Time-sensitive products such as medicines, vaccines, cosmetics, and replacement items such as water filters require careful monitoring of their shelf life and expiration dates.
Inaccurate monitoring can result in waste, loss of efficacy and potentially dangerous consequences. Timestrip Time is a reliable time indicator solution that allows manufacturers and end users to keep track of their products throughout their lifetime.
What is Timestrip Time?
Timestrip Time is a time indicator label that provides a simple and effective way to monitor the passage of time. The label consists of a paper or plastic card, with an irreversible visual indicator that changes its pattern over time.
Typical applications are:
- Medical and healthcare environment. Items such as hospital curtains needs regular replacement to main standards of hygiene. Drugs have an expiration date, and stocks must be rotated to avoid wastage. A Timestrip indicator can make this a simple and highly visible operation. Endoscopes sterilisation need to happen promptly as part of standard procedure, and again a time indicator can ensure that is part of best practice.
- Manufacturers can include time indicators with their consumable products such as replacement filters and brush heads. Regular changing by end users keeps equipment working efficiently and safely, and boosts supplier revenues.
How to use a Timestrip Time indicator?
The Timestrip Time label is activated by pressing a button on the label's back. Once activated, the label starts tracking the elapsed time, with the visual indicator changing as time passes. The label can be customized to track different time intervals, ranging from hours to several years.
Timestrip Time offers several benefits over traditional time monitoring methods:
Accurate and reliable
Timestrip Time provides accurate and reliable time monitoring, with the visual indicator changing pattern as time passes. The speed of the process is calibrated to ensure accurate tracking of time, even in varying environmental conditions.
Easy to use
Timestrip Time labels are easy to use and do not require any specialized training or equipment. The label's clear visual indicator makes it easy to monitor elapsed time, and the label can be attached to almost any surface, including primary products, packaging and equipment. End users can interpret the indicators as easily as supply chain professionals.
Timestrip Time can be customized to meet the specific time monitoring needs of different industries and applications. The label's activation time, elapsed time, and visual indicator can be customized to suit a wide range of products and environments. Customer branding is also available.
Timestrip Time is a cost-effective time monitoring solution compared with other methods such as electronic timers or manual recording. The label's low cost and ease of use make it a practical choice for any organisation that needs to ensure time is monitored effectively.
Contact us today to learn more about how Timestrip Time can benefit your business.
Timestrip neo time and temperature indicators travel with packed food and provides clear alerts if temperature or shelf life limits have been breached.
See how our temperature indicators are used in food
Watch our video to see how Timestrip neo works in the food industry:
The Timestrip neo range includes indicators for accidental freezing and for chilled conditions. Read more about Timestrip neo.
We have an exciting new year ahead filled with new products, news and opportunities!
Happy New Year, from all of us at Timestrip!
We are currently shipping Timestrip neo indicators.
Read more about our small electronic time temperature indicators here.
Changing seasons, global warming, customs delays – these can all make food supply chain management more of a challenge than ever. Many foodstuffs suffer spoilage if exposed to too high a temperature, while others are sensitive to cold and need a freeze alert, but simple tools are available to monitor ambient conditions and provide alerts if breaches to expected conditions are detected.
New regulations make it mandatory to implement formal procedures for food handling. For example, the US FDA will introduce a new food traceability rule in November 2022.
Timestrip food indicators can:
- Reduce product spoilage and wastage
- Help suppliers to comply with local and national regulations
- Demonstrate a commitment to responsible quality assurance systems and good manufacturing practices
Timestrip liquid-based temperature indicators
Timestrip produces a wide range of indicators based on reliable chemical processes, from the Timestrip PLUS 170 that produces an alert at -20ºC, to the Timestrip PLUS 171 that reacts at 38ºC, there are stock products available to suit every need. For food monitoring, a popular choice is the Timestrip PLUS 065 with an alert set at 8ºC ascending and an indication of how long the set temperature has been breached – up to 8 hours.
The single use indicators are easily activated and read with little or no training required. Some are designed with FDA compliance in mind.
For picking and packing of fresh fruit and vegetables, indicator labels can be attached to punnets for example. Dairy products such as ice cream may use a Timestrip PLUS 058 -14ºC label ascending, and for frozen shipments of any kind, a Timestrip PLUS 077 0ºC ascending indicator is ideal. While foods sensitive to freezing can benefit from a freeze alert indicator such as the Timestrip neo Freeze Alarm.
Timestrip liquid-based time indicators
For high value goods, a Timestrip Time 24 month time indicator can provide stock rotation / shelf life monitoring for up to 24 months.
A unique serial number on each indicator make these products completely traceable as part of a quality management system.
