The Importance of Temperature Control throughout

by:APTEK     2020-07-01
Many businesses require having a humidity-controlled environment throughout the supply chain. Because of this, all distribution companies and as well as storage facilities must be able to deliver a series of incessant temperature levels during transportation whether the order is stationary or moving in order to achieve this goal. In order to make sure that this is practiced throughout the chain, it is necessary for businesses to make use of the cold chain management techniques. The Necessity of Cold Temperatures Cold chain management is very important to make sure that safety and freshness of the products including frozen foods, drugs, and commercial chemicals. If the right temperature is not provided, the effectiveness and quality of these products can be altered. For example, food products can turn rancid if they are not kept within the required level of temperature. The Use of Handy Devices There are many consequences which can be observed is the business is not practicing adequate cold chain management. Aside from placing the safety and health of the consumers at risk, this can also cause a negative impact to the company. Nowadays, there are already several handy devices used to check the temperature of a box or container accurately. Using such devices is necessary in order to maintain the appropriate temperature level. The devices are also priced reasonably since they are much cheaper compared the amount of money which can be lost from selling ineffective products. Such devices also allow constant monitoring of the packages along the supply chain, helping in monitoring trucks, container vans and warehouses where these packages are stored during transportation. This can help determine an accurate reading of the temperature of the package and as well as the environment. The Biggest Challenges in the Chain The common temperature range for almost all cold supply chains is around 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. This is very difficult to maintain especially when the products to be transported are vaccines and ampules of medications. Transporting such products is also very difficult especially in places with hot climates and poorly developed highways. The Importance of Meeting the Regulations The process of cold chain management distribution is considered as an extension of the GMP or the good manufacturing practice. There are strict regulations which must be considered by companies in selling and delivering biological and pharmaceutical products. The regulations are usually validated by the regulatory board and check-up points are provided throughout the transport or distribution process. The process in monitoring the products will require at least 30 data points to be able to display the control of the cold chain management system. Nevertheless, this is not always the case and most regulators understand it. There are already requisites in place making sure the temperature is stable. The Evaluation and Control The logistics providers and carriers have the ability to check the real time condition of the product's temperature: Utilizing refrigerator cars and trucks containing shipment insulated containers with specialized packaging. Utilizing reefer containers and reefer ships. Reefers are recognized as refrigerated ships used to transport perishable products. It is necessary to have refrigerated warehouses to maintain the success of the cold chain system. Proper documentation is important. Each step in the chain should follow all the regulations to maintain proper records. Without proper records, delays and problems in customs processing can emerge.
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