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Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators TP065 8C

Timestrip® PLUS temperature indicators provide simple, quick and cost effective answers to your temperature sensitive products. They record elapsed time at or above a specified threshold temperature.
Timestrip® PLUS are small and self-adhesive so they can be attached directly to a product, package or shipment.

Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators provide simple, quick and cost effective answers. They record elapsed time at or above a specified threshold temperature; for example at 8°C/46°F for up to 8 hours.
Timestrip® PLUS are small and self-adhesive so they can be attached directly to a product, package or shipment. They can be stored inert at room temperature and then activated without pre-conditioning when required.

Features include:

Green_tick Activation feature – can be shipped and stored under any temperature conditions, saving money and hassle
Green_tick Highly Accurate
Green_tick Indicator window confirms activation, to let you know the product is ‘on’
Green_tick Unique serial code printed on each indicator for traceability
Green_tick Long shelf life
Green_tick Unambiguous color progression to show length of temperature breach
Green_tick Product can be delivered by the piece or in rolls
Green_tick Customized product & carrying cards available to distinguish your company or your customer
Green_tick Water Resistant
Green_tick Modern Look & Feel
Green_tick Environmentally friendly

 

How it works:

All Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators work from three principles. A mixture will melt from solid to liquid form when an ascending temperature threshold is breached and return to solid form if the temperature falls again to its freeze point (STOP temperature). When in liquid form, the mixture will move laterally through a porous membrane at a known rate. The progress of the liquid will be visible through a viewing window.
Once any Timestrip® PLUS is activated, if the temperature being monitored remains below the STOP temperature, the blue colour will not move. If the threshold is breached, the blue colour will progress to the viewing window with the time markers. Each movement is irreversible so the cumulative time of any temperature breaches is shown by how far the blue colour has moved along the time markers.

Timestrip PLUS 30C TP136 progress

Stock products temperatures available:
-20°C, 0°C, 8°C, 10°C, 25°C, 30°C , 38°C

Custom temperatures can be produced subject to minimum order quantities.

Products

Stock products available:

 

Application Product name Product image
Frozen Food Timestrip PLUS 170
-20°C / -4°F
8 Hours run-out window
Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators TP170 -20C
Timestrip PLUS 077
0°C / 32°F
12 Hours run-out window
Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators 0C
Fridge, Pharma Shipments Timestrip PLUS 065
8°C / 46°F
8 Hour run-out window
Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators TP065 8C
Timestrip PLUS 175
8°C / 46°F
48 Hour run-out window
Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators TP175 8C 48hr
Timestrip Plus 153
10°C / 50°F
8 Hour run-out window
Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators TP153 10C
Timestrip Plus 176
10°C / 50°F
48 Hour run-out window
Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators TP176 10C 48HR
Pharma Ward Use Timestrip Plus 7 Days
10°C / 50°F
7 Day run-out window
Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators TP359 10C 7DAY
Controlled Room Temperature Timestrip PLUS 217
25°C / 77°F
12 Hour run- out window
Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators TP217 25C
Extreme Room Temperature Timestrip PLUS 136
30°C / 86°F
12 Hour run-out window
Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators TP136 30C
Timestrip PLUS 171
38°C / 100°F
8 Hour run-out window
Timestrip PLUS temperature indicators TP171 38C

 

MOQ Products available:

-14°C, 3°C, 5°C, 12°C, 18°C, 20°C, 34°C

Specifications

For every indicator, a full technical Specification, MSDS, Testing Protocol and FAQ sheet are available.

Type Irreversible, single use
Activation Feature A manual activation button on the top – the ‘On’ window turns blue to confirm it is armed.
Indication A blue colour appears in the viewing window if a breach of the threshold temperature has occurred. The duration of one or more breaches is shown by how far the blue colour has progressed along the time markers.
Accuracy of Temperature +/-1°C/2°F
Accuracy of Time +/- 15% in isothermal conditions
Quality Assurance Produced under ISO9001:2008
Size 40mm x 19mm
Recommended Storage Room temperature: 22°C/72°F at
20-80% humidity. Cool dark environment
Packaging 100 indicators per bag
Labelled with expiry and batch number
Shipping Package
Requirements
No special requirements as inert until activated
Protection Splash proof
Traceability Unique serial number on each indicator
Shelf Life Pre-activation: 2 years from shipping for most lines, otherwise 2 years from manufacturing date.
Active life: up to 1 year.

Documents

Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 Timestrip Plus Product Overview

FAQ's

What is Timestrip® PLUS?

