Article | August 22, 2014

Defining ISCgold and ISCsilver Ambient Temperature Profiles

Source: Sonoco ThermoSafe

ThermoSafe understands the importance of shipping temperature-sensitive products with confidence. Reliable packaging systems that effectively control the temperature of products during transport and distribution are vital to maintaining the integrity of those products. The ability to accurately predict and adapt to temperature fluctuations encountered during shipping has a direct impact on the quality of the temperature assurance packaging solution.

The selection of an ambient temperature profile is a critical starting point. Currently, there are no industry standards for the development of ambient temperature profiles. The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) has published several profiles over the years (5B, 7D, 7E). However, these profiles are only representative of specific distribution practices, modes, and lanes, and are not generally accepted among global regulatory authorities. Choosing the right ambient profile requires detailed knowledge and a thorough understanding of the distribution environment through which the package must travel.