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Timestrip time and temperature monitoring
Liquid Indicator Technology
Timestrip indicator labels are single use, low cost, patented technology diffusing liquid through a viewing window to reveal how much time has passed since activation or temperature breach

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Shows length of time vaccines are out of fridge
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Download our eTimestrip app today. It is compatible with most of our electronic indicators and can be used to generate data report PDF and CSVs to save and share.

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LED indicator with compatible app
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Timestrip Attending 2022 Pharma Supply & Logistics in Basel, Switzerland

Timestrip will be attending the 7th Pharma Supply Chain & Logistics Innovation Programme in Basel on 10-11 May 2022. We will be at Booth #11. Nora Murphy and Roger Sabat will give a brief presentation on ‘New Challenges and Solutions in Temperature Monitoring’.

At the conference, Timestrip will show a new electronic indicator, designed to give low cost, easy to use, effective monitoring.

Timestrip pharma logistics expo

We will also be demonstrating other products from our range of irreversible temperature indicator products for the pharmaceutical industry. These include our Timestrip PLUS irreversible ascending temperature indicators, Electronic Timestrip Complete indicators and Timestrip Micro Logger for 2-8ºC shipping.

Our small team at Booth #11 will be delighted to meet up to discuss your requirements, so please come and get a sample of our Irreversible Temperature Indicators to test and take away with you. Click here for more information about our Timesrip PLUS indicators and here for information about our electronic indicators.

Timestrip temperature monitoring labels make tracking temperature breaches across a multitude of cold chain pharmaceutical applications a simple, cost-effective process.

In fact, we offer some of the most cost-effective solutions of our type in Pharma logistics, which is why our technology has already been adopted by a number of innovative businesses. Our precise, efficient, user-friendly temperature indicator labels are helping to ensure effective cold chain management around the world.

If you are planning on attending PSIP in Basel, please get in touch to arrange a meeting with us.

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Timestrip Introduces its First Micro Data Logger

The New Way of Reading Logged Temperature Data

Timestrip® has introduced its first temperature data logger – the TL520. This compact and economical ‘micro data logger’ 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 TL520 is a single use device providing an immediate irreversible indication of over- and under-temperature conditions using built-in LED lights. Accuracy is quoted as ±0.5ºC over the normal operating range.

A novel feature of the TL520 is that stored data can be sent wirelessly to an accompanying app. for investigation and analysis using built-in NFC technology. No computer is required as the data downloads to any compatible mobile device, and both iOS and Android devices are supported.

The 2-8ºC default settings make the TL520 ideal for monitoring cold chain (refrigerated) temperatures in the storage and transport of sensitive products. Pharmaceuticals, blood, vaccines and food products are typical end use applications.

The new micro logger provides many of the benefits of bulky, traditional data loggers, yet is much simpler to use and is small enough to store with many products during transport and storage

Nora Murphy, Commercial Director of Timestrip

The TL520 is now available from Timestrip and its distributors.

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Timestrip Listed in Top 10 Global Trends Survey

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.

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Timestrip Electronic Indicators Now Support Apple Users

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
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Timestrip Introduces New Vaccine Temperature Indicator

Smart Indicator Avoids Wastage of Vaccine Supplies

Timestrip® , the developer of smart indicator technology, has introduced a new 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 also
encourages sound quality procedures throughout storage and transport of the valuable vaccine supplies.

Nora Murphy, Commercial Director of Timestrip

Originally produced as a custom indicator, VFM -7⁰C is now available for broader use in monitoring sensitive pharma products.

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Timestrip Temperature Indicators Boost Confidence in Medicines - Study Finding

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.

medicine temperature return reminder

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

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New Timestrip Electronic Indicators Launched

eTimestrip Smart Indicator with Mobile App for Report Storage

electronic temperature breach indicators

Timestrip®, the developer of smart indicator technology, is launching a completely new range with two electronic temperature indicators. They will be important in monitoring the safe storage and transportation of a wide range of goods including pharmaceuticals, vaccines, healthcare, food produce, adhesives and inks.

