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RFID enabled loggers can reduce waste by optimising the supply chain for temperature-sensitive products

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RFID enabled loggers can reduce waste by optimising the supply chain for temperature-sensitive products
Programmable temperature loggers can provide a complete profile of the temperature regime during cold chain storage and transit, thereby enabling continuous improvement
In Use – RFID enabled temperature loggers such as those offered by CAEN RFID are available worldwide. Initially used in medical and pharmaceutical sectors, this technology is increasingly being used for food cold chain monitoring and management.

Benefits
Product Waste Reduction

Product Categories
Drinks, Food

Relevant Materials
Not Applicable

Relevant Packaging Formats
Not Applicable

Supply Chain Phase
Supply Chain handling systems and store replenishment, Transportation

Details

A programmable temperature logger can identify problems incurred with produce during cold chain storage and transit, thus providing a tool for improved quality control system for food manufacturers. Such systems can provide a complete history of the temperature exposure of perishable goods, thereby allowing problem areas to be identified or the remaining life of the product to be predicted. Initially developed for the pharmaceutical and clinical products markets, this technology can be applied to food products which need to be shipped within a prescribed temperature range to maintain freshness. Data can be applied to determine when to replenish perishables and how much product to put on the shelves. The benefits of applying RFID and sensors to perishable goods include: improved food safety and quality; reduced costs due to lower spoilage rates; lower inventories and more efficient logistics.
 
An example of such a technology is CAEN RFID's Easy2Log products. These facilitate both passive and active risk management for continuous improvement of the quality process. Product can be easily checked at any time in order to accept/reject the shipment. The data can be used to analyse the temperature vs. time which facilitates active risk-management: the critical points of the cold chain can be identified and counter measures can be put in place to avoid further failures in the future.
 
Key features of the Easy2Log tags are:
  • Long monitoring time span: more than 5 years
  • High temperature accuracy: ±0.1°C typical
  • Fine grained sampling time: less than 10 sec. minimum
  • UHF EPC Class1 Gen2/ISO 18000-6C RFID interface
  • Fast download: 1,000 samples in less than 4 seconds
  • Complete set of full configurable shelf life prediction methods
Examples of the application of this technology in the food sector include the cold supply chain for the quality chocolatier Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli. CAEN data loggers which are read out wirelessly are attached to specific products of the Lindt & Sprüngli portfolio to assure the correct transport environment is deployed. Other potential applications include: Fresh food (fruit, vegetables), Seafood, Meat and poultry, Milk-based products, Frozen food and Chemical/pharmaceutical products.

Potential Benefits

The major benefits of this technology include:
  • Waste reduction due to the optimization of the supply chain and the control of the products freshness
  • Improved food and pharmaceuticals quality due to the freshness control
  • Complete traceability of food and pharmaceuticals
  • Human health protection due to the better food and drugs preservation

Intellectual Property

Easy2Log is a proprietary technology of CAEN RFID.

Consultant View

If the data captured by this type of device is properly applied, it has the potential to significantly improve cold chain management and reduce the wastage of temperature sensitive products during transit.
 
The technology described in this database entry is not the only product on the market, and there may be other ways to access cold chain performance information. Readers finding this entry interesting are encouraged to search the REID database for other entries. Relevant search terms could include RFID; indicators; intelligent packaging; time temperature indicators and Product quality indicators.
 
Many of these technologies are still under development and it is necessary to understand the financial costs versus the potential savings that may be gained. The recyclability of devices at the end-of-life should also be carefully considered.

Contacts and Further Information

Company details:
CAEN RFID Srl
Via Vetraia, 11
55049 - Viareggio (LU) - ITALY
www.caenrfid.it
 
Technology contact:
Stefano Coluccini
Tel: +39 0584 388398
Email: info@caenrfid.it

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