Release Date: 29 September 2016
Release ID: 5973
LUXEMBOURG - Technical specialist Steve Brabbs will be presenting at the 10th PDA Pharmaceutical Cold & Supply Chain Logistics conference at Amsterdam Schiphol on 11 - 12th October. He will be explaining why a proper understanding of thermal physics, materials science and product design is important when selecting cargo covers for temperature-sensitive CRT pharmaceuticals.
Brabbs will brief participants on the technology behind the latest generation of thermal cargo covers and how a cover design which gives good protection in one situation may perform poorly in another. He will provide details of the science behind thermal protection and the need for a more science-based product evaluations. In particular he will address some of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding the heat physics involved in the thermal protection of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals.
"The aim is to open the eyes of the pharma industry and the logistics profession to the real temperature dynamics at work when we transport sensitive products through changing ambient and climatic conditions," said Brabbs who will be drawing on data relating to a recent comparative evaluation of different types of passive covers to support his argumentation. As part of the study, mathematical models were constructed to represent the physical processes whereby heat transfer occurs to and from a palletized load, and these were used to design test protocols that simulate the transient cold-chain breaks which can occur during typical cargo handling activities and occurrences. A live, multi-leg, transport validation exercise was then carried out to validate the findings in a real case scenario.
"The results demonstrated not only a wide range of performance between different cover types," Brabbs explains, "but also that by using thermal physics, materials science and product design together it is possible to predict trends in cover performance in different situations which would not otherwise be obvious."
Brabbs will be available on the DuPont booth during the course of the PDA event to answer questions and discuss any issues relating to the correct specification and usage of thermal cargo covers designed to safeguard the physical integrity and safety of pharmaceutical products.
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