Temperature-Controlled Warehousing in NC
If you have a specific temperature storage requirement product, figuring out the best way to store it can be challenging. Save time, money, and resources by letting Crown LSP handle the challenge of setting up and maintaining a temperature-controlled warehouse environment for your inventory.
What Is Temperature-Controlled Warehousing?
A temperature-controlled warehouse is a storage facility that maintains a specific temperature range by either heating or cooling the space. Temperature-regulating units are placed strategically around the warehouse to meet the requirement of temperature-sensitive products.
Warehouse Temperature Ranges Explained
The desired temperature range will vary depending on the requirements of the products, the 3PL provider and the location of the warehouse. Typically, products are stored in four different temperature ranges:
- Ambient: Products are stored at room temperature between 59°F to 86°F. This is usually the natural temperature of the warehouse.
- Cool: Refers to the temperature range between 50°F to 59°F.
- Refrigerated: Used when storing products that need to be in temperatures between 32°F and 50°F to maintain their freshness.
- Frozen: Goods are stored in a warehouse space below 32°F to preserve their quality over a longer time span.
Your 3PL provider will carefully monitor the temperature in the climate-controlled warehouse to ensure it stays in the required range for your products.
Climate-Controlled Warehouse Explained
While temperature control and climate control may seem interchangeable, they are different specifications that should be clarified to protect your products. Climate-controlled warehouses offer temperature control and humidity control for products sensitive to high moisture levels in the air.
If the inventory you need to store is sensitive to moisture levels, you’ll want to request our climate-controlled warehouse services.
Types of Products That Require a Temperature-Controlled Warehouse
At Crown, we work with several clients in various industries. We partner with companies that produce consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical equipment. Every client is unique, and their inventories require customized solutions and conditions for storage and maintenance — including temperature-controlled warehouses.
Some of the most common products that require temperature-controlled warehouse environments include:
- Food and beverages: Even nonperishable items can suffer from exposure to excessively hot or cold temperatures. Food products can melt, freeze or even spoil completely.
- Electronics and medical equipment: Electrical components can suffer from exposure to heat or cold. Parts shrink and expand, and batteries become less effective. Some medical equipment requires colder temperatures for sterility as well.
- Cosmetics: Exposure to extreme temperatures can make cosmetics melt or freeze, causing permanent damage to the products.
- Supplements: Improper storage of supplements can shorten their shelf life. Plus, gummy supplements may melt in hot environments.
- Pharmaceuticals: Warehouse storage of pharmaceutical supplies is subject to strict government regulations. Fluctuations in temperature could alter the chemical structure of medication and make it less potent or totally ineffective.
Benefits of Working with Crown LSP
Crown offers a full range of warehousing and other logistic services to help you optimize your company’s workflow.
When you trust a third-party logistics provider like Crown to take care of your temperature-controlled warehousing needs, we can take some things off of your plate so that you can focus on the money-making aspects of your business, like production and sales.
Crown is a local, family-owned, and -operated business with deep ties to our Rocky Mount, North Carolina community. We work as an extension of your company to ensure your work is completed efficiently, follows warehousing best practices, and is according to your requirements.
We know that every company has unique needs, so we work with each of our clients to develop customized solutions. You’ll only pay for the services you use and the warehouse space you need — when you need it.
Temperature-Controlled Warehouse Services (FAQ)
For further information about temperature-controlled warehousing, find answers to some common questions we receive about these services below.
Yes, temperature-controlled facilities fall into three categories — frozen, refrigerated and conditioned. Temperature ranges for these categories are as follows:
- Frozen: Below 32 degrees Fahrenheit
- Refrigerated: Between 34 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit
- Conditioned: Between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit
Facilities can adjust temperatures as necessary to suit product demands, but these three categories help a company identify which service best suits its storage needs.
To keep within given temperature ranges, facilities typically use a temperature mapping study to analyze the temperatures throughout the space and correct areas as needed. This approach allows temperature-controlled facilities to deliver trusted temperature control for businesses based on their needs.
A warehouse controls temperature and humidity with heating and cooling technology that regulates the facility’s temperature. Though some consumer goods may not require temperature-controlled storage, such as housewares and electronics, others may need to be kept in a facility with controlled temperature and humidity.
The storage space of a warehouse that is located in a mild or moderate climate typically remains within the temperature range required to keep many products safe. Temperature control may be more essential for a business that needs a food-grade warehouse to protect perishable goods.
A temperature-controlled warehouse is equipped with refrigeration equipment, such as evaporators, condensers, compressors and expansion valves. This equipment should be placed strategically based on the square footage, the amount of time products will be stored in the facility, and the difference between the temperature outside and inside. Temperature-controlled facilities are often constructed with sandwich panels, an insulating element that prevents cold air from being transferred to the outside.
The following storage methods are applicable for temp-controlled facilities and ambient facilities:
- Pallet racks: Several pallet racking storage methods can be present in a temperature-controlled warehouse, such as push-back racking systems, pallet flow racks and selective pallet racks. Pallet racks are a popular storage option because they facilitate direct access to goods for storage and picking tasks. Racking locations can be adjusted to the sizes and characteristics of the products.
- Mobile racks: A mobile racking system provides suitable storage for freezer warehouses or cold storage. As a compact solution, mobile racking systems reduce energy consumption. These mobile racks include safety devices like interior and exterior barriers to guarantee safety for the goods, operators and facility.
- Stacker cranes: In a temperature-controlled warehouse, a stacker crane can be installed to automatically move goods in and out of storage aisles. This automation increases the speed of product movements and reduces operators’ exposure to low temperatures for long periods of time. Facilities with stacker cranes offer agility in the inflow and outflow of goods along with accurate product control.
- Semi-automated pallet shuttles: A semi-automated pallet shuttle is a compact storage solution that features a shuttle to automatically move the goods within the racks. This system can speed up product movements in the channels and optimize storage space to reduce the energy consumption needed to operate the warehouse at a controlled temperature. This storage solution can increase the storage capacity in the facility.
While racking is typically used in warehouses, floor stacking is also an excellent method, especially for bulk and fast-moving product.
Regulations vary and depend on the industry and product involved. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) imposes regulations for the safe storage of different temp-controlled goods, such as produce, pre-packaged refrigerated foods and more. These unique temperature regulations for different food products define the appropriate storage solutions. Additionally, pharmaceutical companies may have their own strict guidelines that set expectations for storage.
A climate-controlled warehouse goes a step further than a temperature-controlled warehouse. A climate control system seeks to regulate both the warehouse’s temperature and humidity. Though many businesses may not need a climate-controlled warehouse for storage, others have more sensitive products that require additional protection. Storage for certain health care products, like pharmaceuticals or vaccines, may require climate control to ensure efficacy and safety.
Few facilities can offer full control of climate and humidity, so consider your needs when you seek to lease warehouse space.
Get Started with Temperature Controlled Warehousing from Crown LSP
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