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Colder weather on its way? We’ve got that covered….

Here at TI we don’t see much seasonal variation in the amount of business we do, it just shifts from one set of products to another as the year progresses and the seasons change. In the summer we’re busy helping a lot of people protect items from excessive temperatures, for example by providing labels that demonstrate that high temperatures have been reached, usually in transportation.  These shipping temperature labels are used when companies are using airfreight or seafreight to send temperature sensitive items like pharmaceutical products to locations where, in the Northern hemisphere, temperatures are reaching pretty high levels over Summer.

Naturally this continues through the year; as the Southern hemisphere shifts into summer, the same concerns about high temperature abuse arise, and we see a rise in the number of enquiries from customers on the other side of the Equator for labels that provide evidence of critical temperatures being exceeded.

As winter approaches for us in the North, we see a strong demand from our part of the world for indicator labels and tags that show when temperatures have gone too low. Again, we’ve got this covered. The 3M Freeze Watch is a great indicator – we’re big fans of this particular 3M product and we always have these in stock during winter time. If you need to show exposure to freezing conditions then this is the product to use. Just one suggestion, if you need to buy it (which you can do very easily from our website) then please try to order it before temperatures drop below  0C. This indicator works well, reacting in a prompt and accurate manner. Protecting it from this colour change in the delivery process can be a bit tricky. Load areas in delivery vehicles can be very cold and exposed to extreme temperatures, so we definitely recommend you order it way before you need it. We’ve learnt this from experience, and it’s important to pass this on to you!

No matter what time of year it is, lots of items are stored and transported in refrigerated conditions. Again, we’re well prepared for this, with our Chillchecker product, a range of labels that react to increasing temperature at lower levels.  Each label reacts at one temperature only, and they are available in a range from -17C to +20C.

If you don’t see an indicator on our website that matches your needs, send us an email through our site. One of our experienced staff will respond with an answer to your question within 24 hours, often MUCH faster! We’ve been shipping worldwide for as long as we’ve been in business, we have staff with a detailed knowledge of shipping and transportation, and we’re very good at tailoring shipping procedures to meet both the needs of the product and our customers. We keep an eye on prices too – what we pay for transportation is what you pay – and our staff have a background in the shipping industy and do a great job of hunting out good deals from our service providers!

If we get it right first time, we like to think you’ll come back, and that’s why we have many customers that have been with us since the very beginning.

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Cold Weather, Freight and Freezing Indicators

freeze indicator label

Freeze Watch

We’ve just heard back from our freight forwarder that shipments are starting to move again, albeit slowly. As a precaution we’re taking bookings for cargo 5 or 6 days forward just to make sure we get the space. We have a couple of our customers who are canners overseas who need retort process indicators urgently and are held up because of the snow and unusually cold weather in and around London (a temperature of -10C is very rare here but has been almost continually for 2 weeks now). Rest assured we’re doing our best. UK deliveries for canning indicators and temperature labels are doing better, with minor delays of approximately 2 days at the moment.

We won’t be closing for the Christmas and New Year interim period but we do expect courier companies to be operating with reduced staff. If you need stock urgently then let us know, and remember that our online ordering system is available 24hrs a day. It’s the fastest way to get a delivery.

At this time of year we always see an increase in popularity of the Freeze Watch indicator that provides evidence of exposure to freezing conditions. Check it out in the Refrigeration section of the website – we’ve made sure we have good stocks available for immediate shipment. It’s a great product: accurate, easy to use and has a strong visual impact. Just peel off the backing paper and stick it to our chosen item or surface. If temperatures drop below 0C / 32F then the indicator activates and you see the colour change seen in the photo above. Need to measure refrigerated products to check for increasing temperatures? Why not have a look at the Chillchecker?

Best wishes for the holidays and wrap up warm!

All at TI

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