HACCP automation and validation has been a monumental challenge beyond the plant and now that chasm is beginning to close. The use of cold chain technologies are now breaking out of their classic temperature monitoring limitations where their value is now being seen in minimizing or eliminating delays and disputes within the cold chain. Just as importantly, technology such as Cooltrax is realizing millions of dollars in annual operating savings in being able to remotely control reduction of pre-chilling hours, fuel consumption, and reefer operating hours. As diesel fuel ratchets up to $5 per gallon, every hour of reduction in the use of the mechanical refrigeration unit can be substantial for any size reefer fleet.
Cold chain technology is going well beyond temperature monitoring. It is enabling the use of engineered standards for refrigerated fleets in predicting and controlling how much energy is needed for various types of refrigerated loads. Refrigerated fleets of all sizes can now operate in standardized and more efficient ways. From product protection to automated HACCP compliance, through to more efficient operations, cold chain technologies are about assuring public health and brand loyalty.
Nick Pacitti is a partner with Sterling Solutions and is a co-founding member of Georgia Tech’s Integrated Food Chain Center.