Meet TP3 Global and Q-Products at our stand, conveniently located to the right of the entrance, stand #1.
Learn more about our solutions and discuss your specific requirements with Dharmesh Chauhan, Shane O’Shaughnessy, Kevin Valentine of TP3 Global and Paul Yadron of QPS.
Here is a few things to look forward to in the new year:
The SilverQuilt, released last November, is an innovative solution that delivers market leading performance for the crucial temperature range of 15-25°C. Both the roll and Pre-formed versions will be available for inspection and review at our stand.
Ask us about our in-house state of the art technical centre, now open to assist you in finding the best solution for your products. Equipped with a range of environmental, conditioning, and stress test chambers as well as industry leading simulation software, our technical centre delivers fast and accurate measurements in tests between temperatures as low as -40°C up to as high as 60°C.
The game changing Pallet Quilt, which is shipped-vacuum sealed, delivering more covers per pallet than ever before, further reducing costs of storage and shipping without compromising performance.
About the Temperature Controlled Logistics event:
The Temperature Controlled Logistics conference is one of the premiere events of the year for temperature sensitive shipments. Year after year the event sees more success, as attendees network and develop business relations.
SMi Group is to present the 12th annual industry leading summit on Cold Chain Distribution taking place on 13th & 14th December 2017 in Central London.
There has been a recent surge in temperature sensitive products entering the supply chain and the need for a streamlined temperature controlled supply chain has never been more important. Cold Chain Distribution 2017 looks at why companies must revisit their logistics, quality, and security procedures implemented to ensure they are keeping pace with this exponential growth.
The event will look at the fundamental question of how to keep costs low & quality high, while remaining compliant to global regulations?
Key topics for 2017 include:
– GPS temperature monitoring – Temperature data management – Temperature controlled freight options – GDP Regulatory Requirements
TP3 Global is excited to be exhibiting at the conference on December 13/14th. We’ve seen this event grow and mature over the years so are looking forward to attending the education program, meeting with existing and potential new customers and to catching up with colleagues and friends within the cold chain industry. On display will be the newly released SilverQuilt, available in roll, kit or pre-formed cover formats, used to protect 15-25C CRT (controlled room temperature) pharmaceutical freight.
The SilverQuilt™ achieves superior temperature protection for valuable, sensitive cargo, such as controlled room temperature (15°C to 25°C) pharmaceuticals, due to its specialist composition of multi-layered materials, and is able to protect freight within predefined temperature limits for extended periods during breaks within controlled supply chain lanes. SilverQuilt’s enhanced performance can provide protection for both +15°C to +25°C and +2°C to +8°C pharmaceutical products.
SilverQuilt’s unique construction insulates all areas of the pallet effectively, particularly areas that are at the highest risk of rapid temperature change, such as edges and corners. Its highly reflective outer skin protects against rapid temperature build up when in direct sunlight, extending the protection time when on the tarmac. The superior thermal protection provided by SilverQuilt’s layered construction also extends the periods of protection against cold ambient conditions.
In addition to providing quality thermal protection with reduced temperature exchange, SilverQuilt™ is water resistant and provides resistance against theft. It can also be shipped and delivered cost-effectively due to its compressible design.
Peter Lockett, director at TP3 Global, said: “Breaks in the cold chain are a serious issue for the pharmaceutical supply chain, with valuable stock often sitting on the tarmac for hours at a time. With the introduction of SilverQuilt™, pharmaceutical manufacturers can take a balanced approach, matching cost-effective protection with well managed supply chains.”
Prior to its launch, SilverQuilt™ underwent testing as part of an extensive research and development process at TP3 Global’s advanced technical centre in Redditch, UK. The material was subjected to hot and cold environmental chamber testing, virtual cold chain simulation and thermal resistance (or R-value) testing. The test data, which was compiled by TP3 Global’s team of packaging technologists, will now be available to customers who undertake a risk-based approach in order to comply with Good Distribution Practice (GDP).
SilverQuilt™ joins TP3 Global’s existing range of qualified thermal protective covers, including SilverSkin™, a range of single-use covers primarily used during air, land and ocean freight.
Peter continued: “Our existing products, such as SilverSkin™, have achieved a solid reputation in the market, being tested, approved and now used by many of the worlds leading pharmaceutical manufacturers. SilverQuilt™ is the next logical step to support customers looking to protect controlled room temperature (CRT) freight with a high-performance cover solution with tighter control limits of +15°C to +25°C. The higher performance enables customers to consider the combination
of controlled lanes and thermal covers for +2°C to +8°C shipments, which was not possible with lower performance thermal covers.
