Feature List - Modules

Overview of things that can be done with the SmartCAE software suite

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LANE RISK

With SmartCAE Lane Risk you can determine the risk of temperature excursions for any shipping container and any payload on any lane worldwide. The risk analysis is based on thermodynamic simulation, using accurate models for any container design on the market, and temperature data for any global transportation lane.

  • Feature

    DESCRIPTION

  • Lane Risk

    Quantify the risk of temperature excursion for a specific packaging on a specific lane.
    Include any packaging solution on the market.
    Assess any transportation lane worldwide.

  • Accelerate PQ / OQ

    Traditional qualification processes rely on time-demanding lab testing and test shipments.
    Lane risk assessments based on computer simulation provides results in a matter of hours.
    New insights from lane risk assessment can cut PQ and OQ times by weeks.

  • Ocean Risks

    Determine the payload vulnerability to planned and unplanned power-offs in ocean containers.
    Quantify how long a container can be powered off until a temperature excursion occurs.

  • Port Power Offs

    Determine the maximum sustainable power-off time for any port worldwide.
    Include solar irradiation and local temperature conditions at any port.

  • Truck Risk

    Determine the payload temperature in controlled and uncontrolled trucks.
    Determine time schedule for truck arrival and departure.

  • Total Cost of Ownership

    Compare different packaging and transportation options by TCO analysis.
    Determine the most cost effective solution on the market for your specific requirements.
    Find the best combination of shipper solution and logistics service level.

  • Seasonal Packaging

    Determine the best time point to switch between seasonal packaging options.
    Compare seasonal packages with single-packout all season solutions.

  • Stability Budget

    Include product stability data in lane risk assessment.

  • Temperature Profiles

    Download lane specific temperature data from global weather station networks.
    If available, logger data from previous shipments can be included in the analysis.


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THERMAL PACKAGING

With SmartCAE Thermal Packaging you can build and model virtual versions of shipper containers used in temperature controlled logistics. It is based on thermodynamic simulation algorithms that let you study the performance of any container for any ambient temperature conditions.

  • Feature

    DESCRIPTION

  • Packaging Design

    Find the optimal combination of materials and layout for your design.
    Optimize the packout: no underprotection, no overengineering.
    Design at any scale: from small payload vials, passive insulated boxes, pallet shippers, to ocean containers - everything is possible.

  • Performance Testing

    Determine the payload temperature inside any packaging for any temperature profile in a matter of minutes, instead of hours of testing.
    Check the thermal performance in your individual setups.

  • Rapid Prototyping

    Test the integrated performance for different insulation materials.
    Build and test virtual prototypes in a matter of minutes instead of expensive lab testing.

  • Robustness of Design

    Check the robustness of your design.
    Explore the influence of production tolerances.
    Determine the critical components of your design. 

  • Component Design

    Design cool packs with PCMs and covers, VIPs, and many more.

  • Materials Explorer

    Explore the thermal behaviour of EPS, PCMs, dry ice, ...

  • Dry Ice

    Determine required amount of dry ice and refill intervals.

  • PCM Preconditioning

    Determine optimum time, layout, and temperature profile to achieve best preconditioning results.

  • Solar Irradiation

    Few lab tests include the effect of solar irradiation. This is easily done in Thermal Packaging simulation.
    In practice, solar irradiation is a critical factor in situations where the packaging is exposed to the sun, like on tarmac.

  • Thermal Covers

    Study the benefits of different thermal covers for your pallet shippers.

  • Active Container

    Simulate active containers by including air exchange rates.
    Estimate required energy consumption to maintain payload temperature.

  • Ocean Container

    Simulate ocean containers: dry container, reefer container, 10', 20', 40', ...

  • Payload Temperature

    Any payload temperature label range is possible: 2-8°C, CRT 15-25°C, frozen, - 80°C deep frozen, cryo, ...

  • Ambient Conditions

    Define any ambient temperature profile like ISTA, European summer, North American winter.
    Include solar irradiation, infrared irradiation on tarmac, wind conditions during truck transportation or in climate chamber environments.


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TEMPERATURE PROFILES

With SmartCAE Temperature Profiles you can analyze the temperature conditions on any global location. By connecting locations you can define virtual shipping lanes, and determine lane-specific temperature profiles. Temperature data are downloaded from global weather station networks.

  • Feature

    DESCRIPTION

  • Weather Stations

    Download lane specific temperature data from global weather station networks.
    If available, logger data from previous shipments can be included in the analysis.

  • Virtual Lanes

    Connect locations and assign travel times to define global shipping lanes that can be used for lane risk assessment.
    Include intervals of storage at controlled temperature.

  • Historical Data

    Download hourly lane-specific historical temperature data from thousands of weather stations worldwide.
    Typically about 10 years of historical data are available.

  • Forecast Data

    Download hourly lane-specific forecast temperature data from thousands of weather stations worldwide.
    Typically 7 days of forecast data are available.

  • Solar Irradiation

    Determine the solar irradiation on any point on the globe.
    Estimate the heat flux on packages exposed to sunlight.

  • Data Interfaces

    Import data from temperature loggers for statistical analysis.
    Import data from other software sources, for example Validaide.
    Export temperature data to common file formats, like xlsx or csv.

  • Data Analysis

    Statistical analysis of temperature data.
    Filtering temperature data by worst cases, dates, and temperature ranges.
    Determine lane-specific temperature proxies based on statistical percentiles as reference profiles.


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DATA TOOLS

SmartCAE Data Tools is a software suite to improve data related workflows. You can digitize graphical data from pdf documents or image files, resample data to equally spaced time intervals, and overlay timeseries from different data sources.

  • Feature

    DESCRIPTION

  • Digitize Lines

    Digitize graphical data from pdfs or images and export to Thermal Packaging or Excel.
    Pick data by color or manually.

  • Compare Profiles

    Compare timeseries from different sources.
    Overlay computer simulation results and experimental data.
    Import data from Thermal Packaging, Batch Jobs, or other file formats like Excel.

  • Resample Data

    Resample timeseries.
    Apply equidistant time spacing to create equally spaced data.
    Linearize data to reduce number of data points.

  • Define Reference

    Quickly prepare graphical data to import as background for plot overlays.


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PERFORMANCE CURVE

The Performance Curve is a tool to analyze the capability of a shipping container to keep the product temperature within its valid label range, at various constant ambient temperatures. The curve provides a thermal performance label that can be used to compare different passive shipper systems and configurations, and thus help identify those that are potentially adequate for a specific distribution lane.

  • Feature

    DESCRIPTION

  • Thermal fingerprint

    Characterize shipper system performance for constant ambient temperatures. 
    Determine time to payload failure. 

  • Independent comparison

    Compare the performance of different shipper systems.

  • Ambient conditions

    Solar irradiation, infrared irradiation on tarmac, wind conditions during
    truck transportation or in climate chamber environments

  • Lane agnostic

    Performance curves can be determined when no lane information is available. 
    Compare shipper performance independent of lane.



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