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Components of a cold chain environment.




Typical equipment of a cold chain system consists of the following three primary parts:

Equipment for transportation and storage, packaging, and monitoring of the cold chain elements. To ensure secure transportation and storage of temperature-sensitive products, all these components must work together seamlessly.


Transport and storage

In order to keep the products secure, businesses need to pay close attention to how the commodities included in their cold chain services are transported and handled. They employ specialized refrigerated boxcars, vehicles, reefer ships, and containers to name just a few to reach these goals. These businesses need to make large investments in cold chain management, conveying and storing products at the correct temperatures. For the transportation of objects that are more sensitive to temperature, specific rigid chain carriers are employed, to prevent potentially harming the items by not breaking the temperature chain.


The key to efficient cold storage is the use of items like insulated containers, vaccine and medical refrigerators and freezers, refrigerants, and cold rooms/chillers. Equipment and infrastructure for cold chain storage come first in cold chain management.

In facilities for cold storage, like a warehouse, control is of high importance for maintaining quality. Handling any shortcomings in the cold chain process is of utmost importance.


Packaging

To retain their quality, temperature-controlled products require the right packaging. The risk of product contamination is decreased with proper packing, which also guarantees cold chain storage that uses as little energy as possible.


Packaging such as insulated transport containers for fresh seafood that is both energy-efficient and secure is a good example of such packaging. These types of containers are built with the ability to withstand brief spikes in temperature without harming the products.

Phase change material (PCM) like dry ice, gel packs, gel blocks, and EPS panels are the most popular refrigerants used in packaging for overland transport where there is no active cooling available.


Monitoring

To guarantee that the temperature remains constant, refrigeration storage must be regularly checked. Keeping meticulous track of expiration dates and temperatures can ensure that products are delivered to customers when they are still usable. A warehouse management system (WMS) is extremely helpful in this situation. Pallet-based tags is an example of such a system that can be used to record product information, making it simple to access the data related to a batch of products from any place.


Using instruments like temperature data loggers, the temperature of products is monitored throughout the supply chain. It could also be utilized to keep an eye on other environmental factors, such as air quality, depending on the cargo.


This is where Variable Watch comes into the picture, assisting customers with IOT based loggers and phone-based inspection systems. Feel free to reach out to us to see how we can assist at info@variablewatch.com or our website www.variablewatch.com

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