Timestrip goes electronic, launching supply chain temperature breach indicators
09 January 2020
Timestrip – an innovative developer of ‘smart indicator’ technology – has launched a completely new category of product: eTimestrip. The small, robust electronic Temperature Indicate & Report (TIR) devices provide a simple & reliable way to detect temperature breaches during product storage & transportation.
The compact indicators are affixed to product packages, providing a clear visual indication of the temperature conditions to which the package has been exposed during the entire supply chain, including the ‘last mile’. Traffic light LEDs on the device show status information, and with the free smartphone app to retrieve data wirelessly, a more detailed report can be generated. This shows the date, time and extent of any temperature breaches that may have occurred.
By providing an auditable timed record of breaches, the devices open up a wide range of applications that can be monitored cost effectively throughout the supply chain. They will be used in pharmaceutical, healthcare, bulk food and other high value applications with temperature sensitive products.
eTimestrip indicators fit between traditional chemical indicators and expensive data loggers, where they provide a cost effective solution without complex software or special training to use.
At launch, two products are available: ‘eTimestrip TIR 2-8°C’ is designed principally for pharmaceuticals shipments, and ‘TIR No Freeze 0°C’ is intended for use on products sensitive to freezing temperatures. Both products have a measuring range of -30 °C to 70 °C.
”The addition of eTimestrip to our existing portfolio of temperature and time monitoring technology is part of our vision for Timestrip as a progressive, innovate business”, says Nora Murphy, Commercial Director at Timestrip. “Our clients in a wide range of sectors look to Timestrip products to give peace of mind throughout the transportation and storage lifecycle of their goods.”
The new eTimestrip electronic indicators are now available, and complement the company’s core product offering of stock, bespoke and custom branded indicators.
In December, Timestrip was identified in the ‘Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019’ by Scientific American magazine. The report analysed the technology trends that are ‘poised to rattle the status quo’, with the potential for sensors to vastly improve the safety and quality of food.
Timestrip® is an agile technology business that designs and manufactures time and temperature indicators. The company works in partnership with global brands, leading OEMs and product designers. Timestrip Enabled™ products drive changes in supply chain standard operating procedures and consumer behaviour, which in turn leads to greater product safety, product authenticity, regulatory compliance and reduced wastage. Products incorporating Timestrip indicators have a built-in value-added proposition.
Timestrip indicators are capable of monitoring time from one hour to two years, and temperatures from -20 degC to 53 degC. In addition to a core product range, a research & development team develops new products for bespoke applications, replacing the need for expensive and unstable electronic components.
The products are low cost, making them suitable for a wide range of monitoring applications in the food, pharmaceutical, healthcare and many other sectors. To date, Timestrip has manufactured and sold over 100 million products to customers worldwide, including 3M, Clinical Innovations, NHS, Parker Hannifin, Siemens and Febreze. They are a previous winner of a UK NHS Innovations Award.
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