Measuring success in logistics via tech
The Indian logistics industry is rapidly evolving with the measurement technology and its applications. Kalidas Bhangare, Managing Director, Testo India, talks about the emerging need for technological solutions, and his vision for the industry.
What uses can measuring and testing instruments have in the logistics and warehousing industry?
From the time a product is kept in the warehouse, spoliation risk exists in every phase till the supplier receives the goods. These instruments can impact the logistics and warehousing industry to a great extent. Temperature monitoring and quality data documentation in the transport of sensitive goods such as foods or pharmaceuticals is extremely critical. These sensitive goods have certain refrigeration requirements in transport, and the cold chain between the manufacturer and the final consumer may under no circumstances be interrupted.
Here at Testo we have come up with Data Loggers for transport which provide easy operations
with pre-configuration and easy PDF readouts. The loggers travel on your behalf in freight and loading rooms, monitoring temperatures during the transport of sensitive goods on rail, in the air or on the road.
When it comes to the pharmaceutical industry, there is a risk of serious damage to the health of the consumer or patient. Dry ice application is used for transporting plasma, organs, virus, scientific material, etc. It sublimates at -78.48 °C and is made for these extremely cold conditions monitoring.
Very often, the logistic companies have products that are sensitive to shocks. The Testo 184 G1 Data Logger is for measuring acceleration or shocks during the transport of valuable art, sensitive machinery or electronics.
Constant documentation during production, storage and transportation of temperature-sensitive products has long been considered an absolute ‘must’. Testo Saveris automates the central documentation of measurement data as well as the safe monitoring of refrigerated and deepfreeze rooms, incubators and climate cabinets. What real-world results would these new technologies translate to the industry?
The cold chain between the manufacturer and the final consumer shouldn’t be interrupted. These new technologies actually help in avoiding quality deficits, financial losses or even damage to the consumers’ health. Because of the critical nature of the products, there are some important standards in place for transportation of pharma and food products.
Thanks to globalisation, cold chain products are shipped throughout the world today. In the distribution of these products, use & throw loggers would make more sense. How evolved is the Indian logistics market toward such state-ofthe-art technologies?
Measurement technology for logistics industry is rapidly evolving with its applications. We anticipate that the Indian logistics industry will welcome and adapt to the new technology with open arms. What different trends do you witness in Indian logistics market?
Globalisation has led to an increase in demand for import and export of frozen foods, pharma and human organs, to name a few.
In order to verify the quality and safety of exported products, pharma and food exporters need to use temperature-monitoring solu- tions throughout the cold chain transportation.
The current trend that I see in the cold chain logistics today is switching to the use of single-use data loggers or the use & throws loggers. We can place loggers inside boxes of frozen food & pharma products which are placed in the container to monitor the temperature during shipment and make sure that the required temperature has been maintained.
Managing Director, Testo India