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Title:
THERMALLY INSULATED TRANSPORT BOX
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/091581
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Thermally insulated transport box (1) comprising a cover (2) and a box body (3). The box body (3) comprising side walls (4), end walls (5), an opening (6) and a bottom wall (7). The inner surfaces of the side walls (4) comprise half columns (9a) projecting from the side wall (4), the inner surfaces of the end walls (5) comprise half columns (9b) projecting from the end wall (5), and the half columns (9a-b) run vertically along the side walls (4) and along the end walls (5). The box comprises at least one separating partition (11) comprising notches (12) in its opposing edges (13), and as the separating partition (11) is positioned to cover at least part of the opening (6) the separating partition (11) is supported by the half columns (9a) and at least part of the notches align with gaps between the half columns (9a) projecting from the side wall (4) to form an air flow path.

Inventors:
NAUKKARINEN, Janne (Ymmerstanmäki 18 A, Espoo, 02750, FI)
LINDEBERG, Erkki (Salaneuvoksentie 3, Kesälahti, 59800, FI)
PUUSTINEN, Jukka (Panimonrinne 2, Loviisa, 07900, FI)
AMINOFF, Mikko (Vaaksankatu 2 B1, Iisalmi, 74100, FI)
Application Number:
EP2017/079042
Publication Date:
May 16, 2019
Filing Date:
November 13, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
2COOL FINLAND OY (Kivirannantie 7, Iisalmi, 74130, FI)
International Classes:
F25D3/08; B65D25/06; F25D23/06
Domestic Patent References:
WO2012143533A12012-10-26
Foreign References:
JP2015193388A2015-11-05
GB2492195A2012-12-26
CN201314757Y2009-09-23
US20060174648A12006-08-10
US5910162A1999-06-08
JPS56118865U1981-09-10
DE3031176A11982-04-01
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PRIMROSE OY (Pursimiehenkatu 29-31 B, Helsinki, 00181, FI)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A thermally insulated transport box, the thermally insulated transport box (1) comprising a cover (2) and a box body (3), the box body (3) comprising side walls (4), end walls (5), an opening (6) and a bottom wall (7), characterized in that the inner surfaces of the side walls (4) comprise half columns (9a) projecting from the side wall (4), the inner surfaces of the end walls (5) comprise half columns (9b) projecting from the end wall (5), and the half columns (9a-b) run vertically along the side walls (4) and along the end walls (5), and the thermally insulated transport box (1) comprises at least one separat- ing partition (11) comprising notches (12) in its opposing edges (13), and as the separating partition (11) is positioned to cover at least part of the opening (6) the separating partition (11) is supported by the half columns (9a-b) and at least part of the notches (12) align with gaps (10a) between the half columns (9a) projecting from the side wall (4) to form an air flow path.

2. A thermally insulated transport box according to claim 1, c h a r - acterized in that the thermally insulated transport box (1) comprises two substantially similar separating partitions (11).

3. A thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-2, characterized in that the bottom wall (7) comprises a plurality of sub- stantially hemispherically shaped protrusions (18).

4. A thermally insulated transport box according to claim 3, c h a r - acterized in that at least part of the plurality of substantially hemispherically shaped protrusions (18) are aligned in rows in a crosswise direction (w) of the bottom wall (7), and a gap (19a) between two adjacent rows and the a gap (10a) between two adjacent half columns (9a) projecting from the side wall (4) are located substantially at the same location in the lengthwise direction (L) of the box body (3).

5. A thermally insulated transport box according to claim 3, c h a r - acterized in that the box body (3), the half columns (9a-b) and the plurality of substantially hemispherically shaped protrusions (18) comprise same material and form a unitary piece.

6. A thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-5, characterized in that at least part of the half columns (9a) projecting from the side walls (4) extend from the bottom wall (7) to the upper part of the box body (3).

7. A thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-6, characterized in that the half column (9a) projecting from the side wall (4) projects from the side wall (4) by less than half its diameter.

8. A thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-7, characterized in that the same separating partition (11) is positionable to form a supporting surface for one or more cold or heat accumulators (16), to form a supporting surface for the transported goods (15) in a lower part of the box body (3) and to form a separating wall for creating two horizontally adjacent spaces (20a-b).