Food temperature data recording
For applications where a record of temperature data is required, the Timestrip Micro Data Logger TL520 is a compact and economical ‘micro data logger’ that provides alerts when temperatures breach set limits, and allows the logged data to be downloaded to an app for investigation and analysis. Simpler and easier to use than conventional data loggers, the TL520 requires minimal training in use, and can be used at any point in the cold chain.
The 2-8ºC default settings make the TL520 ideal for monitoring cold chain (refrigerated) temperatures in the storage and transport of foods.
Package level electronic monitoring
Timestrip neo indicators are specially designed electronic devices that are cost effective, accurate and reliable, and so support the actions required to manage the food hygiene and safety procedures in food businesses, and ensure that end customers enjoy the highest quality product.
Timestrip neo indicators:
- Give accurate and reliable visual alerts to breaches in temperature level and duration
- Are small and robust enough to travel with the product throughout the supply chain
- Are suitable for field or factory use - simple to use and read
- Are much cheaper than conventional data loggers
- Include a unique serial number printed on each indicator for traceability
The Timestrip neo Fridge TT525-AB stock product indicates at -0.5C, 2C and 8C, with time monitoring for the 8ºC level. It can therefore be ideal for monitoring all types of frozen and chilled foods, fresh fish and other seafood, meat, salads, vegetables etc.
Have questions about monitoring food with Timestrip? Contact us today.
Timestrip® has added to its recently announced neo platform with two new stocked products.
The Freeze Alarm is designed for products that are sensitive to freezing, and provides a visible freeze alert if the ambient temperature drops below 0ºC for 30 minutes; it shows a further alert at 60 minutes.
The Room Temp indicator monitors the range 15 to 25ºC, and alerts at one hour.
The two new indicators complement the first Timestrip neo product, the Fridge Alarm, which reacts at three temperatures and five time intervals.
All the products check temperatures around twice a minute, and are expected to be popular in healthcare applications including vaccines and pharmaceuticals, as well as foodstuffs, paint, adhesives and chemicals. Serial numbers on every product provide for traceability in quality control systems.
Timestrip neo is the latest platform for a range of single use electronic temperature and time indicators that provide highly versatile operation at low cost. More accurate than liquid indicators, the electronic indicators have been specially developed to combine ease of use with a very small and light form factor. All Timestrip neo indicators are suitable for pack level monitoring with both time and multiple temperature settings.
“The Timestrip neo platform technology can cover a very wide range of user needs. We have anticipated three of the most common applications with the Fridge Alarm and now the Freeze Alarm and Room Temperature indicators and will hold them in stock for rapid despatch.”Gabriel McGlynn, Chairman of Timestrip.
Other configurations of time and temperature are available to order for quantities as low as 20,000 units. Contact us today for more information.
Timestrip will be showing off our time and temperature indicators at the Florida International Medical Expo in Miami from July 27 - July 29th, 2022.
FIME is the largest leading event in the medical device, sterilization, innoculation and equipment sector for the Americas.
This event is FREE! You can register at: FIME Show registration
We will be introducing our brand new electronic indicator at FIME. If you are attending, please stop by Booth J70 to get samples of our liquid indicators and learn about our newest electronic indicator.
Interested in knowing more about Timestrip & the Medical industry?
Here are some of the ways Timestrip is being used today:
Disinfection and sterilisation
Laparoscopes, arthroscopes, endoscopes, surgical and dental instruments and many other simple or complex instruments require thorough cleaning before disinfection and sterilization processes to remove inorganic and organic materials. Timestrip one hour time indicators are used by technicians to ensure that equipment is not left to stand for longer than the hour, prompting timely processing.
In one such application, the small Timestrips are attached to containers carrying complex medical instruments (endoscopes) for sterilisation, and with a single button press, the one-hour countdown process is started, at the end of a which a clear, unambiguous visual alert is shown
Blood supply monitoring
Tenet Healthcare used Blood Temp 10 temperature indicators to monitor blood transportation. These helped the company to comply with regulatory guidance by providing auditable proof that blood core temperature was maintained when returned to the blood bank. A survey by PDC Healthcare reported that the blood bag temperature indicators helped Tenet significantly improve blood transportation quality control and workflow efficiency.
Timestrip acted fast to develop vaccine monitoring solutions when coronavirus vaccines became available requiring deep freeze cold chain storage and transport down to -70C.
One solution is the VRM30 indicator shows the time that vaccines have been held in the chilled 2-8C range, and has markers for 1, 5 days up to 30 days, learn about our newest electronic indicator.
TradeReady, the blog for international trade experts, has listed its “10 Global trade trends we’ll be watching in 2022”, and Timestrip has been listed as one of the top trends.
