Why Dry Ice Shipping Is a Matter of Concern for Cold Chain Transportation

Increasing dependency on e-commerce during and post-pandemic escalated the pressure on the cold chain sector for maintaining the quality and temperature of perishable products. Here is where the dry ice turned out to be a go-to solution for temperature control in cold chain transportation. But with time, people realized the dangers of using dry ice. Its extreme temperature and components are highly unreliable and have health risks. Read on to know how dry ice can cause you massive loss, and also, alternate solutions to dry ice for cold chain transportation.

Hazards of dry ice

Dry ice is carbon dioxide in solid form, which is extremely cold and sublimes directly into gaseous form at -78.5°C. Due to such extreme temperatures, it gives rise to the following concerns:

  • Dry ice surface temperature is 109.3 degrees below zero (-109.3°C), so you can experience frostbite if touched with bare hands and other skin-related damage
  • Due to temperature abuse, if dry ice turns into a gaseous form, it will displace normal air with pure carbon dioxide. This can cause asphyxia, especially if the place lacks ventilation, putting people’s lives in danger.
  • Because dry ice emits massive carbon dioxide, keeping it in sealed boxes can cause an explosion. This is because gas needs space to release itself, and when they don’t get enough of it, the pressure increases, leading to explosions.

Overlooking the dangers of dry ice puts workers in a hazardous work situation. Needless to add, the product and economic loss that tags along negatively impact the industries. You can prevent this by taking certain precautions.

Alternatives to dry ice

In order to eliminate the risk completely, you can switch to proprietary TESSOL solutions – they are award-winning and environmentally friendly. Here are the TESSOL solutions for cold chain transportation:

Plug N Chill: Plug N Chill offers technology that runs on thermal batteries and chargers and these chargers maintain the temperature for 10-12 hours. Additionally, they have an advanced phase change material that can change phase across specific temperatures and are non-toxic.

SWAP: SWAP provides insulated carriers and cartridges that are useful for near and far deliveries. Plus, the bags we provide are specially designed with high-grade closed cell polymers. SWAP’s carriers and cartridges have excellent temperature performance rates, allowing you to deliver quality products.

TAMsys: It is a monitoring system that conveys to the operator about temperature conditions throughout the transportation process. This gives entire control of cold chain transportation to the operator.

Dry ice can is not the ideal option for cold chain transportation. Rather, than choosing dry ice, TESSOL solutions would be a better choice. For advanced cold chain technology like this, reach out to TESSOL – their solutions are setting the benchmark for other cold chain providers.