SilverQuilt SQ6: Advancing multi layer technology in the cold chain

SilverQuilt SQ6: Advancing multi layer technology in the cold chain

Following on from the success of our market leading SilverQuilt™material, we have continued to develop our range of multi-layered materials to create SQ6.

SQ6 is the latest development in our product portfolio. Its innovative composition is thinner, yet retains high performance. With its unique combination of 6 layers, SQ6 is designed to negate radiation, convection and conduction in a superior way to conventional insulation materials.

Providing more protection due to its insulating and highly reflective layers, SQ6 protects against rapid temperature changes, such when a pallet is exposed to direct sunlight, as well as extending the protection period against extreme ambient conditions.

The product incorporates an outer scrim which reinforces its toughness, dimensional stability and durability to facilitate handling. We have designed SQ6 with operational challanges in mind to help keep products safe during all stages of the supply chain.

Dharmesh Chauhan, Commercial Director at TP3 Global, commented: “We’re extremely delighted to be releasing this innovative product to the market. With its unique composition, the SQ6 can meet and exceed customer demands on all fronts, overcoming cold chain breaks, improving operational challenges and providing market leading performance to ensure the integrity of our clients cargo is kept intact.”

This space saving cover will save you time and money due to its 19mm lightweight, compressible nature. It will eliminate your storage and handling concerns and allows you to increase loads during pallet transportation.

SQ6 is a result of our state of the art TP3 Technical Centre, which allows materials to be tested beyond the identification of an R-value. The data our facility provides will support customer decisions on deciding whether SQ6 is the correct insulation material to match your needs

We understand the importance of optimising the amount and types of packaging our customers use. Our expert, technical team are always at hand to help provide answers to any questions you might have surrounding SQ6 or our range of temperature protective materials. Our team of experts can help you decide which material is best suited to your business requirements and budget. For more information please contact a #TP3GLOBAL expert today.

ABOUT TP3 Global

TP3 Global (A Softbox company) is the manufacturer of the globally recognised market leading SilverSkin™ range of pallet covers. With operations in EMEA, the Americas, India and Asia Pacific, we are strategically positioned to serve our customers on a truly global basis. 

We are suppliers to global leading pharmaceutical, healthcare, logistics and perishable industries which has allowed us to build long standing collaborations and development of market leading products.

TP3 Global manufactures a full range of single-use and re-usable thermal protection products for all modes of transport for pallets and parcels. As pioneers in materials technology, we are constantly seeking to develop the next break through product.

In January 2018, Softbox Systems, a global award-winning temperature control packaging innovator, acquired TP3 Global to further expand its worldwide presence and strengthen its product portfolio. Softbox has been designing and producing high performance passive temperature control packaging systems for over 20 years, and offers consistent quality from strategically located global manufacturing sites throughout EMEA, Americas, India and Asia Pacific.

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TP3 Global receives Royal recognition by winning the Queen’s Awards 2018 for Enterprise

TP3 Global receives Royal recognition by winning the Queen’s Awards 2018 for Enterprise

Birmingham, UK, 23 April 2018 – TP3 Global, a leading global innovator and provider of thermal protection for temperature sensitive cargo, is pleased to announce it has been awarded the 2018 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the International Trade category for its globally-recognised Silverskin™ brand.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the United Kingdom’s most prominent business awards, which commend enterprise excellence. TP3 Global won the recognition for outstanding growth in overseas sales over the past three years. SilverSkinTM has become a major brand in the market, recognised, approved and used by the leading pharmaceutical companies around the world. TP3 Global has seen rapid growth thanks to a strong focus on providing consistent quality and innovative solutions to a worldwide client base.

Clive Wheeldon, President of TP3 Global, commented: “We are extremely proud to achieve the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for international trade. Our commitment to providing market-leading products, innovation and high-quality customer service has resulted in working with the industry’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

We continue to invest heavily in R&D, global footprint and customer service ensuring we stay at the forefront of the market. We are delighted to see many of the world’s pharmaceutical companies utilise SilverskinTM to maintain the integrity of their products in their supply chain. Our team is very proud to have won a prestigious Queen’s Award that recognises our on-going commitment to innovation and excellence for international trade.”

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise first began in 1966. They are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in four categories International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and also for Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).

Pharma supply chain specifiers urged to look beyond ‘R Values’ to measure thermal protection

Pharma supply chain specifiers urged to look beyond ‘R Values’ to measure thermal protection

Specifiers working in the pharmaceutical supply chain have been urged to ‘look beyond R values’ when specifying thermal protection solutions.

The advice, from TP3 Global, one of the world’s leading suppliers of thermal pallet cover solutions, is designed to help specifiers make informed choices in the absence of any formal industry standards for thermal protection solutions.

