Temperature sensitive products have to be given extra quality control using leak detection equipment for packaging integrity and durability, guarantee temperature consistency and provide a way to maintain this temperature during shipping. Below are five of the most common items used to keep an even, acceptable temperature of products during the shipping process.
Quilts are an insulated item that can protect temperature sensitive products from extreme heat and cold. Once placed over the items being shipped, it will help regulate the temperature until reaching a short-haul destination. These are perfect when there is not a long distance to worry about. There are manufacturers of packages that can create the ultimate product protection from temperature variances during shipping. It saves money in having to use other types of more expensive refrigeration equipment.
Dry ice is a solid block of carbon dioxide. It stays at an average -80 degrees Celsius, which is cold enough to maintain refrigeration for long-distance travel by semi, box truck. or airplane. It does not melt like traditional ice. It vaporizes slowly when coming into contact with air. maintaining the integrity of the dry ice requires keeping it sealed.
Gel packs are frozen and placed over, under and around items that need to stay cold. The gel will eventually melt, but retain the cold temperature within the pack. This is the perfect refrigeration solution for items like pharmaceuticals that have to be maintained at the chill temperature of 2 degrees Celcius. They can be used frozen, or simply refrigerated to a specific temperature. Either way, the results are normally great and get products to their destination at safe and desired temperatures.
Liquid nitrogen is considered a hazardous material when it comes to use in shipping and has to carry the needed documents and vehicle placards. It stays at an average temperature of -196 degrees Celcius. The cold temperatures allow for long preservation of foods and bio-medical products that need to stay in a solid frozen state. One prime example for use is the transport of tissues for medical use. Without staying in a constant frozen state, degradation happens and they would not be viable at the end of the shipping process.
A reefer is a large refrigerator unit that is capable of keeping a large, rolling containment unit cool. Many semi trailers use this type of cooling equipment to transport meats, produce and other perishable items to warehouses, stores and markets. They normally have a separate fuel system from the vehicle used to pull the trailer. As long as their is plenty of fuel, the unit will run non-stop until it reaches the destination of choice.
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