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