A leading distributor in the U.S. third-party cold food chain, Lineage Logistics faces the challenge of shipping billions of pounds of food both safely and efficiently every day.
Lineage Logistics controls 20 to 25 percent of the U.S. third-party cold food chain, moving about 20 to 30 billion pounds of food each year, said Elliot Wolf, director of analytics at the Irvine, California-based company.
Acting as the middle man between food suppliers and the grocery store or restaurant business, food producers such as meat companies, strawberry growers and seafood importers use Lineage Logistics warehouses—of which there are 111 located in 26 states—to process and/or store their products.
Using the Internet of Things (IoT) to their advantage, Lineage Logistics uses temperature and vibration sensors from Monnit Corp. to ensure their warehouses remain at the correct temperatures and that the refrigeration systems don’t fail.
Temperature sensors allow Lineage to micromanage the cooling zones, ensure all parts of the warehouse remain at the desired temperature, and help detect and prevent problems in the refrigeration system, Wolf said.
For more information on Lineage Logistics’ use of IOT in the U.S. food supply chain, visit http://www.networkworld.com/article/3144999/internet-of-things/using-iot-to-help-protect-the-us-food-supply.html.