Continued Research And Development
The Georgia Tech Integrated Food Chain will address the following issues:
• Temperature control (stability and challenge) testing: Provides cumulative supply chain effects of time, temperature and other environmental effects on product quality.
• Food and distribution engineering: Provides abuse testing to determine product design and packaging and distribution methods.
• Cold chain assessment and audit.
• Predictive modeling: Provides predictions of the deterioration process.
• Supply chain modeling: Develops models and methodology for designing supply chains to optimize costs.
• Automated data capture and processing: Engineers onboard vehicle systems for automatic data capture.
• Performance reporting and index: Provides customer- and product-specific performance ratings.
• Supply chain management technology: Develops technologies and methodologies for visibility, tracking, and tracing.
• Continuing education and certification: Provides a learning center for cold chain participants.
• Supply chain management technology showcase: Demonstrates how technologies perform.
• Sustainable energy management: Assesses and correlates the impact to product quality of temperature management.
• Risk and loss assessment and management: Assesses vulnerabilities leading to product loss, quality deterioration and public health hazards.
• Policy analysis: Develops policies and models of success at regional, national and global levels for resilient and sustainable food chains.
• Benchmarking and analytics: Provides industry and best-in-class comparisons contributing to sustainable and resilient food chains. —A.T.