Cold transport and traceability
The transport of food at controlled temperature is based on the principle of the cold chain. In previous posts we have reviewed how to guarantee the cold chain throughout the logistics process. But this time we are interested in focusing solely on transport. Discover how to work and what are our responsibilities as a cold transport provider in Valencia.
Cold transport: your transport
In order not to make mistakes, the controlled temperature ensures a temperature range contracted with the customer. This is what governs all work-derived processes, being clear that maintaining a temperature does not mean cooling. Especially in food, it means ensuring the conditions of the product thanks to the conditions of the service. From pick up to delivery, all part of the process counts. If there is a condition that the transport is long distance and longer, it can still be more critical.
As we have said before, making sure that the cold chain does not break goes through controlling the transport process from beginning to end. Since it is collected at the customer’s premises until it is delivered at destination. In between, there are intermediate steps such as collection processes, the warehouse of origin, the loading of a vehicle, the destination warehouse and the delivery vehicle. Tracing all processes allows us to control and ensure that cold transport complies with the service. Customer expectations are maximum and under no circumstances should the cold chain be broken.
Loading and unloading of merchandise
Obviously, loading and unloading operations are carried out as quickly as possible so that the temperature of the products does not change. The so-called last mile or final distribution requires that the vehicle’s cold equipment depend only on the engine. Why? This allows us to temporarily disconnect the cold system while maintaining the necessary temperature for each merchandise. It is also allowed to carry out simultaneous refrigerated food transports, as long as the temperatures of each meet their specific regulations. Therefore, the compatibility of the products in this aspect will be checked to avoid bad odors, dust or contamination. Another important part that is unknown is the pre-cooling stage of the vehicle. This process occurs prior to loading it at a temperature equal to that of the air spray in the loading area. If condensation or a temperature mismatch occurs it would represent a serious situation before transporting. Finally, it is essential that the vehicle carries a maximum temperature measuring device that is registered inside, properly installed.
The professional temperature controlled carrier is responsible for:
- Maintain the correct conditions of the cargo cabin.
- Maintain the temperature required during transport (as appropriate).
- Deliver the load without exceeding the maximum temperature specified in the regulations.
Then, the personnel that carry out loading and unloading operations must work without modifying the state or conditions of food preservation:
- Keep the doors closed of the vehicles until the moment of loading or unloading.
- Keep the forced air equipment stopped before loading.
- Close the doors at each discharge and connect the cold equipment in the case of multiple shipments / destinations.
Cold logistics, our specialty
Electronic commerce, oriented to food, needs a cold distribution to grow. That is, transport at controlled temperature and Supply Chain indicates that the registrations of this type of vehicles has risen. In Asmen we transport perishable products with our specific transport division: Transfrías. A cold transport and logistics fleet, prepared to cover the entire national territory. And we do it with a positioning margin for the maximum charge of 2 hours. An emergency service available 24 hours, every day of the year.