9. A thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-8, characterized in that as the separating partition (11) is positioned to a lower part of the box body (3) the notches (12) align with the half columns (9a) to surround the half columns (9a).

10. A thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-9, characterized in that the separating partition (11) comprises lip parts

(21) projecting from the edges (13), and as the separating partition (11) is positioned to a lower part of the box body (3) the lip parts (21) touch the bottom wall (7) and support the separating partition (11) providing an air flow path between the bottom wall (7) and the separating partition (11).

11. A thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-

10, characterized in that the thermally insulated transport box (1) comprises a partition wall (22) comprising a cold accumulator or a heat accumulator (16), and the cold accumulator or the heat accumulator (16) comprises projecting parts (27) at least on one side surface.

12. A thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-

11, characterized in that the thermally insulated transport box (1) comprises a mounting tray (24) for a temperature monitoring device (23), and the mounting tray (24) is attached to a separating partition (11), or to a partition wall

(22) , or to a cold accumulator or to a heat accumulator (16).

13. A thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-

12, characterized in that the thermally insulated transport box (1) is portable and comprises fixing points (25) for a carrying member (26).

14. An arrangement in a thermally insulated transport box according to claim 1, characterized in that in the arrangement two separating parti- tions (11) are positioned on the bottom wall (7) forming a lower surface and two separating partitions (11) are positioned to cover at least part of the opening (6) forming an upper surface, and a space between the lower surface and the upper surface is split into two spaces (20a-b) in a crosswise direction (w) of the box body (3) by means of a partition wall (22), and at least one of the separating partitions (11) comprise a mounting tray (24) for a temperature monitoring device and a real-time temperature monitoring device (23) capable of sending data wireless to a receiver is attached to the mounting tray (24).

15. An arrangement in a thermally insulated transport box according to claim 14, characterized in that the arrangements comprises one or more cold or heat accumulators (16) comprising a phase change material.

16. An arrangement in a thermally insulated transport box according to claim 14, characterized in that the arrangement comprises a moisture- absorbing member.

17. Use of thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-13 for transporting vaccines.

18. Use of thermally insulated transport box according to any of claims 1-13 for temporary storing of perishable foodstuffs.

Description:
THERMALLY INSULATED TRANSPORT BOX

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to a thermally insulated transport box, and particularly to a thermally insulated transport box, which is portable and can be used for transporting temperature sensitive goods.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] On certain occasions temperature sensitive goods such as drugs and foodstuffs need to be transported and temporary stored at containers where appropriate temperatures has to be maintained without electricity.

[0003] An example is a transportation of vaccines to remote areas.

Immunization programs have been using insulated containers as vaccine carriers for decades. Typically, the last-mile transport of vaccines is made by humans walking or on motorbikes carrying the insulated container. The temperature range at which decay of most pharmaceutical compounds is the lowest is typically +2°C ... +8°C. However, because many vaccines are freeze sensitive it is also necessary to minimize the risk of freezing. Therefore, both the exceedance of the upper temperature limit and a shortfall of the temperature to below the lower limit in the vaccine carrier causes vaccine waste and reduces the number of humans vaccinated.

[0004] Another example is fairs and festivals where foodstuffs are sold outside. Temporary and mobile food vendors need to keep foods at chill temperatures below a legal maximum or at hot temperatures above a legal minimum. Chill holding in particular is very often critical to food safety.

[0005] There is a need for an insulated container, which is independ- ent of the electric grid and can be reliably be used for transporting and temporary storing temperature sensitive goods and is able to keep the temperature of the goods inside the recommended temperature range.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0006] An object of the present invention to provide a thermally insu- lated transport box so as to overcome the above problems. The objects of the invention are achieved by a thermally insulated transport box which is characterized by what is stated in the independent claims. The preferred embodiments of the invention are disclosed in the dependent claims.

[0007] The invention is based on the idea of a thermally insulated transport box comprising a cover and a box body. The box body comprising side walls, end walls, an opening and a bottom wall. The inner surfaces of the side walls comprise half columns projecting from the side wall, the inner surfaces of the end walls comprise half columns projecting from the end wall, and the half columns run vertically along the side walls and along the end walls. The box comprises at least one separating partition comprising notches in its opposing edges, and as the separating partition is positioned to cover at least part of the opening the separating partition is supported by the half columns and at least part of the notches align with gaps between the half columns projecting from the side wall to form an air flow path.

