MAN MUST MEASURE TO MANAGE

THERMAL AND HUMIDITY MAPPING

  • Do you know whether the design of your cold room is performing to the set temperature?

  • Do you understand the impact of the door opening and closing on product quality? And when receiving products, particularly if they are at higher temperatures?

Cold chain failure at retailers, factories and within supply chains has prompted Coldcubed® to develop thermal and humidity mapping – a product unique in South Africa.

The mapping exercise involves tracking the three-dimensional view of the temperatures and humidity to provide a colour image of the variances in temperature throughout cold storage facilities.

Thermal mapping is conducted by professionals with a collective experience of more than 60 years in cold supply chains. These cold chain experts have a fundamental understanding of the product, the specific requirements of different products and their impact on the cold chain.

3D image of a potential cold space

Temperature Monitoring Live Dashboard

PRODUCT TRACKING

  • Why, as a supplier of chilled produce, is my stock being returned with complaints of spoilage?

This depends on the amount of thermal integrity within the cold supply chain along which your product travels. In order to prove that your product was in perfect condition when it left the cold storage facility, you need a view of the thermal integrity of the entire supply chain. If the problem was caused in the downstream supply chain, e.g. an issue with the refrigeration in the supermarket had an adverse effect on your product; you should not bear the financial consequence. Cold chain forensics checks temperatures along the entire length of the cold supply chain and can identify where thermal abuse occurs.

DASHBOARD MANAGEMENT

  • Do you understand the impact of temperature mismanagement on the quality of your product?

The answer lies in a live” ’ dashboard (projected onto your mobile phone or another screen), which updates information often enough to allow proactive management. Once the thermal maps of temperature and humidity have established the challenges of temperatures in the facilities; constant surveillance would be ideal – especially when the temperatures exceed the required optimum setting.

Coldcubed® also developed the temperature-management dashboard that monitors the temperatures live. Real-time data is refreshed every 20 minutes, but it can be adjusted to meet customer requirements. Using the thermal map, sensors are placed throughout the facility and in close proximity to the product. In addition, sensors can be positioned to cover underperforming and over-performing areas to create a ‘live’ picture that will assist the operators in managing the cold supply chain.

IoT - Cold Chain Monitoring

TRAINING

Cold chain management is a core competency in your business; required to provide a sustainable service to your clients.

Training is therefore an investment to ensure that process and technology add efficiency to your business.

Coldcubed® provides Cold Chain Management modules to suit your business needs.

Qualified facilitators will take your teams on a journey of discovery to ensure knowledgeable and passionate professionals for improved cold chain management.

TRAINING MODULES AVAILABLE

COLD SUPPLY FORENSICS

  • Why, as a supplier of chilled product/produce, is my stock being returned to me with complaints of spoilage?

The next question you should ask yourself is how much thermal integrity is there in the cold supply chain along which my product travels. In order to prove that the product/produce you manufacture/grow was perfect when it left your cold warehouse, you need to have a view of the thermal integrity of the entire supply chain. It could be that there was an issue with the refrigeration at the store which has impacted your product. This is not your fault and you should not bear the financial consequence of a problem downstream in the cold supply chain. Cold chain forensics checks temperatures along the entire length of the cold supply chain and can identify where thermal abuse occurs.

EFFICIENCY SOLUTIONS

  • What is the energy cost of running my cold storage facility and how can it be optimised?

Energy costs are very high in cold supply chains. By measuring the energy consumption of vital components in a cold storage facility and/or links within a cold supply chain, it is possible to calculate the efficiency relative to the mass of the product being stored or transported.

At Coldcubed®, we apply the M4 (‘Man Must Measure to Manage’) methodology during the energy efficiency analysis. Energy consumption is measured and then compared to the benefit obtained by the electricity consumed. This benefit is measured by the amount of electricity used to cool a unit volume (in cold storage facilities and refrigerated display cabinets) and also the amount of product that received this benefit in the cold chain. This methodology enables managers to identify opportunities for improvement at a much broader scale.