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Lightweight container for pharma transport

30 March 2022

TOWER COLD Chain has released the robust and lightweight solution, which ash thermal protection allows the transportation of pharmaceuticals, life-science, and biotech products that require an internal temperature of -70 deg c, -20 deg c, +5 deg c, +20 deg C.

The KTEvolution can be carried by 1 or 2 people and adds to Tower Cold Chain’s existing product portfolio which has demonstrated fewer than 0.1% temperature excursions on average (data supported from over 25,000 shipments).

With up to 120 hours performance KTEvolution is customisable based on customers’ supply chain needs and will be launched in 26-litre and 57-litre options.

Tower Cold Chain global head of product development Martin Hawes, says: “Pharmaceutical manufacturers, 3PL providers, and airlines value the consistency and stability assured when shipping products in Tower containers. Customer feedback also made it clear that they would welcome a smaller solution, which offers the same robust, reliable and reusable benefits, but at a size ideal for manual handling. Hence the KTEvolution – which brings together the best of both worlds.” 

Innovation is achieved through the KTEvolution’s minimal fixtures and fittings, notably a light-weight webbing system which runs around the external body of the container. Designed with integral handles attached at the top (which can be folded into the container surface when not in use), this custom-built harness provides an even distribution of load to simplify the manual handling process.  

The KTEvolution design meets Tower’s commitment to sustainability as it uses phase-change technology incorporated with lightweight vacuum insulated panels to achieve its long-term thermal protection without any manual intervention. With recyclable polyethlene foam strategically placed in critical areas to protect against potential damage through impact and shock sustained during transportation, the KTEvolution is a hard-shelled completely sealed unit, meaning it is a fully weatherproof and washable supply chain solution, mimimising the risk of microbial and bacterial product contamination, and complementing a circular economy. 

With built in datalogging technology to provide real-time confirmation of internal temperature and on-delivery sign-off, the KTEvolution has the potential to be fully connected with integrated smart technology solutions such as location, temperature, shock and impact monitoring. 

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