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June 20, 2023

Deep-frozen containers in the pharma industry

In the pharmaceutical industry, maintaining the integrity and safety of temperature-sensitive products is of paramount importance. Deep-frozen containers play a vital role in preserving the efficacy and quality of pharmaceuticals that require storage in low temperature and in particular humidity. This article delves into the significance of deep-frozen containers in the pharma industry and their role in ensuring temperature control and product safety. Please read it if you are interested in this topic.

What are deep-frozen containers?

Deep-frozen containers are special vessels used to store products in low temperatures – usually below -20℃. The aim of keeping such conditions is simple – to reduce the risks of the development of microorganisms that could contaminate the pharmaceuticals, as well as to ensure that the products will last longer – it slows down possible chemical reactions.

How are deep-frozen containers used in pharma?

The pharmaceutical industry deals with a plethora of substances that need to be stored in low temperatures. This is why deep-frozen containers are a solution used frequently in pharma. They are used mainly to:

  • Store pharmaceuticals,
  • Transport pharmaceuticals.

Depending on the use, the deep-frozen containers might be independent, or rely on the power from the grid.

What are the benefits of using deep-frozen containers in pharma?

This type of storage comes with many advantages. Unlike what it may seem, they are not only used for keeping the products intact. There are many more benefits, which include:

  • Complying with regulations – The pharmaceutical industry is heavily regulated. Thus, the storage and pharma supply chains have to be set up with accordance to countless rules. Deep-frozen containers comply with them, so it is the safest and quickest method to ensure that the processes are legal.
  • Elongation of shelf-life – The better is the storage, the longer will the products be safe for use. Storing pharmaceuticals in deep-frozen containers leads to longer expiration dates on the medicine. This, on the other hand, causes wider accessibility – if the shelf-life is longer, it is possible to stock up in advance so that every patient can get their medication.
  • Reliable transport – If the containers are able to work independently, they are a reliable solution for cold chain logistics. Moreover, many of them contain temperature monitoring sensors – so it is possible to monitor the temperature during the whole transportation process.

What are the best deep-frozen containers?

When selecting the right deep-frozen containers, several aspects should be considered:

  • capacity,
  • Energy Dependency
  • sustainability,
  • convenience of use,
  • temperature monitoring systems,
  • weight.

The container’s capacity should align with the volume of pharmaceuticals to be stored, ensuring a proper fit. While energy dependency may not be necessary for non-transportation purposes, it still offers an advantage, especially during unforeseen events like power outages.

Sustainability is an increasingly important factor to address, given the pharmaceutical industry’s significant contribution to CO2 emissions. Therefore, prioritizing containers that use recyclable and reusable components/materials becomes essential to minimize environmental impact.

Convenience plays a pivotal role, encompassing the ease of loading and unloading products efficiently. Additionally, having temperature monitoring systems is vital, especially those integrated with the Internet of Things (IoT). These systems allow for real-time monitoring and notifications, ensuring prompt action in case of any deviations from the desired conditions.

Weight is a critical consideration for transportation, as lighter containers translate to lower expenses. By carefully considering these factors, one can identify the optimal deep-frozen containers that meet their specific requirements.

Skycell deep-frozen hybrid containers meet all various requirements and considerations mentioned above. The hybrid containers offer features such as appropriate capacity, independent operation, sustainability, ease of use, temperature monitoring systems (including IoT-based solutions), and optimized weight for cost-effective transportation.


Deep-frozen containers are an inseparable part of the pharma industry, enabling the safe storage and transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products. The selection of the right container is crucial to ensure the timely delivery of medications and meet regulatory compliance, ultimately benefiting patients in need of essential treatments.

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