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    Alaska TEDSBOX HiTech shipping container

     

    TEDSBOX an Alaskan company uses technology to solve hot and cold distance shipping issues

    By Rob Stapleton

    In Alaska the issue of quality food handling is a big one. As shippers of fresh natural salmon the transportation industry this far north of the Lower-48 states has demanded attention to both handling and temperature control during shipping.

    The success of these efforts currently depends on direct flights by jet from locations in Alaska to Seattle where for example Copper River Salmon fetches prices of over $300 per fish, and hundreds of dollars per plate in gourmet restaurants.

    Now there is a cheaper and more traceable option for shipping.

    To meet the agenda of quality, no spoilage, and tracing Don Harman, of Tednologies, Inc. has developed an LD-3 type container that stabilizes temperatures inside to ensure quality and product safety for up to five days. No longer are throw-away wax cardboard boxes and chemical dry ice needed for short or long distance shipping.

    Called the TEDSBOX, Harman has outfitted the containers with both heaters and refrigeration that is battery or AC operated. Additionally the container uses Radio Frequency Identification to track temperatures during shipping.

    TEDSBOX stands for Tracking Environmental Deviation System that charts the inside temperature using Radio Frequency Identification technology at a set point to insure exact delivery temperature as needed for the contents.

    This means that temperatures from below freezing up to 140 degrees can be maintained and tracked by RFID for frozen foods or for hot prepared foods.

    “This is especially important for traceability and to guarantee handling during shipping because you can’t trust the transportation industry to give you the real truth about handling,” said Harman. Using the TEDSBOX when you take delivery of a shipment you can be sure that no one else needs to open up the container—and you can see exactly what temperature the contents experienced—by checking the RFID information that has time and temperatures graphed during shipment.”

    Calling it the best container available for perishable shipping Harman is quick to point out that the TEDSBOX will completely reduce monetary losses due to spoilage.

    “This container will cut spoilage losses from 30-to 40 percent down to zero,” said Harman.

    An additional factor that makes the new container value added is the issue of handling. Once at temperature the contents never need to be handled again until it arrives at its destination because it is pallet jackable and fork-lift ready. This reduces the potential for contamination.

    Tednologies, Inc. located at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport also offers various other sizes of temperature control shipping containers.

    Whether you are shipping organs for medical use, pharmaceuticals, flowers, meats, meat products, vegetables or if you need hot containers for catering this company offers various solutions.

    “This takes the guess work out of shipping on trucks, aircraft and marine surface shipments,” said Ian Wilson, marketing manager for Tednologies. “We also found that by offering the smaller shipping temperature containers for LTL (less than loads) that this has diversified our company by adding containers that can be used on trucks or in the back of a pick-up--creating additional demand.”

    To prove that their containers would work in Alaska where all goods are shipped from hubs into Bush villages, Tednologies shipped 27 half gallons of ice cream to Mountain Village, Hooper Bay and Pilot Station for the Lower Kuskokwim School District in October. Some of the ice cream arrived within 24 hours and one shipment took nearly 48 hours to be delivered. All containers retained a temperature of under 10F, perfect for keeping the gourmet Matanuska Creamery flavors fresh and firm.

    Currently Harman is testing the next phase of the use of technology for the TEDSBOX that will allow Global Positioning System, real-time tracking to monitor shipments worldwide.

     

    For more information go to the Web site at www.tedsbox.com or call Don Harman at 907-223-1955

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