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Food transport and storage and the cold chain

Lenham Storage Takes ‘TruControl’ of Compliance Best Practice

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Lenham Storage, the ambient grocery and beverage Warehousing and Distribution specialists, have seen unexpected additional benefits since deploying TruTac’s new TruControl system.

As one of the UK’s leading grocery logistics experts, Lenham Storage already knew the importance of tachograph management, however, as a business committed to continuous improvement they wanted to build on their impressive compliance performance.

Whilst Lenham have always been good at managing tachographs they realised by using TruControl that they could take compliance to a higher level. So, instead of just ‘ticking a compliance box’ they used the valuable data to drive best practice and efficiencies throughout the business.

This holistic approach has seen not only a significant reduction in driver infringements but also improved administration, better auditing controls and significant driver behaviour improvement through enhanced debriefing and education.

“Every responsible transport operation needs to keep tight control of driver infringements” says Steve Phibbs, who oversees tachograph analysis, driver reports and WTD compliance at Lenham Storage.  “However, we wanted more than just tacho analysis, and have driven multiple admin efficiencies by investing in this latest technology.”

With around 250 vehicles involved in the daily distribution of grocery and ambient goods to multiples, high street retailers, hotels and farm shops throughout the UK, Lenham recognised the need to install a fleet compliance control system. They now debrief drivers quicker, track recommendations to ensure training has been done and improved management reporting delivering tighter auditing controls.

TruControl has 24/7 web-based reporting as standard, allowing Steve and his team instant access to key operational data just minutes after downloading. This, says Steve, provides total control over all WTD and compliance information enabling strategic management decisions to be made.

Steve added “Controlling tachograph data is a key part of maintaining a legal and efficient fleet but TruControl has taken this to another level. It’s easier to use, has KPI data available in management dashboards and has saved crucial admin hours for managers. TruControl does much more than keep us compliant with Hours Law and WTD, it delivers untold operational efficiencies and peace of mind.”

To eliminate possible driving licence verification issues, Lenham has also introduced TruLicence –  a bespoke TruTac package designed to instantly check UK drivers’ licences for compliance and insurance purposes.

“Using the TruLicence software” says Steve, “we can check and monitor each driver’s licence details, including points, qualifications and medical status, without the burden of lengthy manual procedures. It’s fast, accurate and easy to handle and most importantly, we can make sure no one is driving without a valid licence.”

Implementing TruControl was also a fast and pain free process, according to Steve. “The changeover only took a couple of days. Within no time, we had over 150 trucks and drivers using the system from our four UK sites in Maidstone, Andover, Aylesford and Sittingbourne. TruTac provided some initial on-site training and are always at the end of the phone for assistance.”

Lenham Storage is a family-owned and run business, and since 1946 has specialised in ambient grocery and FMCG storage and distribution. The company has over ¾ million square feet of shared-user warehousing, including 75,000 pallet spaces for racked or bulk stow storage.

Further information:

Jemma James, Commercial Director

TruTac Limited

Unit 5 Westwood House

Westwood Business Park

Coventry

CV4 8HS

 

Telephone: 02476 690000

Mobile: 07894 475074

Email: jemma.james@trutac.co.uk

Web: www.trutac.co.uk

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HANTEMP Controls CBV Controlled Ball Valves

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WESTMONT, IL – The Stainless Steel CBV Controlled Ball Valves are for many industrial refrigeration applications. The companion electronic actuators provide precise modulation of the refrigerant flow, as well as slow opening and closing to reduce line shock. Straight-through flow, compared to globe-style valves, minimizes liquid puddling, and debris collection on the inlet of the valve, while delivering maximum flow. The patented COBRA-NECK® design locates the ISO 5211 F05 standard actuator mount above the potentially ice-encrusted body for easy servicing, and viewing of the valve position. CBV’s are rated up to 800 psig SWP @-70°F and are available in pipe connection sizes from 3/4” up to 3” for industrial refrigeration systems utilizing ammonia, CO2, and other approved refrigerants.

