Compact IceSpy combats threat of food deterioration across the supply chain
Innovative temperature monitoring technology to help companies across the food supply chain to avoid the costly impact of food deterioration will be showcased at the International Food Expo (17-20 March, ExCel London).
The IMC Group is to demonstrate its IceSpy Mini system, a compact version of the industry-leading IceSpy system currently used by clients including Unilever, Asda and Tesco.
Designed as an entry-level wireless temperature monitoring solution to be used from manufacture through to market, the IceSpy Mini eliminates the outdated and draining process of deploying multiple data loggers and manually downloading data from them.
Instead, the IceSpy Mini is supplied with up to five transmitters that monitor temperature and humidity in up to five different locations, with the option of adding up to 120 additional transmitters depending on the nature of the deployment. Using extended battery power, data can be transferred over long ranges to a bridge receiver and forwarded to a designated PC for alarm notification and analysis of historical records via clear graphical presentations. The IMC Group’s WebView application also enables remote access to data from devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Phil Ruda, National Sales Manager at The IMC Group, explained: “As the food supply chain comes under greater scrutiny than ever before, the financial, legal and reputational consequences of spoilage are a too worrying to ignore. Building on the success of the original IceSpy, the IceSpy Mini system is a highly accessible safeguard against such incidents, providing a highly accurate, user-friendly insight into any temperature and humidity fluctuations that can damage perishable goods in a way that reduces both their quality and their safety.
“For the sake of your good name, the priority is to minimise risk and reduce the potential for human error in manual data downloads. But you’re also alleviating the stress associated with audits because you have easy access to historic reports. Additionally, you can use the data as a basis for making improvements to supply chain policies and procedures.”
Key stages for monitoring include:
Storage and manufacture – Temperature is an obvious concern but moisture can cause sugar, salt, flour and other powdered products to clump together, which not only leads to deterioration in quality but poses a potential danger in terms of chemical reactions.
Transportation – Changing seasons can have a dramatic effect on the environmental conditions inside a container while it is being transported. Yet many organisations fail to apply electronic scrutiny to this part of the journey from manufacturer to consumer.
Service and retail stores – At the point where food is delivered to the consumer, there is still potential for temperature and humidity conditions to affect not only the quality of the food but also its safety. E. coli and salmonella can develop at any stage, including, manufacture, transportation and storage in refrigerated units within retail or food service outlets.
Features of the IceSpy Mini system:
- Wireless data transfer with long-range radio
- Battery-powered scouts that can run for up to five years
- Expandable number of measurement points, up to a maximum of 120
- System can be configured to monitor humidity and instances of door opening
- User-friendly data viewing
- Authorisation access levels on software for security purposes
- Comprehensive alarm options
- HACCP compliant
- Web access to software with additional WebView application
- Transmitters can hold data if power failure occurs to avoid data loss
- Easy to adapt and upgrade to full IceSpy System5