Meat, vaccines, freshly-cut flowers and more have one thing in common – they all require refrigerated transport to get to you in unspoiled or usable condition. But even more: they have to be stored at appropriate temperature without too big deviations from recommended temperatures. This is where the concept of cold chain management comes into play.
Cold chains are common in food and pharmaceutical industries and also in some chemical shipments. One common temperature range for a cold chain in pharmaceutical industry is 2 to 8 °C (36 to 46 °F), but the specific temperature (and the time that it is exposed to certain temperature) tolerances depend on the actual product being shipped. What happens if temperature deviation falls out of this common temperature range? Vaccines, for example, become inactive. Actualy those patients thinking they had been immunized, in reality were put at greater risk due to the inactivated vaccines they received.
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines being developed may need ultracold storage and transportation temperatures as cold as −70 °C, requiring what has been referred to as a “colder chain” infrastructure.
How about CCM in food? What happens if fresh food is left out of cold chain?
Bacteria grows and other risk factors of food safety rise. Once that the food warms and leaves the cold chain temperatures, it enters into the “danger zone”, which is around 5°C to 60°C. In such state bacteria and mold growth increase, while the natural decay intensifies.
Conventional dataloggers can log temperature changes, but real-time mass data availability is in the domain of newer technology.
We are developing tailor made solutions for cold storage facilities, which in real time provide data based on latest technologies to a cloud platform. Our task is to keep unbroken cold chain all the time from “farm to fork”. Or in the medicine area: from manufacturer to patient.
In a short: we are caring, you won’t lose any food, you won’t get sick of spoiled food neither you won’t get sick because of inactive vaccine.