 

HANTEMP Controls is an established manufacturer of Stainless Steel controlled ball valves, float switches, solenoid valves, pressure regulators and flange unions for industrial refrigeration systems including ammonia, CO2, and others. For more information, please visit www.hantempcontrols.com

 

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VaccinePorter Carrier Systems

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VaccinePorter® Carrier Systems –

keeping medicines effective for the last mile

Temperature controlled biomedicines such as Vaccines are actively or passively regulated at a thermal level different from the surrounding ambient environment. Vaccines are transported in refrigerated containers to surgeries and local vaccine storage facilities where they are then stored in special vaccine fridges, ready to be delivered to administration sites including schools, clinics and care homes.

 

Keeping cold chain medicines within the +2°C and +8°C temperature range is a difficult and risky process, having products too cold causes deterioration or too warm can render them inert. Medicines stored and transported correctly reduce any risk of compromising their quality, efficacy and safety, so using a proven validated cool box is essential.

Helapet VaccinePorter® Carriers allow for safe, controlled transit of temperature sensitive products between +2°C and +8°C for up to 8 hours, even with multiple openings for multi-site deliveries. Validation documentation assures the users that the controlled product is safe in transit, maintaining integrity right up to the point of patient administration.

VaccinePorter® Carriers are available in various capacity sizes granting flexibility for a multitude of healthcare applications, from inter-department transportation in hospitals to community immunisation programmes. Various biomedicines included in cold chain transportation include:

  • Vaccinations
  • Insulin
  • Anti-cancer drugs
  • Monoclonal antibodies

 

Simple and quick to prepare, each VaccinePorter® Carrier comes with a lightweight fully replaceable components to cost effectively maintain thermal performance. Each carrier incorporates a secure Velcro® fastening and tamper evident facility to prevent theft and a clear document holder allowing for easy storage of accompanying information.

Supplied in 5 different sizes VaccinePorter® Carriers can accommodate up to 8 litres of product. Pick out your preferred size by requesting your hard copy of our VaccinePorter brochure, simply by emailing info@helapet.co.uk.

Why not talk to us today and see how VaccinePorter® Carriers can satisfy your transport requirements by calling 01582 501980. Visit us at www.helapet.co.uk to learn more

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Pressure Regulator for Subcritical CO2 and Halocarbon Applications

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WESTMONT, IL – The HANTEMP Controls “A4” series pressure regulators are engineered and
constructed to deliver precise modulation for industrial and commercial refrigeration
applications utilizing subcritical CO2 as well as approved halocarbons. Direct in-line ODS
connections from 7/8” through 1-5/8” can be specified for integration into systems with copper
piping. Models are also available for welding or threaded piping. The rugged low maintenance
Stainless Steel construction is well suited for installation in process areas and can withstand
harsh conditions at safe working pressures up to 800 psig.

HANTEMP Controls is an established manufacturer of Stainless Steel controlled ball valves, float
switches, solenoid valves, pressure regulators and flange unions for industrial refrigeration
systems including ammonia, CO
2, and others. For more information, please visit
www.hantempcontrols.com

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Flexible Industrial Refrigeration Valve Station

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WESTMONT, IL – This HANTEMP Controls Stainless Steel RR Flexible Station is a rugged weld-in
unit which easily installs via two pipe welds. Because the assembly includes separate quarterturn service valves, it is easy to Repair in-place or to Remove the flanged compact Stainless Steel Solenoid Valve or Pressure Regulator. The outlet service valve can be specified as a model QSVE expansion/shut-off valve for liquid modulating control. Rating for this Stainless Steel unit is 800 psig and minimum temperature is -70°F.


HANTEMP Controls is an established manufacturer of Stainless Steel controlled ball valves, float
switches, solenoid valves, pressure regulators and flange unions for industrial refrigeration
systems including ammonia, CO
2, and others. For more information, please visit
www.hantempcontrols.com

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Refrigerated Transport Market to Reach 14.1 Billion USD by 2020

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The report Refrigerated Transport Market by Commodity Type (Chilled & Frozen), Mode of Transportation (road Sea, Rail, Air), Vehicle Type (LCV, MHCV, HCV), Technology (Vapour Compression Systems & Cryogenic systems), & by Region – Global Forecast to 2020”, classifies and defines the refrigerated transport market in terms of value and volume. The report highlights potential growth opportunities in the coming years as well as covers review of the market drivers, restraints, growth indicators, challenges, market dynamics, competitive landscape, and other key aspects with respect to the refrigerated transport market. It also focuses on key market players and their strategies, along with recent developments.

