Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are not typically associated with low-cost cold chain solutions, as they compete with water-based solutions that have been used for decades. When controlling temperatures near 0°C, water is your best option regarding cost and performance. However, when the temperature requirement is at room temperature, a properly formulated and utilized PCM can far outperform water. This results in smaller, lighter, more efficient packaging with significantly reduced storage space and shipping costs. It also has a major environmental impact related to both manufacturing and disposal.
This case study will demonstrate how properly tested PCMs, in a mat format, can be used with the International Safe Transit Association’s (ISTA) temperature profiles to create a lighter, more cost-effective solution for Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) applications.