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Improving the quality of temperature-sensitive products involves several steps. What we’ll focus on today is digital temperature monitoring, and how this impacts your temperature-sensitive products.
What are temperature-sensitive products?
Temperature-sensitive products are products which depend on being made, stored and transported at specific temperatures, or within a defined range of temperatures. Changes in temperature can affect how long a product will last, how it can be used and even change its safety parameters. Good examples of temperature-sensitive products are medication and food products.
What is digital temperature monitoring?
Digital temperature monitoring is the process of installing, calibrating and using digital equipment to monitor temperatures in different parts of your business. This includes research, manufacturing, quality control, storage, transportation and even sales or operations, as would be in the case of grocery stores.
How is IoT related to digital temperature monitoring?
IoT means ‘Internet of Things’, which defines objects like smart fridges and TVs that you might have in your home. IoT sensors provide precise behavioural data that can be accessed and managed remotely, like the temperatures of your business facilities and vehicles, for example.
In the case of temperature-sensitive products, IoT enables you to blend multiple data sources, analyse the data, visualise trends, configure early warnings and benefit from data-driven decision making, either using AI or by human intervention.
Why should you migrate to digital temperature monitoring?
- COVID-19 has been the catalyst for the paradigm shift which was already in place: digital living and functionality means greater speed, efficacy and convenience for your customers, whether you serve businesses like we do or you serve end consumers.
- Data analytics: digitising your business means increasing the amount and types of data that become accessible to you in an instant. This radically changes the way you make your business decisions.
- Compliance: Integrating with the first and second reasons, migrating to digital temperature monitoring can reduce your compliance administration costs by a whopping 70%, as reported by some of our existing clients.
Temperature-sensitive products and customer expectations:
Whether you serve individual people or you serve businesses, your customers are choosing whoever provides the best solution: quickly, seamlessly and for as long a time as possible. If you’re not investing in digital temperature monitoring solutions, you’re already falling behind. Your temperature-sensitive products won’t wait for your maintenance teams before they spoil and cost you time and money: filing insurance claims, consoling irate customers who suffer from managing returns of spoiled goods to you or dealing with the backlash from their end consumers.
Investing into a digital temperature monitoring solution unlocks the ability for you to monitor temperatures in your production, warehousing and logistics environments in real time, so you can manage even the slightest deviations without experiencing financial or operational setbacks due to product spoilage.
Temperature-sensitive products and data analytics:
You can’t work with data that you don’t have: another reason to invest in digital temperature monitoring. Being able to analyse temperature-related data throughout your business gives you the upper hand, especially during unplanned events. Your visibility into the inner workings of each part of your business is heightened, enabling you to spend your maintenance budget more wisely: repair, replace and renovate as required, not as assumed.
Temperature-sensitive products and compliance:
Every country and industry has regulatory frameworks with which businesses must comply. This is no different for businesses working with or producing temperature-sensitive products. Here are some examples of how digital temperature monitoring can help with compliance:
- Food products (fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products) all have unique temperature requirements and must constantly be kept within a specific temperature range, to adhere to food safety standards. If you lose sight of the temperature that these products are kept at, even for 15mins, it could compromise your product quality. Fruit, meat, fish and dairy products could spoil or develop increased amounts of harmful bacteria; vegetables could wilt and deter customers from purchasing them; food poisoning could result in medical compensation, legal cases and fatalities.
- Medication is similar to food products, but often less forgiving when it comes to being kept or moved in inappropriate temperature ranges. Medication is produced through exact scientific methods and principles, and must be taken from research and production labs through to end consumers without compromising on chemical consistency at all. If you’re not monitoring temperatures effectively when working with medication, people could experience adverse reactions and even fatalities.
- Mining is another industry which processes and produces temperature-sensitive products. Any raw materials, like ore, or even finished products like copper wiring, are sensitive to temperatures (albeit at higher ranges). If you can’t be confident in the temperature at which metal alloys are processed or galvanised, you can’t confirm if your production facility is adhering to your national or international standards like ISO or SABS.
Are your temperature-sensitive products at risk?
In today’s fast-paced global economy, even the smallest defects can jeopardise your temperature-sensitive products and your business revenue. The human eye is no longer enough to edge out your competitors. If your product lifespan lasts even one day less than your competitors’ your customers will buy there and not think twice about cutting down your contract value.
If you’re not using a real-time digital temperature monitoring system, you’re exposing your products to risk and leaving the door wide open for your competitors to outperform you. Human supervision is both inaccurate and incapable of operating consistently at 24 hours a day, all year around. The consequences of unspecified fluctuations can become catastrophic to any business, from regulator fines to commissions of enquiry, negative press coverage and reputation damage, all the way to equipment failure and mechanical breakdowns that cost time and money to resolve.
Steps for improving temperature-sensitive product quality:
- Contact Ikhaya Automation Systems: let’s arrange a call so we can learn about what you do, and propose the right temperature monitoring solution for your business.
- Trial our temperature monitoring solution for your most temperature-sensitive products: tell us what’s most important to you right now, between compliance and audit trails, to product quality and shelf life. We’re here to help.
- Use our intelligent dashboard to your advantage: send maintenance teams where they really need to be, rather than where you think that is, saving you call-out and service fees in addition to part costs for your machinery.
- Once you see your audit scores improve and your profit margins grow, you won’t want to let go of your newly developed competitive advantage.