Compare Cold Chain Container Risks
What are the risks associated with each container? Which container is appropriate for you? Active containers generate a low temperature using an external energy source. Passive containers protect the temperature without an external power supply.
Risk 1: Loading Failures
• Active Containers & Trucks (Minimal Risk):The equipment must be “fit for use” and powered. Airflow must never be blocked.
• Passive Boxes (Moderate Risk): Passive containers typically require a very particular way to be loaded including many elements such as vacuum insulated panels and bricks containing PCM (phase change material).
Risk 2: Technical Failures
• Active Containers & Trucks (Moderate Risk): Active containers/trucks contain hundreds of different mechanical parts that can fail.
• Passive Boxes (No Risk): Passive boxes contain no mechanical parts.
Risk 3: Extreme Weather
• Active Containers & Trucks (Medium Risk): Inclement weather can cause transportation delays, but active units can be plugged in to maintain a safe temperature.
• Passive Boxes (High Risk): Ambient temperatures affect the container, which is unable to make adjustments.
Risk 4: Handling Failures
• Active Containers & Trucks (Medium Risk): Failures could be rerouting, delays, wrong ambient temperature, failure of recharging or charging.
• Passive Boxes (Medium Risk): Failures could be rerouting, delays, and wrong ambient temperature (e.g., container left on tarmac for too long).