If you’re in the business of storing or transporting temperature-sensitive goods, you understand how crucial it is that the appropriate climate is maintained. Not maintaining the proper temperature can result in compromised quality, significant fines and, ultimately, hundreds or thousands of dollars in wasted goods.
If you’re using, or considering using a data logger to track the temperature of your goods, it’s important to understand that data loggers are effective only where there is a need to simply record the temperature. Although data loggers are cost effective, they don’t provide an efficient, proactive way to monitor temperature data in real time. This will end up costing you more in the long run.
In retail cold chains, poultry and food storage, medical cold storages, etc., quick action must be taken in the event of a temperature failure. If you learn of a temperature failure only after it’s occurred, it’s often far too late to rectify the situation. This means companies must employ a comprehensive solution to monitor and transmit temperature data in real time.
Monitoring temperature in real time
So how can you monitor temperature in real time? To do so effectively, you need a high-quality temperature monitoring device that allows you to constantly monitor the climate in which your goods are being stored or transported. The device you choose should also allow you to access and transmit that data in real time over a cellular network, without the need for WiFi, so that the appropriate managers or employees can prevent a temperature failure and take immediate action should one occur.
Keep in mind that there are cheap and low-quality temperature monitors on the market, and you’ll want to select a monitor that includes features such as cellular network connectivity to ensure you can monitor your assets anytime and anywhere and be notified via SMS/text message and email alerts when there is a temperature excursion.
You’ll also want to make sure the device has built-in storage to record temperature if a transmission failure occurs due to loss of cellular coverage and send that data as soon as coverage is resumed.
While the price point for real time temperature monitoring devices will be higher than a temperature data logger, it’s important to keep the cost to benefit ratio in mind.
To do so, consider the following scenario:
Assume Truck A is fitted with a data logger, and Truck B is equipped with a high-quality real time temperature monitoring solution. Let’s also assume the cost of goods transported per week in each truck is $5,000, and that each truck’s refrigerator averages one temperature failure per month. If a truck makes four trips a month, the total cost of goods per month is $20,000.
Data loggers can be purchased for as little as $10 to $20, while the cost of a high-quality temperature monitor is about $200-250.
If truck A’s refrigerator shuts down, the data logger records the temperature failure, but does not send any alert or message to the manager indicating there’s been a failure. Whereas, in Truck B, the temperature monitoring device would send an automated alert about the temperature failure.
High-quality monitors will also track a truck’s location, enabling the manager to act quickly to dispatch a new truck to that location to salvage the goods, or otherwise remedy the problem before a critical loss occurs. The ability to prevent the loss of goods means no financial loss for the owner of Truck B.
Truck A’s manager, however, would not be notified of a failure as it occurs, and the resulting loss could be as high as the total of the goods — up to $5,000.
Nimble’s temperature monitor and IRIS application provide all of the features outlined above and more, thus delivering an impressive ROI averaging 1200 percent.
If you’d like to learn how our real-time asset monitoring device can save your company money by preventing losses related to temperature failures, contact us today.