Blulog launched its NFC-connected isothermal box in partnership with Emball'iso at the Temperature Controlled Logistics Congress in London on 31 January 2017. The French-Polish cold chain start-up explains its latest innovation.
Storage conditions are crucial to transporting drugs or biological material successfully. Even minor temperature variations can cause substantial damage to the products. "Cytotoxic drugs are highly susceptible to atmospheric conditions and require specific packaging," says Jérémy Laurens, sales and marketing director at Blulog. "During the whole transportation process, the drug should be kept within a temperature range of 2-8°C, outside of which the substance becomes ineffective."
Blulog and Emball'iso decided to work together on a new means of transporting drugs. "The companies' complementary expertise and skills have enabled the launch of suitable and durable solution in order to monitor the temperature of sensitive products during transport," says Yann Martin, global sales director at Emball'iso.
The sender receives a fully prepared, NFC-connected isothermal box that is ready to use. An integrated NFC logger in each unit greatly simplifies the whole logistics process. The sender simply selects a profile for whatever is being sent, after which inside and outside temperatures are measured for the duration of transportation.
To be as transparent and safe as possible, the 3PL company is also able to scan the temperature and upload the data to the cloud without opening the box, ensuring that the proper temperature is maintained.
During delivery, the transporter scans directly and uploads the data to the cloud. In this way, the recipient doesn't need to remove the dataloggers from the box, thereby reducing the risk of information loss.
Once the product has been delivered, the box is picked up to be reused. This method is particularly well suited to transporting vaccines, biotechnology or clinical trials, according to Laurens.
Credit-card sized, autonomous and very affordable, these NFC temperature data loggers are precise to within 0.2°C when operating between 0.0 and 30.0°C, and 0.4°C on the rest of the range (-40.0 to 60.0°C), with all calibration certificates provided.
Drugs are tracked and geofenced throughout transportation. The solution includes the automatic sending of a PDF report upon delivery.
In this way, the sender can see the whole process and be sure that the proper temperature has been maintained. An intuitive web interface enables data storage and analytics to be checked; the system is totally secure and encrypted, preventing any potential data manipulation.
Blulog's system enables full temperature traceability with validated and calibrated loggers. Customers receive pre-configured boxes and loggers set up with every necessary parameter.
The company provides an application program interface (API) for straightforward integration with existing IT and ERP systems. Patent-pending, the isothermal boxes are affordable and reusable.