Cold Chain Logistics

Optimizing mobility for ultimate productivity in cold environments.

Optimal Productivity for Cold Chain Logistics

Low temperatures don’t need to be the culprit of reduced reliability or productivity for your cold chain logistics. But what they do require is specialized equipment to streamline the handling and tracking of products through the supply chain. Not only will this help your operation maximize fulfillment, but it also will ensure the product safety and integrity of food perishables or vaccines and medications, throughout the entire cold chain—from manufacturing floor to delivery door.

Can Your Mobility Solutions Weather the Cold?

Hot Tips for Profitable Cold Chain Logistics.

Why Cold Chain Requires Specialized Equipment

Devices built for temperature-controlled environments can’t maintain their optimal functionality when placed in freezing environments—even for just a short period of time. Refrigeration units and freezers wreak havoc on every component of these devices from casing to internal circuitry.

Frost

  • Decreases visibility on LCD screens
  • Causes device keys to stick
  • Cracks plastic casings

Condensation

  • Fogs LCD screens
  • Internally corrodes components
  • Short-circuits devices

Cold

  • Prevents batteries from releasing energy
  • Slows internal processors
  • Interferes with RF signals

Mobility Solutions Designed for Cold Chain Get Results

Streamline Inventory Handling

Move more products safely and efficiently through the supply chain allowing your operation to maximize fulfillment.

Increase Productivity

Work more efficiently despite gloved hands with ergonomically designed devices and wireless networking that can perform despite cold temperatures. 

Increase
Accuracy

Cold chain devices remove barriers to accuracy such as sticky keys, foggy screens and labels that won’t scan or stick.

Reduce
Downtime

Eliminate the challenges common to standard devices such as condensation, device failure, and dropped, slow or misaligned wireless signals.

Cold Chain Data Collection

Manufacturers have developed devices that have the same reliability and functionality in cold environments as their standard model counterparts. When selecting the most optimal devices for your application, the amount of exposure to extreme cold conditions, and the frequency of exposure are key considerations for determining the right cold-environment equipment for your operation.

Mobile Computers

Integrated heaters and freezer-rated batteries separate these cold chain devices from their temperature-controlled counterparts. Additionally, ergonomic designs allow for easy handling with gloved-fingers whether using a touch screen or keyed entry.

Zebra MC9300 Freezer

Zebra TC8300 Freezer

Honeywell CK65

Honeywell CN80

Scanners

Rugged cordless scanners are ideal for freezing temperatures, equipped with components designed to prevent optics from freezing or plastic casing from damage.

Zebra LI3678 Extended Range Scanner

Honeywell Granit 1981i Scanner

Forklift Mount

High RH condensing and integrated heaters allow for reliable and accurate use of vehicle mount computers while screw-connectors provide a condensation-free connection that keeps devices tightly in place.

Zebra VC8300 Vehicle Mount Computer

Honeywell VM3A Vehicle Mount Computer

RFID

The benefit of leveraging RFID to collect data is that it requires no line of sight. As condensation frequently occurs after pallets are shrink wrapped, it can be challenging for laser devices to read labels underneath, where RFID will be able to read data accurately and efficiently every time.

Printing and Labeling in Cold Chain Environments

For labeling applications in cold environments, it’s critical to not only have the right printing equipment, but the right labeling materials. Printers should be equipped with cold temperature compensation to automatically optimize and balance print speed and quality. Specialized labeling supplies must be able to stick to surfaces of -20° F / -20°C, while also remain adhered in temperatures as low as -65°F / -54°C.

Zebra ZQ500 Series Mobile Printer

Cold Chain Label
Supplies

Wireless Networking

The most modern mobile devices adapted for freezing environments could be challenged to perform optimally if the wireless networking has been deployed without cold temperatures in mind. Insulation keeps cold air from escaping but it also restricts the movement of radio waves. Access points in freezing environments require specialized heated enclosures as well as antennas specifically designed to prevent RF signals from bouncing off obstacles—a common challenge in cold temperatures.

Peak-Ryzex Can Help You Optimize Mobility for Cold Chain Solutions

Discover how mobility solutions designed specifically for your cold chain logistics can help your operation be more efficient and profitable. A solutions provider with extensive knowledge and industry expertise can help you down the path to success. Let Peak-Ryzex assist in optimizing your cold chain logistics via our managed mobility services. Our team works with you to create a mobility roadmap that aligns the right services and solutions to your specific needs, choose the right devices, deploy them, and help you manage them throughout their entire lifecycle.