EPS is the ideal cold chain solution due to its material base. EPS is made up of 98% air, but its high strength to weight ratio minimizes fuel and transportation impacts. EPS is recyclable where facilities exist and is the preferred cold chain solution particularly for seafood protection from sea to sales counters across the globe. As for the packaging of the EPS, this is the most efficient material for strong fruits and vegetables making EPS the ideal cold chain solution.
Of all of the ways expanded polystyrene protects valuable resources, cold chain packaging really stands out. It is synonymous with added value and exceptional performance, particularly with products which are very sensitive to changes in temperature. EPS is an ingenious solution due to two intrinsic properties – insulation performance and shock resistance.
The Isolite brand has grown rapidly from start-up to the leading EPS brand in Africa. Isolite manufactures and markets EPS and EPP to users of thermal insulation, packaging, semi-rigid cushioning, and specialised shape-moulded products. The Isowall Group has Isolite production facilities in Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Tema, Ghana; equipped with state of the art machinery – serving thousands of customers annually.
To ensure that cargo does not become damaged or compromised throughout this process, the pharmaceutical, medical, and agricultural and fishery industries rely on cold chain technology. Not all cold chains are created equally, there are several types, some are long and more rigorous and becoming more time consuming from end to end. Land, sea and air modes all have different structures for keeping perishable products fresh throughout the transport chain.
Some of the cold chain concerns include the destination of the shipment and the weather conditions for those regions. The reliability of refrigeration equipment in the storage areas, transport vehicles and at the point of sale. The care and skill of individuals handling the packaging and the efficacy of a package and its ability to survive the shipping environment. In addition to thermal impacts, sensitive food and life science products must be protected from physical impacts during transit and storage to protect their integrity.