[0008] An advantage of the invention is that it reduces the unwanted heat transfer by conduction between the box body and the transported goods. Further, the invention enhances the convective air flow in the thermally insulated transport box.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0009] In the following the invention will be described in detail by means of preferred embodiments with reference to the attached drawings, in which

Figure 1 shows a thermally insulated transport box;

Figure 2 shows a box body without a side wall;

Figure 3 shows a top view of a box body;

Figure 4 shows a box body without a side wall;

Figure 5 shows a box body without a side wall;

Figure 6 shows a box body without a side wall;

Figure 7 shows a cross sectional view of a thermally insulated transport box;

Figure 8 shows an arrangement in a thermally insulated transport box Figure 9 shows a partition wall comprising a cold or heat accumulator.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0010] Figure 1 shows a thermally insulated transport box. The thermally insulated transport box 1 comprises a cover 2 and a box body 3. The box body 3 is closed with the cover 2. The box body 3 comprises side walls 4 in the lengthwise direction L, end walls 5 in the crosswise direction w, an opening 6 and a bottom wall 7. The upper edge of the box body 3 comprises a flange 8 surround- ing the opening 6 and when the box body 3 is closed, the side walls of the cover 2 surround the flange 8.

[0011] The inner surfaces of the side walls of the box body 3 comprise half columns 9a projecting from the side wall 4. The inner surfaces of the end walls 5 comprise half columns 9b projecting from the end wall 5. The half columns 9a-b run vertically along the side walls 4 and along the end walls 5 and project inwards. Between two adjacent half columns 9a-b is a gap 10, which comprises a substantially flat wall part.

[0012] The box 1 comprises at least one separating partition 11 com- prising notches 12 in its opposing edges 13. A separating partition 11 comprises a rectangular shape. As the separating partition 11 is positioned to cover at least part of the opening 6 the separating partition 11 is supported by the half columns 9a-b. The separating partition 11 rests on the ends of the half columns 14. At least part of the notches 12 align with gaps 10a between the half columns 9a projecting from the side wall 4 to form an air flow path.

[0013] The heat transfer by conduction occurs via physical contact between the box body 3 and the transported goods 15. The outward curved surface of the half column 9a-b provides a small contact area between the box body 3 and the transported goods 15 inside the box body 3. Thus, the unwanted heat transfer by conduction between the box body 3 and the transported temperature sensitive goods 15 is reduced.

[0014] For the sake of clarity, the ambient temperature can be lower than the required temperature inside the thermally insulated transport box 1 whereby the unwanted heat transfer is outwards. Thus, the box 1 can prevent the chilled transported goods 15 from freezing due to ambient cold temperature. The ambient temperature can be higher than the required temperature inside the thermally insulated transport box 1 whereby the unwanted heat transfer is inwards.

[0015] Cold accumulators 16 are preferably positioned on the sepa- rating partitions 11 supported by the half columns 9a-b to the upper part of the box body 3. As the air cools around the cold accumulators 16 it flows downwards along the formed flow path through the opening provided by the notch 12 and a gap 10 between two adjacent half columns and further down along the gap between two adjacent half columns 10. The half columns 9a act as air flow guides. The formed flow path enhances the convective air flow in the thermally insulated transport box 1. It is also advantageous that a cooled air flows between the trans- ported goods 15 and the side wall 4 of the box body 3.

[0016] Figure 2 shows a box body 3 without a side wall proving a cross sectional view in the lengthwise direction of the box body 3. In the embodiment, the box body 3 comprises two substantially similar separating partitions 11. Parallel positioned separating partitions 11 cover the opening 6 of the box body 3. The separating partitions 11 comprise holes 17 for fingers for an easy handling of the separating partitions 11.

[0017] Figure 3 shows a top view of a box body 3. In the embodiments shown in Figures 2-8 the bottom wall 7 of the box body 3 comprises a plurality of substantially hemispherically shaped protrusions 18. The effect of the plurality of hemispherically shaped protrusions 18 is that they reduce the physical contact between the bottom wall 7 and the transported goods 15 and they reduce the contact between the bottom wall 7 and a cold or heat accumulator 16 positioned on the bottom wall 7.

