When it comes to operating a cold store, it’s important to find the balance between the optimum temperature that products need to maintain quality and the temperature needed by the personnel and the equipment to function. In this blog we take a look at some of the technologies used in cold stores. |
Cold Storage Monitoring Systems (CSM). In food industry the ability to place/move goods anywhere in your facilities is critical. The best option is a wireless system, like Cooltrax Fresh inStore. These devices connect the cold storage equipment to advanced data processing and analysis technology. Using monitoring software you can set the temperature parameters and be alerted to variations so damage can be avoided. If cold monitoring is not continuous, fluctuations or failures in equipment may compromise food quality.
Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) ASRS use predetermined storage locations of a load in order to easily retrieve it when needed. This technology is useful in facilities where high volumes of goods need to be moved quickly in and out of the warehouse. By being so fast, ASRS systems decrease the risk of modifying the optimum internal temperature.
Effective design Maybe one of the most important things companies need to consideration in order to improve the efficiency of their cold stores is design. The way people and goods move in, out and through the warehouse affects the temperature within. High-speed doors that open and close quickly when the cranes are retrieving or delivering pallets can increase efficiency. Also doors swing open inside the warehouse won’t expose the building to ambient temperatures or outside conditions. You can also install dry-contact sensors that detect the opening and closing of doors.
Solar power A new industry trend thanks to the “green” movement, is solar powered cold stores. Food companies are taking more seriously considering constructing food manufacturing and processing facilities powered with solar energy. This type of cold storage system can operate at temperatures as low as -40°Celsius and as high as 85° Celsius, with relative humidity factors ranging from 10% to 90%.
?Monitoring and logging temperature, humidity and other environmental conditions of cold stores has never been easier as the technology behind it becomes better.
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