1. What is temperature controlled packaging?
Temperature controlled packaging (also known as “chilled packaging”, or “cold chain logistics”) is used to package items that need to remain within a specific temperature range. Consumer goods or medical specimens in particular need precise temperature control and attention to maintain their condition. For example, with pharmaceuticals, if not stored under the right temperature, their chemical composition may change. Temperature controlled packaging is vital in shipping sensitive products to preserve their quality.
2. What is thermal packaging?
Thermal packaging is designed for temperature sensitive products that require specific temperatures to be maintained during transportation. It acts as an insulator between a product being shipped and the outside air, protecting it from any contamination. Thermal packaging could include an outer pack made of corrugated board, moulded polyurethane foam and frozen gel packs.
3. How do I ship a frozen product?
For shipping frozen products, the temperature control requirements are that the product should be kept at a temperature of -18 Celsius and no warmer than -15 Celsius. To ship frozen goods, you can use either our gel packs or dry ice in combination with insulated packaging material.
4. How to dispose of temperature controlled packaging?
If you are not interested in re-using them, you can dispose of coolants such as gel packs by cutting the corner of the pack and disposing of the contents through the normal domestic waste system. As for other temperature-controlled packaging, it depends on the material. PLA insulation can be fully degraded into carbon dioxide and water after composting. Insulated box liners are curbside recyclable and polysytrene is 100% recyclable.
5. How to choose the best temperature controlled packaging solution?
Finding the right solution depends on several aspects of the product and it's journey. Different products require different temperature controlled solutions depending on several factors such as product characteristics, time in transit and required temperature maintenance. These are just a few aspects to take into considerations. With over 40 years experience, our packaging experts can help you find the right solution for your sensitive products.