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28 July 2017

Cold Store Technology: How To Keep Up To Date

It’s become a trend in the cold storage industry for facilities to modernise themselves by working with the latest technology in order to stay ahead of the game. The pace at which technology evolves and improves is so fast that companies who don’t keep up with the times often see their profits take a hit.

A facility that’s up to date on the latest developments can increase its overall efficiency and attract greater custom, so we’re here to share with some of the ways that your cold store construction can be adapted to become a prominent player in today’s advanced market.

New LED Models

Lighting is a fairly common factor in cold store facilities. It consumes so much energy that not using LED models can be harmful to costs, which is why the new advanced lights are a necessity for all facilities. These models reduce cost and increase efficiency by putting the power in the hands of managers who can control how much lighting is used in different parts of the facility. Areas that see less activity don’t need as much light and so can be limited to better maintain energy consumption.

These advanced models also reduce the need for maintenance because they’re created to last much longer than older designs, and can still function without losing bulb life or quality in temperatures as low as -40°C. Although these LED lights may have higher upfront costs, the amount they’re able to save in the long run is incredibly worthwhile.

Temperature Enhancements

In a cold storage facility, it’s important that temperature is regulated effectively to ensure that the stock does not spoil. Balancing the temperature manually can be a difficult process, but the introduction of automatic controls can dramatically reduce the risk of human error leading to food deterioration. This technology is able to detect fluctuations in the temperature and adjust them without any interference, improving efficiency in the facility.

Capacitive Touch Screens

This technology is basically an essential nowadays with the majority of the population using smartphones and tablets that utilise it. Resistive touch has been frequently used in cold stores in the past because it’s effective in harsher environments, however capacitive touch boasts more benefits for these types of facilities.

The ability to have multiple touch detection allows for a multiple user interface, which is incredibly valuable in a facility with so many workers, while the increased sensitivity provides greater ease of use. The ‘resilient’ feature of resistive touch technology that made it so important to cold stores can now be integrated into capacitive touch by using chemically-toughened glass and an aluminium body, allowing for it to be resistant against humidity, dust and moisture.

Capacitive touch screens also boast much clearer and brighter displays.

High Tech Gadgets

As well as upgrades to the physical building of the cold store, there are many gadgets and robots that can increase efficiency and help meet industry demands in these facilities.

Drones and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology have become increasingly useful for the tracking of inventory and transmission of data, with the former able to scan the bar codes on pallets that are difficult to reach. They can transmit the location of every item into the management system and remove the safety risks that climbing up to these areas posed for human workers. When these two pieces of tech are used in combination, there is a definite increase in the efficiency of taking inventory.

James Darvill

James is a passionate scriptwriter and reluctant poet with a talent for the dystopian. When he’s not staying up late watching the Simpsons he’s beating the world at Mario Kart, always with a glass of wine in hand.