While logistics companies that offer cold chain transport have been in the business for decades, sometimes they run into common problems that slow down or delay deliveries. Just like every other industry, if these problems are not addressed, they can have serious consequences for businesses. Financial problems and losing customers are just some of the risks involved.
But what are the four common issues cold chain transportation companies face? Let’s take a look:
1. Damaged Freezers
One of the most common problems cold chain facilities face is damaged freezers and doors. This is a major cause for concern because certain products and packages need to be kept in specific temperatures.
The last thing you want to do is deal with spoiled products and unsatisfied customers. The solution to this problem is to look for a tight seal and install doors with proper insulation and thermal-flex sealing, which will ensure the cooling doesn’t escape every time the door is opened. These doors are also heavy-duty so they don’t sustain damage in case there’s been an accident or mishap.
Condensation is a common problem when facilities deal with both cold chain and warm processes. If you move warm products into freezers immediately, they can generate excessive moisture, which can lead to condensation. This can quickly become a cause for concern because slippery surfaces and spoiled products can become a health issue for both workers and customers.
The best way to combat this problem is to install HVLS fans to regulate airflow and reduce humidity.
3. Mold and Mildew
You need to be extra cautious when operating a cold chain facility because such facilities need to be cleaned regularly. Mold and mildew are common problems. To avoid such problems, make sure:
- The Freezer Door Isn’t Broken
- Use Lubrication-Free Products
- Taper Frozen Surfaces
- Avoid Spills
4. Damaged Goods
This can happen outside or within the cold storage facility. If you’ve received damaged goods, it can impact profits. From damaged and broken products to keep products at the wrong temperature, there are various ways cold storages end up with spoiled goods.
The only way to solve this problem is to invest in an RFID tracking technology so if goods are damaged, the relevant authorities are immediately notified.
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