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The market size for the refrigerated vehicle market is projected to reach USD 14.1 Billion by 2020 witnessing a CAGR of 6.27% during the forecast period. The market size, in terms of volume, for the refrigerated transport, by perishable commodities is projected to a CAGR of 2.53% to 3.01 Billion tons during the forecast period.

The refrigerated vehicle market is dominated by few top players such as

  • China International Marine Containers (Group) Co. Ltd. (China)
  • United Technologies Corporation (U.S.)
  • Ingersoll Rand Inc.
  • (Ireland), Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company (U.S.)
  • Daikin industries Limited (Japan), along with regional suppliers.

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Increasing concerns for food safety will spur the demand for refrigerated vehicles

Refrigerated transportation is a critical link in the overall cold chain logistic operations. The localization of perishable commodities, growing population, coupled with rise in freight transportation due to economic development, has fueled the market for refrigerated transportation. Freight operators have also invested in the replacement of the equipment used for refrigerated transportation. In countries such as China and India, the current vehicle fleet is proving to be insufficient, given the high levels of population and rising per capita income. Government is facing a challenge of food wastage and initiatives are being undertaken by various government agencies to preserve the quality of the food during storage and distribution. Quality of food consumed is also a priority for the end users in the wake of increasing income. Initiatives for food security and changing perceptions of the end users are estimated to drive the demand for refrigerated vehicles.

Increase in Demand for Frozen Perishables

Globally, shifts in economic, social, and demographic trends are bound to put pressure on food suppliers. These changes will reshape the consumption pattern and consumer perception of frozen foods. The projected growth of frozen foods is promising, with growth opportunities from emerging markets such as the countries of the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

As frozen foods have a longer shelf life, they are preferred when climatic conditions affect crop productivity. Food manufacturers include frozen foods in processed and packaged foods to provide consumers with food products at affordable prices. Freezing techniques provide the perfect solution to move food from the farmer’s market to the supermarket by improving affordability, accessibility, and preventing loss of food.

In the frozen food category, there is a huge opportunity in developing countries and developed countries. In developing markets such as India, China, and Latin American countries, the growing incomes are leading to growth in the middle-class population who are eager to try out different ethnic and international cuisine. The growth of service sectors such as fast food chains, quick service restaurants, and hypermarkets are accelerating the growth of frozen foods.

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NewCold strengthens logistics fleet as deep-freeze operations take shape

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Fast-growing NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics is renewing its fleet of 36 tractors with Volvo FH 6x2s following continued and steady demand for its services.

The 500hp Euro 6 vehicles, supplied by dealer Crossroads Truck & Bus in Birstall, are equipped with Volvo’s innovative I-Shift transmission. They all have Globetrotter cabs and a 4.1m wheelbase to maximise fuel capacity. The vehicles are being supplied on a full three-year contract hire package.

Wakefield-based NewCold is also taking delivery of a further six new Gray & Adams 44-pallet floating deck trailers in January, which will bring the double-deck fleet to 12. This fleet will continue to expand in 2017 to fulfil NewCold’s ambitious environmental goals to minimise food miles and harmful emissions – the company expects to take delivery of around 30 more double-deck trailers by the end of the year.

NewCold’s Country Director, Jon Miles, said: “The FH4 500 is loved by our drivers and the truck also gives good journey times while giving great returns on fuel. With Crossroads Truck & Bus close to our operating centre we get world-class service to maximise up-time.”

Mr Miles said that NewCold would continue to grow as manufacturers see the benefits of the company’s “first-class service being currently delivered from our national distribution hub at Wakefield”.

“The outstanding transport service we provide, together with our world class warehouse automation model and our strategic location, make NewCold the benchmark performer in our industry,” added Mr Miles.

