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APP Thermal Chain Innovation is a Portuguese company that, for the last 15 years has been focused in creating innovative solutions to solve international clients’ needs, mainly in pharmaceutical, health and food industries.

Experienced in providing thermal chain management solutions in Asia, South America and Europe, APP provides not only the necessary hardware to ensure the safe transportation of thermosensitive products, but also the software that enables the monitoring and control of the whole process, hence ensuring the quality of their solutions.


One of their most recent innovations is the e-Kool Smart Cover PCM - a height-adjustable thermal cover with impregnated PCMs (Phase Change Materials) capable of maintaining temperature ranges of -12°C to -21°C, 0°C to 2°C, 2°C to 8°C and 15°C to 25°C. The combination of PCMs with thinsulate isolation and other materials ensures that the cover is stable and effective for extreme thermal profiles (that commonly happen in cross-docking operations, for example).


The innovative nature of the project underlying the development of the cover originated a patenting process, which is currently underway.


Furthermore, this cover can be reutilized, therefore preventing the "one use only" method of most packaging solutions. In addition to this sustainable feature, it is packed with state-of-the-art technology – a beacon that enables the tracking and temperature control at any moment of the transportation process.


In comparison with traditional thermal covers, APP was able to achieve a significant reduction of about 70% of the weight, a near 50% optimization of the usable volume and a 5x quicker assembly process.


The e-Kool Smart Cover PCM is one of APP’s solutions that can be utilized to safely distribute vaccines, high-value and thermosensitive food products, or any other good that requires a temperature-controlled transportation.