Call for Feedback! What’s your Cold-chain Wish-list?
Vaisala has been monitoring environmental conditions in life science environments for many years. Recently we’ve begun to take a serious interest in the entire supply chain, looking especially at temperature monitoring during product transport. We currently monitor temperature, humidity and other parameters in static locations (production facilities, warehouses, etc.). With all our expertise in that area (41 of the 50 major Pharma/Biotech companies use our monitoring solutions) we are relative late-comers to temperature-controlled transportation. So far, we’ve found that there’s a lot of change in this arena of “cold chain” or “cool chain”. We don’t pretend to have all of the answers so we’d like to solicit some opinions from you—our blog readers.
Here are some of our burning questions:
- What are your topmost factors in deciding to monitor products in transit?
- What do you think about data loggers for temperature monitoring? Pros and cons?
- Does your data logger need to have a display?
- Do you prefer single use devices over re-useable devices?
As you may have guessed, Vaisala is now offering single-use temperature loggers for monitoring products in transit. For our first foray into in-transit monitoring, we decided to offer the simplest solution: the single-use logger. We think that single-use loggers are the “lowest common denominator” in that they don’t require any proprietary software and you don’t need to get them back. Adobe Acrobat is all you need, making the reports virtually universally accessible because data from the logger can be retrieved as a PDF file from a PC. It’s nice, fast, simple, and fulfills the requirements of 21 CFR Part 11.
In the long run, we prefer to collaborate with our customers rather than produce products and peddle them mercilessly. So the big question is: what is your ideal solution for supply chain environmental monitoring? That’s what we’d really like to know. Initial feedback on our CCL100 data loggers has been great, but what about folks who use other solutions? We’d like to hear from everyone!
And if you are in the mood to elaborate: What are your needs in the areas of data collection, not only during transit but over the entire journey a product takes from manufacturer to end-user, including the “last mile”? Please comment below. If you have more to say than fits into this blog’s comment field, feel free to call us directly. 1 877 VAISALA (824-7252). Say: “I have some feedback on cold chain.” An application engineer will put you in touch with a segment manager.