Our own Alex Debreceni (Validation Engineer) has written a new whitepaper on planning a successful warehouse mapping study entitled “Planning a Successful Warehouse Mapping Study.” You can read an excerpt below. Visit our Whitepapers Archive to read the rest of this article, as well as other whitepapers and case studies.
The Importance of Thermal Mapping
Pharmaceutical, biological and medical device products require controlled environmental storage conditions. Degradation can occur when the storage environment of the product exceeds the range of safe conditions of the product. For example, some pharmaceutical materials need to be stored at ambient temperature to preserve the potency of the product. If the temperature of the storage environment goes outside that range, damage to the pharmaceutical material may occur. Thermal mapping of all storage areas is required to assess the environmental conditions stored pharmaceutical materials will be exposed to. This is especially true of warehouse storage due to large seasonal variations of environmental conditions.
Create a Plan
A critical step when temperature mapping warehouses is to determine the scope of the project. A number of factors must be considered when determining the scope; the number of mapping studies, study length, the temperature range acceptable for operation, quantity of sensors, sensor locations, storage envelope parameters, and any other information deemed important by the end user, all are critical pieces of information to ensure a successful mapping study whereas the storage envelope refers to a specific section of the warehouse designated for product storage. Parameters relevant to the storage envelope include storage rack numbers, storage rack dimensions, storage rack and product spacing, and thermal mass distribution. (Read More…)