It is a single use temperature indicator in a self-adhesive label format. It indicates if temperature has risen to breach a defined threshold and it records the cumulative elapsed time of all such breaches. Each product in the range is engineered to respond to a different threshold temperature so customers can choose the product that best suits their needs.

How can I use Timestrip® PLUS?

They are suitable for many situations when elevated temperatures can create problems for a product. Common applications are frozen or chilled foods, medicines, vaccines, adhesives and chemicals. A common use is to identify the elapsed time of temperature abuse during shipping. Another is for products which are taken repeatedly in and out of their ideal storage conditions for temporary use, like lab chemicals. One or two excursions might not be problematic, but Timestrip® PLUS shows the cumulative time of all excursions and this can be used to trigger a timely replacement of the product.

How does Timestrip® PLUS work?

A blue dye housed in a blister is held adjacent to a micro-porous membrane. Upon squeezing the activation button the liquid dye comes out of the blister and into contact with the membrane. If the temperature of the product is below the stated ‘STOP’ temperature, the blue dye changes state to solid form, and it is unable to move through the membrane. If the temperature rises to or above the threshold temperature, the dye changes to liquid form and moves at a precise rate through the membrane. Its progress is irreversible and the distance it travels through the viewing window indicates the cumulative time the indicator has been exposed to the threshold temperature or above.  Once activated, Timestrip® PLUS will keep monitoring temperature for days, weeks or months, depending on your needs. During that time it will record how long any temperature breaches last. Here is an example. An 8°C Timestrip® PLUS was chosen to monitor a shipment which would take 3 weeks to arrive. When the shipment arrived, the indicator showed 4 hours of 8°C breach. This breach could have happened in one long event or from a series of shorter breach events across the 3 weeks. The 8°C Timestrip® PLUS could have indicated up to 8 hours of temperature breaches during that 3 weeks.

Are Timestrip Plus indicators waterproof?

Timestrips® are not designed to be submerged in water, but they are very splash-proof and can be immersed in water for short periods without any effect.

Is the liquid safe?

Yes.  We only use food-grade oils and non-toxic colourants in our formulation. In the unlikely event that the liquid leaks from the indicator and comes into contact with skin, simply wash with soap and water. If the liquid comes into contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice. The MSDS is available for further information.

Can Timestrips be used in any direction / orientation?

Yes.  Orientation has no impact on the way it works.

How are Timestrip® PLUS products evaluated for their time accuracy?

Timestrip®  PLUS are polymeric multi-layer indicators. They are based on spontaneous lateral wetting by a blue liquid inside a porous substrate and not a chemical reaction. Each production batch (7000 – 8000 products) undergoes strict quality control tests to validate its time accuracy. This is conducted via a computer vision software (TSCV) which analyses scanned photos of seven randomly-selected products from each batch (roughly 0.1% of the population). The photos are taken at different elapsed times and the tested products are placed at their designated temperature through the entire test period. The software automatically analyses the lateral progress and the elapsed time of each product tested and the data is presented numerically and graphically in a specific file which is labelled by batch.  This data is translated into a final release report which is attached to the outgoing product batches.  

What happens at elevated temperatures?

Due to the nature of liquids, higher temperatures reduce the viscosity of the liquid dye in Timestrip® PLUS. The correlated result is faster/shorter run-times (the progressing blue dye will reach each printed time-mark sooner than intended). So, if an 8°C/46°F indicator is exposed to 25°C/77°F for a consistent period then the blue dye will progress more quickly through the membrane than if it was exposed to 10°C/50°F for a consistent period. This graph shows the run-time acceleration of a 10°C/50°F Timestrip PLUS at different elevated temperatures. The y-axis represents the actual run-time of the liquid dye at different temperatures, and is expressed as a percentage of the specified run-out time at an isotherm of 12°C/54°F. So, at an isothermal temperature of 12°C, the liquid dye will reach each time-marker (1, 2, 4, 8, hours etc) within these times +/-15% in time. However, if for example the product is exposed to an isotherm of 21°C/70°F the dye will reach each time marker within only 77% of the intended run-time. In other words, it will reach the;
• 1 hour time-marker within approximately 46 minutes (77% of 1 hour)
• 2 hour time-marker within approximately 1.32 hours and so on.
At a less extreme temperature elevation, say 15°C/59°F the blue dye will reach each time-marker at 91% of the intended time.

Why is there an activation window and a runout window?

The activation window gives confidence that the product is armed. The breach/run-out window is separate so that it clearly indicates a breach of the temperature threshold and the cumulative elapsed time of the breach.

