New refrigerated transport solutionsfor the food and pharmaceutical professionals
The “Cold Chain”Temperature sensitive products (food, pharmaceuticals) must be refrigerated or frozenafter processing and before shipment to inhibit spoilage, growth of pathogen or loss ofpotential (vaccines).From production to consumer a temperature-controlled supply chain (the “Cold Chain”)shall be settled.An unbroken cold chain is an uninterrupted series of storage and distribution activitieswhich maintain a given temperature range.
Food hygiene and food transport legislationFor us Europeans, the main regulator about food hygiene , pharmaceutical distribution and ColdChain related issues is the European Union.The main norm about food hygiene is the Directive 93/43/EEC (The “HACCP” Directive: Hazardanalysis and critical control points) updated the Regulation (EC) 852/2004Annex II, Chapter IV of 93/43/EEC is dedicated to transport:1. Conveyances and/or containers used for transporting foodstuffs are to be kept clean andmaintained in good repair and condition to protect foodstuffs from contamination and are, wherenecessary, to be designed and constructed to permit adequate cleaning and/or disinfection.7. Where necessary, conveyances and/or containers used for transporting foodstuffs are to becapable of maintaining foodstuffs at appropriate temperatures and allow those temperatures to bemonitoredAnother norm of interest is the Directive 89/108/EEC, about quick-frozen foodstuffs for humanconsumptionArticle 5 1. The temperature of quick-frozen foodstuffs must be stable and maintained, at all pointsin the product, at −18ºC or lower, with possibly brief upward fluctuations of no more than 3ºCduring transport.
Another very important norm about the transport of perishable items is the ATP agreement(United Nations / European Commission Inland Transport Committee: Agreement on theInternational Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be Used for suchCarriage, ECE/TRANS/165).The ATP applies to the carriage of perishable foodstuffs performed on the territory of at least twoContracting States not only by road, but also by rail and by sea. In addition, a number of countries(like France, Italy, Spain) have also adopted the ATP as the basis for their national legislation.The ATP establishes the appropriate temperatures under which the various types of perishablefoodstuffs should be carried.It also lays down the requirements for the equipment, including its refrigerating capacity,insulating capacity (“K” insulation coefficient) and efficiency of thermal appliances as well as themethods and procedures for measuring and checking them.The ATP agreement is the only norm that is setting “performance” values about the constructionand insulation of “isothermal” vehicles and cargos.For such a reason ATP is becoming more and more a reference for the market.
Pharmaceutical logistic legislationAn increasing number of medicinal products require controlled storage and transportationconditions of between +2ºC and +8ºC.Meanwhile, the effect of elevated temperatures on the chemical stability of medicines is wellrecognized by those in the supply chain, but elevated temperatures can also have an adverseeffect on the physical properties of some formulation types. Separation of emulsion systems andsedimentation of active ingredients in suspensions and semi-solids are among the changes thatcan occur.Some companies do not pay sufficient attention to monitoring and controlling temperatures in theirwarehouses - nor do they have the right knowledge of the temperature distribution therein. On asunny day in Summer, temperatures in a van can vary reach up +45ºC near the roof.European Legislation about the transport of pharmaceuticals is not so stringent like the one aboutfood hygiene.The norm of reference is the Directive 92/25/EEC, with the relevant “Guidelines on GoodDistribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use” (94/C 63/03):21. Medicinal products requiring controlled temperature storage should also be transported byappropriately specialized means.
About blood products the norm of reference is the Recommendation R (95) 15 “Guide to thepreparation, use and quality assurance of blood components”:Blood components are stored at +20°C to +24°C, at +2°C to +6°C or at different temperaturesbelow 0°C. The containers used in transport should be well insulated, easy to clean and easy tohandle.After collection, blood should be kept at a controlled temperature, between +2°C and +6°C.Validated transport systems should ensure that at the end of a maximum transit time of 24 hoursthe temperature should not have exceeded +10 °C.Alternatively, whole blood can be kept up to 24 hours in conditions validated to maintaintemperature between +20°C and +24°C, a prerequisite for the production of platelet preparationsfrom whole blood.Red cell components should be kept between +2°C and +6°C. Validated transport systems shouldensure that at the end of a maximum transit time of 24 hours the temperature should not haveexceeded +10°C. Transport by a non-refrigerated vehicle requires a cooled and insulatedcontainer.
Up to now the solution of choice for the transport of perishable items wasthe conversion of vans, with the use of insulated linings and refrigeration units.Costly solution if you have to transport only limited volume of goods, considering also thefinancial immobilization involved and the limited resale value of the used refrigerated van.A new solution for the transport of perishable items:the use of a mobile fridge/freezer, with professional specifications and 12-24V compressor onboard of a standard van: flexibility and intelligent use of resources at its best.The professional mobile fridge can be used for the purpose loaded on the van, connected to thebattery and properly fixed with straps to anchoring rings inside the van.Then easily unloaded to allow the use of the van for purpose others than for the transport ofperishables.
