Cold Chain Logistics Solutions

Smart cold chain logistics solutions help your business remain compliant, achieve product quality and harness operational efficiencies.

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Effective, uninterrupted refrigeration and temperature control are essential in preserving food, samples and medicine at all levels of the supply chain—from raw materials, through to manufacturing, storage, distribution and retail.

Smarter Technologies’ cold chain logistics solutions utilise temperature sensors, location tags and lid sensors to ensure that your products are handled with the specialist care and the attention that they require.

Storage and cold chain logistics solutions

Maintain cold chain integrity throughout each step of the delivery process with Smarter Technologies’ cold chain logistics solutions: IoT temperature sensors for warehouses, transit and manufacturing. We create wireless Orion tags with temperature sensors that can be attached to lorries, ISO shipping containers, pallets, refrigerators and other warehouse storage units, giving you end-to-end visibility along the entire supply chain.

Benefits of an Uninterrupted Cold Chain

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Quick fault identification and resolution

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Prevent economic losses related to products that spoil or go missing

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Improve food quality, safety and value to the customer

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Lengthen shelf life

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Ensure that goods are transported and stored according to the manufacturer’s recommended temperature range

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Enhance economic wealth, cash flow and security

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Gain data insights for better decision making and optimisation

Cold chain logistics solutions explained

What is a cold chain solution?

A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain. Cold chain solutions ensure that the cold chain remains unbroken as products move through a series of refrigerated production, storage and distribution activities.

How do cold chains work?

The goal of a cold chain logistics solution is to ensure the quality of products as they move through their respective supply chains. Thus is done by maintaining a consistent temperature. It’s important to monitor and log the cold chain temperatures and data to prevent the product from being compromised before it reaches the hands of the consumer.

How do you monitor a cold chain?

Cold chains require transporting products while maintaining temperature. Temperature-controlled logistics are vital in the event of unexpected delays, problems in clearing customs, and equipment malfunctions – all of which can cause vulnerability in the cold chain. That’s why it’s important to be able to monitor and control the various elements of the cold chain in real time. 

Fortunately, cold chain logistics monitoring has been made easier due to evolving technology and tracking capabilities. With real-time location tracking and condition monitoring devices, smart cold chain logistics solutions ensure that products remain within predetermined and regulated temperature ranges.

What are the key elements of a cold chain?

The key elements of a cold chain include:

Cooling systems

Bringing the commodity (food, vaccines, etc.) to the correct temperature.

Cold storage

Providing the facilities for the storage of goods over time.

Cold transport

Having conveyances to move the goods at a stable temperature.

Cold processing and distribution

Providing the facilities for the processing of goods under sanitary conditions.

Cold chain logistics solutions utilised by Smarter Technologies

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Temperature sensors

Temperature sensors can detect the ambient temperature in real time. If the ambient temperature exceeds a specified threshold, the exception is promptly reported to the remote monitoring centre.

Location tags

The remote monitoring centre can query the location of any materials in real time, and on-site position sensors can periodically report their location.

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Lid status

If a transport case is unlocked, the sensor can detect that in real time and report the unlocked status.

What makes Smarter Technologies’ cold chain solutions different?

Most cold chain logistics technologies in the market use 2G or 3G networks to transmit data. These networks have their limitations, including insufficient coverage depth and high power requirements, with short battery life-spans that are often inadequate for long-distance transportation.

In contrast, the Orion Data Network offers wide network coverage, high permeability, power-saving capabilities and real-time reporting. It allows for the quick resolution of faults or breaks in the cold chain and ensures that data is readily available for reporting and compliance purposes.

Example Use Cases

When transporting food and pharmaceutical materials such as blood or medicine, it’s vital that they are kept at specific temperatures. Any variation in temperature may damage the integrity of the product. For this reason, such materials need to be tracked along the supply chain.

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Food cold chain compliance

Compliance regulations require grocers and food services to maintain safe temperatures of refrigerated foods. But manually checking and recording temperatures using a probe thermometer is a labour-intensive task. It’s far more efficient to use Smarter Technologies’ temperature sensors to remotely and automatically detect and manage refrigerated food temperatures within one degree Celsius. Any variations in temperature will trigger real-time alerts to any connected device, allowing you to act quickly and compliantly.

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Pharma logistics

A high proportion of drugs are sensitive to the rise and fall in temperatures throughout the global supply chain. They need to be maintained at a consistent and specific temperature to prevent degradation and expensive, reputation-damaging product recalls.

Our sensors constantly monitor the temperature of the drugs in your care and send you an instant alert to your mobile device if the temperature changes in any way. They can also be fitted with auto-start and shutdown mechanisms to allow for automated, remote temperature control and management, preventing pharmaceutical product degradation. All data is recorded on your pharmaceutical cold chain management dashboard.

Read more: NHS “Policy and Procedure for Maintaining the Vaccine Cold Chain”

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Drug manufacturing

The manufacturing processes for certain drug components require particular temperatures to maintain their integrity. In this case, we can attach our tags and sensors to the manufacturing equipment to ensure that they remain at an acceptable temperature.

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Why choose Smarter Technologies’ Orion Data Network?

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SIM Free

No GSM associated costs and smaller devices.

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Lower frequency than GSM

Tags can be seen inside everything.

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Reduced power requirement

Tags last for years, not days.

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Track, indicate temperature, movement, shock and more.

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Remote configuration

Can receive messages in all locations.

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500m to 10km per gateway.

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Recovery ability

Can switch from digital to analogue to increase recovery capabilities and accurate location finding.

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Rapid deployment of infrastructure

Due to the wireless nature of the Orion Data Network.