Thermo King, a brand of Trane Technologies, is the global leader in intelligent end-to-end temperature-controlled cold chain solutions. With over 80 years of history in cold chain expertise, Thermo King is actively working to innovate and address the complexities of the mass distribution of temperature-sensitive biopharmaceutical products.
Thermo King can offer end-to-end cold chain and cold storage solutions to ensure pharmaceutical products arrive safely at their destination – traveling across all modes of cold chain transport. We help customers fully understand the range of potential temperature requirements and their implication for logistics – mapping out the supply chain, identifying potential bottlenecks and planning end-to-end innovative solutions.
Thermo King developed a protocol covering the four stages outlined in the European Commission’s Good Distributions Practice (GDP) Guidelines:
- Design Qualification (DQ)
- Installation Qualification (IQ)
- Operations Qualification (OQ)
- Performance Qualification (PQ)
TK Pharma Solutions range includes:
- Refrigeration Solutions for Trailer Transport
GDP-qualified single- and multi-temperature refrigeration solutions for trailers. Thermo King introduced fully variable airflow technology, which ensures precise temperature control and the ability to set precise airflow conditions, both critical features for pharma transport. TracKing™ real-time tracking and remote monitoring system enable the detection of temperature deviations and immediate action to secure the load.
- Refrigeration Solutions for Trucks
Truck range for pharma transport with built-in connectivity and extended communication capability enables interaction with the unit to ensure that the load is protected at all times, and complete visibility on the cargo.
- Refrigeration Solutions for Last-Mile Delivery
Small Trucks equipped with the Thermo King Pharma Kit can be used for the “Pharma Last Mile”, including transport from distributors, wholesalers, or manufacturers to hospitals and pharmacies.
The Pharma Kit enables Small Truck units to meet Pharma GDP qualification requirements and ensures that product quality is maintained throughout the distribution chain and especially during the vital “last mile”.
- Portable Refrigeration Solutions
ColdCube™ cold container solutions for professional mobile refrigeration provide safe transport of biomedical products, vaccines, blood tubes and biological samples in the most demanding environmental conditions and are ideal for distribution to pharmacies and directly to patients. ColdCube™ Pharma containers are designed to meet the stringent temperature control required for pharmaceutical transport. The heating function enables more precise temperature control within the cargo space, regardless of outside ambient conditions.
- Refrigeration Solutions for Containers
Thermo King GDP-certified reefers for marine applications.
- Refrigeration Solutions for Air Transport
Thermo King refrigeration unit for Air Cargo transportation produced in cooperation with Envirotainer, a market leader in active containers for air transport. The unit is assembled within an insulated cargo container resulting in very reliable temperature management compared to passive solutions.
- Refrigerated Storage Solutions for Pharmaceutical Products
Thermo King Cold Storage Solutions can be used for unplanned temporary cold storage requirements or manufacturing operations that need additional storage capacity. With the rise of temporary cold storage needs for pharmaceuticals and extra capacity in hospital environments, Thermo King’s Cold Storage Solutions offer safe, effective, flexible and mobile storage as well as temporary testing capabilities in low or ultra-low temperatures.
Cold Storage Solutions provide cooling capacity in combination with precise temperature control from fresh to deep frozen, even in the most severe applications (high ambient temperatures, frequent door openings, long-running hours).
- Telematics & Real-Time Monitoring
The GAMP5 validated TracKing™ real-time tracking and remote monitoring system enables the detection of temperature deviations and allows immediate action to secure the load. TracKing™ allows manufacturers, shippers and fleet operators to guarantee product integrity and on-time delivery. Temperature reports and graphs prove sensitive cargo was maintained at the desired temperature throughout the entire journey. With door sensor data available on the TracKing platform, customers can record all door openings to keep an eye on the temperature and load security.
Offers the comfort of a full range of services: all the benefits of scheduled fleet maintenance and full coverage in case of breakdown. Inspections and services are adjusted to meet the GDP guidelines, including the compulsory annual 3-point-sensor calibration.
- Dealer Network and Training
Pharmaceutical transporters can rely on the extensive Thermo King Dealer Network for guidance on the installation and use of refrigeration systems. Customised training services can be based on the customer’s operations, GDP guidelines and requirements.
TK PharmaSolutions customers can count on highly trained technicians from more than 500 service points in 75 countries to service their equipment according to GDP standards
Our customers value us for our commitment to advancing the technology and capability of refrigerated transport. We keep innovating to reduce the environmental footprint of our products, giving them options to increase the sustainability of their operations. Thermo King as a leading brand of Trane Technologies continues to help solve some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges and inspire a movement with bold 2030 Sustainability Commitments. These commitments include its Gigaton Challenge to reduce customer emissions by one billion metric tons.