[0018] In the embodiment the plurality of hemispherically shaped protrusions 18 are aligned in rows in a crosswise direction w of the bottom wall 7. A gap between two adjacent rows 19 and a gap between two adjacent half columns 10a projecting from the side wall 4 are located substantially at the same location in the lengthwise direction L of the box body 3. As the gaps 10a,19a coin- cide at the junction of a side wall 4 and a bottom wall 7 the flow path for air from the upper part of the box body 3 continues along the bottom wall 7. Additionally, a crosswise w inserted separating partition 11 or a partition wall 22 can then reach the bottom wall 7.

[0019] In Figure 3 is shown also another embodiment where the plu- rality of hemispherically shaped protrusions 18 are aligned in rows in a lengthwise direction L of the bottom wall 7. A gap between two adjacent rows 19b and a gap between two adjacent half columns projecting from the end wall 10b are located substantially at the same location in the crosswise direction of the box body 3. As the gaps 10b, 19b coincide at the junction of an end wall 5 and a bottom wall 7 the flow path for air from the upper part of the box body 3 continues along the bottom wall 7 horizontally.

[0020] In the Figures the box body 3, the half columns 9a-b and the plurality of substantially hemispherically shaped protrusions 18 comprise same material and form a unitary piece. The half columns 9a-b and the plurality of sub- stantially hemispherically shaped protrusions 18 can also comprise separate elements. The half columns 9a-b can be formed with a plate comprising a plurality of half columns and the plate is attached to the box body 3. The half columns 9a-b can also comprise separate single pieces attached to the box body 3 individually. The hemispherically shaped protrusions 18 can be formed with a plate comprising a plurality of hemispherically shaped protrusions 18 and the plate is attached to the box body 3. The hemispherically shaped protrusions 18 can also comprise separate single pieces attached to the box body 3 individually.

[0021] In an embodiment, the half column 9a projecting from the side wall 4 projects from the side wall 4 by less than half its diameter.

[0022] In an embodiment at least part of the half columns 9a project- ing from the side walls 4 extend from the bottom wall 7 to the upper part of the box body 3.

[0023] Figures 4-7 show different embodiments of positioning one or more separating partitions 11. In the embodiments the same separating partition 11 is positionable to form a supporting surface for one or more cold or heat ac- cumulators 16, to form a supporting surface for the transported goods 15 in a lower part of the box body 3 and to form a separating wall for creating two horizontally adjacent spaces 20a-b. It is an advantage of the thermally insulated transport box 1 that different types of transporting arrangements can be formed to cover a temperature range of -50°C ... +85°C for the transportable goods 15. Examples of materials suitable for manufacturing material of a separating partition 11 are aluminium and plastics.

[0024] By the term of substantially similar separating partitions is meant separating partitions having similar outer dimensions, similar notching necessary to form the flow paths and necessary to surround the outer surface of the half column when the separating partition is installed above the bottom wall to the lower part of the box body 3.

[0025] In the embodiments, the separating partition 11 comprises lip parts 21 projecting from the edges 13. As the separating partition 11 is positioned to a lower part of the box body 3 the lip parts 21 touch the bottom wall 7 and support the separating partition 11 providing a flow path between the bottom wall 7 and the separating partition 11 as shown in Figures 4, 6 and 7. To allow an unobstructed air flow path the notch 12 of the separating partition 11 does not comprise a lip part 21.

[0026] In the embodiments the separating partition comprises 11 notches 12 in three edges 13.

[0027] The notches 12 of the separating partition 11 shown in Figures comprise a curved shape to surround the outer surface of the half column 9a-b when the separating partition is installed above the bottom wall 7 to the lower part of the box body 3.

[0028] Figure 4 shows a box body 3 without a side wall comprising two separating partitions 11. The separating partitions 11 are assembled to the upper part of the box body 3 and to the lower part of the box body 3. The separating partition 11 assembled to the upper part of the box body 3 forms a supporting surface for one or more cold or heat accumulators 16. The separating partition 11 assembled to the lower part of the box body 3 is supported to the bottom wall 7 and forms a supporting surface for the transported goods 15 (not shown). The separating partition 11 prevents also the direct heat transfer by conduction from the bottom wall 7 to the transported goods 15. Further, if the lower part of the box body 3 is provided with one or more cold or heat accumulators 16 positioned on the bottom wall 7, the separating partition 11 supported to the bottom wall 7 provides a separating wall preventing freezing or overheating of the transported goods 15.

