SCCM industrialization and applications

Technology overview: Public interest in fresh and safe food is growing faster than ever along with improved quality of life and the use of online markets is giving rise to the demand for cold chain systems. However, the domestic market for refrigerated transportation is seriously lacking modernized systems and technologies for effective establishment and operation of the systems.
In particular, pre-cooling is hardly applied to agricultural products at production sites, and only 27.8% of such farm produce is shipped under refrigeration. Lack of proper temperature control often leads to considerable loss of products and even to disposal.
This project of SCCM Industrialization and Application was carried out in response to the rising demand for cold chain systems in order to develop smart cold chain management technologies for real-time remote temperatures/humidity control.
The smart cold chain management technology monitors temperatures/humidity in real-time by installing wireless sensors in vehicles and logistics facilities, collecting data from 50 sensors at the same time for location-specific management. Additional features can be easily installed as well. The application of the smart cold chain management is expected to improve the quality of logistics services and minimize the costs of the entire supply chain.

Industrialization: The smart cold chain management technology has been applied to a variety of sites in order to assess feasibility of industrialization. As to the food industry, temperature/humidity sensors were installed in a mushroom container, monitoring the inside of the container in real-time so as to analyze causes of product spoilage, which reduced annual average logistic costs and products loss by KRW 500 million. In the pharmaceutical industry, the smart cold chain system was applied to logistic warehouses so as to track temperatures of medicine, and application to hospitals has been verified as well through process analysis and test bed establishment, targeting four major hospitals in Korea.
In the apparel industry, the technology was applied to products sensitive to humidity such as leather with the purpose of preventing mold, which actually saved annual average product loss of KRW 26 million. In the CPG industry, the technology proved to be useful for preventing product damage and quality degradation during winter, lowering damage of CPG with high water content from 3% to 2%.

Problem-solving in industrialization: In Korea there are no regulations or regulatory systems on frozen or refrigerated food for the smart cold chain management and thus, internal standards of manufacturers or logistics services providers are applied voluntarily. There are no standardized regulations for handling perishable food either. As for livestock products, there are recommended expiry dates (24 months for frozen meat, 90 days cooled beef, and 45~55 days for cooled pork). Only the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act stipulates that temperatures of transport vehicles should be maintained at 0~15℃.
Due to this lack of laws and regulations for mandatory temperature control of food, application of the smart cold chain management system was not easy but the company persuaded customers by highlighting that introduction of the system can prevent food spoilage or mold on clothing and improve quality of products through effective temperature/humidity control solutions applied to vehicles and storehouses.

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