes are used which have no stringent SOPs, are easy to use and work well with Indian ambient temperatures of 40C. Once the conditioned PCM is placed in these applications, the temperature can be retained for up to 12 hours! All our pharma solutions, be it shippers or zen boxes work on PCM solutions which are safe, and can be conditioned to a temperature of -25C and below, which works well for biologics and vaccines. Our solutions are also a lot safer than other alternatives such as dry ice!
At Tessol, we have worked with a number of brands and have temperature specific solutions across various verticals. For more information visit our website, www.tessol.in