Cold Chain

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Monitoring the cold chain
cold chain monitoring
Company

Spedition Schroeder Logistische Dienstleistungsgesellschaft mbH
Teterow/Mecklenburg, West Pomerania, Germany
Jan Schroeder, Jörg Schroeder (General Managers)

Sector

Cold chain transport

Background

Schroeder Transport is a family-run transportation company that guarantees the safe and economic transportation of goods for both short and long distance transports. Schroeder offers its customers overnight and door to door delivery service. Depending on the task, they promise a 24 hour delivery within their local area of distribution and a 24 to 48 hour delivery within Germany. The company is certified for the transportation, storage, and distribution of refrigeraeted goods according to the IFS Logistics Vers.2

Problem

Perishable foods must be transported in an atmosphere-controlled environment. For meat and fish that require freezing, they must always be maintained at a temperature of minus 18° Celsius (-0.4° F). Fresh fish may reach a maximum of 4° Celcius (39.2° F) and milk no more than 8° Celsius (46.4° F). It is necessary during transportation to quickly balance the temperature when it falls below or exceeds the required temperature. The Schroeders must efficiently manage these deliveries as accurately as possible as they face familiar problems of logistics and high fuel-costs in a very competitive marketplace.

Solution

The Schroeders equipped over 50 trucks and more than 40 refrigeraeted-trailers with the comprehensive cold chain monitoring solution from ENAiKOON. The dispatchers can see at any moment the current location of the truck and cargo, the temperatures in the various cooling chambers, and the total amount of fuel consumed. Alarms warned the dispatchers at precisely defined thresholds when the temperature was too high or too low. A Garmin navigation system was connected to the ENAiKOON locate-06 tracking device, making door-to-door deliveries more efficient and on time. In the fleet management software, inViu pro, dispatchers are able to send drivers messages, driving jobs, and directions while the manager is able to review driving statistics transmitted from the vehicles CAN bus. These statistics are used as an incentive to motive drivers to save on fuel, rewarding fuel-efficient drivers with a nice bonus.

Conclusion

“With this new technology, the chamber atmosphere is perfectly synchronised with the type of goods and its optimum temperature,” says Jan Schroeder, one of the managing directors of Schroeder Transport. The ideal route can be easily created and the driving time calculated to provide better adherence to delivery schedules. Transport, time, and delivery are optimally coordinated with each other to provide their guarantee of an unbroken cold chain. Their goal of saving 10% per year on fuel costs by modifying driving behaviour is now within their reach. With 50 long-haul semi-trailers, the fuel savings from cold chain monitoring is almost 250,000€, or the cost of two new trucks.

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