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Harmonisation of references

A major pharmaceutical laboratory was seeking to harmonise the references of refrigerated boxes used by its different sites all over the world for varying products and varying purposes.

Objectives

  • Reduce the number of references used by its sites across the world
  • Simplify the procedures and operative methods of use
  • Optimise (maximise) the load rates in the shipments
  • Reduce costs (logistics and purchases)

The solutions sought must meet the requirements relative to the products and the logistical constraints, thus enabling safety, simplicity and resistance to impacts.

Specifications


The key elements of the specifications were :

  • The boxes had to be capable of shipping various product references of different sizes
  • 2 temperature ranges +2/+8°C and +2/+25°C
  • 2 durations: 48 hours and 96 hours
  • 2 temperature profiles for each duration (hot profile and cold profile)
  • Optimise the volumes shipped, whatever the product sent

Solution Sofrigam


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The study conducted by the engineers of the Sofrigam engineering office made it possible to define 4 references of refrigerated boxes, 3 “Sofriboxes” and 1 “Frizbox”, for each temperature range.

  • S : Petit modèle
  • M : Moyen modèle
  • L : Grand modèle
  • XXL : Caisse palette (Pallet Shipper)

Each reference comprised an isothermal box in polyurethane panels, cardboard overwrapping and “Rigid Snowgam” eutectic briquettes.


Qualification


All these solutions were tested and qualified by the ISTA certified metrology laboratory, for the temperature profiles and the specified load rates, in accordance with a protocol signed by the client.


Test 48 hours in summer


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Test 48 hours in winter


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Test 96 hours in summer


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Test 96 hours in winter


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Quality control


Each stage of production of the solutions was checked by an expert appraisal department in order to guarantee a level of quality corresponding to our clients’ expectations.


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