Sensor-Guided Control Automation - The Present and Future of Cold Supply Chains
Within cold manufacturing, storage, and transit, digital and robotic automation is now considered absolutely critical to ensuring quality control and decent service standards.
Intelligent cold warehouses, vehicles, and control hubs (dashboards) now all use a network of automated software and sensors to provide control interventions, log vital data, and complete routine tasks. Better logs and receipts also provide better accountability for third-parties transporting and handling valuable, rare goods.
Why? Historically, refrigerated and frozen product manufacturers and wholesalers (e.g., food, drinks, pharmaceuticals, and microelectronics) struggled with the expense and commitment attached to demanding, time-consuming cold supply chains.
Automated systems and processes now help companies work around the challenges of running independent, moving power supplies, chronic refrigerator management and maintenance, hazardous workrooms, and fluctuating optimal temperature requirements for many different pallets of cargo.
Automated control systems can also automatically sort flagged pallets into storage categories on arrival. Sectioning allows for warehoused products to be separated into different cooling levels (i.e., chilled, ice-cold, frozen) and lines. Auto-sort makes temperature management far easier while housing goods ready for sale or transfer.
Every comprehensive cold supply chain uses multiple automated control systems, all parts working together to deliver a 'rolling' supply chain in sync.