Logistics 4.0 in Food and Pharma Transport: Digitizing Cold Chain Compliance and Control

There has been a lot of chatter of late regarding the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as “Industry 4.0”, which refers to our digital/robotic future and the game-changing speed and breadth of global data transfer. At the heart of this revolution is automation and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, which is enabling food, pharmaceutical and other transporters to see the dawn of a “Logistics 4.0”, which is typified by unprecedented global visibility, analytics, control and compliance capabilities.

These trends are top of mind as ORBCOMM gears up for IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016, the world’s largest trade fair for mobility, transportation and logistics.

cold chain monitoringThe 66th edition of this venerable event has its eyes fixed firmly on the future, with a strong focus on digitization and connectivity as megatrends for the whole industry. This makes IAA the perfect platform for ORBCOMM to showcases its Euroscan cold chain solution, which brings together our ColdChainView software, ORBCOMMmobile app and Euroscan X3 and MX2 telematics devices and sensors to provide real-time visibility, monitoring, control and compliance for refrigerated transport operations.

Food and pharmaceutical transporters operate in an increasingly tough compliance environment, as governments and producers around the world seek to safeguard people from the risks of contaminated, spoiled and counterfeit goods.

Helping transport clients to meet these demands has naturally been a top priority and we’re delighted to announce that both the ColdChainView software and Euroscan temperature recording telematics devices have now received the Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP® 5) official certification of approval from the European Institute for Pharma Logistics (EIPL). Our software and telematics devices are also certified to EN12830 for EC temperature recording equipment and HACCP for food transportation compliance.

The ColdChainView software provides an easy to use interface for complete real-time visibility of refrigerated transport operations, including advanced reports and analytics, comprehensive administrative options, real-time event based alerts via email and/or text message and historical records for proof of compliance. The software gives users remote operational control, including the ability to turn refrigeration machinery on or off, lock or unlock trailer doors and adjust temperatures. End users can be provided with a shipment live tracking link, along with customized labels and POI management.

cold chain compliance application

ColdChainView is a powerful web application enabling real-time monitoring, improved operations and proof of uniterrupted cold chain for refrigerated assets.

Advanced reporting options additionally allow transport operators to view asset status summaries for a quick fleet overview or drill down into the details page for comprehensive data on temperature readings, sensor status, fuel and battery levels, door status, last recorded location, active alarms and engine hours.

Operations can also be managed on the go with the ORBCOMMmobile app, which allows users to check equipment location in real-time, remotely monitor and control temperature, view temperature graphs, run detailed reports and more, directly from their smartphones or tablets.

None of this visibility would be possible without the M2M telematics devices and sensors to gather all the data. ORBCOMM’s Euroscan MX2 telematics device launching at IAA interfaces directly with cold chain OEM microprocessors and  can be used with a wide range of refrigerated transport assets — including gensets, railcars, ocean containers, multi-temps, straight trucks and trailers  — for temperature, fuel and maintenance management.

euroscan mx2 Cold Chain Temperature Compliance device

ORBCOMM’s ruggedized Euroscan MX2 is a HACCP-compliant temperature recorder that provides complete visibility, quality control and tracking for the transport refrigeration market.

Compatible with most reefer unit OEMs, the Euroscan X3 supports up to 6 sensors, making it ideal for multi-compartment trailers with different temperature requirements. X3 recorders feature an integrated printer for on-demand temperature record production. Drivers also get access to status reports right from the cabin with a large display, easy-to-use interface and multi-language support. Temperature, intrusion, geofence and maintenance alerts can all be received in real-time via the built-in display or through the ColdChainView application.

eurscan x3 temperature recorder

ORBCOMM’s Euroscan X3 temperature recorder is easy to use and provides proof of an uninterrupted cold chain from point of origin to destination for food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, live animals, electronics and other temperature-controlled cargo.

To learn more, contact us or visit us at IAA 2016 in Hanover (Hall 27, Booth D23) from September 22-29.

Sue Rutherford

As the Vice President of Marketing for ORBCOMM, Ms. Rutherford is responsible for advancing the strategic direction of ORBCOMM marketing and its leading satellite/cellular products and services portfolio. She has more than two decades of global technology marketing expertise in the telecommunications, software, SaaS and industrial automation industries.

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