Temperature Controlled Shipments – Active vs. Passive

The delivery of produced goods to the target area is a challenge to every manufacturer. It is important to transport them safely in order to retain its state/quality and price. Pharmaceuticals, food items and other perishable goods need care in order to make sure the manufacturers don’t have to incur losses and consumers don’t have to compromise on quality. It is important to identify the needs of every good with respect to its sensitivity. There are two different types of systems available – active and passive temperature control solutions.

Active Temperature Controlling System

Active System includes parcel size, trailer, and reefer. It is capable of providing both heating and cooling. The heating provided is by the means of electricity, relying on some heavy battery packs. Cooling is provided by cold reservoirs – typically dry ice or refrigerators that are electrically driven. This system majorly constitutes freezers or fridges in which goods are stored. These systems are exclusively leased and are of higher costs but are ideal for bulk shipments. The active system provides a reliable and consistent temperature for the transport as it relies on the power source and this reduces the effects of external environmental changes.

Passive Temperature Controlling System

The other kind of temperature controlling system is the passive one. This system uses insulation materials and thermal media to protect the product from external temperatures. The outer packaging is like any other packaging for products. Based on the requirements of the products’, components are prepared under controlled conditions. The system once sealed and packed require no further handling until it reaches its destination. It is a reliable system of temperature control as there is no chance of breaking down. It is also reusable in nature making it possible to be used in multiple shipments.

Both the active and passive systems have their pros and cons. In order to decide which system to opt for, it is important to consider factors like cost, the sensitivity of product or amount of protection needed, external conditions, power supply etc.

The responsibility of providing the right transportation of the products is stressful and the burden is too much for only the manufacturer to take. Therefore it is important to hire a good service provider. The knowledge that the logistics expert will have regarding the solutions or products will benefit the manufacturer.

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