Cold Storage Management
- Let Automation Answer the Chill

North Point Ballito provides the ultimate location for logistics companies aiming to make the most of what’s to come.

Ballito is fast emerging as a key position for business and warehouse opportunities, offering a central location on KZN’s North Coast in close proximity to the airport.

The listeriosis crisis in South Africa resulted in heightened consumer awareness about food safety.  The establishment of good business practices is essential in all sectors of the food industry and particularly where cold storage of food products is involved.The establishment of regulated procedures to protect temperature-sensitive products is vital. Employees should be trained to maintain safe-handling of goods, and regularly assessed to ensure that regulations are followed. 

 Self-audits to maintain compliance with food industry requirements for pest control, warehouse sanitation, and security are also of ongoing necessity. 

Frank Ahern, director of safety, health, and environment for Burris Logistics also stresses the importance of reviewing and verifying supporting documentation.

As a belt and braces approach to cold storage, being held accountable by audits from an independent third-party company makes good sense.   Allowing regular inspection of storage facilities used for temperature-sensitive products and verification of compliance with food-safety

requirements affords the customer peace of mind.

Chilling – Keeping your Finger on the Button

Required temperatures takes place before loading and follow precise food-grade inspection processes.  Everyone involved must be clear in their understanding of the procedures and diligent in carrying

them out. Both temperature of the dock and time spent on the loading or offloading often proves to be the chink in the cold storage supply-chain armour.  It can pose the greatest threat to temperature-sensitive items.  The loading dock’s temperature should be checked against the requirement of the customer beforehand, and a clear strategy to minimise the amount of time the product is kept on the dock is vital.

As cooling systems are expensive to run, energy saving is an essential for cold-storage.  Storage temperatures vary according to the product. Vegetables, for example, are generally stored at 13°C, most dairy products are stored just above freezing, meat is stored just below freezing and ice cream at -12°C.  The temperature variations obviously complicate the configuration of storage space.   However, keeping tabs on freezer and refrigerator temperatures can easily be accomplished with technical solutions.

All it takes to ruin certain frozen goods is a few degrees difference in temperature during loading or unloading

Ray Stahnke, account manager at Randall Manufacturing provides a simple answer to what appears to be a complex problem:  “For warehouses that require multiple temperature zones or where the mix of products being stored changes with the season, a modular curtain wall system is a flexible, low-risk option that can go up, come down and be moved from building to building as business needs change.”

 Until recently moving pallets in and out of cold storage has been the over-riding challenge.  Products had to taken out of the freezer, palletized and then put back allowing warm air to enter the freezer.In some instances this resulted in compromise to foodstuffs as well as the costly necessity for re-cooling.

Today, robotic technology is removing the problem of warm air entering the cold-storage.  Palletising can be done inside the freezer with the use of equipment specifically designed for the harsh conditions.  Automated storage systems allow for pallets to be moved in and out of the freezer cube through a small opening.  As soon as the pallet passes through the hatch is immediately re-sealed.  Finally, the use of a robotic system eliminates the need for the handling of frozen goods by workers in sub-zero temperatures.

Usage of Automated storage and retrieval systemsAS/RS, is on the increase in cold storage facilities.  This allows for high-density, rack-supported storage designs that maximise the cube while minimising the footprint.  High density storage minimises heat loss and creates a smaller area to cool. Dense storage not only best utilises the space, but it is also cost effective and can service the company’s needs without looking to expansion.   With careful foresight and planning, automation can meet the individual requirements of a customer’s business for years to come.

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Market shifts always mean new opportunities. The trends are clear: market position and location are going to increasingly important in reaping the opportunities emerging today. North Point Ballito brings you a range of advantages:

  1. You’re minutes from the airport
  2. You have easy access to the N2, R102 and two international harbours (Durban Harbour 40 minutes, Richards Bay 90 minutes)
  3. A location opposite Ballito’s New Town Centre
  4. Upgraded roadways and electrical substation
  5. A major pool of multi-talented people within a close commute
  6. The centre of a growing metropolis linking Umlhanga, La Lucia, Ballito and Tongaat
 What North Point Ballito provides
  • 24 hour surveillance and perimeter security
  • Engineered double-lane road network
  • Excellent visibility from the N2 & R102
  • Architectural consistency, ClearVu fencing and attractive urban landscaping
  • 51 serviced platforms covering 380,000sqm
  • 14ha of green and indigenous space

With flexible zoning, a wide range of site sizes and features to choose from and an affordable down payment to secure your spot, you’ll be part of a community of innovators in Ballito. Keen to know more? Drop your details below and arrange a site visit.

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