Monday, March 10, 2014
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnological products are often produced in one region of the world and sold in another.
As these products move across continents by ocean or air, their quality depends on the reliability of the selected shipping company and mode of transport. An international flight may last up to 14 hours or more (including ground time at transit points), and many shippers are unclear about the environmental conditions shipments may experience during a long-haul flight. Thermal mapping recommendations are typically made with refrigerated storage areas in mind. Aircraft manufacturers are known to test temperatures on empty cargo holds, but data remains too often proprietary and undisclosed to customers.
FedEx Express took a scientific approach towards aircraft thermal mapping about two years ago...