Companies are obliged to monitor cold storage areas to preserve quality and maintain consumer product safety standards. When temperature sensitive or perishable goods are stored prior to final distribution, the storage condition data needs to be recorded and accessible anytime.

cold storage wireless monitoring

Food waste and recalls are some of the most important problems of food sector nowadays and cold storage has contributed to the reduction of waste from perishable commodities and is instrumental for the development of the food sector. Food manufacturers and other industries such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and livestock are now embracing wireless monitoring technologies for a number of benefits.

Many changes in government regulatory requirements such as FSMA and HACCP are posing new challenges for many companies in warehousing industry. Such regulations request temperature to be monitored, controlled and recorded throughout food distribution process, including while it’s stored.

Cold storage requirements

  1. Freezer unit temperature requirements usually vary between -40⁰C to -10⁰C;
  2. Chiller unit temperature is usually between -5⁰C to + 10⁰C;
  3. Cooler storage units temperature varies from +3⁰C to + 15⁰C.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is helping manufacturers optimize business operations, reduce the impact of a recall and meet government requirements by providing continuous monitoring and record keeping at cold storages and freezers.

To implement a reliable system for temperature and humidity traceability, the first rule is to eliminate the paper recording practice. Not only is it challenging to record everything, but locating and organizing the proper documents for reports and data analysis can be a time-consuming task. By today’s standards, a company is expected to take action immediately when temperature-sensitive good safety is at stake.

The wireless sensor networks provide a solution – the real-time status of the entire cold storage is visible on the PC or iPad for the warehouse supervisor and is also accessible in mobile devices. The sensors detect when allowed thresholds have been exceeded and provide early warning notifications in case of a critical condition.

PIMM™ Cold Chain Management (CCM) collects and analyzes valuable cold storage information and shares any/all relevant corrective actions with the appropriate supply chain partners. Real-time process management allows for a more effective cold chain process which extends “shelf life”, reduces rejections/returns, improves quality and enhances customer satisfaction at all levels.

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