With logistics providers improving the quality of controlled supply chain lanes, there are more options to utilise more cost effective thermal protection on palletised cargo.”
“The launch of SilverQuilt™ arrives at an exciting time for our business, as we continue global expansion and further establish ourselves as one of the leading providers of thermal protection solutions.
“The additional launch of the TP3 Technical Centre this year has increased our capacity to test materials beyond the identification of an R-value. The data this facility provides will support customer decisions on which insulation materials suit certain lanes, support them in taking a risk-based approach towards GDP and provide documented evidence for quality assurance and best practice.”
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.”
World leader in temperature-sensitive shipment protection, TP3 Global, has made a further major investment in the Technical Centre at its UK headquarters, making it one of the most technically advanced thermal pallet cover suppliers worldwide.
This substantial investment enables TP3 Global to undertake all aspects of testing its own and customer supplied materials in-house, to recognised international standards, a capability believed to be unique in this sector.
The investment has seen the installation of a full-sized environmental chamber, which is able to accommodate two pallets allowing testing at temperatures from -40°C to 60°C. The chamber is fully programmable, with rapid temperature change performance of 0.5-1°C per minute, enabling close replication of the conditions experienced within individual customer supply chains. This gives a highly accurate picture of changes in payload temperatures likely to be experienced in real operational conditions. It is complemented by a double pallet conditioning chamber which ensures loads are at the correct temperature before they enter the main chamber, and three smaller testing chambers with ranges of -20°C to 150°C.
The investment also included the addition of a state-of-the-art heat flow meter enabling the accurate in-house testing of materials to ISO and ASTM internationally recognised standards to establish their resistance to heat flow, commonly known as R-value, as well as other properties such as lambda and emissivity. Alongside this, TP3 Global has invested in Smart CAE thermal simulation software which closely profiles real supply chain conditions and provides an accurate guide to the likely performance of different materials, helping to significantly shorten development and testing cycles and enabling TP3 Global to recommend the most effective protection products for individual supply lanes. This is key when a risk-based approach to Good Distribution Practice (GDP) regulations has to be demonstrated.
The company employs a permanent team of four packaging professionals within the Technical Centre, providing vital test data to customers’ quality assurance and logistics teams, undertaking research & development of new, advanced insulation materials and supporting customers through the assessment and development of specific solutions to meet the demands of their own unique supply chain conditions.
Its primary business is in the provision of protective pallet covers to the pharmaceutical sector, ensuring that products being transported internationally remain within predefined temperature parameters in order to perform optimally on arrival at their destination.
TP3 Global’s Chief Technical Officer, Kevin Valentine, explained: “The pace of innovation within our business is such that a comprehensive in-house technical centre is vital, as we undertake detailed analysis of the performance of materials under conditions which are as realistic as possible. This new investment means we can conduct and complete thermal analysis tests, simulations, direct sunlight tests with our partner in India, thermal stress tests and full Operational Qualification tests, all in-house and in-line with our own strictly controlled testing and qualification procedures. This capability positions us ideally to provide the necessary assurance to customers that their loads will not suffer as a result of exposure to extreme temperatures during international transport. In particular, we can provide complete transparency around R-values and the methodology used to calculate them – an area which is vital to specifiers but one where there is not yet compete consistency in the sector.”
TP3 Global is a world leader in the development, manufacture and supply of thermal protection systems for temperature-sensitive palletised loads. Accredited to both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, the company operates from locations in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia, serving a global customer base including major pharmaceutical manufacturers. A pioneer in materials technology, TP3 Global manufactures a full range of single use or re-usable covers and liners for pallets, air cargo, cartons or drums.
TIPS 2017 will focus on the international transport of health products from clinical trials, biological sampling through to the medicines given to patients in France, Africa and French overseas territories. The transport of raw materials, active principles and ingredients (API), which are often classified as regulated products, will also be dealt with in the 9 themed workshops.
Meet Brigitte Jacquot and Luc Ducaroir at Booth: B16
When and where?
The TIPS 2017 will be held on September 26 & 27, 2017. Day 1: Participants welcome at 8:30 am – Closing at 11 pm Day 2: Welcome at 8:30 am – Closing at 2:00 pm http://colloque-tips.com/en/