Making Sure You Get Quality Temperature-Controlled Transportation

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Temperature-controlled transit has become a high-demand industry, with many companies needing to send materials that are perishable and require a very specific temperature in order to arrive intact. Having an efficient chain of transit with proper equipment, oversight, and temperature management is essential in making sure that you get your materials to the right place and they arrive intact.

 

Many companies have identified the challenges that this type of transit involves, most importantly maintaining the correct temperature to avoid issues like discoloring, microbial growth, degradation of texture, or bruising in the products. Working with a quality temperature-controlled transit company ensures that your products arrive with optimal quality and shelf life.

 

Separate Loads

 

In the past many companies would try to combine products, shipping refrigerated items with frozen and dry goods, which meant that none of those three items were at an optimal temperature. The temperature of the frozen goods could also impact the temperature inside the load, which was something that shippers couldn’t control once the items were loaded together. Today shippers will work with companies to make sure that the loads are separated according to their temperatures, allowing everything to be at the correct temperature.

 

Refrigeration Along the Entire Route

 

Another common problem that used to occur was the arrival of items at a shipping dock, where they would sit in hot summer heat while awaiting the next leg of the journey. When you work with transit companies that understand the importance of keeping a steady temperature even when it’s not on the road.

 

Technology to Track Shipments

 

Technology is also playing a larger role in temperature-controlled transit today. Tracing shipments from start to finish ensures that you can see and track exactly what is happening along the route, including sensors that allow companies to determine the exact temperature and make adjustments if it drops below or above the ideal range. Additionally, technology can ensure that temperatures outside—such as extreme heat or extreme cold—don’t interfere with the temperature inside the load.

 

Shortest Route Transit

 

Another way to ensure your temperature-controlled items arrive in optimal condition is to ensure that your transit company is skilled in determining the shortest and most efficient route possible. They can also ensure that there is no wasted time with additional or unnecessary loading and unloading along the route. However, as mentioned previously temperatures outside can impact the truck’s ability to keep temperatures constant, so route selection to avoid extreme weather whenever possible is critical.

 

Transporting temperature-controlled items requires that the company maintain the integrity of the product from start to finish. Make sure you’re working with a company that has an integrated and coordinated process from start to finish, and one that you can customize according to your shipment needs.