Kuehne+Nagel offers active wireless sensors on pharma airfreight

Schindellegi, Switzerland:  Kuehne+Nagel Group is introducing newly developed active wireless sensors, which record and transmit the temperature of pharmaceutical airfreight shipments along the entire supply chain, as part of its KN PharmaChain product.

The use of active wireless sensors is a major achievement in the segment of seamless airfreight cold chains for pharmaceutical products, the company says.  “Generally, security rules prohibit the active use of mobile sensors during the air transport.  However, together with a number of airline partners, Kuehne+Nagel thoroughly tested low-emission devices which can stay active during the flight so that the temperature is being constantly measured and reported practically in real-time,” it says in a statement.

“Kuehne+Nagel is the first company to provide this service to customers from the pharmaceutical and health care industry.  In order to guarantee seamless temperature visibility from pick-up to delivery of the cargo, warehouses and logistics facilities both of Kuehne+Nagel and its airline partners will be equipped with transmitting technology.”

The same applies to pre-and-on-carriage vehicles.  The service is part of a package of new tailor-made airfreight services to the pharmaceutical industry.  Full transparency is provided to customers as the temperature indications can be viewed directly inside the KN Login online tool.

“By introducing this service we are setting new, quite revolutionary standards in the cold chain airfreight market and we will extend the offering step by step to other industry groups”, says Tim Scharwath,  Kuehne+Nagel’s executive vice president air logistics.