How to remotely monitor the temperature of your goods

Van equipped with a temperature monitoring system

Temperature control technology is a vital aspect of cold chain logistics. To remain legally compliant and to keep temperature-sensitive goods in prime condition, industry, including the transport sector, needs to make the best use of the available technology. In this article, we’ll look at the features and benefits of modern temperature control technology, specifically the role played by temperature sensors in vehicles.

Temperature control technology – a growing need

In recent years, COVID-induced issues have highlighted the demand for effective temperature control logistics technology. This isn’t only about the need to ‘rush’ perishable goods, such as vaccines, across the globe. Recent global crises have also demonstrated the need to manage temperature-sensitive goods whose transportation has been held up. Whether it’s for transporting fresh flowers, food or pharmaceuticals, the need for effective temperature control technology solutions has never been greater.

Van with temperature monitoring

Temperature control sensors for cold chain logistics

What is a Temperature Sensor?

Temperature sensors sense and measure degrees of heat. They record and transmit temperature readings to the Gateway, which in turn, sends them on to the server. At the heart of a temperature sensor is an 8-bit microcontroller. Today’s temperature sensors are powered by AA or lithium batteries.

What factors should you consider before installing a vehicle temperature sensor?

Temperature range
Between which maximum and minimum temperatures will the wireless sensors be operating? If the temperature within your vehicle exceeds the range, then it may well become damaged. Knowing the temperature range will affect the decision about exactly where the sensor should be fitted.

Response time
This is the length of time it takes for the sensor to react to in-vehicle temperature changes. Today’s digital sensors will have a faster response time than analogue types.

Sensitivity
This is a measure of the degrees of temperature change that a sensor can detect.

Consistency
This refers to the stability of the vehicle temperature sensor – its capacity to retain a consistent output at a specific temperature. This is where the quality of the sensor material comes in. The parts need to be made from temperature-resistant materials that won’t flex, expand or contract with temperature changes. An example might be where a sensor made of a material with a low melting point might get displaced or become unstable when exposed to high temperatures. This can easily affect the reliability of its readings.

Accuracy
Clearly, an essential element of any vehicle temperature sensor – the accuracy of the sensor’s readings will depend on both the calibre of the hardware, as well as the relative proximity of the sensor to other objects, such as shielding and grounding.

Durability
For temperature sensors to work truly effectively, they need to be manufactured to the very highest standard. They need to be robust and made from non-corrosive materials.

Making the most of premium quality vehicle temperature sensors

There are massive benefits to be gained for fleet managers by applying high-quality temperature sensors in temperature control technology.

Protection of goods
With real-time monitoring of in-vehicle temperatures, goods will always be transported at optimum temperatures. Both your driver and your fleet manager will be instantly alerted of any temperature breaches.

Compliance
From the first collection right through to final delivery, temperature audit logs and audit trails make sure that your fleet remains industry-compliant, specifically staying within HACCP, BRC, GDP and GAMP5 compliance rules.

A positive customer experience
With trustworthy vehicle temperature control technology, your customers will remain confident in the reliability of your service. They’ll be kept in the loop with live ETA regular alerting and proof of temperature reports, as well as full audit logs of each journey. A positive experience for your clients … and a boost to your brand reputation.

The AddSecure temperature monitoring system is the go-to platform for transporting temperature-sensitive goods. Give yourself and your customers complete peace of mind with a cold chain technology that keeps you compliant and your perishable goods safe and in optimum condition. Schedule a demo today

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