The continued increase in the availability of temperature-controlled distribution lanes within the global pharmaceutical supply chain has seen a corresponding growth in thermal protection solutions in recent years. Thermal protection covers are viewed by many in the pharma supply chain as a more cost-effective option compared to temperature controlled packaging and a viable way of mitigating the effects of inevitable ‘breaks’ within controlled lanes.

However, whilst the development and qualification of temperature-controlled packaging solutions has robust and recognised standards to which specifiers can refer, such standards for thermal protection solutions have not yet been developed, which makes comparison between different products difficult.

Kevin Valentine, Chief Technical Officer at TP3 Global, says that specifiers have fallen back on using R values, but that these must be accompanied by other criteria. “R value is the common measure of performance assessment being requested by customers deploying thermal protection solutions, however it should be considered as only part of the story.”

He continued: “The R Value is a measure of a material’s ability to resist heat transfer by conduction, with the higher the number equating to more protection,” he says. “There are a number of risks with just using R values, including problems of confusing imperial units with International Standard of Units (SI) and also with the different test methods being used.”

However, Mr Valentine says the key issue is that thermal covers are designed to protect against three sources of heat exchange, radiation, convection and conduction, with R values only measuring the latter.

“R values do not take into consideration the importance of both convection and radiation, which specifically relates to potential breaks within controlled distribution lanes,” he says.

“Exposure to direct sunlight is a major source of radiated heat transfer and is a threat within any break in a controlled lane. It is not uncommon for the temperature in direct sunlight to be 15-20oC hotter than the ambient temperature within the shade. A break in a controlled lane on a warm summer’s day could see a pallet exposed to direct sunlight temperatures of 50-60oC, even in temperate regions. A thermal cover’s ability to reflect radiated heat is of major importance, as is its potential to emit heat, known as the emissivity value.”

Testing conditions can also play an enormous role in determining the ultimate R value, says Mr Valentine. “A material tested with a 25mm air gap between its surface layers and the testing device will show a higher R value in comparison to a material with no air gaps. Thermal conductivity of materials can also change at different temperatures. The R value of a material can differ by as much as 10% when tested at hot (above 25oC) or cold (below zero) temperatures. It is very important for specifiers to understand which method of test has been used.”

He concludes: “I would urge specifiers to look beyond R values during performance assessment. It is important to fully understand the limits of R values, the performance data being used and its origins, as part of the performance assessment and implementation of thermal protection products. This will help reduce risk and improve quality, whilst also reducing costs within the distribution of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products.”

Winter is fast approaching. Address your challenge with cold resistant packaging

Winter is fast approaching. Address your challenge with cold resistant packaging

Cold resistant packaging, is your Global supply chain ready to cope?

The Summer threat of hot ambient temperatures and solar radiation are well known, but what about the cold threat? How can shipments of temperature-sensitive products be protected against cold, driving rain and wind chill factor with thermally efficient and cost effective pallet insulation? How can you get cold resistant packaging?

Global Temperature Threat 

Temperature MapThe cold of winter obviously poses a different set of challenges. Products that are sensitive to low temperatures can lose their properties with irreversible effects. If a lower excursion occurs, products such as biologics and ointments will be completely rejected if freeze-thaw is detected and the product is subject to multiple temperature cycles.

Type of Insulation Material

The type of insulation material is an important consideration. Compact low emissivity materials can work well in heat, solar radiation and products with wider tolerance i.e 2-30°COn the other hand cold weather ‘conduction’ threat requires additional insulation, often in the way of thicker materials. Selecting a material that can cope with cross hemisphere challenges should be considered and working with a partner that can deliver a range of solutions should be priority for risk mitigation.

 

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Thermal Test Program – Qualification Data

At Softbox® SilverSkin™, we have a continuous program of testing in hot and cold chambers (see Test Data), as well as direct sunlight (when the weather allows!). Testing has been carried out across the SilverSkin™ materials range, in ‘top only’ and ‘top and base’ configuration.

Constant temperature stress testing at +40°C and -10°C provides evidence during protected conditions of the supply chain. Direct sun, normally between +40°C and +50°C in India provides evidence of performance in outdoor conditions e.g. airport ramp time.

An extensive library of test data is available to customers to support a ‘risk based approach’ within the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Guidelines.

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Which SilverSkin™ Material?

We have designed materials like the SilverSkin™: Quattro, and BB500 with additional insulation properties. Because of test and design, these materials have supportive test data which demonstrates higher levels of cold protection, helping to retain heat and keep product within safe temperature limits for extended durations.

Pharmaceutical Experience – GDP Risk Based Approach

At Softbox® SilverSkin™, we have the experience in working with many of the leading global pharmaceutical companies. We support customers in adopting a GDP risk-based approach aiming to find the right balance between thermal protection and acceptable budget.

You can read about our test data here.

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