Temperature management – from local to global
Taking temperature monitoring to the next lvel
Traditionally, temperature monitoring was local and completely associated with a temperature logger that would give a red or green light at the arrival inspection, depending on whether the shipment had passed the programmed temperature limits or not. Checking each shipment is still the basis, but that is not today’s challenge.
Leading pharmaceutical companies have taken temperature management to the next level. They are not satisfied with just meeting regulations and being able to stop deliveries where something has gone wrong: they want to understand the current global performance, the causing factors and, based on these facts, initiate global process improvements on which the future result can be truly assessed against a profound baseline.
It is all about understanding the cold chain process by seeing trends in globally comparable data and using tools to process it. Doing so, companies can make the right qualified and informed process improvement decisions. An early comprehension of the industry’s future information needs and close cooperation with leading pharmaceutical companies have enabled TSS to become an innovator in temperature management. TSS Cloud Solution is a unique, fully cloud based solution that can visualize a company’s performance.
“Temperature management is part of a continuous global process assessment and improvement,”
says Niclas Ohlsson, CEO at TSS. “Our customers are constantly working to improve their global performance. Our job is to support them by providing them with the solutions needed in the process.”
TSS partners with Maxim Integrated Products to develop its TempTracer data logger. TSS integrated the industry’s most reliable and accurate data logger into the TSS Cloud Solution, while TSS’s own development team focuses on providing the system with superior capabilities for capturing, processing and visualizing data. “Accurate and transparent cold chain information is essential for decision-making,” adds Ohlsson. “A car’s speedometer gives fast and transparent information, so that you can adjust your speed and stay within limits. TSS Cloud Solution gives our customers the same visibility for their global temperature management.”
Another factor critical to success is ensuring that data can be captured with a lean, reliable and repeatable process. Temperature management decisions should be made by the right people to minimize the risk of human errors. TSS Cloud Solution can integrate with ERP systems, which allows logistics managers to practice their expertise further down the chain. This ensures that the TempTracer data logger is loaded with the correct data, reducing the workload of warehouse staff.
TSS Cloud Solution can also enhance the quality and resolution of the information by using Cargo2K Integration. By matching the temperature curves with milestones in the freight forwarder’s system, it is possible to find critical locations or operations in the cold chain. It also determines who was responsible for the shipment when an error occurred.
“When it comes to future temperature management systems, all leading pharmaceutical companies, our customers and others we talk to, seem to share the idea of further integration and increased instant visibility of their global performance,” says Ohlsson. “I guess that means future systems will be very much like TSS Cloud.”