Big news for DoKaSch Temperature Solutions GmbH. Washington’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified the company’s ‘flying temperature-controlled warehouse’, their Opticooler RAP. It is a technically sophisticated special transport box tailored for shipping temperature sensitive pharma and similar delicate consignments. This approval allows U.S. and Canadian carriers to now make use of the Opticooler.
Prior to the approval and in anticipation of the green light now given by the FAA, the company had founded DoKaSch Americas Inc, a California-based affiliate.
Why the management was confident that they would get the okay for their cool-boxes from the U.S. watchdogs, is explained by DoKaSch TS CEO Andreas Seitz: “Both Opticooler types, the RAP and the RKN, are EASA-certified since years, and many airlines around the globe already use them. The FAA had just asked some different questions compared to their European peers and requested different tests.”
This all took quite a long time, “but with our 30-year experience in building certified ULDs, we have always been very confident that we would finally pass all tests successfully, which we ultimately did.”
Douglas Wettergreen, CEO of DoKaSch Americas added to this: “The FAA approval for our Opticooler is an important step in expanding our international network and strengthening our position. Since the USA is an important export market for pharmaceuticals, we are focusing time and energy on key clients.” The manager reminded that many of his company’s American customers had been eagerly awaiting the FAA approval enabling them to rent Opticoolers when needed for transporting temp sensitive pharmaceuticals or other climate critical items.
For lease, not for sale
Currently, a fleet of Opticoolers is already available for lease at more than 25 international U.S. airports to serve the needs of the pharmaceutical industry in the United States, states DoKaSch.
In a release, the company emphasizes that the pharmaceutical industry in the USA is the biggest in the world and continuously introduces new products to the market, many of them of extremely high value and requiring safe and tailored transportation from beginning to end. One illustrative example are biotech products that are growing steadily, and the lifesaving and life-improving quality of these items makes them indispensable. In a nutshell, they all demand precise temperature ranges tolerating zero deviations during transportation. This is where DoKaSch’s Opticooler comes into play.
Two Opticooler options
DoKaSch Temperature Solutions is meanwhile a household name in the industry when it comes to providing and managing a fleet of special containers. Their active cool containers are available in two sizes, an Opticooler RAP, providing space for four CP1 pallets, and an RKN size for accommodating the contents of one pallet.
The company claims that their “Made in Germany” products are valued for their exceptional reliability and performance in any climatic situation, while keeping cargo accurately cooled within the 2-8°C or 15-25°C ranges. Electricity powered and fully air conditioned, equipped with batteries, cooling compressors and heaters, they can cool as well as heat without using dry ice.
As things stand, the first Opticooler to be loaded on board a U.S. carrier and filled with pharma products, will most probably take off this year already, states Andreas Seitz: “Major U.S. flag carriers such as UA, AA, DL and also Air Canada, as well as some ACMI freighter operators have started their internal technical and operational approval of the RAP-Opticooler.” The sooner they come to terms the better, states manager Seitz, adding that some pharma shippers are eagerly awaiting the launch of his company’s ‘temp controlled flying warehouses’ in North America.
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