What is the maximum run-time Timestrip® PLUS range can offer?

The maximum run-time varies between hours to days dependent on the product and its application. Note that the run-time is only referring to the time above its breach temperature.  Timestrip® PLUS can remain active and vigilant for long periods of time (up to a year after activated) if the run out window has not completely filled in.

What is the accuracy of the hour marks?

Every Timestrip Plus™ product is calibrated to a temperature of 2˚C above its stated threshold temperature. For example, Timestrip Plus™ 12˚C is calibrated to a temperature of 14˚C. When the product breaches its threshold temperature and is held at a constant temperature(i.e. isotherm) of 14˚ C, it will reach the 1 Hour print mark within 1 Hr (+/- 15% in time) intended time.

Timestrip® PLUS compare with data loggers?

There are fundamental differences. Data loggers are expensive and typically are designed to go on large shipments. They are not an immediate tool as they need to be returned/connected for the data to be read and acted on, and they have to be used repeatedly to justify the expense. They also require power. Timestrip® PLUS indicators are less expensive, require no power, are single use and can be instantly read by the end user. They have unique serial numbers to ensure the traceability of each indicator to avoid the potential for manipulation across the distribution chain. As well as being effective for large shipments, Timestrip® PLUS are small light and cost effective enough to be used at the carton or single unit level. Using them at multiple points within a shipment or container can isolate unacceptable temperature pockets. Data loggers provide a full history of temperature from the time of activation. Timestrip® PLUS records how long a product has been above its threshold temperature (up to the maximum printed on the scale – usually 8 or 12 cumulative hours) but cannot tell you when the breach or breaches occurred. Timestrip® PLUS is most often used to monitor and validate the “last-mile” of a cold chain or other temperature environment, in other words, when the product is close to its eventual use. In some cases data loggers and Timestrip® PLUS indicators may be used in complementary ways to help monitor temperatures.

Can you customise for us?

We have a growing range of standard products that meet most cold chain requirements. As a general rule, if you require more than 50,000 units, we can customize the print, and in many cases, even the melt temperature, although we have an extensive existing range. There is a premium for this service. We can also quote on custom carrier cards and backing labels, if you need to provide instructions, add other languages, or a form to provide a permanent record.

What can they be used on?

Anything where elevated temperatures are an issue. Common applications are frozen or chilled foods, medicines, vaccines, blood products and adhesives.

How accurate are Timestrip® PLUS?

+/- 1 ̊C for the temperature component and 15% for the time component under isothermal conditions. The progress of the blue dye across the time-markers is calibrated to a temperature of 2 ̊C above the stated threshold temperature. For example, the time markers for Timestrip® PLUS 12 ̊C are calibrated to a temperature of 14 ̊C. When the product breaches its threshold temperature and is held at a constant temperature of 14 ̊C (i.e. isotherm), the blue liquid will reach the 1 hour print mark within 1 hour (+/- 15% in time). If the breach is at a much higher temperature than the stated threshold temperature, the indicator dye becomes thinner and will run faster.

Can Timestrip Plus indicate if a temperature has fallen below a certain point?

Timestrip Plus™ can only show ascending temperature excursions. We have other products that do this type of descending temperature indication.

What is the shelf-life of Timestrip® PLUS?

Most Timestrip® PLUS products are provided with a shelf life of 2 years from shipping from our premises. Some formulations may be provided with a shelf-life of 2 years from date of manufacture. In all cases, an expiry date is provided for each batch of products supplied.

Any special storage requirements before activation?

No, unlike some other threshold temperature products, Timestrip® PLUS can be stored inert at ambient temperatures and only activated when needed.

Do I need to pre-condition indicators prior to activation?

No. Unlike some other threshold temperature products, Timestrip® PLUS does not require pre-conditioning. You need to activate above the product’s threshold temperature, as you cannot squeeze the dye out of the blister if it is in solid form. Immediately after activation, stop the progress of the dye by placing the indicator below its STOP temperature. You can adhere the Timestrip immediately to a product or carrying card which is below the STOP temperature. Alternatively place the activated indicator in an environment much colder than the STOP temperature for a short period of time.

Why do Timestrip® PLUS have a ‘START’ and a ‘STOP’ threshold temperature?

The melting point of a solid is the temperature at which it changes state from solid to liquid. The freezing point (or crystallization point) is the temperature at which a liquid changes to a solid. For certain substances the melting and freezing point are not the same and the freezing point is lower than the melt point. This behaviour is called hysteresis. At the STOP point (freezing point) the dye can’t move. At the melt point the dye moves and indicates a threshold breach.

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