TCS&D Temperature Monitoring Special

Temperature Monitoring

Over the last 200 years refrigerated distribution has travelled a long way. Gone are the days when Frederic ‘Ice King’ Tudor first built Ice Houses and shipped blocks of natural ice worldwide. Frederic pioneered the 19th century ice trade from Maine on the east coast of the USA. This revolutionised the U.S meat, vegetable, fruit, and fishing industries. By the 1830s the American Ice Trade had expanded and shipments of ice had reached England, India, South America, China and Australia. Wenham Ice became a popular brand in London.

The usage of ice chilled refrigerator carriages and ships allowed for produce that could previously only be consumed locally, to be distributed and consumed on an international scale. British fisherman were able to increase the length and yield of their voyages by storing their freshly caught fish in Ice. By 1870 the quantity of ice exported by the USA reduced as Norway’s supply level’s increased. As time progressed health concerns arose as ‘clean’ natural ice became tough to find. Sewage and pollution had started to taint many sources. Refrigeration technology provided an answer, it wasn’t until 1949 that a mechanical refrigeration system first made its way onto a truck.

Whilst refrigeration technology today is a world apart from the first ice cooled consignments, the basic principles remain much the same. Even back in the 1830’s it was the efficiency of Frederic Tudor’s refrigerated supply chain that enabled a significant competitive advantage. It’s this efficiency that is still pursued today. The advancements in mobile communications allow every stage of the cold chain to be scrutinised.

Every day thousands of temperature critical cargoes in transit and storage are watched over by Transcan temperature recorders. Transcan recorders and SevenEye provide a clear view of the cool chain, displaying live and historic temperature with location. The intelligent recorders can alert via text message or email when an alarm is triggered or problem detected. Meaning a solution can be deployed before a temperature critical consignment spoils.

The primary functions of a Transcan are to autonomously record, monitor, and alert. This combination creates a complete live and historical view of temperature. At point of delivery this information can be used to provide proof that an acceptable temperature range has been maintained. Maximum benefit is achieved when a Transcan is specified with a door switch and status detector kit. These add sight of door openings and monitor fridge power and vehicle ignition status. Specifying these adds to the range of data available through the SevenEye vehicle tracking system.

Just as the health concerns in the 1890s forced an investment in mechanical refrigeration, a set of regulations are in place to protect consumers today. Each Transcan recorder is compliant with European Standard EN12830 regulations 37/2005 (Frozen Food) and 850/2004 (HACCP). They also come fully endorsed by DEFRA for monitoring the welfare of animals during transport EC No1/2005.

Seven are seeing an increasing trend of customers combining a Transcan with Seven Telematics GPS vehicle tracking system – SevenEye. The system has been designed specifically with temperature in mind. Combining live and historic GPS location with temperature. Data can be accessed via web browser or smartphone. SevenEye can be specified to analyse driver performance, refrigeration engine efficiency, and clearly presents digital tachograph data. A full range of fully customisable automated reports are also available. These can be run on an individual, depot, or fleet-wide resolution.

The combination of SevenEye® and Transcan® increases temperature visibility at all stages of the cold chain. The system drives supply chain efficiencies whilst protecting brand integrity, ultimately benefiting customers bottom lines.

For more information on the wide range of products and services we offer, please contact our sales team at or on 01636 550 320.