How to Package for Temperature Control Shipping

Feb 9, 2023 | Medical Logistics

Are you looking to learn more about temperature control shipping? At Stat Experts, we know the ins and outs of making temperature-sensitive deliveries happen seamlessly. As a medical logistics provider, we also know the importance of shipments arriving on time and in optimal condition. 

That is why we have invested in equipping our team with high level training to learn more about temperature-sensitive logistics. For shipments like these, more factors come into play than just time. 

When setting up temperature control shipping methods, you should keep the following things in mind: 

  • The type of container 
  • Choosing the correct temperature-controlled shipping method 
  • The type of vehicle 
  • How will you track the shipment and its temperature during shipping

Each of these elements works together to keep shipments in the right condition. For example, following a secure and easy plan can ensure your shipments are appropriately maintained if something needs to stay at room temperature or below freezing. 

When working through your temperature-sensitive logistics plan, keep in mind each element mentioned above. Every piece works together to keep the shipment in the most pristine condition. 

At Stat Experts, we have a team of experienced professionals who can help you through this process. It is our goal to help you help your customers. We want to ensure that you understand the temperature control shipping process, but rest assured that we will be with you every step. 

Step 1: Securing the Temperature

Stat Experts understands the value of keeping your shipping goods at a consistent temperature. Thermal insulated packaging is standard practice being that it ensures the goods are protected from external temperature fluctuations and helps maintain a constant temperature.

In general, cardboard or thermal insulation materials are used in this type of packaging, although this may vary depending on the goods or mode of transport.

Here are some of the categories of materials for shipping temperature-sensitive shipments:

  • Cardboard
  • Aluminized foam
  • Polyurethane
  • Ice packs
  • Dry ice
  • Refrigerated containers
  • Dry shippers

Companies use cool packs, gel packs, or dry ice to control package temperatures.

Each of these materials used in packaging has its own unique functions and uses. For example, cardboard is affordable, flexible, and resistant. However, it has to be combined with other materials since it is weak in maintaining cool temperatures. 

In addition, aluminized foam can act as a protective layer against external temperatures and damage when used to cover a package. Polyurethane, which can be used in a combination or on its own, is a plastic material with high-insulating properties. 

Ice packs are a more straightforward option inserted into the parcel to help maintain the temperature. Refrigerated containers are portable cold rooms that protect the product throughout transportation and distribution. 

For extreme needs, logistics providers will use dry shippers because they can maintain extreme cooling temperatures. 

As you can see, there are a lot of elements that go into picking the container for the shipment. At Stat Experts, we will work with you to choose the best solution. There is a wide variety of options, but we will ensure a seamless picking process. 

Step 2: Picking the Type of Controlled-Temperature Shipping

Depending on the temperature needed to keep shipments fresh and safe, controlled-temperature shipments fall into four different categories. You need to use the transport option that will maintain your shipment’s ideal temperature.

The temperature ranges are as follows:

  • Cold or refrigerated shipments (2°C to 8°C)
  • Frozen shipments (-20°C)
  • Shipments with dry ice (-80ºC)
  • Shipments in liquid nitrogen (-196°C)

At Stat Experts, we will make sure to match your shipment with the correct temperature range. We have a team of experts who know how to differentiate specific categories that would be the most efficient for the delivery. 

Step 3: Tracking the Shipment and its Temperature

Stat Experts takes advantage of the latest innovative technologies to ensure our deliveries are safe and secure from pick-up through final delivery. We offer a highly advanced GPS tracking system that provides our customers with secure, 100% visibility of their high-value shipments. Our advanced GPS tracking systems includes the following data points:

  • Hyper-accurate location data
  • Climate monitoring gives you insight into a shipment’s environment
  • Shipment integrity assured with shock sensors that alert us to shipment damage
  • TSA-approved non-lithium battery comes with astounding battery life
  • Designed for medical, cold chain, high value, industrial, and time-sensitive product
  • Location accuracy through cellular, wi-fi, or GPS
  • Supported with 10+ bands for global coverage
  • Condition sensors track temperature, light, humidity, shock, motion
  • Temperature accuracy is +/- 0.5° Celsius
  • Operating range is -20° C to 60° Celsius
  • Certifications include CE, FCC, UN38.3, EN12830
  • Reduces delays, damages, tampering, shortage, or loss
  • 100% visibility to Stat Experts and our customers
  • Regulatory compliance with FSMA, C-TPAT, FDA, etc.

Step 4: Picking the Vehicle

Lastly, once you have selected the container and cold option, you will need to determine which vehicle to use.

Do you need a small van or a large truck to move your shipments? 

When you pick a vehicle, you can choose from these popular options:

  • Truck
  • Courier van
  • Sprinter van
  • SUV
  • Car

For whatever kind of shipment you have, Stat Experts will serve you as an extended arm of your operation. We have you covered whether it’s a quick sample pick-up to go across town, or a shipment moved across the country! 

Choose Stat Experts for Your Temperature Control Shipping Needs

Temperature-controlled shipping becomes easier when you plan, establish a suitable courier, and maintain proper packaging. 

At Stat Experts, we understand the “need” for your needs! Our experienced team provides a life-saving service that brings shipments to patients quickly and in impeccable condition.

If you want to learn more, contact us today, and we will connect you with one of our representatives. 

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