Newcomers to Cold Chain Distribution (shipping products cold) may be surprised that more “standardized” information is not available in the public domain. The intent of this paper is to identify areas of research which would benefit the industry and motivate companies to share their research and findings to benefit the industry. It is believed that once this key information is available and considered a foundational base, packaging suppliers and companies will then be able to develop more effective standardized packaging solutions for cold chain distribution, reducing financial and environmental impacts. It is not the intent of this paper to address qualification protocol, procedures, or processes needed to meet government regulations such as required in the pharmaceutical industry.
This presentation describes a method for producing more realistic vibrations for transport simulations. This is achieved by continually varying the Grms level of the random vibrations according to a statistical model. Results show that this approach is capable of successfully reproducing the occasional large amplitude events that are so typical of transport vibrations.
A series of case studies will be used to illustrate new technologies and methods for automating packaging design, virtual prototyping, interfacing packaging design with business and logistics systems, enabling collaboration through the packaging supply chain and utilizing on-demand, one off packaging technologies to replace damaged shippers onsite at the retailer.