[0029] Figure 5 shows a box body 3 without a side wall proving a cross sectional view in the lengthwise direction L of the box body 3. The box body 3 comprises two separating partitions 11 assembled on the lower part of the box body 3. The separating partition 11 rests on the bottom wall 7 on the protrusions 18 the lips 21 facing upwards. The separating partitions 11 form a supporting surface for the transported goods 15 (not shown).

[0030] Figure 6 shows a box body 3 without a side wall proving a cross sectional view in the lengthwise direction L of the box body 3. The box body 3 comprises two separating partitions 11 assembled on the lower part of the box body 3. The lip parts 21 of the separating partition 11 touch the bottom wall 7 and support the separating partition 11 providing a flow path between the bottom wall 7 and the separating partition 11. The separating partitions form a supporting surface for the transported goods 15. Further, if the one or more cold or heat accumulators 16 are positioned on the bottom wall 7, the separating partition 11 supported to the bottom wall 7 provides a separating wall preventing freezing or overheating of the transported goods 15.

[0031] Figure 7 shows a thermally insulated transport box 1 where the box body 3 and the cover 2 are shown without side walls proving a cross sec- tional view in the lengthwise direction L of the thermally insulated transport box 1. [0032] The thermally insulated transport box 1 comprises a plurality of substantially similar separating partitions 11. Two of the separating partitions 11 are assembled to the upper part of the box body 3 to form a supporting surface for one or more cold or heat accumulators 16 (not shown).

[0033] Two of the separating partitions 11 are assembled on the lower part of the box body 3 and cover the bottom wall 7. The lip parts 21 of the separating partition 11 touch the bottom wall 7 and support the separating partition 11 providing a flow path between the bottom wall 7 and the separating partition 11. The separating partitions 11 form a supporting surface for the transported goods 15 (not shown). Further, if the one or more cold or heat accumulators 16 are positioned on the bottom wall 7, the separating partition 11 supported to the bottom wall 7 provides a separating wall preventing freezing or overheating of the transported goods 15.

[0034] Two of the separating partitions 11 are assembled opposite each other to form an enclosure for one or more cold or heat accumulators 16. This enclosure comprising two separating partitions 11 forms a separating wall creating two in the lengthwise L of the box body 3 adjacent spaces 20a-b.

[0035] The separating partition 11 is slidable in vertical direction between two adjacent half columns 9a projecting from a side wall 4. When assem- bled the separating partition 11 extends between the two opposing side walls 4 forming a separating wall whereby creating two adjacent spaces 20a-b to the box body 3. The half columns 9a projecting from the first side wall 4 support the first end of the separating partition and the half columns 9a projecting from the second side wall 4 support the second end of the separating partition 11. The half columns 9a keep the separating partition 11 in an upright position.

[0036] An accumulator 16 comprising phase change material is advantageous in providing passive cooling or heating in the thermally insulated transport box 1. A phase change material with a high heat of fusion that through melting and solidifying at a certain temperature is capable of storing and releas- ing large amounts of energy. A cold accumulator and a heat accumulator suitable for the thermally insulated transport box 1 comprises a phase change material, which has its melting/solidifying temperature at a temperature range -50°C ... +85°C.

[0037] During the transportation of the transported goods 15 or dur- ing a temporary storing of transported goods 15 the thermally insulated transport box 1 can comprise cold accumulators 16 comprising phase change ma- terial, which have different melting/solidifying temperatures. The thermally insulated transport box 1 can also comprise heat accumulators 16 comprising phase change material, which have different melting/solidifying temperatures. By means of the cold accumulators 16 providing cold at different temperatures the temperature distribution inside the thermally insulated transport box 1 can be created and controlled. By means of the heat accumulators 16 providing heat at different temperatures the temperature distribution inside the thermally insulated transport box 1 can be created and controlled.