Timestrip Complete (‘TC’) indicators are extremely easy to use, highly versatile and can be attached to products at unit, case or pallet level. They track any breach of temperature outside the designated range, helping manufacturers and logistics staff to safeguard product quality and meet regulations.

The new Timestrip range comprises two indicators. The TC489 is an intelligent device that monitors temperature data every minute with high accuracy. The key alert temperatures can be selected as standard e.g. 2-8ºC, or can be specified as bespoke across a wide temperature range as low as -30ºC or as high as 60ºC.

etimestrip temperature app report

The TC489 has upper and lower limit alarms, and can communicate wirelessly using near field communication (NFC) via a free app, creating a comprehensive data report that includes: number of times limit exceeded, total time limit exceeded and alarm status. Weighing just six grams, it also provides a clear visual signal using built in LEDs.

The TC490 is a simpler device monitoring similar ranges with a 180 day service life, irreversible alarms, and provides a highly cost effective solution to monitoring a wide range of sensitive products.

The new eTimestrip TC products offer our clients solutions for applications that need accurate temperature monitoring, and where strong functionality is needed in most critical applications. They provide clients with the assurance that products have been correctly stored and transported all the way from manufacture to the point of use.

Nora Murphy, Commercial Director of Timestrip.

The new TC range follows the successful introduction last year of Timestrip’s first electronics product, the eTimestrip TIR.

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ITV News interviews Timestrip

ITV News sent a film crew to interview our Commercial Director, Nora Murphy recently.

Timestrip has responded rapidly to the coronavirus challenges, and Nora was asked about the role of the new products in ensuring that vaccine supplies can move safely through the cold chain.

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Timestrip Indicators Safeguard Vaccine Distribution
ultra low pharmaceutical storage

Timestrip® has introduced new time indicators to support the storage and handling of coronavirus vaccine supplies. These smart single use indicators provide an irreversible alert if the vaccine is stored in refrigerated conditions (2-8°C) for too long after thawing from deep freeze storage.

In an early case example, now that the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine has been approved for UK use, attention has turned to the logistics of supplying it to huge numbers of people. Timestrip indicators can travel with the vaccine supply and withstand the coldest storage temperatures e.g. down to -70°C, yet react when the vaccine consignment is thawed.

From the Timestrip vaccine range, the VRM30 indicator shows the time that vaccines have been held in the chilled 2-8°C range, and has markers for 1, 5 days up to 30 days, making it a suitable solution for the management of many vaccines including from Pfizer, Moderna / J&J and AstraZeneca. VRM30 is designed to compensate automatically for changes in temperature, responding more quickly in warmer conditions.

When the vaccine has been removed from the fridge into room temperature ready to be administered, a VOR12 indicator can be deployed to alert logistics and healthcare professionals that an 8°C threshold has been breached.

It will show the duration for which the vaccine has been Out of Refrigerator, as the indicator window gradually fills. A completely full window indicates that the maximum allowed storage period has been reached, and the vaccine may be compromised.

The eTimestrip range of electronic indicators comprises single use devices that generate a report via a mobile app, and provide detailed information on time and temperature to responsible healthcare staff. This report can be sent for centralised storage, eliminating the need to return the device itself for data analysis.

Conventionally, data loggers can be used in these applications, but the scale of the current challenge means that Timestrip’s small, robust indicators are a lower cost, practical solution, while supporting compliance with regulations.

We continue to innovate at a rapid pace to provide cost effective monitoring solutions, considering the efforts of the WHO, FDA and government bodies in their respective countries. Our main objective is supporting healthcare teams as they provide safe care to nations worldwide.

Nora Murphy, Commercial Director
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Timestrip Indicators Track Vaccine Cold Chain Specifications

Timestrip®, the developer of smart indicator technology, has released two new ranges designed to be used with the latest coronavirus vaccines now becoming available. The indicators track temperature and time, and will ensure that vaccines are fresh when administered to patients.

ultra low pharmaceutical storage

The Timestrip Vaccine Thaw Timer is an event thaw indicator with 24 hour time indication calibrated to run at fridge temperatures. It can be packed with vaccines that require storage at -70°C in the ultra-cold chain, and automatically starts monitoring as the vaccine is thawed and transferred to chilled conditions at the hospital or surgery. It then tracks the time from thaw at 6 hours, 12 hours and up to 24 hours, meeting the specifications for use from manufacturers such as Pfizer.    

