Temperature mapping for warehouses is one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked. In warehouses, especially larger facilities, temperature and humidity levels tend to fluctuate which can cause unstable conditions for perishable goods. Since storage requirements vary from product to product, warehouse mapping studies are necessary to prevent product and monetary loss.
Warehouse mapping entails determining if the area meets the product requirements for the type(s) of goods being stored. This process involves placing data loggers throughout the facility to obtain an environmental profile containing both temperature and humidity readings.
Here are the top 4 reasons why warehouse mapping is not only important, but mandatory for most industries.
- Protects Perishables
No doubt, some goods are more sensitive to temperature than others. Due to this, perishables will spoil if the proper storage conditions are not established, implemented, and maintained. If subjected to unsuitable conditions, the product could become ineffective or even harmful to consumers.
- Know the Environment
Stored goods are assets. Beyond protecting your product, it’s important to know how the product reacts to environmental factors and establish optimal storage conditions. This information is necessary for those who must comply with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), as well as ensuring consumer safety.
- Regulatory Compliance
Beyond what is best practice, temperature mapping is a regulatory compliance requirement for some. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requires manufacturers, processors, and packagers of drugs, medical devices, some food, and blood to make sure the product is safe for use, and that it has the ingredients and strength it claims to have.
- Identify Areas of Risk
Collecting an environmental profile of the warehouse will help determine which areas are safe for storage and identify areas of inconsistences such as the opening and closing of doors, high shelving, or exposure to light. Once identified, these areas should either be inoperative or corrected.
MadgeTech recommends wireless data loggers for warehouse mapping to provide continuous, real-time data. This valuable data automatically generates a report within the MadgeTech 4 Software for in-depth analysis and recordkeeping requirements. Although there is no formal time limit for warehouse mapping studies, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises each study run for a minimum of seven consecutive days, including five working days and two weekend days.
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To learn more about the benefits of wireless data loggers for continuous warehouse monitoring, call us at (603) 456-2011 or email [email protected].