[0038] For instance, in Figure 7 shown arrangement comprises two adjacent spaces 20a-b. The temperature of the first space 20a can be 5°C ... +35°C higher than the temperature of the second space 20b. This can be achieved by providing cold/heat accumulators 16 having higher melting/solidifying temperatures above and below the first space 20a and providing cold/heat accumulators having lower melting/solidifying temperatures above and below the second space 20b.

[0039] The cold or heat content of a thermally insulated transport box 1 depends on the amount of filling and the thermal capacity of the filling inside the box. The shape of the interior face of the thermally insulated transport box 1 provides a substantially rectangular shaped packing space. The substantially rec- tangular shaped packing space allows an effective use of a packing space thus providing a high filling ratio and a large carrying capacity. It allows also an easier packing operation that saves time.

[0040] The arranged cold air circulation within the thermally insulated transport box together with the reduced heat transfer by conduction between the box body 3 and the transported goods 15 results in a reduced thickness of the box body 3. This increases capacity inside the box. Therefore, the thermally insulated transport box 1 requires less space to transport a given volume of goods making more efficient use of transport volume. The reduced thickness of the box body 3 also reduces the weight of the thermally insulated transport box, which is important when the box 1 is carried by a human.

[0041] Many vaccines are freeze sensitive, including cholera and inactivated polio vaccines, and the risk of freezing has to be minimized. The separating partitions 11 within the thermally insulated transport box 1 prevent a direct contact of a cold accumulator 16 and the transported goods 15 thus preventing a thermal shock. The use of an accumulator 16 comprising phase change material having an operating temperature at a range +2°C ... +8°C also prevents freezing. Preferably, when the thermally insulated transport box 1 is used for transporting vaccines the phase change material has a melting temperature at a temperature range -2°C ... 0°C.

[0042] In addition to a separating partition 11, the thermally insulat- ed transport box may comprise one or more partition walls 22. The partition wall 22 is a separate part and its end is slidable between adjacent half columns 9a projecting from a side wall 4. When assembled the partition wall 22 extends between the two opposing side walls 4 creating two adjacent spaces. The half columns 9a projecting from the first side wall 4 support the first end of the partition wall 22 and the half columns 9a projecting from the second side wall 4 support the second end of the partition wall 22. The half columns 9a keep the partition wall in an upright position. The partition wall 22 is made of plate material, e.g. expanded polypropylene (EPP), for instance.

[0043] The partition wall 22 may also comprise a cold accumulator or a heat accumulator 16 as shown in Figure 9. The cold or heat accumulator 16 forming a partition wall 22 preferably comprises projecting parts 27 on its outer surface. The projecting parts 27 can be arranged on a one side surface only, or on the both side surfaces. If the projecting parts 27 are arranged to both of the side surfaces then preferably the projecting parts 27 comprise different sizes and posi- tions depending on the side surface. Thus, a first side surface comprises projecting parts 27, which are higher than the projecting parts 27 comprised in a second side surface. Preferably, the projecting parts 27 comprised in a second side surface have a height of 40-60% of the height of the projecting parts 27 of the first side surface. The projecting parts (27) of the first and second side surfaces have preferably different locations such as when two accumulators used for forming a partition wall 22 are stacked with a first side of surface of the first accumulator facing a second side surface of the second accumulator the projecting parts 27 of the accumulators touch each other at least partially such that an air flow path is formed between the partition walls 22. The air flow path increases the heat trans- fer between the partition walls 22 and the ambient air when stacked. The cold accumulator or the heat accumulator comprises a phase change material inside, e.g. a liquid polymere.

[0044] The thermally insulated transport box 1 may also comprises a continuous temperature monitor to record the temperature a thermally insulated transport box. The temperature monitoring is preferably made by a real-time monitoring device 23 capable of sending data wireless to a receiver. The receiver may be a network server or a cloud, for instance. The thermally insulated transport box 1 may also comprise a releasable display on its outer surface for convenience. The temperature monitoring device 23 is preferably attached to a separating partition 11 comprising a mounting tray 24 for the temperature moni- toring device 23, or to a partition wall 22 comprising a mounting tray 24 for the temperature monitoring device 23. The temperature monitoring device 23 can also be in a close vicinity of the transported goods 15 during the transportation. The effect of attaching the temperature monitoring device 23 to a separating partition 11 or to a partition wall 22 supporting a cold accumulator or a heat accu- mulator 16 is that it provides information on the change of the temperature inside the thermally insulated transport box 1 before the change reaches the transported goods 15.

