Prior to being sent to grocery stores or restaurants, refrigerated and frozen food is typically stored in cold storage by a 3PL company. These foods must be kept at a consistent temperature. This is especially true for meat and dairy products. If these items are allowed to become warm, they can spoil and become dangerous to consume.
The FDA has strict rules and regulations regarding the storage of refrigerated and frozen foods. Temperature sensitive foods must remain at specific temperatures throughout transportation and storage. Storing food at the incorrect temperature could lead to hefty fines and loss of reputation.
Monitoring Refrigeration Equipment
In order to keep food cold, refrigeration equipment must be kept in good working order and doors kept closed. Despite recent advances to refrigeration equipment, 3PLs still find it difficult to keep temperatures consistent. This is because most do not have an accurate way to monitor equipment and locate issues that could affect the temperature of food.
Cold storage areas are often left alone for days. Issues with refrigeration equipment can easily go unnoticed. This allows harmful bacteria to multiply, creating a potentially deadly situation for consumers. If frozen food defrosts then freezes again, ice crystals can form on the surface. This can damage packaging and be unsightly to customers.
Mint Controls’ cold storage solution tracks temperatures and monitors refrigeration equipment health in real-time. The system collects and transmits a wide range of data on temperature, door openings, compressor and motor health, maintenance issues, and more.
Our solution uses predictive analysis to locate issues long before they are able to cause a problem. Our system then sends alerts in real-time and dispatches the correct people to deal with the problem. No other solution offers this level of service.
Connection to the IoT enables a wide range of information to be collected and analyzed by our system. Relevant information regarding refrigeration equipment health, temperature, door openings, and inventory can be viewed at any time, from any location in the world. All that is needed is a smart phone, tablet, or computer.