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Tinytags Monitor Performance of Temperature Controlled Packaging

Tinytag data loggers are used to monitor the performance of temperature controlled packaging boxes for use throughout the cold chain.

Insulated packaging products used for transporting food and pharmaceuticals are subject to rigorous temperature trialling with Tinytag data loggers.

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Tinytags data loggers are monitoring temperature ranges for a leading sustainable packaging company.

For the food and pharmaceuticals sectors, the ability to accurately monitor internal temperatures of B2B and B2C product deliveries is absolutely critical. To ensure that temperature sensitive products are maintained within industry specified temperature ranges, The Wool Packaging Company regularly subjects its insulated packaging products, such as Woolcool®, to rigorous temperature trialling, typically carried out using Tinytag data loggers.

The Wool Packaging Company was founded by multi-award winning packaging designer, Angela Morris and is now leading the way in providing high performance, sustainable packaging solutions for clients large and small. The Wool Packaging Company specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of insulated packaging which use sheep's wool as a natural 'smart fibre', proven to consistently outperform unsustainable products like polystyrene for time and temperature sensitive goods, including food and pharmaceuticals.

In the case of chilled foodstuffs, products must be kept below 5°C for a minimum of 24 hours during delivery to the end user. This is a UK legal requirement under The Food Standards Act 1999. In the pharmaceutical sector, 'live' vaccines, as one example, must remain within a temperature range of 2°C to 8°C temperature range for at least 72 hours during transit to the patient. In the UK all pharmaceutical companies must submit the results of their insulated packaging 'validation' to the Medical and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) for approval prior to use.

Tinytag Transit 2 data loggers are used to monitor temperatures at several different locations within an insulated package and also to record the external ambient temperature for comparison. Ambient temperatures may range between +35°C and down to -35°C in 'real-life' delivery situations and the packaging insulation must be able to withstand this variance.

Recognizing the success of Woolcool® in the food sector, a UK Government funded initiative is backing research and development of Woolcool® packaging for pharmaceuticals to help combat the global problem of more than 50% wastage of vaccines in transit, as reported by the World Health Organisation.

In 2012, The Wool Packaging Company Ltd. was awarded a six figure grant by the Technology Strategy Board to focus on a specialised pharmaceuticals version of the award winning Woolcool® insulated packaging to protect temperature sensitive vaccines in transit. Intensive temperature testing of wool and associated sustainable materials using Tinytags is key to the development of a new Woolcool® insulated packaging material that can safely deliver 'live' vaccines within a 2°C to 8°C temperature range to anywhere in the world within a 72-hour time frame.

The Wool Packaging Company has used Tinytags for a number of years and found them to be consistently reliable, robust and capable of precise temperature measurement within the relatively limited ranges required by their key market sectors, food and pharmaceuticals. Keith Spilsbury, Managing Director of The Wool Packaging Company comments: "Tinytags have proved to be invaluable tools during our intensive 2012 R&D programme, especially in the case of Technology Strategy Board research into sustainable insulated packaging for temperature sensitive vaccines."

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