March 27, 2012, by AcuTemp Thermal Systems
AcuTemp, www.acutemp.com, is a leader in developing and manufacturing active and passive thermal systems for temperature controlled management. AcuTemp’s active system technology utilizes ThermoCor insulation, power management, electronics, and control systems to ensure that sensitive materials are stored or transported at their required temperature. In addition to active cold chain solutions, AcuTemp offers passive solutions with hold times up to 120 hours. Custom shipping solutions can also be manufactured in order to address specific requirements in the storage and transportation of temperature sensitive materials.
AcuTemp designed the first and only compressor driven pallet sized air cargo container certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). To receive FAA certification, an extensive evaluation is completed, and certified containers, Unit Load Devices (ULD’s), must meet stringent requirements and be in compliance with RTCA / DO-160 Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment. This compliance adheres to standards of electromagnetic interference, Hazmat, container airflow characteristics, battery safety, and decompression testing. The FAA certification, for AcuTemp, adheres to laws under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 21, § 21.8(d), formerly §21.305(d).
With a decade of experience in active thermal management, AcuTemp continues to provide a great degree of cold chain logistical products. In addition, AcuTemp is the world’s largest volume producer of active mobile refrigerated systems for the shipment of temperature sensitive materials. AcuTemp has extensive expertise serving the pharmaceutical, defense, biotechnology, and logistics and transportation industries, and many companies and organizations rely on AcuTemp’s products and technologies in their cold chain.
AcuTemp’s active and passive cold chain solutions have been used by the US Military, including the US Army Medical Materials Agency which transports vaccines throughout the world. The Center for Disease Control has also trusted AcuTemp’s cold chain solutions for storage and transport of small pox and anthrax vaccines. AcuTemp’s flagship product, the AcuTemp RKN, is the first active controlled air container with FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, Hong Kong CAD, Irish Aviation Authority, IAA and Israel CAA approvals. AcuTemp’s first active thermal system for temperature controlled management was used by the military to transport vaccines in 2002.
One example of the rugged versatility is the AX56L. Meeting the “Department of Defense Test Method Standard for Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests” (MIL-STD-810), durability and performance, the AX56L is a mobile active thermal management system that is used to store and transport pharmaceuticals, vaccines, blood, and plasma. Features of the AX56L include multiple operating modes, a large payload area, and the ability to operate it anywhere in the world from any power source.
On the passive side, AcuTemp has further solidified its industry leading position with the recent announcement of its expansion in frozen packaging solutions that uses its proprietary ThermoCor technology to significantly (up to 88%) reduce the amount of dry ice required for transit. This provides for a significant savings in the supply chain spend and does not require reuse to achieve 30% savings over PUR and EPS passive solutions.
AcuTemp also offers design and qualification services for custom thermal managed shipping solutions. After designing and developing a custom container, AcuTemp’s ISTA® Laboratory Certification, is used for testing to ensure that the custom solution meets specified requirements. Custom solutions can reduce shipping costs, maintain greater hold times and improve payload capacity.
AcuTemp Thermal Systems is a leading supplier of thermal management solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and public health industries. AcuTemp is also a trusted partner for the United States Department of Defense, having been engaged numerous times to develop products that help meet the critical challenges of battlefield medical care. Through the years, AcuTemp’s continuous dedication to offering live-saving, innovative solutions has further solidified its position as a leader in the cold chain industry. When shipping temperature sensitive materials, trust the experts. Trust AcuTemp.
AcuTemp Thermal Systems
2900 Dryden Road
Dayton, OH USA 45439