January 21, 2021

YLE: Finnish Company Facing a Jackpot – this device saved Covid vaccines from spoiling

Logmore is looking forward to large orders in 2021, as inquiries on the solution increase all over the world.

This blog post is based on the article originally written by Sanna Savela in Finnish and published by YLE, the national Broadcasting Company of Finland. The original article can be found here: https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-11744244

Early in January 2021, YLE reported of a device monitoring the last mile of the covid vaccine cold chain alerted the staff on a temperature breach. In this particular case, the healthcare station in Northern Finland only had hours to act before the vaccines would spoil. However, thanks to the alert, the vaccines could be injected in time.

Vaccine monitoring has drastically increased the demand for the solution. As Logmore CEO Janne Juhala told YLE in a recent interview, “We’ve received a huge amount of inquiries from all around the world. If things go as expected, we may ship hundreds of thousands of loggers.”

Logmore products are manufactured mainly by subcontractors in Finland and Latvia. With the rapid increase in demand, we decided built a new manufacturing line in Jyväskylä in mere weeks to answer the growing demand.

The Jyväskylä manufacturing line is expected to only be an emergency solution for a situation where the company receives a large order. The company already gets enough orders to warrant for five employees working in the new location.

“I see the Länsi-Pohja healthcare district’s situation as a concrete proof that the loggers are necessary”, says Juhala.

At the moment the devices are being used to track the journey of thousands of vaccines in Finland, Argentina, Portugal, and New Zealand.

Sininen kuivajäälaatikko, jonka kannessa on loggeri.
Logmore loggers can be used to monitor shipment temperature, location, or impacts. Photo by Petri Aaltonen / Yle

Measuring below zero temperatures is possible

Most of the shipments tracked with Logmore are carried in above zero temperatures. Although the covid vaccines arrive in Finland encased in dry ice, the vaccines are defrosted to refrigerator temperatures for domestic transportation. 

“It’s possible, because the vaccine remains viable for five days after defrosting”, says specialist Mia Kontio of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare told YLE in a recent interview.

Minus 70 degree below Celsius (-94°F) is well within the ranges Logmore can handle. Our dry ice logger can be used in shipments using dry ice as a coolant.

Loggeri ja sen lämpötila-anturi pöydällä.
The Dry Ice logger includes an external temperature probe for measuring deep freeze temperatures. Image by Petri Aaltonen / Yle

Loggeri, josta lähtee lämpötila-anturin johto, kuivajäälaatikon päällä.
The Dry Ice logger is attached to the container exterior while the external temperature probe is placed within the container with the dry ice. Image by Petri Aaltonen / Yle

The circuit board and battery don’t last long in deep freeze, but thanks to the external probe, they can be left outside the box."

Loggereita, ennen kokoonpanoa.
Logger components waiting assembly. Image by Petri Aaltonen / Yle

The main use cases for the loggers are monitoring pharmaceutical and food shipments. Thanks to the recent upsurge in ecommerce and home deliveries, a logger might travel all the way to a consumer’s house attached to a package. “We’ve just surpassed the milestone of a hundred million measurements. Our devices have been used to secure over ten thousand shipments to date”, says Janne Juhala.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers responsible for product quality during shipping

The pharmaceutical manufacturer is responsible for maintaining sub-zero temperatures on the way to Finland.

Juhala tells YLE that the company is negotiating with central operators of the vaccine distribution chain, for instance pharmaceutical and logistics companies and authorities. “Inquiries cover the entire distribution chain all the way from manufacturing to the location of use.”

Logmore Oy:n toimitusjohtaja Janne Juhala kuivajäälaatikon vieressä.
CEO Janne Juhala. Image by Petri Aaltonen / Yle

Data collection equipment is required in pharmaceutical shipments

In Finland, all healthcare districts use some sort of loggers to monitor their shipments. Of the eleven districts, multiple have opted to use Logmore. As reported by Yle, the Länsi-Pohja district recently managed to save a batch of vaccines from spoiling thanks to QR loggers.

“The temperature of all medicine is monitored during transportation. It’s completely normal self-monitoring done by pharmacies. We actively use two models of loggers. One of them is this one read by a QR code”, hospital pharmacist Riikka Vänskä told Yle in a recent interview.

Yle also asked Mika Rämet, the professor in charge of the Finnish Vaccine Research Center his opinion on the matter. While Rämet did not comment on the demand for Logmore loggers, he admitted believing that an effective shipment monitoring would be welcome.

Työntekijä kokoaa loggereita puristimella.
Konsta Lahti assembles loggers with a press. Image by Petri Aaltonen / Yle

Loggeria kootaan puristimessa.
Loggers are assembled with an ultrasound machine. Sonic energy melts the casing together, making the logger waterproof. Image by Petri Aaltonen / Yle

This blog post is based on the article originally written by Sanna Savela in Finnish and published by YLE, the national Broadcasting Company of Finland. The original article can be found here: https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-11744244