Cool storage is the holding of goods that require minimal temperatures to stay at their best quality. When it comes to holding goods that need cool storage to maintain their best quality in large quantities it is vital to employ the know-how of a qualified cool storage facility to assure the goods are looked after.
Cool storage goods can include organic goods like seafood, dairy, stock feed, fruit and vegetables all the way through to many types of chemicals.
The advantages of using a specialist cool storage facility for a good’s user/importer/exporter has to do with the following:
* Each good is to be separated from other goods that may interrupt or pollute others. An example is hazardous goods,like hospital medicines, would be kept in the cool storage facility separate from other chemicals and organic goods.
* By utilising a cool storage facility specialist the goods shelf life and quality will be assured because a cool storage unit’s temperature is controlled by a cool storage specialist who controls the temperatures to the requirements of the good.This temperature setting will often fall between -2 and +20 degrees Celsius.
A cool storage facility will have packing methods in place that will assure the good is handled with care, so to not cause any damages to the good. The good must also be easily accessed by the cool storage specialist checking the product regularly, for things such as contamination, and when removing the product. Methods for loading and unloading the goods must fit in with the cool storage units, as well, to once again assure the quality of the good and that it is accessible by it’s owners and the cool storage specialists. When there are large amounts of goods to be stored together stackable crates, racks and trays can be employed by a cool storage facility. By employing systems like these airflow around the goods trays is free flowing. A two-foot space between walls and good trays is recommended, and a three-foot gap should be left between product trays and ceilings and the refrigeration unit. Insulation is another important feature to a cool storage unit as this keeps the temperatures secure and dependable by stopping the air escaping/entering the unit and possibly ruining the goods and wasting energy, and money.
Although all aspects to cool storage are vital, temperature setting is the most vital. A cool storage specialist will manage the temperatures on the thermostat for each individual unit and therefore good. It is important for the cool storage specialist to know the precise temperatures to set these are often supplied by the owners/importers/exporters of the good. If the wrong temperature is set the cool storage facility can increase the chances of the goods being damaged. A cool storage specialist will inform the owners/importers/exporters when the goods are to be taken out of the cool storage for transportation. This stage is vital because once the goods are out of the cool storage the deterioration of the good can be dramatically increased.
Humidity levels in the cool storage units must be regulated as well. Just like with each good needing specific temperatures each good will require a specific humidity level to maintain it’s best quality. The need for humidity comes when the moisture is removed when cooling the good. Organic goods are likely to require specific humidity levels to prevent the product from drying out.
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