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Vacuum insulation panels (VIP): Shipping of pharmaceutical and biotech goods


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VIPs are a type of insulation material that uses a combination of vacuum and reflective surfaces to minimize heat transfer with minimal thickness. They are extremely effective at maintaining a constant temperature within a thermal box, making them ideal for the transportation of temperature-sensitive goods such as vaccines, medicines and other pharmaceutical products.

Advantages of using thermal boxes made from VIPs

EPS thermo boxes (polystyrene boxes) are still the standard for passive shipping of temperature-sensitive goods and are often the most economical type of packaging, especially for one-way applications. VIP thermo boxes offer extended thermal protection, especially for demanding shipments or the shipment of very high-value goods over long distances.

Superior insulation performance

VIPs are superior to polystyrene boxes in terms of thermal performance – especially in combination with phase change material. VIPs have a thermal conductivity that is around 5 to 10 times lower than traditional insulation materials such as expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polyurethane foam (PU). This means that they are more effective at keeping the contents of the thermal box at a constant temperature, even under extreme conditions. This is particularly important for high-value goods such as clinical trials, vaccines and other active ingredients, but also for shipping routes with high external temperature fluctuations.

Reduced weight and volume

Thermal boxes made of VIPs are more expensive, but smaller and lighter than conventional insulated boxes while offering the same or better thermal performance. This makes them easier to handle and transport, which reduces shipping costs. In addition, due to their smaller size and lighter weight, they take up less space during transportation, which reduces the carbon footprint of shipping.

Customizable thermo boxes

Thermal boxes made of VIPs can be designed to meet the specific requirements of the products being transported. They can be manufactured in a wide range of sizes.

THERMOCON Slim Line: Reliable protection for your temperature-sensitive goods

The THERMOCON Slim Line offers a reliable solution for the transportation of temperature-sensitive goods. By using vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) in combination with PCM elements, it ensures effective insulation and therefore a stable temperature environment during transportation.

Our special vacuum panels for multiple use

VIP thermal boxes with phase change material (PCM) elements are high-quality thermal packaging. If the VIPs are protected from mechanical stress, they are ideal for multiple use. For this reason, the VIPs in the THERMOCON Slim Line are wrapped in a robust protective layer. In contrast to the usual VIPs on the market, they have the advantage that defects are immediately and clearly visible due to the expansion of the element. This prevents accidental use. With the usual VIPs on the market, defects are often difficult to detect even by trained personnel. This results in thermal stress and damage to the shipped products.

If you would like to know more about the THERMOCON Slim Line and how it can meet your shipping requirements, please contact us for more information.

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