European Temperature Controlled Logistics Conference Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Look at Global Monitoring Solutions
A highlight of this year’s European Temperature Controlled Logistics Conference at ExCel London was a behind-the-scenes look at how British monitoring solutions were bringing world-class control of temperature, humidity, shock and vibration to operations as diverse as a horticultural project 4000 feet up a Malaysian mountain and the conservation of warship The Mary Rose after 400 years on the ocean bed.
The IMC Group’s Marcus Stacey-Bradbury explained to delegates how stock losses had been significantly reduced and quality improved at a client’s salad and herb-growing business in Malaysia. While the mountain location was chosen as affording some shelter from the area’s 35C 85% humidity climate, ultra-reliable temperature monitoring is still vital both for production and for the challenges of road distribution where vehicles are away from base for several days, experiencing a very wide variety of potentially damaging conditions on their way to restaurants and retailers.
Damage of the high-quality load from temperature fluctuations was a very real problem before the installation of Hanwell iSense GPRS transmitters where innovative self-contained units now enable remote monitoring of diverse parameters via wireless GPRS technology, ideal for the trucks in remote locations.
Marcus also shared some of the key work his team was carrying out to help conserve The Mary Rose warship and how the ship’s hull was contained inside a sealed ‘hotbox’ with 30 environmental monitoring sensors installed on and near the hull, continuously checking and recording temperature and humidity. Eleanor Schofield from The Mary Rose added: “It’s a vital part of the conservation programme…measuring and reacting to how changes in weather, visitor traffic and so on affect the ship will continue to be crucially important to the Mary Rose.”
Explaining the diverse uses of monitoring technology, Marcus concluded with a look at how DKSH Pharmaceutical maintain temperature integrity across their whole operation from storage to delivery, revealing how they used Hanwell high-powered radio technology to tackle the challenge of finding a system that could successfully transmit real-time critical temperature data wirelessly to their local PC/Network from inside a steel and concrete drugs medicines safe almost two feet thick!
IMC now has operations in more than 35 countries including the USA, Germany, Italy, South Africa, China, India and Australia and a diverse international client base which includes the NHS, Tesco, ASDA, Unilever, Paignton Zoo, Boots, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson Controls, National Trust, Louvre, Royal Collection Trust, United Biscuits, IKEA and DKSH Pharmaceutical.
See the presentation here – http://www.the-imcgroup.com/TCLPresentation/