With its capital-intensive equipment, strict temperature requirements, and energy dependence, the cold chain has always been a demanding logistics segment. Now the sector is grappling with additional challenges—from increases in the sensitivity, quality standards, and volume of many of its goods, to continually mounting regulations.
The cold chain also faces many of the same issues challenging the entire supply chain: serving the global market, driving out costs, becoming more strategic, and addressing capacity and resource constraints, all while managing the exacting needs of the sector’s precious cargo—primarily food and pharmaceutical products.
Automation for Freezer Warehouses
Warehouses are investing in two kinds of automated storage—automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) and mobile racking—to keep workers warm and happy, reduce energy and increase productivity. AS/RSis an inventory management system that is widely used in manufacturing facilities, distribution centres, and warehouses throughout the United States and the world. AS/RS consists of machines that move up and down one or multiple parallel storage aisles, storing and retrieving products and materials for dissemination to internal and external destinations alike.