New quarter-PMC cold chain container offers economic benefits to shippers
Sonoco ThermoSafe’s device provides 120 hours of on-spec performance
Pharma manufacturers making bulk shipments of temperature-controlled products often use metal- or hard plastic-walled containers from such vendors as Envirotainer (Upplands Vasby, Sweden) or CSafe (Dayton, OH); there are others. The latest generation of these are “active” (i.e., powered with batteries) to make re-loading with dry ice or other coolants unnecessary for the limited transit times, and for the air freight by which much of this travels. Other vendors produce gaylord-like containers with cardboard or other lower-cost materials, with gel packs for cooling; these are commonly used in ground transportation but are showing up in air freight as well. The gaylord units are generally single-use; the metal containers are almost always reused, and are rented or leased to shippers rather than sold.
Source: Pharmaceutical Commerce