Back to School? Back to Trade Shows.

Many of us have recently sent our kids off to school and are regularly “encouraging” them to study.  It’s a regular feature of the autumn season.  For those of us in business, this time of year means trying to close Q4 business and a key part of that process are trade shows and conferences.

Intelleflex is participating in a number of events in the coming weeks:

I’ll be at the IQPC and PMA event.  If you’re there, please swing by and say hello and collect your Intelleflex stress tag…it will help you relax while you remind your kids to get their homework done!

Kevin Payne

Senior Director of Marketing


Are Trucks Baking Our Foods?

An amazing story aired on this morning’s edition of NBC’s The Today Show describing how commercial food trucks are carrying perishable food at dangerous temperatures.  Beef, pork, chicken, eggs, milk, and produce are all being transported in hot trucks that do not have proper refrigeration, or in some cases, no refrigeration at all.  You can read the story here.

Are the Contents of This Truck Properly Refrigerated?

Of course, this poses health risks to the public as high temperatures create issues relating to salmonella and E. coli.  The report highlights both the issues and enforcement challenges.  Police often don’t have the authority to seize the food but, even if they do, they’re only able to inspect a small fraction of all of the trucks on the road. As a result, it’s near impossible to identify tainted food via inspection and the public remains at risk.

In-transit temperature monitoring can help to address this problem by enabling the recipient, be it a grocery store or a restaurant, to get documented proof of quality when items are received.  Tamper proof temperature monitor tags can check and log the temperature at regular intervals and provide a complete history during transit so that problem shipments can be identified.  Information about temperature monitoring tags can be found on our website.

Kevin Payne

Senior Director of Marketing

Hot Topics in the Pharmaceutical Cold Chain

Temperature monitoring for pharmaceutical products is increasingly a hot topic.  It’s not just due to the growth in temperature sensitive biopharmaceuticals either.  Even traditional pharmaceuticals can require constant monitoring for ambient temperature and serialization control to ensure that the right products arrive in the right condition at the right place while addressing upcoming ePedigree requirements.

Industry consultant Peter Norton recently published three short articles on several key topics.  I reference them below along with links for reading them:

  • Air cargo and the Cold Chain: how do you monitor temperature sensitive goods in air cargo holds and long haul differences.
  • Inference: gaining the ability to monitor a product and integrate the data on the outside of the box with data about the product from inside the box.
  • The Last Mile: ensuring cold chain integrity all the way through to the consumer or health care provider.

Look for additional upcoming articles on other hot topics in the pharmaceutical cold supply chain.


Kevin Payne

Senior Director of Marketing