Noting advancements in cold chain technology, the survey reports: “Vaccines need strict temperature-controlled storage to remain effective, which is why cold chain technology is big news these days. Enhanced temperature control and reporting systems are being implemented for carriers for vaccines, such as the Vaccine Freezer Monitor (VFM) system from Timestrip in Cambridge, UK. The survey then quotes from Inbound Logistics magazine to describe how the VFM indicators work.
It goes on to say that:
“Advancements like these will be accelerated in 2022 to accommodate one of the world’s most important commodities... the push to keep this pace going likely will only ramp up as 2022 rolls along.”
TradeReady is supported by the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), a not-for-profit organization, and is based in Canada.
Read the original article on Trade Ready.
eTimestrip NFC App Available For iOS
Timestrip®, the developer of smart indicator technology, has extended the capability of its electronic eTimestrip indicators with a new app for Apple users. The indicators feature a free app for iOS that allows users to benefit from downloadable reports.
The eTimestrip smart indicator range was launched at the start of the year, and has proved popular with users for detecting temperature breaches in the cold chain. Typically, the devices are deployed in 2-8°C fridge transports in pharmaceuticals, vaccines and food produce, though other temperature monitoring ranges are possible.
The TC489 uses near-field communication (NFC), so that users with a smartphone can download data from the device to PDF or Excel files, providing auditable evidence of temperature breaches. Both Android and Apple devices from iPhone 7 onwards are now supported. The detailed data report includes a record of the number of times the limit has been exceeded, the total time limit exceeded and alarm status.
Alternatively, the single use TC489 can be read simply by viewing the built in LED lights, which blink every 30 seconds, and indicate when the temperature has moved outside the upper or lower limits for 30 minutes. This enables anyone along the cold chain to check the status of the shipment without any special training or equipment,
making the small indicators an attractive alternative to conventional data loggers.
A simpler TC490 indicator is also available, with a 180-day service life and irreversible alarms, providing a highly cost effective solution to temperature monitoring.
We are pleased to be able to offer iOS users the same high quality, cost effective indicator solution that is enjoyed by our Android users. Whatever sector they are in, our clients gain peace of mind, knowing that their products have been properly stored and transported, all the way from manufacture to the point of use.Nora Murphy, Commercial Director of Timestrip
Smart Indicator Avoids Wastage of Vaccine Supplies
Timestrip® , the developer of smart indicator technology, has introduced a new irreversible temperature indicator that helps healthcare professionals avoid wastage of vaccines. Travelling with packs of vaccine vials, the Vaccine Freezer Monitor ‘VFM -7⁰C’ is activated just when monitoring is required.
The indicator is started simply by pressing a button on the back, and can then quickly be placed in the packaging along with the frozen vaccine vials. From then on, VFM -7⁰C follows the temperature precisely, and shows a clear alert if temperatures rise above -7⁰C. In this case, the vaccine should be discarded or sent for examination.
A built-in window shows the duration of the breach up to 72 hours, but should temperatures rise well above the -7⁰C set point, the window will fill faster, mirroring the effect of temperature on delicate vaccines.
VFM -7⁰C can be activated at any point in the cold chain. The liquid based indicators are completely inert prior to use, and can be stored in freezer, fridge or room temperature. In addition to vaccines, the indicators can be used to protect other sensitive pharmaceutical products.
The smart labels are supplied with a leaflet explaining their correct use, and represent a highly cost effective solution for vials of typically 20-40 per outer pack.
Use of the VFM -7⁰C avoids vaccine wastage and ensures vaccine efficacy is not compromised. It alsoNora Murphy, Commercial Director of Timestrip
encourages sound quality procedures throughout storage and transport of the valuable vaccine supplies.
Originally produced as a custom indicator, VFM -7⁰C is now available for broader use in monitoring sensitive pharma products.
Timestrip smart indicators were used in a study by academics at Reading School of Pharmacy, part of The University of Reading, into people’s confidence in the quality of medicines.
The study focused on the potential re-use of returned medicines. It found that participants’ intention to take part in medicines re-use increased with the presence of the Timestrip® Plus temperature sensors on the packaging. The perceived social pressure to accept the medication also increased. The effect of the indicators was even greater than the promise of pharmacist visual checking of the medicines.
Although medicines re-use is not at present allowed in the UK, the presence of Timestrip indicators on packaging is understood to be a marker of their quality.
Ref: Lam, Y.; McCrindle, R.; Hui, T.K.L.; Sherratt, S.; Donyai, P. The Effect of Quality Indicators on Beliefs about Medicines Reuse: An Experimental Study. Pharmacy 2021, 9, x. https://doi.org/10.3390/xxxxx. Read more here: https://www.mdpi.com/2226-4787/9/3/128