Risk monitoring during transport
Product transport, storage and distribution call for a systematic approach to monitoring the entire supply chain to ensure the quality and safety of the product that reaches the consumer.
Information about how these stages are carried out helps to pinpoint weaknesses or points for improvement so they can be addressed, and then to estimate the product’s shelf-life based on these variables. At ITENE we help you to reduce losses associated with incidents during goods transport and cargo distribution using risk control technologies.
We monitor risks during transport and replicate them in our laboratory
We develop technology-based solutions which enable us to monitor variables which might influence product quality or the packaging system’s performance. We have a number of devices for monitoring goods transport which yield data that enable us to make decisions:
- A device developed by ITENE (data recorder) to quantify mechanical (vibrations, shocks, impacts) and atmospheric (temperature and relative humidity) risks which help us to characterise the route.
- Weather and chemical variable monitoring devices.
- Load geolocation tools.
- Developing labels with visual ethylene and environmental CO2.
We also devise cold chain traceability and monitoring solutions using radio-frequency identification (RFID), blockchain, sensors, time-temperature indicators (TTI) and tamper-evident labels.
At ITENE we have a facility where we simulate the incidents identified during monitoring. After recording vibrations, accelerations and impacts in various means of transport, we replicate them in the laboratory to evaluate new materials, new designs or new ways of distributing and applying the packaging to the products.
In our simulation plant:
- We run test protocols which realistically simulate distribution and transport: we use standards such as UNE EN, ISO, ASTM and ISTA protocols and tailor the severity level of the tests to your route.
- We have transport risk simulation equipment:
- Multi-axial vibration table which reproduces both vertical and angular vibrations.
- Acceleration machine.
- Horizontal impact and stability machine.
- Drop test machine.
- Environmental chambers.
- We ensure the stability and safety of palletised loads: we assess compliance with Royal Decree 563/2017 and the associated UNE 12195-1:2010 and EUMOS 40509 standards for road transport loads. We also validate and advise on the best stowage inside the truck or shipping container.
Solutions based on monitoring transport risks
Devices for measuring variables relevant to the fruit and vegetable industry
We have designed and manufactured several prototypes of a new data gathering and variable measurement device for businesses in the fruit and vegetable industry which can be quickly attached to and removed from loads.
We have also developed cloud-based software to store and manage device configurations and monitoring data together with a software app which lets you connect to and configure the devices via Bluetooth.
Library featuring vibration profile data from several transport routes
We have monitored a number of routes run by firms operating assorted kinds of intermodal transport and involving domestic and international destinations featuring varying temperature and relative humidity conditions.
These routes have been modelled using the data recorder developed by ITENE and replicated in our laboratory. The data make enable the optimisation of packaging systems for goods transport.
Learn more about the MODELROUTE project.
New custom-made test protocols to optimise packaging for conventional and e-commerce transport
ITENE has developed new test protocols for risk simulation in goods transport based on actual routes. The routes were modelled using the data recorder developed by ITENE which captures vibrations during transport. These data enable the risks of conventional and e-commerce delivery routes to be realistically replicated using laboratory equipment. We then use this information to optimise packaging systems.
Learn more about the MODELRISK project.
Why is it a good idea to monitor risks during transport?
- Reduction in product losses due to inefficient packaging or logistics.
- Control over costs, risks and environmental impact by avoiding under- or over-packaging.
- Opens up access to more challenging markets or ones which involve longer transport times.
How can I help you?
Head of Packaging Systems Testing Laboratory