Thermal management is one of those terms that probably makes you think of your high school science class, but it’s something that gets used everywhere.
From bedding, construction, electronics, textiles – even medical devices, the daily harnessing and application of thermal management impacts lives all over the world.
As a supply chain professional, you’re probably not surprised by most of that. However, there are some applications of thermal energy in logistics that you might not be aware of that could help streamline your supply chain or introduce new streams of revenue.
Here are the top 3:
1. Transport of vaccines
As the push for a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is underway, a critical side project is how these vaccines will be safely distributed. Many of the new vaccines under development by manufacturers such as Pfizer and Moderna require storage and shipment at temperatures below 0C, some as low as -70 to -80C. New, innovative packaging designs and materials are currently being developed to meet this coming need for the safe distribution of these vaccines.
2. At-home meal delivery services
Prepare-at-home meal delivery services such as Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and Plated have become commonplace. It is important to identify sustainable packaging designs to deliver food at the right temperature, maintain freshness and safety, and limit excessive waste.
3. Live animal transport
Transporting animals in a safe, responsible, and humane way has always been a primary focus for many supply chain and logistics managers. When it comes to keeping animals secure, maintaining a safe and consistent temperature is critical. That’s what makes thermal management so important and such an impactful way to keep animals safe.
Check out this case study based on work we did with Reptiles by Mack, a leading supplier to pet stores worldwide!
Want to learn more about thermal management? Check out our go-to resource, Everything You Need to Know About Thermal Management.
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