[0045] The thermally insulated transport box 1 may also comprise a separate moisture-absorbing member. The moisture-absorbing member can comprise a moisture absorbing polymer mat, for instance. The moisture- absorbing member is preferably positioned on the bottom wall 7, or it is positioned to surround the transported goods 15.

[0046] Figure 8 shows an arrangement in a thermally insulated transport box 1. The thermally insulated transport box 1 comprises a cover 2 and a box body 3. The thermally insulated transport box 1 is portable and comprises fixing points 25 for a carrying member 26. The carrying member is handles provided at both end walls 5 of the box body 3.

[0047] The lower part of the box body 3 comprises two separating partitions 11 positioned parallel above the bottom wall 7 and supported by the lip parts 21 touching the bottom wall 7. The separating partitions 11 support the transported goods 15 positioned in the box body 3. The separating partitions 11 form a lower surface in the box body 3.

[0048] The upper part of the box body 3 comprises a separating partition 11 and a partition wall 22 formed from a cold accumulator or a heat accumu- lator. The separating partition 11 and the partition wall 22 are supported by the half columns of the side walls and end walls. The separating partition 11 and a partition wall 22 form an upper surface in the box body 3. The upper surface may comprise also two separating partitions 11.

[0049] The space between the lower surface and the upper surface in- side the box body 3 is split into two spaces 20a-b by means of a partition wall 22. The partition wall 22 comprises two partition walls 22 laid together. The parti- tion wall 22 is formed from a cold accumulator or a heat accumulator. The spaces 20a-b are on the same horizontal level. Each space 20a-b comprises transported goods 15.

[0050] The separating partition 11 comprises a mounting tray 24 for a temperature monitoring device 23.

[0051] The partition walls 22 formed from cold or heat accumulators comprise phase change material. The together laid cold or heat accumulators forming the partition wall 22 in the crosswise direction w of the box body 3 have different melting/solidifying temperatures.

[0052] The arrangement comprises a cold or heat accumulator laid on the separating partition 11 on the upper part of the box body 3 (not shown).

[0053] Examples of materials suitable for manufacturing material of the thermally insulated transport box are expanded polypropylene (EPP), expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polyurethane (PUR). The outer surface of the ther- mally insulated transport box 1 can also be painted with a heat reflective paint in order to reduce ambient heat load. Further, a coating can be applied to the outer surface of the thermally insulated transport box 1 to prevent the box from denting and scratching. The coating can also reduce ambient heat load by reflecting. Additionally, an antimicrobial coating can be applied to the interior face or/and the outer surface of the thermally insulated transport box.

[0054] National hygiene legislation in various counties often allow that perishable foodstuffs may temporarily be sold and stored in an isolated container containing a lid closing the container when the container includes a cold accumulator, or even without a cold accumulator if the storage temperature re- mains below a legal maximum due to the existing ambient temperature. Perishable foods are those likely to spoil, decay or become unsafe to consume if not kept at chill temperatures below a legal maximum. Examples of perishable foods are meat, poultry, fish and dairy products. Typical legal maximum temperature for perishable foods is 0-8°C. The thermally insulated transport box 1 of the can be used for temporary storing of perishable foodstuffs. Preferably the phase change material has a melting temperature at a temperature range -2°C ... 2°C.

[0055] It will be obvious to a person skilled in the art that, as the technology advances, the inventive concept can be implemented in various ways. The invention and its embodiments are not limited to the examples described above but may vary within the scope of the claims.

[0056] List of parts: 1 a thermally insulated transport box; 2 a cover; 3 a box body; 4 a side wall; 5 an end wall; 6 an opening; 7 a bottom wall; 8 a flange; 9a-b a half column; lOa-b a gap between half columns; 11 a separating partition; 12 a notch; 13 an edge; 14 an end of a half column; 15 transported goods; 16 a cold or heat accumulator; 17 a hole; 18 a protrusion; 19a-b a gap between rows; 20a-b a space; 21 a lip part;22 a partition wall; 23 a temperature monitoring device; 24 a mounting tray; 25 fixing point; 26 a carrying member. 27 a projecting part; L lengthwise direction; w crosswise direction.