The Timestrip Vaccine Refrigeration Monitor range comprises three indicators. One is designed to indicate the thawing event of the vaccine; another will time 30 days duration in refrigerator conditions (2°C-8°C), helping the user to manage the vaccine manufacturer’s guidelines for use.

Then, when the vaccine has been taken from the refrigerator and prepared for use, a third indicator monitors how long it has been exposed to temperatures above 8°C, typically at room temperature. The time ‘run out’ for the Vaccine Refrigeration Monitor VOR12 (Vaccine Out of Refrigerator) is up to 12 hours, with shorter times to an alert being seen at higher temperatures. 

These Vaccine Refrigeration Monitor products will help overcome challenges in the handling of COVID-19 vaccines up to the point of administering, and are designed to support the manufacturers’ specification for the handling of vaccines such as those from Moderna.

Both indicators provide a clear irreversible indication to healthcare staff that conditions of storage and handling have exceeded acceptable conditions, and that the vaccine consignment cannot be relied upon. 

Based on safe chemical technology, both the Vaccine Thaw Timer and Vaccine Refrigeration Monitor range overcome the limitations of batteries used at ultra-low temperatures.

We continue to innovate our patented technology to bring the benefits to important applications such as vaccine distribution, supply and last mile handling. Using these indicators, healthcare professionals worldwide can be supported cost effectively, and guided through soon to be routine practices of handling and managing these vital resources.

Nora Murphy, Commercial Director of Timestrip.

Timestrip has recently added other products to its range in response to coronavirus. These include an indicator to monitor antiviral solutions, and Rapid Diagnostics 15, a 15 minute timer indicator for use with rapid turnaround lateral flow test kits.

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Press Releases
  • New eTimestrip Complete Indicators Launched:  news >
  • Timestrip Indicators Safeguard Vaccine Distribution:  news >
  • Tracking cold chain of COVID vaccines:  news >
  • New Timestrip indicators for vaccines:  news >
  • Novel Indicators Provide Essential Monitoring of Virus Specimens:   news >
  • Timestrip Goes Electronic:  news >  
Media Appearance
  • ITV News interviews Timestrip 15/12/2020: read >
January 2022
  • Innovations in Food Technology 25/01/2022: read >
  • Designing a Data Logger That Can Be Used By Anyone 25/01/2022: read >
  • Timestrip Introduces Its First Micro Data Logger 25/01/2022: read >
  • Timestrip Listed in Top 10 Global Trends Survey 12/01/2022: read >
December 2020
  • ITV News interviews Timestrip 15/12/2020: read >
November 2020
  • Air Cargo Week 19/11/2020: read >
  • Printed Electronics Weekly 19/11/2020: read >
  • MHW Magazine 18/11/2020: read >
  • PharmiWeb 18/11/2020: read >
  • AJOT 18/11/2020: read >
  • News Medical 16/11/2020: read >
  • Electronic Specifier 13/11/2020: read >
  • Business Weekly 12/11/2020: read >
  • Printed Electronics Now 12/11/2020: read >
  • Electronics Weekly 12/11/2020: read >
  • PharmiWeb 12/11/2020: read >
  • Components in Electronics 12/11/2020: read >
June 2020
  • EE News Europe 11/6/2020: read >
  • Food Voices 15/06/2020: read >
March 2020

Printed Electronics Now 24/03/2020: read >

Connecting Industry March 2020: read >

Frozen & Chilled Foods March 2020: read >

Pharmi Web March 2020: read >

January 2020

Connecting Industry January 2020: read >

Cambridge Independent January 2020: read >

EPDT on the Net January 2020: read >

EE News Europe January 2020: read >

Air Cargo Week January 2020: read >

AJOT January 2020: read >

Pharmi Web January 2020: read >

News Medical January 2020: read >

Business Weekly Jauary 2020: read >

Emerging Technologies list features Timestrip: read >

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