TKT has now developed a new CryoSystem for the insulated containers, in which liquid nitrogen is used as the cooling medium. The nitrogen is introduced from above into the new cooling container. Because nitrogen is liquid only at extremely cold temperatures, the coolant offers a number of advantages. In this way the maximum transport time in the TKT insulated container is up to 36 hours. This allows flexible working time arrangements for users. Night shifts can be dispensed with. Nitrogen is also always available, while CO2/dry ice can be scarce in particular during the summer months. For the filling of the insulated container, the customer can choose freely from the various nitrogen suppliers. So there is no dependency on individual providers. If properly handled, cooling with liquid nitrogen also offers the highest safety and is not harmful to the environment.
One of the biggest pharmaceutical company in the world, the TEVA Pharmaceutical Industries Limited in Israel, works for the transport of the corona vaccine of Biontec/Pfizer with cooling boxes of TKT from Arnsberg, Germany.
TKT did further developments on their existing boxes to face the challenges of keeping the cold chain of the vaccine and to coves the special requests of pharmaceutical companies. So the temperatures can be easily maintained by minus 70 degrees. Before TKT boxes were mostly used for the transport of chilled and frozen food. As one of the first companies TEVA was using the boxes from TKT. The Isreali company is working in 70 different countries around the globe and counts to the ten biggest manufacturers of pharmaceutical products in the world. TEVA is the worldmarket leading company for generic medicaments. For the global player the TKT boxes are one important component to transport and distribute the vaccine securely.
Israel isn’t the only country where TKT boxes are used. A lot of other countries are working already together with TKT to develop and implent special cooling solutions for the transport of vaccine.
The Israeli television channel i24news broadcasted already some more information about the vaccine transport with TKT boxes:
TKT continues to drive forward digitisation. The Arnsberg-based specialist for insulated containers is investing in a new computer and network infrastructure. All the hardware is being replaced and the software will also be updated to the latest versions.
The old devices are not being disposed of as electronic waste, rather they will benefit a good cause. The old hardware will be re-conditioned and donated by TKT to a special school in Arnsberg which primarily funds learning, emotional and social development as well as languages. This donation is particularly important for the school in these times of coronavirus, where schools must also lean towards digital learning. The measures to make sure TKT stays future-proof were already initiated two years ago when the telephone system was completely replaced. Not only has TKT fully updated its computing technology, the special school has also made a technological leap forward.
With temperature and tracking systems from TKT, customers can monitor the cooling of fresh and frozen products at all times.
The radio system monitors important measuring variables of the goods in the insulated container wirelessly. The data logger can be installed simply and measures moisture and temperature, for example. The range is up to 500 meters in open areas. The base station collects and stores the data of all loggers. This ensures complete documentation, and the customer always has an up to date report for the food inspector. An alarm message is possible by means of the optional alarm box. The system sends the data within the catchment area of a base station.
Real-time monitoring, which corresponds to the latest standard, is provided by the system based on IoT technology. The data loggers monitor and document the transport of sensitive goods. In this case all relevant measuring data can be captured continuously in a cloud. With real-time monitoring, measures can be taken in time to save the goods and identify the location of the insulated container around the world. Lost or damaged consignments can be located and the responsible party can be identified. In addition, the system includes a filling level display, and a repair history. In addition, there is the possibility to register the deposits to customers.
TKT can also meet special requests from customers with the insulated containers. In this way, various versions of insulated containers have now been developed for large customers in Eastern Europe, which are matched to the special needs of the customers. For two different companies in Poland, TKT produces insulated containers in special dimensions. Using a higher container type, the logistics area can achieve optimum utilisation for the trucks of the customers. In addition, the internals of the containers were adjusted to the size of the packaging boxes used by the customer. Because the companies pick fresh goods and frozen goods in baskets. The conversion of the containers is possible, because the customers have a large demand for insulated containers.
Customers in Russia asked for insulated containers, in which complete Europallets can be transported with goods. This wish can also be met by TKT. As an ideal model, the M-1600 was offered, which was completely revised. The M-1600 convinced the customers with its new appearance, improved insulation and higher strength, so that the Europallets can be pushed in without difficulties.
If an insulated container has come to the end of its life or is damaged, the problem of disposal arises. For this, TKT has developed two concepts for their customers which correspond to the latest applicable legislation (recycling).
In cooperation with a nationwide German disposal company, TKT customers can have the insulated containers collected and receive a disposal proof for this. The insulated containers are shredded and destroyed in a refuse incineration plant.
In the second disposal path, the customer returns the insulated container to TKT in Arnsberg. In a pilot project, a dismantling line was built. Steel parts are recovered. The further recovery of PU foam and glass fibre reinforced plastic is currently being tested.
TKT has provided a further storage for a customer in the USA with insulated containers. The food retailer in the United States had initially started using secure cooling transport systems in two storage facilities. Now the third storage facility with TKT insulated containers was opened in the state of Kentucky, from where the branches are supplied. The benefits of insulated containers are gaining ever greater importance in the North American food industry. Other large supermarket chains are currently performing temperature tests and test runs. Since 2017, TKT has been represented with a branch office in the USA.
TKT has been able to further improve the insulation values of its insulated containers. This is the result of the so-called k-value measurements, which have now been carried out again. During the tests, TKT insulated containers were, of course, again awarded the ATP and HACCP certificates. The k-value measurements, prescribed by law to be taken every six years, must prove that the products meet the requirements of the ATP Agreement. For this purpose, the insulated containers are tested in appropriate laboratories. The result for the TKT insulated containers was extremely positive. The continuous improvement of the transport containers – especially the foam system – made it possible to once more improve the k-values. For TKT customers, this means increased security and approval for use for fresh and frozen goods.
The TKT Development Department is constantly working to improve its products for the satisfaction of its customers. TKT GmbH is now offering its customers further advantages with a further development of the seal for TKT insulated containers. The Sauerland-based company has switched to a new, improved material for the manufacture of the seals. Of course, this material is food-safe and complies with HACCP regulations. The advantages are an automated welding of the seal frames, a significantly improved processing of the seal in the area of the mitres, as well as an advantageous geometry of the seal. All this ultimately leads to even better temperature resistance of the goods in the insulated container.
A new 350-ton press has been put into operation at TKT GmbH in Arnsberg. With this machine, the specialist for insulated containers has once again invested in the quality of its products. The press guarantees improved dimensional accuracy and allows large series to be produced more variably. This also increases production flexibility at TKT, which ultimately benefits customers. The installation of the press was a feat of strength. A new foundation had to be cast for the machine. Two cranes then lifted the new press through the open ceiling into the production hall.
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