The Euroengel concept To mix together the best DC compressor technology (Danfoss), the high insulation efficiency requested by “ATP” International norm, the ease of cleaning and hyigienization requestedby HACCP norms, the set and control of internal temperature requested by “Cold-chain” norms, also adding cleverdetails to help professional operators to manage their daily business. The result is a range of models with inner volumes from 22 to 915 litres, 12-24Vdc and 100-240Vac 50-60Hz voltage, reinforced PU insulation with thickness from 65 to 130 mm, internal temperatures adjustable down to - 24°C (according to the models) withdigital controller, based on rotomoulded single piece sturdy containers, easy to be cleaned, with internal dimensions according to food industry norms (Gastronorm, Euronorm).
Who are the potential users?The Euroengel concept has already convinced several type of customers:‒ Catering & Banqueting companies‒ Vending operators for mixed ref/no-ref transport‒ Van rental companies‒ Food industries for transport of samples by sales reps‒ Small food producers for direct transport to selected shops or restaurants‒ Food distributors for direct deliveries to selected shops or restaurants, specially in traffic restriction areas‒ Small ice cream laboratories for transport of ice cream and sorbets to selected hotels & restaurants‒ Home delivery services (web shops or supermarkets)‒ Health Authorities for transport of samples of biological products to Central Laboratories or transport of blood or plasma at stable temperature‒ Pharmaceutical logistic companies for deliveries to pharmacies of vaccines and +4°C medicines by use of standard vans‒ Army and Emergency Medical Detachments and Logistic Corps
The 2011 product range: the toploaders, from 22 up to 82 liters: all able to reach -24°C (conform to89/108/EEC) with +32°C ambient Automatic cooling/heating versionavailable as anti-freeze for transportof pharmaceuticals in cold ambientconditions 12-24Vdc and 100-240Vac 50-60 Hz high PU insulation (70 to 80 mm) digital thermostat with display for aneasy set and check of internaltemperatureT0022 and T0032 are the best solution fortransport of refrigerated or frozensamples, while the T0056 and T0082 areperfect multipurpose units.
The 2011 product range: the 140 liters: available as both front opening and toploader /FDN versions able to reach -21°C (conformto 89/108/EEC) with +32°C ambient automatic cooling/heating version availableas anti-freeze for transport ofpharmaceuticals in cold ambient conditions 12-24Vdc and 100-240Vac 50-60 Hz high PU insulation (80 -100 mm); “K” =0,349 W/m2K digital thermostat with display for an easy setand check of internal temperature Internal accessories for Gastronorm and60x40 pans available
The 2011 product range: the 330 liters:available as both front opening and top loader/FDN versions able to reach -21°C (conformto 89/108/EEC) with +32°C ambientautomatic cooling/heating version availableas anti-freeze for transport ofpharmaceuticals in cold ambient conditions12-24Vdc and 100-240Vac 50-60 Hzhigh PU insulation (100 mm); “K” = 0,286W/m2K digital thermostat with display for an easy setand check of internal temperature Internal accessories for 60x40 cratesavailable
The new large models, F0750/NDN, F0785/NDN, F0915/NDN
The 2011 product range:the large models: 750, 785 and 915 liters the real alternative to theconversion of small vans 12-24Vdc and 100-240Vac 50-60 Hz high PU insulation (130mm); “K” = 0,285W/m2K digital thermostat withdisplay for an easy setand check of internaltemperature side door for an easyaccess to the load shelf system available
Euroengel is in full control of all the know-how requiredto develop and produce a quality insulated containerusing the rotational molding technology.The technical staff of Euroengel is managing every stepof the development of a new mobile professionalrefrigerator:– the definition of technical specifications together withthe management and prospective customer– the 3D CAD design of the unit– the 3D CAD design of the production tools (for bothrotational moulding and foaming)– the co-ordination of the production of themanufacturing tools– the definition of the production cycle instructions– the functional tests on prototypes– the homologation process, when required
The Euroengel’s productionfacility is ISO 9001:2008certified.Samples of models were testedby TÜV SÜD Italy according toelectric safety norms; the“Production monitored – Safetytested” Certification Mark wasgranted.
The partnership is also developing withPeugeot ProfessionalPeugeot Italy has this launched montha marketing campaign focused on the“package” Partner van plus F0785.
Over the last few years the Euroengel units were tested and acquired by several topinternational customers, that were looking for professional tools able to satisfy their need ofhigh performance flexible transportation of small quantity of perishable items in accordanceto the Norms and Regulations of their market segment.Euroengel has been collaborating with Ferrero SpA since 2005.Hundreds of the 22 and 32 liters models are normally used byFerrero’s lab personnel and by sales reps for the safe transportation ofsamples at the required temperature.120 small Euroengel top loaders were acquired by SAAB Aerotech in2009 and supplied to the Swedish Defence Forces; they are used forthe transportation of blood and plasma bags by mobile medicaldetachments. Another lot is planned for 2011.