Further information:

NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics is the fastest growing specialist deep-frozen warehousing and distribution global player whose world-class systems, energy efficiency and productivity make it stand out from other conventional cold storage companies.

In 2015 NewCold made its first foray into the UK, opening an ambitious, highly automated, 40m-high cold storage plant on a green field site in Wakefield, Yorkshire.

Over the last few years the company has demonstrated its ability to provide a total integrated cold chain logistics service for food manufacturers and retailers in the major European countries. By building a series of state-of-the-art cold stores in the UK, France, Germany and Poland, NewCold is now able to provide full pan-European frozen food supply chain services for its customers, including Unilever and Froneri.

http://www.newcold.com/

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HANTEMP Controls SGV Stainless Steel Gauge Valve

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WESTMONT, IL – The HANTEMP Controls Stainless Steel “gauge” valve is appropriate for corrosion-resistant connection to pressure transducers, stainless steel gauges, pressure switches, and controllers. This valve is very rugged but has a high quality surface texture and general appearance commensurate with instrumentation installations.  Standard connection is 1/4” NPT male X 1/4” FPT female.  Opening stem has Teflon seals and protective Seal Cap which is available with a “no drop” lanyard. Model SGVC offers the same advantages with a compact body for space constrained applications.

HANTEMP Controls is an established manufacturer of Stainless Steel controlled ball valves, float switches, pressure regulators and flange unions for industrial refrigeration systems. For more information, please visit www.hantempcontrols.com

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HANTEMP Controls Introduces S4At Stainless Steel Solenoid Valve

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WESTMONT, IL – HANTEMP Controls is now offering the model S4At Stainless Steel Solenoid Valve. While ideal for ammonia, these solenoid valves can also control CO2, fluorinated refrigerants, glycols, pure water, light oils, and other approved liquids. For ammonia refrigeration systems, they can be used for overfeed/recirculating liquid lines, suction lines over 10°F, hot gas lines, high pressure liquid lines and discharge gas lines. Functionally and dimensionally, the S4At replaces similar models from traditional steel & iron valve manufacturers.

HANTEMP Controls is an established manufacturer of Stainless Steel controlled ball valves, float switches, pressure regulators and flange unions for industrial refrigeration systems. For more information, please visit www.hantempcontrols.com.

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Software designers raise funds for baby hospice

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TruTac, the leading transport and logistics software designers have raised £1,060 for Zoё’s Place Baby Hospice, a registered charity who provide palliative (one-to-one care), respite and end-of-life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years.

Mary Hodges, who is an analyst with TruTac, raised the funds at the company’s Coventry headquarters during the last year by running a tuck shop and various other activities, including raffles and competitions.

Zoё’s Place Receptionist and Maintenance Manager Debra Lacey recently accepted a special cheque from TruTac on behalf of the Fundraising Team. Muna Chauhan, Corporate Manager thanked Mandy and her colleagues for their fund-raising efforts.

“Everybody from TruTac has been very supportive and generous towards Zoë’s Place and the care we provide” said Muna from the Coventry hospice. “The care and respite provided by the hospice is greatly helped by donations of this sort. We need more and more local business like TruTac to come on board and help us reach our target of £1.3 million. We are truly grateful for all the support, the donation has provided an additional FORTY TWO hours of care, which is truly wonderful”.

Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice was founded by its Chairman of Trustees, Professor Jack Scarisbrick MBE in 1995. He identified that many families, with children suffering from life limiting or life threatening conditions, were desperately in need of specialist facilities where their children could receive respite or palliative care.

Consequently, the idea of a Baby Hospice was born and fittingly the name Zoë’s Place was chosen since Zoë is the Greek word meaning ‘Gift of Life’.

The first Hospice was opened in Liverpool. Its opening signified the beginning of a unique and much needed service. Then, in 2004 a second Zoë’s place was opened in Middlesbrough and in 2011 the third opened in Coventry.

For further information, see http://www.zoes-place.org.uk/coventry/  or contact:

Muna Chauhan, Corporate Manager, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, Easter Way, Coventry CV7 9JG

Tel: 024 7693 9027/024 7636 1675/07584 325992 Email: muna@zoes-place.org.uk

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