DeltaTrak’s ThermoTrace TTI Time-Temperature Indicator Label has recently been selected as a finalist for the 2015 R&D 100 Award in the Process/Prototyping category for supply chain management/operations, by a panel of independent judges and editors from R&D Magazine.
Recognizing the top 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the last year, the R&D 100 Award identifies companies for design, development, testing, and production of remarkable products and its impact.
ThermoTrace TTI time-temperature indicator labels are a low-cost solution for auditing the supply chain by using a patented barcode system for documenting temperature abuse, and tracking where and when it happened. These labels monitor accumulated temperature abuse and directly correlate to temperatures recorded with electronic data loggers when evaluating the time exposed above threshold.
A recent study by University of South Florida compares the ThermoTrace TTI to data loggers, and shows they have a 96.6% correlation using Degree Minutes and a 93% accuracy using Mean Kinetic Temperature (MKT) calculations.
The labels create an audit trail to verify and document that products have been kept under correct temperature conditions. Scans can be done by a smart phone or industrial barcode reader. A cloud-based application captures and stores information: label serial number and current quality code, date, time, name of person scanning, reader identification, and location. Users are able to type in delivery notes, take photos of products, and can scan a secondary barcode (e.g.: lot code, product code, or customer order number), which are all tied to the label serial number and captured by the cloud-based application. Reports can be generated for analysis and evaluation of cold chain and logistics management practices.
Immediately after scanning a TTI label, the cloud-based service sends user-defined email and text message alerts to selected personnel who can take immediate corrective action when temperature abuses occur. Messages can be customized, color-coded, and translated in multiple languages. The labels are used for various applications, including transport and handling of food products and fresh seafood.
Winners of the 2015 R&D 100 Awards will be announced at the annual gala banquet on Friday, November 13th at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, a two-day technical conference featuring four tracks, including Instrumentation and Monitoring.